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Al Seib-Pool/Getty ImagesPhil Spector, the famed music producer who was later convicted of murder, has died, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed. He was 81.Officials said he died of natural causes Saturday at an out...

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Al Seib-Pool/Getty ImagesPhil Spector, the famed music producer who was later convicted of murder, has died, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed. He was 81.

Officials said he died of natural causes Saturday at an outside hospital.

Back in 2003, Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson. In 2009, he was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.

Dubbed "The First Tycoon of Teen," Spector's pioneering and legendary "Wall of Sound" production method helped shape pop music in the 1960s and remains influential to this day.  He was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

Among his productions: the Beatles' Let It Be, George Harrison's The Concert for Bangladesh, and countless chart hits, including The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost that Loving Feelin,'" and girl-group classics by the Ronettes and the Crystals, including "Be My Baby" and "He's a Rebel."

By Andrea Tuccillo and Andrea Dresdale
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Badfinger teams up with Rick Springfield for new version of band’s 1979 tune “Love Is Gonna Come at Last” https://wiezradio.com/2021/badfinger-teams-up-with-rick-springfield-for-new-version-of-bands-1979-tune-love-is-gonna-come-at-last/ Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:41 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=df97afc55cfb66e4dabd1d8a9873fa0b

Cleopatra RecordsRick Springfield lends his talents to the latest in a series of digital singles pairing Badfinger guitarist Joe Molland with various pop and rock musicians on new versions of songs by the famed U.K. power-pop band.
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Cleopatra RecordsRick Springfield lends his talents to the latest in a series of digital singles pairing Badfinger guitarist Joe Molland with various pop and rock musicians on new versions of songs by the famed U.K. power-pop band.

The new track, which is available now, is an updated rendition of "Love Is Gonna Come at Last," a Molland-penned tune from Badfinger's 1979 album Airwaves. Springfield sings lead and plays guitar on the tune, while Molland contributes backing vocals and bass.

"Badfinger has always been one of my all-time favorite bands," says Springfield in a statement. "In fact, I am often asked by journalists, 'What is the one song you had wished you had written?' and my answer is [Badfinger's 1972 hit] 'Baby Blue.' What a perfect song! Their music was and is immortal."

You can check out the track now on YouTube.

A full-length album featuring "Love Is Gonna Come at Last" with Springfield, as well as other updated Badfinger songs boasting such special guests as Todd Rundgren, ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, power-pop artist Matthew Sweet, blues guitarist Sonny Landreth and more is due out later in 2021.

By Matt Friedlander
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ZZ Top released its debut album 50 years ago this Saturday https://wiezradio.com/2021/zz-top-released-its-debut-album-50-years-ago-this-saturday/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:00:00 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=17b6cefe3ff5ba1d398216cabb2b17f2

Warner MusicFifty years ago this Saturday, January 16, rock fans got their first taste of that little ol' band from Texas, ZZ Top, when the trio -- singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist/singer Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard -- released its debut ...

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Warner MusicFifty years ago this Saturday, January 16, rock fans got their first taste of that little ol' band from Texas, ZZ Top, when the trio -- singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist/singer Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard -- released its debut album.

The record, which was aptly titled ZZ Top's First Album, was produced by the band's manager, Bill Ham, and recorded at Robin Hood Studios in Tyler, Texas, outside of Dallas. Ham went on to produce the group's first 10 albums.

The album failed to chart on the Billboard 200, and yielded one, albeit unsuccessful, single, "(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree," but it established the trio's trademark musical mix of blues boogie, hard rock and Southern rock with lyrics packed with attitude and humor.

Reflecting on the album in a 2013 interview with MusicRadar, Gibbons said, "We were three guys, we had three chords, and the future was wide open. We called the record ZZ Top's First Album because we wanted everyone to know that there would be more. We weren't certain if we'd get another chance in the studio, but we had high hopes."

Gibbons wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs on the album, with Ham contributing to five of the tunes, Hill to three and Beard to one.

