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The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

November 15th, 2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...
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Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...
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The Beatles' Entire Original Recorded Catalog Remastered; Out Sept.9

April 10th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Beatles
Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original Beatles catalog, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date,...
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25 Surprise Celebrity Deaths That Rocked Us All

April 7th, 2009 9:10am EDT
Natasha Richardson
Actress Natasha Richardson's unexpected death in a skiing accident late last month stunned and saddened the public. The usually overzealous media even seemed to tread lightly, gently reporting a story it never expected to tell. For a culture that values and admires celebrity, the death of vibrant public figures with potential yet to fulfill serves as a harsh reminder that despite glamour, talent and seemingly charmed lives, all of us are mortal. Whether on screens big or small, over the radio airwaves or in bright vivid color on canvas, the sudden passing of an entertainer can feel like the...
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Collateral Damage From Robert Plant's Decision To Nix Zep Reunion

December 25th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Led Zeppelin
Since the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reformed last December for a one-off show to pay tribute to late Atlantic Records founder and legend Ahmet Ertegun, the man who discovered and brought us some of the most talented artists of all-time (seriously, we really could use another Ahmet right about now-- but since the almighty dollar overshadows the need for actual talent we can forget that) and gave a handful of folks in England the greatest holiday gift ever, there has been a weekly story about the band going on tour. And not going on tour. But wanting to tour. And not wanting to tour. ...
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Review: Mixing 'Chinese Democracy' With Dr Pepper

December 5th, 2008 11:44am EST
Guns N Roses
We've waited 17 years for a full length album of new Guns N' Roses material, and this stretch of time was made all the more ridiculous after all the delays, firings, and apparent breakdowns by Axl Rose, the band's only remaining original member, and his ill-fated project: Chinese Democracy. As more and more time elapsed, as release dates were pushed back further-and-further, the expectations for this album became higher or lower, depending on how you look at it. Some might say that it couldn't possibly be good because Axl is totally off his rocker and has made simply putting out a rock n'...
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Sprint Launches 'Rock The Phone'

November 21st, 2008 5:45pm EST
The Doors
Rhino Entertainment and Sprint introduce Rock The Phone, a Website offering rockin' ringtones for every phone of legendary songs from some of rock 'n' roll's greatest bands, including The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Ramones, and more.

Not a subscription service, wireless consumers nationwide can visit www.rockthephone.com for access to over 100 classic rock ringtones for $2.99 each. For a limited time, the website will offer a free ringtone of The Doors' "Love Me Two Times," and Sprint customers will have exclusive access to eight ringtones until December 11.

In addit...
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Jazz Vet David Benoit Pays Homage To Jazz, Rock & Pop Icons On 'Heroes'

July 1st, 2008 5:00pm EDT
David Benoit
Peak Records recently released Heroes, the latest album from five-time Grammy nominated pianist/composer arranger and producer David Benoit. Celebrating 30-plus years as a recording artist, Benoit puts fresh, exuberant spins on classic songs by legendary pop, rock and jazz artists whose brilliance inspired his own.

While paying homage to Jazz piano icons Dave Grusin, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver and Dave Brubeck, on Heroes he also lets fans in on an exciting little secret; he's an unabashed lover of pop and rock music who was equally influenced by the likes of The Beatles...
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The Mystic Orchestra Re-Envisions Rock Concert Legends' Greatest Music

June 19th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience
John Lennon gave the marching orders long ago. Imagine. For his part, veteran concert promoter Rick Bowen imagined a rock concert like no other: Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd playing together on one stage. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other legends performing with the benefit of today's state-of-the-art lighting and sound. The elusive tribal feeling, unique to classic rock concerts, recreated for a new generation.

