According to reports, on June 1st, the Beatles will release a 50th anniversary edition of 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. For the release, which is said to have the approval of the band, the double A-sided single of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and Penny Lane” will finally be added to the collection. The two songs were pulled from the album sessions as a stand-alone single in February 1967. (The Sunday Times)
Billy Joel’s March 3rd show at Madison Square Garden featured appearances by both John Mellencamp and the Rascals’ Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish. Mellencamp — who had recently dated Billy’s ex-wife Christie Brinkley — joined Billy and the band to play his 1983 classic “The Authority Song” — which included a taste of Wilson Pickett’s “Land Of 1,000 Dances.” The Rascals’ co-founders joined Billy for a runthrough of their signature hit, ” Good Lovin’.” (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Roger Waters has announced the release date for his new album via a teaser video. The new collection — Waters’ fourth solo studio collection since 1984 — titled Is This the Life We Really Want?, will be released on May 19th. Jambase posted the brief video clip, which features Waters working in the studio with producer Nigel Godrich, best known for his work with Radiohead. Roger Waters kicks off his 52-date North American tour on May 26th in Kansas City, Missouri at Sprint Center.
Queen’s Brian May and collaborator Kelly Ellis will release their second album titled, Golden Days, on April 7th. Vintage Vinyl News reported the new set, “includes five original compositions, two by May and three by May and Ellis, along with new recordings of some of the pairs’ favorite songs including Phil Lynott and Gary Moore’s ‘Parisienne Walkways,’ Leiber & Stoller’s ‘I (Who Have Nothing),’ Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘If I Loved You,’ and a new arrangement of ‘Born Free.’ May hits the road with Queen + Adam Lambert on June 23rd in Glendale, Arizona at Gila River Arena. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Art Garfunkel says that the Beatles spurred Simon & Garfunkel into taking album production seriously. During a pre-show chat with The Hutchinson News, Garfunkel revealed, “That was the carrot and we were on the donkeys, trying to follow the notion that an album could be as artful as you want it to be. That was a new concept. We were chasing after how creative the Beatles’ records were. It was moving out of just money-making. You should have heard how weak albums were before that. It was a whole new kick in the ass. The Beatles led the way.”
Garfunkel, who plays on Tuesday (March 7th) in Lone Tree, Colorado’s Lone Tree Arts Center, will publish his long-awaited autobiography, titled What Is It All But Luminous – Notes From An Underground Man on September 26th via the Random House imprint.
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