Here's the ZZ Top's First Album track list:

"(Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree"
"Brown Sugar"
"Squank"
"Goin' Down to Mexico"
"Old Man"
"Neighbor, Neighbor"
"Certified Blues"
"Bedroom Thang"
"Just Got Back from Baby's"
"Backdoor Love Affair"

By Matt Friedlander
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Archival Neil Young & Crazy Horse live album and film, ‘Way Down in the Rust Bucket,’ due out in February https://wiezradio.com/2021/archival-neil-young-crazy-horse-live-album-and-film-way-down-in-the-rust-bucket-due-out-in-february/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:00:00 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=ba710ea8680af82ddcde5b7523be5a05

Reprise RecordsMore than a year after first mentioning the project on his Neil Young Archives website, Neil Young has announced full official plans to release an archival concert album and video called Way Down in the Rust Bucket on February 26.
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Reprise RecordsMore than a year after first mentioning the project on his Neil Young Archives website, Neil Young has announced full official plans to release an archival concert album and video called Way Down in the Rust Bucket on February 26.

The previously unreleased album and film document a November 1990 show Young played with Crazy Horse at the Santa Cruz, California, club The Catalyst. The concert featured Neil and his famous backing group playing three sets, and included eight of the 10 tunes from their then-new album Ragged Glory, which was released two months earlier. The performance also included classics such as "Cinnamon Girl," "Like a Hurricane" and "Cortez the Killer," as well as several deep cuts.

Young played his 1975 song "Danger Bird" and his 1981 tune "Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze" live for the first time at the gig.

Way Down in the Rust Bucket will be available as a two-CD set, a four-LP package and a deluxe box set containing the CDs, the LPs and a DVD featuring footage of the full show, including a 13-minute version of "Cowgirl in the Sand" that doesn't appear on the audio versions. The album also will be available in multiple digital formats.

Fans who pre-order Way Down in the Rust Bucket will receive an instant free download of a live, nine-minute version of the Ragged Glory tune "Country Home." The song also is available for streaming now, including at Neil's official YouTube channel, while a video of the performance has been posted at NeilYoungArchives.com.

Here's the Way Down in the Rust Bucket track listing:

"Country Home"
"Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze"
"Love to Burn"
"Days That Used to Be"
"Bite the Bullet"
"Cinnamon Girl"
"Farmer John"
"Cowgirl in the Sand"*
"Over and Over"
"Danger Bird"
"Don't Cry No Tears"
"Sedan Delivery"
"Roll Another Number (For the Road)"
"F***in' Up"
"T-Bone"
"Homegrown"
"Mansion on the Hill"
"Like a Hurricane"
"Love and Only Love"
"Cortez the Killer"

* = exclusive to the DVD.

By Matt Friedlander
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Yoko Ono settles lawsuit with John Lennon’s former assistant https://wiezradio.com/2021/yoko-ono-settles-lawsuit-with-john-lennons-former-assistant/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:00:38 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=69539da82dba86d8d4f904f7a1bfcd1b

Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesYoko Ono has informed a federal judge in New York that she has reached a settlement with her late husband John Lennon's former personal assistant that would end her lawsuit that alleged copyright infringement.
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Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesYoko Ono has informed a federal judge in New York that she has reached a settlement with her late husband John Lennon's former personal assistant that would end her lawsuit that alleged copyright infringement.

The deal ends 20 years of litigation and requires Frederic Seaman to pay $5000 and stop speaking about Lennon.

"Seaman is precluded from making any statements to a third party concerning or relating to John Lennon individually or as a member of the Beatles, Yoko Ono Lennon or Sean Lennon other than an attorney-client discussion," the settlement agreement said.

In February 1979, Seaman was hired as an employee of the Lennon household helping to care for their son Sean, running errands for the Lennon family, and accompanying Lennon, Mrs. Lennon and their son in many of their travels, court records said.

"That Seaman is a miscreant and self-promoter is incontrovertible: his first instinct after the horrific murder of John Lennon was to rob the Lennon Family for the purpose of gaining fame and fortune from exploiting a 'self-created' celebrity status," according to Ono's lawsuit that accused him of stealing personal items and defaming her.

"He would not only profit financially from Lennon's death, but he would also defame Mrs. Lennon and falsely attempt to portray himself as Lennon's only true confidante by falsely enhancing his status as a gofer," the lawsuit said.

By Aaron Katersky
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Now and Then: KISS frontman Paul Stanley’s Soul Station side group to release debut album in March https://wiezradio.com/2021/now-and-then-kiss-frontman-paul-stanleys-soul-station-side-group-to-release-debut-album-in-march/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:37:35 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=d5a31645712ffffc60e895f7eb24819b

UMeIn 2015, KISS frontman Paul Stanley launched his side project, Paul Stanley's Soul Station, to explore his love of R&B and soul music. Now the group is set to release its debut album, Now and Then, on March 5.The 14-track collection, available f...