Imagine no more. "Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience," featuring the Mystic Orchestra, is about to storm the concert arenas of America - kicking off August 27 at the Ci...
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Concert Review: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Atlanta, GA

April 29th, 2008 1:43pm EDT
Springsteen
There are a handful of acts that certain music lovers yearn to experience in their lifetime. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Doors. The Clash. When it becomes apparent that experiencing some of these acts may not happen, it's a bitter pill to swallow. I have never seen a Springsteen concert. I yearned to see one before it was all over. When keyboardist Danny Federici lost his long battle with cancer last week, the E Street Band's immortality was in question. This was one, I thought, that I must see.

Bruce began the show with a tribute to Federici. The lights stayed off w...
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The Doors' Eponymous Debut Album To Be Released As 'Classic Albums' DVD

April 8th, 2008 7:34pm EDT
The Doors
You've been behind the music, read the dirt and seen the concerts, now experience what it takes, and meet who is involved, in the making of a Classic Album. Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the April 22 release of The Doors, as the next installment of its much-lauded "Classic Albums" DVD series.

The year was 1967. The music industry was going through an upheaval as the old guard was giving way to a youth culture revolution that turned thought, sound and politics inside-out and upside-down. In the midst of all this, one of, if not arguably the greatest rock'n'roll debut al...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

January 8th, 2008 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), fantasy author Terry Brooks (1944), "A Brief History of Time" author Stephen Hawking (1942), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (193...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 8

December 8th, 2007 3:00am EST
Kim Basinger
Happy Birthday to "Lost" co-stars Ian Somerhalder (1978) and Dominic Monaghan (1976), NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick (1975), New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina (1968), Irish singer Sinead O'Connor (1966), "Desperate Housewife" Teri Hatcher (1964), political pundit Ann Coulter (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen (1957), "8 Mile" actress Kim Basinger (1953), keyboardist Gregg Allman (1947), The Doors singer/poet Jim Morrison (1943; d. 1971), "Kill Bill" actor David Carradine (1936), comedian Flip Wilson (1933; d. 1998), Austrian actor Maximilian Schell (1930), Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr....
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 1

December 1st, 2007 3:00am EST
Bette Midler
Happy Birthday to British actress Emily Mortimer (1971), actor Jeremy Northam (1961), jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951; d. 1987), Irish singer Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946), comedic/dramatic actress Bette Midler (1945), The Doors drummer John Densmore (1944), comedian Richard Pryor (1940; d. 2005), golfer Lee Trevino (1939), singer Lou Rawls (1935), comedian/director Woody Allen (1935), and stage actress Mary Martin (1913; d. 1990).
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A&E Launches New Weekly Sunday Morning Music Performance And Interview Series

July 31st, 2007 10:46am EDT
Private Sessions
On Sunday, July 22 at 9:00AM ET/PT, the A&E Network premiered Private Sessions, a weekly one-hour performance and interview series hosted by Lynn Hoffman. Filmed in a small, intimate studio in New York City, the series will showcase exclusive performances and conversations with top names in entertainment with a focus on contemporary music ranging from rock 'n' roll to pop to country. Each Sunday morning Private Sessions will explore the body of work of a single artist or group and feature current releases as well as career-building, influential or defining projects.

The premiere epis...
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The Doors Let It Roll, Baby, Roll 'Live In Boston 1970' July 24

July 12th, 2007 4:49pm EDT
The Doors
LOS ANGELES - After a controversial incident on stage in Miami shortened The Doors' 1969 tour, the band roared back in 1970 with the astounding Morrison Hotel, followed by an inspired tour; their last with singer Jim Morrison. Bright Midnight Archives celebrates the beginning of an era's end with a three-disc set that captures the tour's first stop at the Boston Arena on April 10, 1970. Featuring complete recordings of both the early and late shows, The Doors Live In Boston '70 is available July 24 at all retail outlets and at www.rhino.com and www.thedoors.com. It can also be preordered no...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 12

