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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribute, Hall & Oates, KISS & More

April 11th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Round Up: Star-Studded Nirvana Tribut
The surviving members of Nirvana paid tribute to late singer Kurt Cobain at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday by inviting several women of rock on stage to perform the band's classic songs.

Joan Jett sang "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon belted out "Aneurysm," St. Vincent sang "Lithium," and Lorde closed out the set with "All Apologies."

Cobain's mother, sister and his widow, Hole singer Courtney Love, joined drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic on the podium at the Barclays Center to honor the grunge singer.
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DVD Review: Peter Gabriel - 'Peter Gabriel Live In Athens 1987'

March 23rd, 2014 10:45pm EDT
DVD Review: Peter Gabriel - 'Peter Gabriel Live In Athens 1987'
It should without saying how incredibly talented Peter Gabriel is as a performer. Honestly, c’mon. You shouldn’t need much reassurance of that fact, but if you do, Live In Athens 1987 is more than enough of said reassurance.

This concert release finds Gabriel at the literal top of his game and it seems the man only gets better the larger the crowd in front of him gets. Here thousands upon thousands of adoring fans laud Gabriel during a brilliant performance filmed in Athens, Greece during the apex of his “So” tour in 1987. As you’d imagine, all of the staples are here, from “Shock the Monk...
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Peter Gabriel Spearheads Interspecies Internet Communication Project

March 27th, 2013 11:39am EDT
Peter Gabriel
Rocker Peter Gabriel is spearheading a new campaign for an interspecies Internet that will allow humans and animals to communicate.

The Shock the Monkey singer teamed up with world wide web pioneer Vint Cerf to launch his latest hi-tech project earlier this month, insisting the Internet can be used to help mankind better understand the creature we share the planet with.

Gabriel says, "Perhaps the most amazing tool man has created is the Internet. What would happen if we could somehow find new interfaces - visual, audio - to allow us to communicate with the remarkable beings we share the...
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Peter Gabriel Backs Imprisoned Russian Punk Trio

August 17th, 2012 8:23am EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel has joined Paul McCartney, Madonna and Bjork in voicing his support for incarcerated Russian rockers Pussy Riot.

The three female stars of the band will be sentenced on Friday on charges of hooliganism after they performed a protest song aimed at President Vladimir Putin at a church in Moscow earlier this year.

Their plight has prompted support from music stars around the world, and Gabriel is hopeful their "brave" stand will help Russians in the future.

In an opinion piece for Britain's The Times, he writes, "There are very brave young people willing to risk their freed...
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Rush Join The Rush Limbaugh Boycott

March 7th, 2012 2:16pm EST
Rush
Canadian rockers Rush have joined Peter Gabriel in a creative boycott of popular broadcaster Rush Limbaugh's talk radio show.

Gabriel demanded that his music be removed from the conservative talk radio star's daily show after learning his song Sledgehammer was used during the broadcaster's attack on a student who had testified at a Congressional hearing on contraception.

The rocker was "appalled" to learn the track was part of Limbaugh's radio rant, in which he called Georgetown, Washington, D.C. student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "a prostitute" for arguing that her university's health i...
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Peter Gabriel Asks Fans To Help Him Celebrate 'So' Anniversary

December 27th, 2011 11:24am EST
Peter Gabriel
Rocker Peter Gabriel has called on fans to help him celebrate the 25th anniversary of his landmark So album by providing images, journal notes and memorabilia from the tour he launched to promote the release.

The former Genesis star will release a re-mastered version of the 1987 album next year and he hopes to include a time capsule booklet to remind fans of the late 1980s.

In a post on his website, Gabriel asks devotees to dig out anything they may have that is relevant to the 25th anniversary.

He writes, "We would love to see your memorabilia from back in 1986. Do you have any origi...
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Peter Gabriel Rethinking Covers Album Project

October 10th, 2011 9:40pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel is re-imagining his "I'll Scratch Yours" covers album project - because so many artists whose hits he covered on his "Scratch My Back" release aren't interested in reworking his songs.

Gabriel recorded orchestral renditions of songs by David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Radiohead among others for the 2010 album and he had hoped the artists would return the favor for a covers album of his own work.