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UMeIn 2015, KISS frontman Paul Stanley launched his side project, Paul Stanley's Soul Station, to explore his love of R&B and soul music. Now the group is set to release its debut album, Now and Then, on March 5.

The 14-track collection, available for pre-order now, features nine classic soul and R&B covers, plus five originals. In advance of the album, Soul Station has digitally released its rendition of The Five Stairsteps' 1970 hit "O-O-H Child." You also can check out the track at the group's official YouTube channel, along with a making-of documentary about the album.

Soul Station is a 15-piece ensemble that includes includes KISS drummer Eric Singer, as well as a guitarist, a bassist, two keyboardists, a percussionist, three backing singers and multiple horn and string players.

"Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more," Stanley says of his inspiration for Soul Station. "That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use."

Among the other covers featured on Now and Then are songs by The Spinners, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, Al Green, The Delfonics, The Styistics and The Four Tops.

Regarding the new material, Paul notes, "Between us doing some great Soul Station shows and starting the album, I started to think that neither the band or the music we love should depend only on the past so I started writing with the goal of seamlessly taking songs into the present."

Here's the Now and Then track list:

"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"
"I Do"
"I, Oh I"
"Ooo Baby Baby"
"O-O-H Child"
"Save Me (From You)"
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
"Whenever You're Ready (I'm Here)"
"The Tracks of My Tears"
"Let's Stay Together"
"La-La – Means I Love You"
"Lorelei"
"You Are Everything"
"Baby I Need Your Loving"

 

By Matt Friedlander
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New Go-Go’s documentary being released on DVD, Blu-ray, digitally and for rental in February https://wiezradio.com/2021/new-go-gos-documentary-being-released-on-dvd-blu-ray-digitally-and-for-rental-in-february/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:00:05 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=339b6989938ff2e93585d09448d46532

Polygram/UMe/Mercury StudiosJust a reminder: That recent documentary focusing on The Go-Go's will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on February 5, and the film also will be available via rental services the same day.
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Polygram/UMe/Mercury StudiosJust a reminder: That recent documentary focusing on The Go-Go's will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on February 5, and the film also will be available via rental services the same day.

The film, aptly titled The Go-Go's, charts the history of the all-female band, from its start as part of the Los Angeles punk scene and its fast rise to stardom in the early 1980s, to its 1985 breakup and subsequent multiple reunions. The doc was directed by Alison Ellwood, and features new interviews with all five Go-Go's -- Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin -- as well as with Police drummer Stewart Copeland and others.

The movie premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival last January and got its television debut on Showtime in July. Coinciding with the documentary's TV premiere, a brand-new song by The Go-Go's called "Club Zero" was released. The movie features footage of the group working on the tune and playing it at the famed L.A.-area club The Whisky a Go Go.

You can pre-order the DVD and Blu-ray of The Go-Go's now.

Meanwhile, the band had been scheduled to launch reunion tour last year, which was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The trek now is slated to kick off on June 18 with a concert in San Francisco.

As previously reported, The Go-Go's will be among the honorees at the 2021 She Rocks Awards, which will be held virtually on Friday, January 22, and will be livestreamed at Parade magazine's official website and BelieveInMusic.tv, starting at 6:30 p.m. PT.

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Founding New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain dead at age 69 https://wiezradio.com/2021/founding-new-york-dolls-guitarist-sylvain-sylvain-dead-at-age-69/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:30:27 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=bad35f38af8f1ea12a7a6c15433abfe5

Sylvain Sylvain with David Johansen of New York Dolls in 2011; Marc Broussely/RedfernsSylvain Sylvain, founding rhythm guitarist of the influential glam-punk band New York Dolls, died Wednesday of cancer, according to a message on his official Facebook...

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Sylvain Sylvain with David Johansen of New York Dolls in 2011; Marc Broussely/RedfernsSylvain Sylvain, founding rhythm guitarist of the influential glam-punk band New York Dolls, died Wednesday of cancer, according to a message on his official Facebook page. He was 69.

The note reads, "Sylvain battled cancer for the past two and 1/2 years. Though he fought it valiantly, [Wednesday] he passed away from this disease. While we grieve his loss, we know that he is finally at peace and out of pain. Please crank up his music, light a candle, say a prayer and let's send this beautiful doll on his way."

Sylvain, born Sylvain Mizrahi in Cairo, Egypt, co-founded New York Dolls with drummer Billy Murcia, guitarist John "Johnny Thunders" Genzale, bassist Arthur Kane and singer David Johansen in 1971. The band's influences included The Rolling Stones, The Stooges, classic R&B and '60 girl groups.  Inspired by then-emerging glam-rock artists David Bowie and T. Rex, they took to wearing trashy androgynous outfits and women's clothing on stage.

