Lenny Kravitz collaborates with Pressed Juicery for Blue Electric Light Lemonade

Lenny Kravitz collaborates with Pressed Juicery for Blue Electric Light Lemonade
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There’s no doubt by the looks of him that Lenny Kravitz is a healthy guy, and he wants to keep his fans healthy as well.

One way he hopes to do that is with a new collaboration with Pressed Juicery, which is now offering a special-edition Blue Electric Light Lemonade. It celebrates Lenny’s most recent album, Blue Electric Light, and tour.

“Wellness is a vibe,” Lenny shares on Instagram. “This vibrant lemonade captures the essence and energy of Blue Electric Light while promoting inner health.” He adds, “Grab yours at select Pressed Juicery locations in NYC, LA, OC, Las Vegas and Austin to experience it for yourself.”

Lenny released Blue Electric Light in May. He’s currently on tour in Europe, with his next show happening in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Sunday. He brings his show to the U.S. for a five-night stand at Dolby Live in Las Vegas starting Oct. 18. A complete list of dates can be found at lennykravitz.com.

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Krist Novoselic plays with Nirvana & Foo Fighters cover band

Krist Novoselic plays with Nirvana & Foo Fighters cover band
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Krist Novoselic is once again revisiting Nirvana‘s music.

The bassist took the stage with the cover band FooVana during a show in Washington Thursday. As you might’ve guessed, FooVana plays the songs of both Nirvana and Foo Fighters, who, of course, share a member in Dave Grohl.

You can check out photos of the show, which featured Novoselic playing a number of Nirvana tunes, via the FooVana Instagram.

As previously reported, Novoselic performed Nirvana’s debut single, a cover of the Shocking Blue song “Love Buzz,” during a show in June alongside his Bona Fide Band project.

Both shows supported Novoselic’s political party, the Cascade Party of Washington.

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Bob Dylan criticized by Blur’s Damon Albarn for phone-free concerts

Bob Dylan criticized by Blur’s Damon Albarn for phone-free concerts
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Bob Dylan recently announced a U.K./European leg to his Rough and Rowdy Ways tour and Blur frontman Damon Albarn has some issues with it.

Seems Dylan requires all concert attendees to lock up their phones in a Yondr pouch that can only be opened when they leave the building — and Albarn doesn’t think it’s right.

“If you start banning things where does it end? I think you’ve just got to turn up and do your thing,” Albarn told BBC Breakfast. “People won’t want to be on their phone if you’re engaging with them correctly.”

Music fans recording and taking pictures on their phones is pretty commonplace at live shows these days and Dylan isn’t the only artist who has required fans to be phone free. The White StripesJack White and comedian Dave Chappelle have also used Yondr pouches at their live shows. 

The European/U.K. Rough and Rowdy Ways tour kicks off with a three-night stand in Prague Oct. 4-6 and wraps with a three-night stand at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall Nov. 12-14. Tickets are on sale now.

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Blondie cancels August & September shows

Blondie cancels August & September shows
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Blondie has announced the cancelation of their upcoming tour dates, although they did not offer up a reason why.  

“We are saddened to announce the cancellation of several upcoming Blondie concert dates during August and September,” the band shares on Instagram. “This was a hard decision to make, and we understand how disappointing this news is for everyone. We will keep you further informed as soon as possible.”

They add, “Your support means the world to us, and we are grateful for your understanding,” noting that fans will be issued refunds for their tickets.

Blondie only had a handful of shows on the books for the rest of the year, including August concerts in Carnation, Washington, and Troutdale, Oregon, as well as a spot at the Evolution Festival in St. Louis on Sept. 28.

Ticket holders are being told to contact their point of purchase for refund information.

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Billionaire Boss: Bruce Springsteen is now a billionaire

Billionaire Boss: Bruce Springsteen is now a billionaire
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Guess we can now call him Billionaire Boss. Forbes is reporting that Bruce Springsteen is now officially a billionaire. 

According to the mag, the 74-year-old Springsteen’s net worth is estimated to be around $1.1 billion, with Forbes noting that a good portion of that money is coming from ticket sales: Springsteen’s 2023 world tour with the E Street Band brought in about $380 million in revenue from 1.6 million tickets sold.

Some of that money can also be attributed to his 2021 catalog sale to Sony, which was reportedly worth between $500 million and $550 million.

And there’s certainly more to come for Springsteen. His current tour has dates booked until mid-2025, with new U.S. dates launching in August. Plus, Deliver Me From Nowhere, a movie about the making of his album Nebraska, is currently in the works, with Jeremy Allen White starring as The Boss. 

Speaking of that tour, Springsteen and the E Street Band are set to play Bergen, Norway, on Sunday. A complete list of dates can be found at brucespringsteen.net.

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U2 releases “Beautiful Day” installment of their ‘Deep Dives and B-Sides’ digital series

U2 releases “Beautiful Day” installment of their ‘Deep Dives and B-Sides’ digital series
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U2 has released the next installment in their digital series, U2 to Love and Only Love – Deep Dives and B-Sides. The latest, “Beautiful Day,” is named after the Grammy-winning lead single from their 10th studio album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

U2 to Love and Only Love – Deep Dives and B-Sides will consist of 12 newly remastered collections, released throughout the year, which are made up of songs that until now were only available on vinyl, CD or cassette. 

