Monthly archives: November, 2008

2009 Looks To Be A Big Year For U2, A New Record, A New Site, And A New Tour?

‘We’ve hit a rich songwriting vein and we don’t want to stop.’
That’s what Bono told U2.Com a while back and that’s why the
band are still in the studio finishing up their new record.

According to The Edge, in an interview just posted for subscribers, “The overall feeling of the record is of new ideas not
heard on a U2 album before.”

Looks like 2009 is going to be a big year for the band – it’s also going
to be a a big year for U2.Com. The site is going to have a whole new
look and feel – and we’re going to have a whole lot of new music from U2 to talk about.

Meantime, there’s plenty of action on the U2.Com Subscriber site right
now. Most weeks the band are making us video clips from the studio – in
this one
Adam captures Edge finger-picking his way through a new melody
while here Edge interviews Larry about whether his arms ever get tired
as a drummer.

Even the U2.Com Shop is getting a makeover for 2009 – which means …


John Mayer to Play 1-hour post Grammy Nominations Show @ Nokia Theater December 3rd.

Performance Information

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 6:00 PM SHARP!

Door Time: 4:00 PM

The
GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night
will announce nominations in at least six categories, feature
performances by past GRAMMY® winners and nominees including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Foo Fighters, B.B. King, John Mayer, and Taylor Swift,
and will set the stage for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Feb. 8,
2009. The special also marks the first time nominations for the annual
GRAMMY® Awards will be announced live on primetime television.

Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience a one-hour exclusive concert by John Mayer in celebration of the grand opening of the GRAMMY MuseumSM.


JOHN FRUSCIANTE of RHCP To Release The Empyrean On Record Collection January ’09


The
Empyrean is my new record and will be released worldwide via Record
Collection on January 20th 2009. It was recorded on and off between
December 2006 and March 2008. It is a concept record that tells a
single story both musically and lyrically. The story takes place within
one person, and there are two characters. It contains a version of Tim
Buckley’s, ‘Song To The Siren’ and the rest of the songs are written by
me. My friend Josh plays on it, as does Flea. It also features Sonus
Quartet, Johnny Marr and The New Dimension Singers. I’m really happy
with it and I’ve listened to it a lot for the psychedelic experience it
provides. It should be played as loud as possible and it is suited to
dark living rooms late at night.

- John Frusciante, November 3rd, 2008

 
The Empyrean Track listing:

  1. Before The Beginning
  2. Song To The Siren
  3. Unreachable
  4. God
  5. Dark/Light
  6. Heaven
  7. Enough Of Me
  8. Central
  9. One More Of Me
  10. After The Ending

JohnFrusciante.com

RecordCollectionmusic.com

- source John Frusciante


U2, Coldplay, the Killers, REM Supporting New Digital Music Magazine (RED)Wire

Some of the biggest names in music are contributing exclusive songs to RED(WIRE), a new digital music magazine launching on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1).

U2, Coldplay, the Killers, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan are on board for the initiative, which is an outgrowth of the Bono-reared activist organization (RED). All proceeds from subscriptions will benefit HIV-infected people in Africa; MSN.com will host a kick-off party on Dec. 1.

For $5, users will receive a new issue of RED(WIRE) every Wednesday, featuring an exclusive song from a major artist, a song from an artist (RED) aims to showcase, a multimedia piece that could encompass video or photography and a look at how proceeds are directly benefiting Africans in need. The materials will be downloaded to a custom player and automatically loaded into iTunes.

Users can send two free issues to friends, and will be rewarded if they join RED(WIRE). “Artists are already saying, ‘I want to give you a track for those people who brought friends in,'” (RED)WIRE founder Don MacKinnon tells Billboard.com. “That’s the biggest idea: using social networking to actually change the world in a unique way.”

U2’s track was recorded just last Wednesday, while the Killers, Elton John and the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant teamed up for the Christmas song “Joseph, Better You Than Me,” which MacKinnon describes as “like a power ballad.” This is the third year in a row the Killers have penned a holiday song and donated proceeds to (RED).

