Weekly music agenda: Happy birthday, John Lennon
Friday 01 October 2010
On October 9, celebrations will take place all over the world to mark what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. Eight of his albums are being reissued, and artists Jackson Browne and Cyndi Lauper will perform in a tribute concert. Also coming up: new LPs from Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon, and Shakira.
Carlos Santana launches European tour
Through October 30
Legendary Mexican singer and rock guitarist Carlos Santana continues a month-long European tour leg that began on September 29 in Dublin. The 21-city run will include a show at the London O2 and visits to Zurich, Paris, Prague, Hamburg, and Milan. He will reportedly perform songs from a new studio album currently in the works in addition to hits from his 40-year career.
To purchase tickets and find out about VIP ticket packages: http://www.santana.com/tour/
Indie label Matador Records live streams birthday bash
Matador Records is turning 21, and to celebrate the indie label will livestream its three-day anniversary festival, Matador 21: The Lost Weekend, on October 1 through 3. Some of Matador's biggest acts will be performing, including Pavement, Spoon, Sonic Youth, Belle and Sebastian, Liz Phair, the New Pornographers, and the much-anticipated reunited Guided By Voices.
To watch the livestream of the event: http://www.myspace.com/Matador21
To check schedule changes: http://www.myspace.com/music/blog/2010/9/26/matador-at-21-livestream-schedule
Glastonbury tickets on sale
The Glastonbury Festival, one of the biggest and best-loved camping/music festivals in the world, has its 2011 edition slated for June 22 through 26, and passes are set to go on sale October 3. Tickets for the festival are known to sell out well in advance, and the 2011 edition is likely to be especially hot: it will be the last festival until 2013, as the festival is expected to skip a year in 2012 to avoid conflict with the London Olympic Games. While a full lineup will likely not be out until early spring, Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis has so far said he has "three really good" headliners. Tickets for 2011 will go on sale at 9:00am London time on Sunday, October 3, costing £195 (€235) for a weekend pass. At the time of booking, buyers will be asked to pay a £50 (€60) deposit per person, with tickets to be paid in full in early 2011.
Bruno Mars: 'Doo-Wops & Hooligans'
Bruno Mars, the producer, songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist who has contributed to several internationally chart-topping tracks of 2010, is set to release his debut solo album. The 23-year-old Hawaii-born musician co-wrote melodies and contributed prominent vocals for B.o.B's "Nothin' on You," which topped charts in the US, the UK, and the Netherlands; produced Travis McCoy's top ten hit "Billionaire"; and co-wrote the international number-one singles "Right Round" by Flo Rida and "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan. The lead single from Doo-Wops & Hooligans, "Just the Way You Are," was released in late July and has so far peaked at number nine on the US Billboard chart and number three on iTunes.
John Lennon 70th birthday celebrations
The date that would have been the late Beatle's 70th birthday is being marked with official and unoffical celebrations around the world. Among them: eight of Lennon's albums are being reissued on October 4 digitally and on CD; a dedication ceremony will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on October 8 before three John Lennon time capsules are buried at various locations worldwide; a peace monument will be unveiled in Liverpool; and Yoko Ono will celebrate the event in Iceland with events including the lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower and the presentation of awards from the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace. A John Lennon tribute concert at New York's Beacon Theatre is slated for November 12, with performances by Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, and Cyndi Lauper. Proceeds will go to the Playing for Change Foundation, which promotes peace with music. To purchase, tickets, visit http://lennontribute.org/. For more about the birthday celebrations, visit http://www.johnlennon.com.
Kings of Leon: 'Come Around Sundown'
October 18/October 19
American rock band Kings of Leon is set to release a first single from Come Around Sundown, its fifth studio album and the follow-up to the internationally chart-topping, multi-Grammy-winning album Only By the Night. The album is due out on October 18 in the UK and on October 19 in North America. It will be available for download, on vinyl, and in two CD configurations: the standard 13-track album as well as a deluxe version including tracks recorded at the band's headlining show at London's Hyde Park on June 30. The band released a video of the album's first single, "Radioactive," on its website on September 8.
Bob Dylan: 'The Witmark Demos"
Bob Dylan is set to release The Witmark Demos, the ninth volume of his "Bootleg Series," on October 19 on Columbia Records. Recorded between 1962 and 1964, the 47-track rarities collection includes early recordings of classics "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." Along with Witmark, Dylan will release Bob Dylan - The Original Mono Recordings, a box set of his first eight long-playing albums, newly reproduced from their first-generation mono mixes, also on October 19.
Both are now available for pre-sale at http://www.sonymusicdigital.com/bobdylan.
Shakira: 'Sale El Sol'
Shakira is set to release the Spanish-language album Sale El Sol on October 19. The album will be the seventh for the Colombian pop star, who most recently topped charts with her World Cup theme song "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)." Sale El Sol (The Sun Rises) reportedly includes collaborations with Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 and Miami rapper Pitbull. On September 15, Shakira began a tour of North America, with dates in Europe through December 20. The major international tour is also expected to include shows in Latin America and Asia.
Taylor Swift: 'Speak Now'
International country music star Taylor Swift is set to release her third album, Speak Now, on October 25. The album will include 14 tracks, all written by Swift, including the single "Mine," released in August. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Swift is the youngest artist in history, and the first female solo country artist ever, to win a Grammy for Album of the Year - an honor she received in 2009 for her sophomore disc Fearless.
Michael Bublé: 'Crazy Love Hollywood Edition'
Grammy Award-winning Canadian crooner Michael Bublé plans to re-release his LP Crazy Love with a few bonus tracks, packaged as Crazy Love Hollywood Edition, on Tuesday, October 25. The new CD features the single "Hollywood," released worldwide on September 7, as well as live versions of songs from the original album. Crazy Love, his fourth studio effort, topped charts in the UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, and Ireland, and has sold nearly six million copies since its release.
Keith Richard's memoir hits the bookstores
Master musician, legendary partier, and songwriting cohort to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards has produced a memoir detailing his rock and roll lifestyle titled Life. In writing the book, Richards enlisted the aid of his old friend James Fox, author of White Mischief.
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