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Stars protest at Newcastle council arts cuts

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Stars including Sting, Bryan Ferry and Alun Armstrong have signed a letter protesting at potentially “disastrous” plans by Newcastle City Council to scrap its entire arts budget.

The council will cut grants to theatres and other venues as part of a wider plan to save £90m and cut...

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Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston Musical Coming to Las Vegas

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston are headed to Vegas. The late pop music icons, along with Elvis Presley, have inspired an upcoming musical called ‘The Man,’ which focuses on how young artists with a dream become superstars.

The show will focus more on Jackson than the others but draws...

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John Legend Song for ‘Django Unchained’ Is ‘About Retribution’

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

John Legend was holed up in a London recording studio with Paul Epworth, at work on his next album (due in May), when he was inspired to pen a song for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained soundtrack.

“I had been reading about the film, very early on when it was in development,...

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REO Speedwagon Working On New Music

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin has revealed some information about the band’s plans for next year that’s sure to excite fans. In a recent message posted on the group’s official Facebook page, the singer reports that he spent this past Tuesday recording at Blue Moon Studio near...

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Musicians Sought for Sandy Hook Benefit

Friday, December 28th, 2012

A music journalist and newspaper editor in Newtown, Connecticut, is looking for acts to perform Sandy Hook benefit shows. John Voket, an editor for The Newtown Bee, announced on SoundSpike that he has teamed with Connecticut promoter Keith Mahler of Premier Concerts to put together events to provide...

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Yes Announce North American Tour

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Legendary progressive rock band, Yes, announced its upcoming North American tour, kicking off March 2013 in West Wendover, NV and wrapping up May 2013 in Detroit, MI. On this tour, fans can look forward to a totally new and unique Yes experience; the band, for the first time in its storied history,...

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Jimmy McCracklin, Blues singer and pianist dies at 91

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Jimmy McCracklin, a blues singer and pianist who by his count composed nearly a thousand songs and recorded hundreds, including the 1950s hit “The Walk,” died on Thursday in San Pablo, Calif. He was 91.

His daughter, Sue McCracklin, confirmed his death.

Mr. McCracklin’s music spanned...

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Glitches On New Jethro Tull Dvd

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

It has just come to light that there are glitches on the Jethro Tull dvd which forms part of the ‘Thick As A Brick’ 40th Anniversary Edition that was recently released.

The music company EMI have released the following statement:

We have been alerted to the fact that there...

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Animoog V2 delivers

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Moog Delivers the All-New Animoog V2

Though the fine folks at Moog Music already had a top-notch piece of iOS software in the original Animoog (and even made some smart updates to it, as well), they’ve apparently already bested themselves with Animoog V2, a “ground-up rewrite”...

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Ziggy Stardust London Plaque Gets Go Ahead

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The Daily Mail has reported that a proposed plaque to honour the creation of Ziggy Stardust has been given the go-ahead by the City of Westminster in London.

In an original proposal from Westminster in 2005 it was proposed that: “The nomination for a commemorative plaque for Ziggy Stardust...

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Hillsborough single beats X-Factor to Xmas no.1 spot

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

The Hillsborough tribute single, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, is this year’s Christmas number one.

Released under the name The Justice Collective, it features names such as Robbie Williams and Sir Paul McCartney.

It is raising money for the families of 96 Liverpool...

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Show To be Re-Aired

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Some things are so good they need to be aired twice. That’s exactly what producers of the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson thought when they choose to re-air Lynyrd Skynyrd’s performance of “Last of a Dyin’ Breed.” Fans can tune into CBS on December 27 at 12:35am/11:35pm CT to catch...

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Isle Of Wight 2013 Headliners Announced

Monday, December 24th, 2012

The headline acts for this year’s Isle Of Wight Festival have been announced, with The Stone Roses headlining on Friday, Killers on Saturday and Bon Jovi on Sunday.

Other acts performing at the festival include: Jake Bugg, The Script, Bloc Party, Paloma Faith, The Maccabees, Ellie Goulding,...

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Story Of Jeff Lynne & ELO Now Released

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Available for the first time, the 90-minute feature documentary, Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne & ELO, was released via iTunes on Tuesday, December 18.

The film is not just an illuminating and entertaining new documentary about one of popular music’s greatest stories never told....

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Low levels of pay for musicians revealed

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

New research commissioned by the Musicians’ Union has been published demonstrating the chronic levels of low pay and no pay for self-employed professional musicians.

The Working Musician report reveals that after years of training, more than half of professional musicians still get paid less...

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