But too many of the acts he honored with orchestral makeovers aren't interested in being part of the project.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I've sort of given up waiting...
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Peter Gabriel Reinvents His Greatest Works With 'New Blood - Live In London,' Out Oct. 11; DVD Out Oct. 25

October 3rd, 2011 10:39pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
On the heels of a limited sold-out US summer tour that earned Peter Gabriel some of the best reviews of his career, he will release a full-length CD "New Blood" on October 11, 2011 distributed by EMI. A continuum to his recent Scratch My Back release, the "New Blood" album will feature some of Gabriel's biggest hits from his prodigious career, reconstructed and re-imagined with orchestral arrangements and recorded live with the New Blood Orchestra. Gabriel hand-selected the songs and enlisted the help of longtime collaborator John Metcalfe for the arrangements and Ben Foster as conductor of...
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Peter Gabriel Almost Joined Phish For 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' Spectacular

September 28th, 2011 10:16pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel and rockers Phish once talked about teaming up to perform landmark Genesis album "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" in its entirety.

The jam band was planning to revisit the classic 1974 double album for a concert and approached Gabriel with the idea of fronting them for the prog-rock spectacular.

Gabriel tells RollingStone.com, "They (Phish) do these projects where they take an old record and do it. I had a conversation about The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway with them at one point.

"They were thinking about it. That didn't go anywhere, but... I sort of thought about it."
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Peter Gabriel's 'New Blood' Drops Oct. 11

September 24th, 2011 5:06pm EDT
Peter Gabriel
On the heels of a limited sold-out US summer tour that earned Peter Gabriel some of the best reviews of his career, he will release a full-length CD "New Blood" on October 11, 2011 distributed by EMI.

A continuum to his recent "Scratch My Back" release, the "New Blood" album will feature some of Gabriel's biggest hits from his prodigious career, reconstructed and re-imagined with orchestral arrangements and recorded live with the New Blood Orchestra. Gabriel hand-selected the songs and enlisted the help of longtime collaborator John Metcalfe for the arrangements and Ben Foster as conductor...
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Peter Gabriel Enticed By Baldness Cure

July 30th, 2011 10:30am EDT
Peter Gabriel
Veteran musician Peter Gabriel is considering undergoing a radical medical procedure to cure his baldness.

The former Genesis frontman has been gradually losing his hair over the past 10 years and he's recently discovered a doctor in Boston, Massachusetts who boasts of finding a cure.

The medic reportedly alters the body's rate of blood cell production, enabling him to control around 70 common disorders - and Gabriel is tempted to undergo the process to restore his locks.

He tells Mojo magazine, "Next time you see me I might have a full head of hair... Can I be bothered at my age? I r...
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Phil Collins: 'I Was Cocky And Annoying, I'm Sorry'

August 9th, 2010 10:00am EDT
Phil Collins
Phil Collins struggles to watch footage of Genesis onstage at the height of their 1980s success - because he was so "annoying".

The rocker reveals he recently started work on an archive of all his performances and was embarrassed by his over-confident persona while the band was selling out the world's arenas.

He tells Mojo magazine, "The persona onstage came out of insecurity. (Former Genesis frontman) Peter (Gabriel) had his mysterious traveler vibe, and I didn't have anything. So I thought, 'What can I do?' So I overdid it. There was a time and a place for it, but it seems embarrassin...
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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Named Most Groundbreaking Video

May 3rd, 2010 9:09am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's creepy Thriller video has been voted the most influential promo in the history of pop music.

The 14-minute clip for the singer's hit 1983 track, long credited with merging music with filmmaking, scored 15.2 per cent of the votes in the poll, conducted by social networking site MySpace.com.

Thriller saw off competition from OK Go's homemade video for their song Here It Goes Again, which became a viral hit in 2006 as fans logged online to see the group dancing on treadmills.

Britney Spears' music video for her debut single ...Baby One More Time was voted third, while A...
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ABBA, Hollies, Genesis, Iggy Pop Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

March 16th, 2010 8:40am EDT
Iggy Pop
British rockers Genesis, The Stooges and ABBA have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the class of 2010.

The ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Monday night opened with Phish paying tribute to Genesis by performing their rendition of "Watcher of the Skies," before frontman Trey Anastasio stepped forward to share his experiences about the band's influence on his own music career.

Introducing "the quiet rebels of Genesis" to the stage, Anastasio handed over the microphone to Phil Collins, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett - but former singe...
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Sade Returns After 10 Years With 'Soldier Of Love', Out Feb. 9

January 28th, 2010 5:36am EST
Sade
"Soldier of Love" is only the sixth studio album the band Sade released during their 25 year career, and the first since "Lovers Rock" in 2000. For Sade herself, as the lynchpin of the group's songwriting effort, it's a simple matter of integrity and authenticity. "I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand."

