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The Eurythmics Among 2013 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees

October 11th, 2012 9:53am EDT
Eurythmics
Steven Tyler, Annie Lennox and Stevie Nicks are among the artists who will be competing for a place in the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Tyler is joined in the list of nominees by his Aerosmith bandmate and writing partner Joe Perry, while Lennox's Eurythmics collaborator Dave Stewart is also included, along with Nicks' Fleetwood Mac co-stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.

Blues legend B.B. King and The Kinks' Ray Davies are also among the nominees for the 2013 inductees.

Voting ends in December and the chosen artists will be inducted at a gala ceremony in New York City on J...
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Legendary Talent Lines Up To Record Paul McCartney Tribute Album

February 10th, 2012 5:10pm EST
McCartney,_Paul
Brian Wilson, Billy Joel and B.B. King are hitting the studio to record Paul McCartney's greatest hits for a new tribute album.

Willie Nelson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Jeff Lynne and The Cure will also cover tracks from McCartney's back catalogue, extending from his time in The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.

The as-yet-untitled collection will be released to coincide with the pop legend's 70th birthday in June, and a behind-the-scenes documentary is also being filmed during studio sessions.

Producer Ralph Sall, who is curating the album, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Beatles icon...
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Rolling Stones Names Jimi Hendrix The Greatest Guitarist Ever

November 23rd, 2011 12:30pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitarist in history by Rolling Stone magazine.

The revered music publication put the Purple Haze legend ahead of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page, who came in at second and third respectively.

A team of experts from the industry, including guitarist Tom Morello, came together with editors to decide their favorite guitar player for the poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Morello says, "Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."

The countdown als...
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Happy 50th Birthday, The Edge!

August 8th, 2011 10:27am EDT
The Edge
U2 rocker The Edge has plenty of reason to celebrate - he turns the big 5-0 on Monday.

The Irish band recently wrapped up its mammoth 360 Tour and marked the end of the 25-month trek with an all night boozing session at New York hotspot The Spotted Pig last weekend.

But the party doesn't stop there for the guitar great - The Edge will no doubt be raising a toast once more as he rocks into his 50th year.

And to mark the milestone, WENN has dug deep to find 10 fascinating facts about the man born David Howell Evans.

Happy Birthday, The Edge!

- He was born in England, his family is Welsh,...
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Steven Seagal: 'I Belong On Stage'

August 18th, 2010 10:56pm EDT
Steven Seagal
Action man Steven Seagal has lashed out at critics of his music, insisting blues greats like B.B. King and Albert Collins have given him reason to believe he's good at what he does.

The "Under Siege" star has been ridiculed for playing the blues but he's not planning to put down his guitar anytime soon - especially after earning praise from his musical heroes.

Seagal tells Hustler magazine, "I've played with the greatest blues masters and legends of our time. They love, respect and praise me. That should mean f--king something.

"I've shared the stage with Albert Collins, Clarence "Gatemo...
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The Scorpions Get Ready For Their Last Tour… Ever (Audio)

April 14th, 2010 4:30pm EDT
The Scorpions Get Ready For Their Last Tour
Having rocked arenas in four different decades, influenced countless other hard rock bands, and become perhaps Germany’s biggest rock band of all time, The Scorpions are embarking on their final tour. Ever.

Starpulse.com’s Matthew J. Swanson had the pleasure of talking with guitar legend Matthias Jabs about his start with the band, some of his most memorable moments in The Scorps, and his thoughts about hitting the stage one last time.

We had to make sure he was saying his name right, because if you read in the English language, it’s pronounced nothing like how it’s spelled. He then di...
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John Mayer, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top To Rock With Eric Clapton

February 11th, 2010 9:30pm EST
Eric Clapton
John Mayer, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top will join blues icons B.B. King and Buddy Guy at Eric Clapton's third Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, Illinois. The event, which benefits Clapton's Crossroads Center in Antigua, will also feature the guitarist's former Traffic bandmate Steve Winwood, Robert Cray and Sheryl Crow.

The star-studded concert will take place on June 26.

Clapton's last Crossroads festival took place in Chicago in 2007.

Image © Landmark / PR Photos

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Q&A: Snoop Dogg On 'Malice N Wonderland,' His Longevity In Music, Family And Much More (Video)

December 18th, 2009 10:19am EST
Snoop Dogg
Hip-Hop entertainer Snoop Dogg is a changed man. But then, given his longevity in the Hip-Hop game, as part of a chosen selected few an evolution would be evident in Snoop's musical journey. One thing that has remained consistent, however, is the fact that as a rapper Snoop has remained a pivotal force within the music industry since his debut in 1992.

The occasion is marked this week with the release of his tenth studio album, Malice N Wonderland. It solidifies Snoop as an entertainer who has come full circle, confident in himself as a performer and as a recognized recording enterta...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

July 6th, 2009 9:36am EDT
Bruno
Last week, I chose to see "Public Enemies," which is a decision I definitely do not regret. Johnny Depp is electric as John Dillinger, oozing the charm and finesse of the real life American bank robber and folk hero. Christian Bale also does a solid job as the FBI agent Melvin Purvis, a man singularly obsessed with catching Dillinger.