“Beautiful Day” is the eighth installment in the series and features nine songs, including a remastered edition of the track and three remixes. There’s also remastered versions of “Always,” which was the “Beautiful Day” B-side, and an early version of the song, as well as “Summer Rain,” a B-side from U2: The Best Of 1990-2000 & B-Sides.

Plus there are three live tracks from a concert in Mexico City: “Discothèque,” “If You Wear That Velvet Dress” and “Last Night on Earth.”

The playlist is now streaming on most digital outlets.

And to coincide with the release, U2 is selling a limited-edition 2024 reissue of a “Beautiful Day” T-shirt. It is available for preorder now, with shirts shipping in August.

U2 launched U2 to Love and Only Love – Deep Dives and B-Sides in April and so far released collections dedicated to “Discothèque,” “Staring at the Sun,” “Last Night on Earth,” “If God Will Send His Angels,” “Please,” “Mofo” and “Sweetest Thing.”

 

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Paul McCartney & Wings release ‘One Hand Clapping – The Backyard’ digital EP

Paul McCartney & Wings release ‘One Hand Clapping – The Backyard’ digital EP
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Paul McCartney & Wings released the live album One Hand Clapping in June, and now McCartney is sharing some more music recorded during the live sessions for the album.

The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer just shared a six-song EP, One Hand Clapping – The Backyard, featuring acoustic versions of the unreleased track “Blackpool,” The Beatles‘ “Blackbird,” covers of Buddy Holly‘s “I’m Gonna Love You Too” and “Peggy Sue,” and more. The Backyard was previously only available as part of a One Hand Clapping online exclusive two-LP and 7-inch vinyl set.  

A post on McCartney’s Instagram page says, “Step into the garden at @abbeyroadstudios in summer 1974 with ‘The Backyard’ Paul’s acoustic performance recorded during a break in the ‘One Hand Clapping’ sessions.”

The Backyard is now streaming via digital outlets. A video for McCartney’s performance of “Blackpool” is now on YouTube.

One Hand Clapping was recorded at Abbey Road studios in August 1974 as a video documentary and possible live album, although it never officially came out. Parts of it did come out on bootlegs over the years, but the June release was its first official release.

It includes live recordings of such Wings hits as “Live and Let Die,” “Band on the Run,” “Jet” and “My Love,” as well as Paul’s solo song “Maybe I’m Amazed” and reworked versions of Beatles songs like “Let It Be,” “Lady Madonna” and “The Long and Winding Road.”

 

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Peter Frampton pays tribute to Bob Newhart: “He was a charmer”

Peter Frampton pays tribute to Bob Newhart: “He was a charmer”
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Future Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Peter Frampton has paid tribute to comedy and TV legend Bob Newhart, who passed away at the age of 94.

Frampton shared a photo of him, Newhart and Bill Murray on Instagram, writing, “Heart broken to hear. I’ve known Bob since the 70s and he was a charmer. Yes, he made us all belly laugh with his many years of incredibly bright and unique sense of humour.”

Frampton continued, “I will miss our lunches. If I was paying it was The Four Seasons. If he was it wasn’t the Four Seasons! Forever the accountant but one of the most modest down to earth people I have known and called a friend. I will miss you Bob (heart emoji) rip.”

According to Newhart’s publicist, he died at his home in Los Angeles “after a series of short illnesses.”

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The Smashing Pumpkins announce new album, ‘Aghori Mhori Mei’

The Smashing Pumpkins announce new album, ‘Aghori Mhori Mei’
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The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a new album, Aghori Mhori Mei.

The 13th studio effort from the “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” rockers arrives Aug. 2. It’s the follow-up to the Pumpkins’ 33-track, three-part rock opera, ATUM, which was released over 2022 and 2023.

“In the writing of this new album I became intrigued with the well-worn axiom, ‘you can’t go home again,'” says frontman Billy Corgan. “Which I have found personally to be true in form but thought well, what if we tried anyway? Not so much in looking backwards with sentimentality but rather as a means to move forward; to see if in the balance of success and failure that our ways of making music circa 1990-1996 would still inspire something revelatory.”

Aghori Mhori Mei will arrive amid the Pumpkins’ summer tour, kicking off July 29 in Washington, D.C., which includes headlining dates and shows with Green Day.

Here’s the Aghori Mhori Mei track list:

“Edin”
“Pentagrams”
“Sighommi”
“Pentecost”
“War Dreams of Itself”
“Who Goes There”
“999”
“Goeth the Fall”
“Sicarus”
“Murnau”

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Steely Dan calls out band for playing their song at the RNC

Steely Dan calls out band for playing their song at the RNC
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Steely Dan appears to be to calling out Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention for using their music. 

The Donald Fagen led band posted a message on their website to Sixwire, the house band at this weeks’ convention in Milwaukee, who played a series of classic rock covers, including Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years.”

In the post they noted, “If you want to play our music how about playing The Man in the TIN FOIL HAT?”

“Tin Foil Hat” is an anti-Trump song released by Todd Rundgren in 2017 that features Fagen singing. He also co-wrote the tune. The accompanying video for the track appears to mock Trump, Fox News and Trump’s associates.

This isn’t the first time a band has been upset that one of their songs has been associated with the Trump campaign. Neil Young sued Trump’s campaign for using his songs at rallies. Plus, the estates of Isaac Hayes and Tom Petty‘s have called out Trump for using the artists’ music without permission.

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