The call went out in 2008 for the group to re-convene at Peter Gabriel's Real World studio, near Sade's home in the countryside of south west England. It was the first tim...
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Genesis To Release Fourth Boxed Set, 'Genesis Live 1973-2007'

September 22nd, 2009 10:04pm EDT
Genesis
Following the reissue of the 14 Genesis studio albums in the stunning boxed sets "Genesis 1976 - 1982" and "Genesis 1983 - 1998" in 2007, and "Genesis 1970 - 1975" in 2008, on September 29, Rhino will release "Genesis Live 1973 - 2007", a boxed set gathering the four live albums recorded by the legendary British group from 1973 to 1992. Featuring brand new stereo mixes, the boxed set also includes the long-awaited release in stereo and 5.1 of "Live At The Rainbow 1973" only available with this collection.

"Genesis Live 1973 - 2007" is a sumptuously presented boxed set that includes:...
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Just Jinjer: Huge In South Africa, Ready For The U.S.

April 9th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Just Jinjer
Just Jinjer is the top selling artist in South Africa and the most successful rock act in South African history, selling an amazing two Double Platinum albums and one Gold album. Now the band has hit L.A. and is getting poised for their US debut. They've toured with U2 and Counting Crows; and their first US single, "Can I Have More", was released on April 7th.

YouTube user SiriusBackspin made an AMV (Anime Music Video) using the band's song "Can I Have More" with the Anime "Requiem From The Darkness". Check it out:

Can I Have More

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Listen Here: Erasure Takes Pop! To Another Level With New Box Set

April 4th, 2009 12:28am EDT
Erasure
Rhino Presents Career-Spanning Boxed Set (3CD/DVD) Featuring Newly Remastered Versions of All The Band's Singles on Two Discs, a CD of Vintage Live Performances, And a DVD of Rare Live BBC Performances Available From Rhino April 7

Erasure's world-conquering anthems of love, lust and longing have made it one of the most beloved and enduring success stories in modern British pop music history. After more than two decades, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke (founding member of Depeche Mode and Yaz) have sold more than 15 million albums around the globe, proving themselves masters of every kind of...
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Genesis To Release Six LP Vinyl Box Set April 14; Preview It Here

April 3rd, 2009 12:27pm EDT
Genesis
In the beginning - there was vinyl.

After upgrading the Genesis catalog of studio albums with a trio of comprehensive boxed sets (1, 2, 3), Rhino brings the band's early years back to their LP origins with Genesis 1970-1975, a vinyl boxed set that contains five albums with lead singer Peter Gabriel.

Each Genesis vinyl album contains new stereo mixes done by Nick Davis. They are presented in heavyweight gatefold sleeves that feature the original covers, faithfully reproduced from their original sources. All of the albums are collected in a protective slipcase.

One of the top...
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Cliffs Notes For Chick Flicks

March 3rd, 2009 2:51pm EST
The Notebook
Ever wonder what your wife is talking about when she mentions "that scene" from When Harry Met Sally? Or why your female co-workers start giggling when they refer to Bob in cubicle 8 as "Mr. Big"? Do you feel you're missing out on some cornerstone of pop culture, but just can't bring yourself to sit through all those tear-jerkers with a box of Kleenex and a carton of Jamoca Almond Fudge?

Well fear no more, because we've done the couch work for you - with this quick reference guide you'll never again be left scratching your head during a heated Julia Roberts/ Sandra Bullock debate.

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Mega Oscar Diary

February 23rd, 2009 9:22am EST
Sean Penn
Before we get started on the Mega Oscar Diary, let's go to a few random ramblings from the cadre of pre-shows around the dial:

-Philip Seymour Hoffman's hat probably came with a matching set of fingerless gloves.

-Those who were unable to see the Los Angeles CW affiliate's pre-show missed this exchange.

-The CW's Female Host: What is the role you'd love to do next. If you could do anything following 'The Wrestler' what would it be?

-Mickey Rourke: (Slowly eyes her up from head to toe with a knowing smile and walks off.)

-I know a lot of people care about fashion, ...
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2009 Oscar Predictions: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

February 20th, 2009 10:42am EST
Oscars
After months of speculation, it's finally time to man up and throw down with some hardcore Oscar predictions. But before we tell you who will and should win the Oscar on Sunday night, let's address the whole secrecy notion surrounding this year's event.

You may not have heard (which is probably part of the point) but the Academy has decided to surround this year's ceremony in mystery. Mainly, they've refused to reveal who will be presenting Oscars this year and have gone so far as to forbid its presenters from appearing on the red carpet. Why? Because they think fashionistas will b...
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Are The Academy Awards Out of Touch With Modern Audiences?