My main complaints are that the movie does not develop the roles of the other gangsters very well, and at points that the cinematography leaves something to be desired. There are some really shaky handheld shots, which are nauseating. Other than that, ...
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Five Classic 1969 Albums By Woodstock Headliners Out June 30

June 25th, 2009 7:30am EDT
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The spirit of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969 resonates 40 summers later, as if it were just yesterday. In 1969, five acts recorded albums for the Columbia, Epic, and RCA labels (divisions of Sony Music Entertainment) and brought their music to Max Yasgur's farm that summer. For the first time, "The Woodstock Experience" couples those albums with music from the festival, providing a pocket portrait of what each artist and band was experiencing during 1969. Available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting June 30th - in newly-designed eco-friendly 2CD packages (see deta...
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Five Reasons Why Richard Marx & John Mayer Are Alike

May 11th, 2009 10:04am EDT
Marx/Mayer
Though Richard Marx got his big break in the late 1980's and John Mayer got his in early 2000's (nearly 15 years later), if we were able to do a 'quantum leap,' we could easily pop each man into one another's career. John would leap into 1987 (the year of Richard's self-titled debut album), and Richard's music career would begin in 2001 when John's hit making album "Room for Squares" was released. Surely, both men would still have great success and receive just as many accolades because their musicality is that amazing.

Check out five top reasons why these two gentlemen of music can ...
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'Idol' Recap: Matt Gets The Boot & Kris Could Steal The Win From Adam

April 30th, 2009 8:52am EDT
American Idol
Simon Cowell started the American Idol results show by saying how great everyone was and how wide open the competition is this year. He couldn't be more correct. That's why we saw Adam, the favorite all year, nearly exit the stage while the previously ousted Matt Giraud (who I've been calling the most talented competitor all year) got the cruelest boot.

In fact, there were two favorites in the bottom three this week. Probably the two most likely to win the entire competition had to sweat the longest last night. And at this point, it wasn't that much of surprise with the depth remai...
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2009's Music Festival Rundown

February 5th, 2009 12:04pm EST
NOFX
The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...
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Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...
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B.B. King To Release 'One Kind Favor' Aug. 26

July 23rd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
B.B. King
The King of the Blues is set to release a new album featuring covers of old blues songs from B.B. King's early influences. With production by T. Bone Burnett (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello) the set revisits the music that influenced B.B. in the 1950s, the beginning of King's extraordinary professional journey that, literally, changed the texture of modern blues playing. One Kind Favor will be released on Geffen Records August 26th.

Recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA One Kind Favor is meant to sound like an album recorded in the 50s. To get ...
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AARP Tour: Bands That Shouldn't Be Touring Anymore

June 24th, 2008 10:25am EDT
Steely Dan
Sometimes it seems like a band just doesn't know when to quit. Just imagine how many times you've heard some classic rock DJ try to pawn off front row tickets to Steely Dan, or how many advertisements you've seen for a free REO Speedwagon show at the naval base followed by fireworks and the Glen Hill retirement community brass band. While I'll admit that the willingness of these groups to play every major outdoor amphitheater each summer showcases their tenacity, it doesn't exactly work wonders for their dignity. After a while, playing to half-empty audiences of drunken suburbanites has to ...
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'Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles' Drops July 1

June 20th, 2008 7:00am EDT
John Mayer
On July 1st a brand new 2CD, DVD & Blu-Ray package hits stores entitled Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles filmed last December at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and directed by Danny Clinch. The special Columbia Records release includes three distinct sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio (John Mayer, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino), as well as a Continuum set featuring Mayer's full-band. Where The Light Is will be the first new release since Continuum became available in September 2006 and incorporates each of the elements the five-time Grammy-w...
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Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...
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The Cat Empire Unveil Dancing Nuns; New Album, "So Many Nights," Out 4/22

March 31st, 2008 9:45am EDT
The Cat Empire
Getting chased around by scantily clad nuns isn't an everyday occurrence for most of us. But for Australian superstars The Cat Empire it's not necessarily out of the ordinary. Watch as said nuns herd up the guys and drop them off in the back alley of a Melbourne venue. The video culminates with the band onstage, replete with a massive crowd, horn section and - you guessed it - dancing nuns.

For the uninitiated, The Cat Empire have been lauded for their insanely fun, high-intensity live shows. After all, they've traveled across five continents and have performed over 600 gigs. In...
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 'Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads' Nominated For Two Grammys

January 15th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kenny Wayne Shepherd's critically acclaimed CD/DVD Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads (Warner Bros./Reprise Records) has been nominated for two 2008 Grammy Awards—"Best Traditional Blues Album" and "Best Long Form Music Video." The awards will be telecast from Los Angeles February 10 on CBS. In addition to the Recording Academy's recognition, The Blues Foundation will honor Shepherd's album and accompanying documentary with the prestigious "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for Film, Television or Video. The ceremony will take place on February 2, 2008 in Memphis, TN. The documentary is al...
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Guitarists that Time Will Never Forget Vol. 1

November 19th, 2007 3:21pm EST
Jimi Hendrix
It always puzzled me how critics could compile a Top 10 list of the greatest Guitarists of all time. Is it humanly possible to narrow it down to 10? For one thing, there are so many talented people that have each contributed something unique to the evolution of music. Their works are timeless and know no limits. So, we at Starpulse are going to give you something special. Instead of the ordinary 1-10 ranking system, 1 being the end all be all, we present a series that pays tribute to the greatest guitarists that time will never forget. Here is the first volume. Enjoy.