February 12th, 2007 3:00am EST
Christina Ricci
Happy Birthday to actress Christina Ricci (1980), filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Wilson Phillips singer Chynna Phillips (1968), "Into the Blue" actor Josh Brolin (1968), talk show host Arsenio Hall (1955), Canadian character actor Michael Ironside (1950), Bond girl Maud Adams (1945), Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek (1939), American film actor Joe Don Baker (1936), hoops legend Bill Russell (1934), "Bonanza" star Lorne Greene (1915; d. 1987), 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln (1809; d. 1865), and British naturalist Charles Darwin (1809; d. 1882).
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The Doors To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award & Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

February 7th, 2007 9:52am EST
The Doors
In 1967, The Doors released their landmark self-titled debut album. In 2007, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the recording premiere of one of the most important and influential American groups in the history of rock, The Doors will receive a trio of enormously significant honors.

Later this year, influential music icon Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction, Lollapalooza) will release a much-anticipated track from his new album called "Woman in the Window," a song that features an unreleased, never-before-heard Jim Morrison vocal. The rousing anthem is the theme song for Global Cool, an o...
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Patti Smith's Upcoming Album 'Twelve' Covers Classic Songs

February 6th, 2007 10:33am EST
Patti Smith
Columbia Records will release "Twelve," the eagerly-anticipated album of "cover" versions of classic popular songs newly interpreted by the 2007 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith, on Tuesday, April 17.

"Twelve" is Patti Smith's first album of new studio recordings since Trampin', her Columbia Records debut, was released in 2004, and is the artist's first-ever full-length collection of songs originally created by other performers.

On "Twelve," Patti Smith and her band -- Lenny Kaye (guitar), Jay Dee Daugherty (drums) and Tony Shanahan (bass, keyboards) -- work their mag...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 8

January 8th, 2007 3:00am EST
Elvis Presley
Happy Birthday to Christian singer Rachel Lampa (1985), "Buffy" actress Amber Benson (1977), New York Yankee first baseman Jason Giambi (1971), R&B singer R. Kelly (1969), "Homicide: Life on the Street" star Michelle Forbes (1967), Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood (1966; d. 1990), Austrian chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (1949), English singer/actor David Bowie (1947), Doors guitarist Robby Krieger (1946), fantasy author Terry Brooks (1944), "A Brief History of Time" author Stephen Hawking (1942), game show host Bob Eubanks (1938), "James Bond" theme song singer Shirley Bassey (193...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

December 31st, 2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...
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Grateful Dead, The Doors, Joan Baez & More To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

December 20th, 2006 4:03pm EST
Grateful Dead
Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award were announced today. Joan Baez, Booker T. & The MG's, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, the Grateful Dead and Bob Wills will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Estelle Axton, Cosimo Matassa and Stephen Sondheim will be honored with The Academy's Trustees Award. David M. Smith and Yamaha Corporation have been named recipients of the Technical GRAMMY Award.

"This year's group of accomplished honorees are as diverse as they are influential as creators of the most re...
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Grateful Dead, Santana, Led Zeppelin & Doors Sue To Stop Illegal Sales of Concert Memorabilia

December 19th, 2006 11:02am EST
Carlos Santana
Grateful Dead Productions, Carlos Santana, and the members of Led Zeppelin and The Doors filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the unlawful reproduction, promotion and sale of thousands of vintage concert memorabilia items and illegal copies of the memorabilia.

The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California against William Sagan, who operates a website, wolfgangsvault.com, through which he is promoting and selling these materials in violation of federal and state laws.

Sagan acquired the memorabilia when he purchased certain assets of ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 8

December 8th, 2006 3:00am EST
Dominic Monaghan
Happy Birthday to "Lost" co-stars Ian Somerhalder (1978) and Dominic Monaghan (1976), NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick (1975), New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina (1968), Irish singer Sinead O'Connor (1966), "Desperate Housewife" Teri Hatcher (1964), political pundit Ann Coulter (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen (1957), "8 Mile" actress Kim Basinger (1953), keyboardist Gregg Allman (1947), The Doors singer/poet Jim Morrison (1943; d. 1971), "Kill Bill" actor David Carradine (1936), comedian Flip Wilson (1933; d. 1998), Austrian actor Maximilian Schell (1930), Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr....
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 1