February 20th, 2009 9:18am EST
Academy Awards
Sunday, February 22, 2009, will mark the 81st Annual Academy Awards, but does anyone really care? Last year's telecast was one of the lowest rated in history, pulling in only 31.76 million viewers despite it being the 80th celebration of Oscar. This year producers are trying to reverse the trend. Yet it seems the more they try to fix the ratings slump, the more critics worry that the Oscars are simply out of touch with modern audiences.

It's not just young viewers who have moved on to more enjoyable awards shows like MTV and People's Choice. Academy members over the age of 60, who make...
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14 Nauseating & Sappy Love Songs For A Mushy February 14

February 14th, 2009 10:55am EST
Happy Valentine
Want to make your Valentine's heart melt to mush? Create a playlist or CD with these 14 lovey-dovey, nauseatingly sappy songs:

1. "You're Still The One" - Shania Twain

2. "I'll Make Love To You" - Boyz II Men

3. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" - Backstreet Boys

4. "Unchained Melody" - Righteous Brothers

5. "When A Man Loves A Woman" - Percy Sledge

6. "Wonderful Tonight" - Eric Clapton

7. "I Knew I Loved You" - Savage Garden

8. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" - Van Morrison

9. "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" - Aerosmith

10. "I Do (Cheris...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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Underrated & Overrated Movie Songs

November 7th, 2008 1:13pm EST
Neil Young
We all know the real reason we go to the movies. It isn't the thrills or the chills, the laughs or the gaffes, the drama or Lorenzo Lamas, no; we all hit the theater to hear the music. That is, we love to hear the one big song associated with any film.

The marriage of music and movies has long been exceptional. Whether it's "Theme From a Summer's Place" or "Blame Canada", nothing raises a film's enjoyment factor quite like a good tune.

Problem is, most songs simply aren't that good. A lot of these film tunes come from a great movie and are thusly mistaken as great music when i...
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Genesis' '1970-1975 Box Set' Arrives Nov. 11

October 30th, 2008 2:01pm EDT
Genesis
Since launching an upgrade of the entire Genesis catalog last year, the comprehensive series has followed Genesis' transformation from prog-rock pioneers to stadium-filling power trio. With the final installment, Rhino ends at the beginning with a set covering the band's early years with lead singer, Peter Gabriel. Genesis: 1970-1975 will be available November 11 from regular retail outlets and at www.rhino.com.

Produced by Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford, Genesis: 1970-1975 presents five of the band's studio albums as CD/DVD sets featuring new stereo mixes of the origin...
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Rachael Sage Glows On New Album 'Chandelier'

August 30th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Rachael Sage
New York City songstress Rachael Sage has delivered her newest self-produced full-length album, Chandelier, released this summer via MPress Records. With a catalog of eight solo albums and an ever-expanding loyal fanbase, Chandelier continues to mix Rachael's eclectic style and quirky, melodic pop sound to create 13 radiant tracks of what Performing Songwriter calls "engaging pop arrangements and gripping melodies"; the influential magazine recently named Rachael one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Artists of the Past 15 Years.

"Genuine talent...Sage has a knack for writing...
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Sonya Kitchell Tours With Herbie Hancock Again; 'This Storm' Due Sept. 2

July 5th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Sonya Kitchell
Imagine the sonic equivalent of seeing your older sister's best friend again after she went away to college for a few years. As beautiful and poised as she was before, you simply can't believe the cute teenager you once knew has turned into such a smart and sexy adult. This Storm, the strikingly confident second album from singer, guitarist, and songwriter Sonya Kitchell, is an immediate and visceral album, dealing with serious issues and reflecting such remarkable growth that you can barely believe it's the same artist.

Kitchell's debut, Words Came Back To Me, recorded when she was on...
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Genesis Release 'When In Rome 2007'; Three DVD Set Wal-Mart Exclusive

June 10th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Genesis
Genesis -- Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford -- returned after 15 years with one of 2007's most successful tours. After a series of brilliant stadium performances across Europe, the tour ended with a spellbinding grand finale in Rome as the band performed in front of 500,000 fans who filled the historic Circo Massimo for this free, open-air concert. Legendary director David Mallet captured the entire 2 hour and 36 minute spectacle with multiple cameras for When In Rome 2007.

This three-DVD set includes the entire concert, plus photo galleries, deleted scenes and photographi...
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