Meanwhile, John Legend’s …


Just Off Turner to Play Mayercraft

Well, it is not exactly confirmed at this point however you can make a difference.  Voting for them here


ROCK N’ ROLL LIVES ON THE SUNSET STRIP:CAMP FREDDY RETURNS TO THE ROXY THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES

 
ROCK N’ ROLL LIVES ON THE SUNSET STRIP: CAMP FREDDY RETURNS TO THE ROXY THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES


WITH SPECIAL GUEST DRIVE A FOR SHOWS EVERY TUESDAY IN DECEMBER TICKETS ON-SALE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20


CAMP FREDDY—known for delivering the real spirit of rock n’ roll, not to mention the musical goods—has announced their return to the Sunset Strip for a second residency at THE ROXY THEATRE where they thrilled crowds during their month-long May residency this year.  Every Tuesday throughout the month of December (2, 9, 16 and 23), the band headed up by BILLY MORRISON (Circus Diablo/The Cult), DAVE NAVARRO (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Panic Channel), MATT SORUM (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), DONOVAN LEITCH (son of legendary folk singer Donovan) and CHRIS CHANEY (Jane’s Addiction, Alanis Morrisette) will dive into a treasure trove of classic songs encompassing the best of glam, punk and hard rock.  Expect the guys to also celebrate the holiday season during the shows with surprises and unique specials gifts to their fans.


Los Angeles rockers Drive A will support as special guest for all the new dates, and hosting the December 16 and 23 shows is frequent CAMP FREDDY guest Mark McGrath.   All the gigs will be presented by the band’s good friends at Rockaholic, the new product from premier hair product maker Bed Head. 


Tickets for Camp Freddy at THE ROXY go on sale this Thursday, November 20 for $20.  A $150 VIP package will also be made available …


Hendrix Experience Drummer, Mitch Mitchell, Passed Away Wednesday, He Was 61.

Portland, OR.  — Mitch Mitchell, 61, passed away in his hotel room in Portland early Wednesday morning.  He had recently just wrapped the west coast leg of the Hendrix Experience Tour that concluded on Friday.  He was a integral part of forming the Hendrix sound on albums “Are You Experienced?“, “Axis: Bold as Love“, and “Electric Ladyland“. 

He was a pioneer on the drums as Jimi was to the guitar.  I had the pleasure of meeting him last fall in New York and what an incredible guy he was.  Considering the laundry list of rock legends he has played with, such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Muddy Waters, John Lennon, he was very down to earth and humble.  He had a very joyful spirit that would warm your heart.  He will be greatly missed. 

So, to celebrate his life, crank up some of his best music today in the car on the way to and from work or at home with a glass of wine, but celebrate the great music he helped create that has enriched our lives and inspired and influenced many.

Rock on, Mitch! You will not be forgotten.

Mitch Mitchell
1947 – 2008


CLUB NOKIA GRAND OPENING SET FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 WITH VIP RECEPTION AND PERFORMANCE BY BECK

CLUB NOKIA GRAND OPENING


SET FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 WITH VIP RECEPTION
AND PERFORMANCE BY BECK;


NEW STATE OF THE ART VENUE THE LATEST ADDITION
TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES’ THRIVING L.A. LIVE DISTRICT

 

Downtown Los Angeles is the place to be this weekend, as the city celebrates the grand opening of CLUB NOKIA,
a brand new, state-of-the-art 2300-capacity music venue.  Sunday,
November 9 marks the official unveiling of the Goldenvoice-promoted
venue with a celebrity, friends and industry VIP reception prior to the
first of two sold-out nights with Beck.

 

Club
Nokia is on the corner of Olympic and Figueroa, next to Nokia Theatre
L.A. LIVE and across the street from STAPLES Center in downtown Los
Angeles’ newest destination for sports and entertainment which boasts
more music per square foot than anywhere else in the country.  A wide
range of restaurants and clubs within L.A. LIVE are set to open in the
coming weeks.

 

The
two sold-out Beck concerts are just the beginning for CLUB NOKIA, with
several top names already booked including Lupe Fiasco, Taking Back
Sunday, Stone Temple Pilots, Gretchen Wilson and Sarah Silverman.  For all the latest, check out