December 1st, 2006 3:00am EST
Bette Midler
Happy Birthday to British actress Emily Mortimer (1971), actor Jeremy Northam (1961), jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951; d. 1987), Irish singer Gilbert O'Sullivan (1946), comedic/dramatic actress Bette Midler (1945), The Doors drummer John Densmore (1944), comedian Richard Pryor (1940), golfer Lee Trevino (1939), singer Lou Rawls (1935), comedian/director Woody Allen (1935), and stage actress Mary Martin (1913; d. 1990).
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CD Reviews, Nov. 21, 2006 (Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Beatles, Il Divo, U2, Tom Waits, many more)

November 20th, 2006 5:47pm EST
Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
This week in new music: Jay-Z comes out of "retirement"; Snoop Dogg, Il Divo, Killswitch Engage and others drop new albums; while Tom Waits, U2, The Doors, Johnny Cash and more release new compilations and boxed sets. Keep reading for reviews and info on this week's new CDs...

The Beatles - LOVE

Neither an embarrassment or a revelation, LOVE is at first mildly odd but its novelty soon recedes, revealing that these are the same songs that know you by heart, only with louder drums and occasionally with a few parts in different places. Read review...

Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet T...
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Rhino Opens The Doors Of Perception

November 5th, 2006 12:00pm EST
The Doors
-40th Anniversary Boxed Set Due November 21 Features All Morrison-Era Studio Albums Expanded With Bonus Audio and Video on 12 Discs

Rhino and Elektra Records salute the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest rock bands of all time with the November 21 release of Perception. The 6-CD/6-DVD boxed set presents all of The Doors' classic studio albums with legendary vocalist Jim Morrison, each supplemented with rare and unreleased audio and video tracks.

Perception was produced in cooperation with surviving band members John Densmore (drums), Robby Krieger (guitar), and Ray Manzarek (...
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The Doors' 40th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off November 8 On The Sunset Strip; Win VIP Passes!

November 2nd, 2006 12:45pm EST
The Doors
-Event Includes Historic Landmark Dedication Of The Whisky A Go Go, Previews Of The Doors' Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Exhibit, New CD/DVD Box Set Perception, and Release Of The First Band Autobiography, The Doors By The Doors

The launch of a yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Doors, one of the most important and influential American groups in the history of rock, is set for the famed Sunset Strip on Wednesday, November 8, 2006.

Along with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum conferring historic landmark status on the Whisky A Go Go (the nightclub where The D...
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Doors Drummer John Densmore's New Project Tribaljazz Releases Debut Album

October 17th, 2006 4:56pm EDT
John Densmore
John Densmore has been telling people he's a jazz drummer since his days with the Doors; he finally gets to put his sticks where his mouth has been with Tribaljazz. The Los Angeles-based collective releases its debut album date October 17 on Hidden Beach Recordings.

As their name implies, Tribaljazz combines Densmore's love of the classic Jazz of Miles Davis and John Coltrane with the global rhythms he's explored since his first recordings with The Doors (their hit "Break On Through" was inspired by the Bossa Nova beat of "The Girl From Ipanema") through the Middle Eastern grooves hear...
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Gran Bel Fisher Recorded Debut Album On Sacred Rock Ground

July 11th, 2006 12:09pm EDT
Gran Bel Fisher
Gran Bel Fisher went into the studio collaborating with Joey Waronker and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (who also play with Beck). Tracking then began at the legendary Sunset Sound, where seminal bands like Led Zeppelin and The Doors recorded. "One night I opened up this hidden room behind a wall where Jim Morrison did his vocals," GBF explains. "It was very haunting."

The bulk of Full Moon Cigarette was made in Los Angeles and mixed in New York with Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket) and the preliminary reactions have been astonishing. "Lyrically and musically this is the record I’...
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