Johansen paid tribute to Sylvain in a Facebook message that reads, "My best friend for so many years, I can still remember the first time I saw him bop into the rehearsal space/bicycle shop with his carpetbag and guitar straight from the plane after having been deported from Amsterdam, I instantly loved him. I'm gonna miss you old pal. I'll keep the home fires burning."

Murcia died of drug-related causes in 1972 and was replaced by drummer Jerry Nolan, solidifying the band's classic lineup. New York Dolls' self-titled debut album was released in 1973 and while the record wasn't commercially successful, it's gone on to influence countless groups, thanks to songs like "Personality Crisis," "Trash" and "Jet Boy." In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked the album at #301 on its "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.

New York Dolls released one more studio album, 1974's Too Much, Too Soon, before the lineup started to splinter. Johansen and Sylvain continued to lead the band until its 1976 breakup.

Sylvain then launched a solo career and also collaborated with various artists over the years. Thunders and Nolan died of drug-related causes in 1991 and 1992, respectively, but in 2004, surviving New York Dolls Sylvain, Johansen and Kane reunited to perform at the U.K.'s Meltdown Festival, organized by Morrissey.

Sadly, Kane died of leukemia one month after the concert, but Sylvain and Johansen continued on with a new Dolls lineup that went on to record three more studio albums and tour frequently through 2011, when the band broke up again.

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Rob Thomas rallies for special needs pets in emotional post about his ailing dog, Samy https://wiezradio.com/2021/rob-thomas-rallies-for-special-needs-pets-in-emotional-post-about-his-ailing-dog-samy/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:00:01 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=9122be38b3e99b5daf2fcc900fe5c632

Slaven Vlasic/Getty ImagesRob Thomas is preparing to say goodbye to his best friend Samy, his ailing senior dog, and is going above and beyond to make sure he's comfortable.
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Slaven Vlasic/Getty ImagesRob Thomas is preparing to say goodbye to his best friend Samy, his ailing senior dog, and is going above and beyond to make sure he's comfortable.

"So our Samy has a host of problems. But the one that is the most pressing is his kidneys are failing," the Matchbox Twenty frontman explained. "We know that this is what we are going to lose him to but we know we can buy some real time and give him a good quality of life."

To keep Samy comfortable, Thomas gives his Pomeranian "IV fluids twice a day."

"He just sleeps like an angel while we do it so it’s not something that makes him scared or feel bad and it truly helps and we see a more happy and engaged little guy when we do it," said Thomas. 

The "Lonely No More" singer went onto explain the other health issues afflicting Samy, such as epilepsy, liver cancer and partial blindness, saying his pup has had special needs since the beginning.

Thomas, 48, then attested that a pet being labeled special needs is not necessarily a death sentence.

"If you have a special needs little guy or girl at home just know if you’re willing to put in some time you can keep them around and happy longer than you think," the three-time Grammy winner encouraged.

Sidewalk Angels, the animal rescue Matthews and wife Marisol Maldonado founded in 2003, also offered words of encouragement to pet owners looking after elderly or sick animals.

"When many people hear that their pet is special needs, they become very scared and fear it’s a lost cause.   That couldn't be further from the truth," the foundation stressed. "With a little extra work and love, a special needs pet can have a long and happy life."

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Bruce Springsteen added Biden Celebrating America Inauguration Day concert special https://wiezradio.com/2021/bruce-springsteen-added-biden-celebrating-america-inauguration-day-concert-special/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:00:50 +0000 http://wiezradio.com/?guid=6bdb4e11271371266092522bd2cdffab

Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen has joined President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration Day festivities.
The Boss has been added to the lineup of performers for Celebrating America, an upcoming TV special airing the night of January 20. Foo Fighters ...

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Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen has joined President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration Day festivities.

The Boss has been added to the lineup of performers for Celebrating America, an upcoming TV special airing the night of January 20. Foo Fighters and John Legend also have joined the event's bill.

According to a press release, Springsteen, the Foos and Legend will be performing from "iconic locations across the country." The concert also will feature previously performers Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, and singer-songwriter Ant Clemons. Additional performances will be announced leading up to Inauguration Day.

Tom Hanks will host the special, and Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington also will make appearances.

Celebrating America will air January 20 starting at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on a variety of different networks, including ABC, as well as a number of streaming and social media platforms.

By Josh Johnson
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