Les Paul (Somewhe...
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Latest Stevie Ray Vaughan Disc Gathers Live Recordings And Amazing Collaborations

November 12th, 2007 9:00pm EST
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Like the greatest 20th century blues and rock guitarists who preceded him, many of whom were primal influences on his journeyman lifestyle and unpredictable musical outlook, Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990) was always ready, willing and able to jam. Whether it was a rhythm section backup assignment in the recording studio for another singer or instrumentalist, or a live drop-in on stage at a nightclub or festival, his presence enhanced every session he made, and left some unforgettable music in its wake.

For the first time, an entire album collection is devoted to this side of Stevie Ray...
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Michael Bolton Brings New Life To Seasonal Favorites

October 29th, 2007 3:27pm EDT
Michael Bolton
Concord Records recently released A Swingin' Christmas, an album of yuletide hits sung by multi-platinum Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Michael Bolton with the bang of a big band orchestra behind him. Originally released last year (exclusively at Target), this beautiful and inspirational holiday collection adds two brand-new tracks: "Silent Night" and "Joy To The World."

A Swingin' Christmas sees Bolton bringing new life to a host of holiday chestnuts, including "Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow" and "White Christmas," making it a must-have for the holiday season. The fu...
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Eric Clapton To Release 2-CD Set 'Complete Clapton' And Autobiography Oct. 9

October 2nd, 2007 1:53pm EDT
Eric Clapton
After a busy year filled with a world tour, an epic guitar festival and a highly-anticipated autobiography, comes the ultimate career CD retrospective for the artist known as Slowhand.

Complete Clapton will be a 2-disc career-spanning album released by Reprise Records on October 9, 2007, the same day as Clapton, The Autobiography is released to bookstores nationwide. This will be the first time the full breadth of Eric Clapton's musical works are contained in one set.

Clapton's career has endured for more than 40 years, resulting in 18 Grammy Awards and he has earned the distinct...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 16

September 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Alexis Bledel
Happy Birthday to singer Teddy Geiger (1988), "Dr. Dolittle" actress Kyla Pratt (1986), singer Katie Melua (1984), "Gilmore Girls" actress Alexis Bledel (1981), Australian singer Shannon Noll (1975), "Deuce Bigalow" actress Amy Poehler (1971), Latin singer Marc Anthony (1968), "Saturday Night Live" actress Molly Shannon (1964), singer Richard Marx (1963), actress Jennifer Tilly (1958), "Sin City" actor Mickey Rourke (1956), magician David Copperfield (1956), actor Ed Begley, Jr. (1949), actor George Chakiris (1934), "Forbidden Planet" actress Anne Francis (1930), "Columbo" star Peter Falk (...
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Father Of The Solid-Body Electric Guitar Tells His Own Story In New Documentary 'Les Paul: Chasing Sound!'

June 21st, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Les Paul
Now 92-years young, the legendary Les Paul, father of the solid-body electric guitar, inventor of overdubbing and multi-track recording, king of the '50s pop charts and rock 'n' roll pioneer, tells his own rags-to-riches story in a performance-filled documentary by filmmakers John Paulson and James Arntz. From his hometown in Waukesha to Chicago, Nashville, Hollywood and the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, follow the life and times of this irrepressible superstar. Featuring interviews with music greats Jeff Beck, Tony Bennett, B.B. King, Steve Miller, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bonnie Raitt, Phi...
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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees The Yardbirds Release Live CD

May 13th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Yardbirds
On a hot July 19th evening in 2006, the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City was host to the legendary Yardbirds. Captured on tape was a blistering non-stop set of powerful blues and rock n' roll, performed to an insatiable crowd crackling with excitement.

"Live at B.B. King Blues Club" captures a truly memorable performance of 19 songs including such Yardbirds classics as "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul", "Shapes of Things", and "Train Kept A Rollin'".

The band features founding members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja, guitarist Ben King, vocalist John Idan, and harmonica pl...
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Legendary Blues Guitarist and Singer Buddy Guy Begins North American Tour

April 3rd, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Buddy Guy
Renowned blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, considered by many to be the master of Chicago-style electric blues will once again embark on a series of tour dates (see below).

In a career spanning more than 45 years, Buddy Guy has won five Grammy Awards both for his work on his electric and acoustic guitars, and for contemporary and traditional forms of blues music. By 2004, Buddy Guy had also earned 23 W.C. Handy Awards (the most any one blues artist has received), Billboard Magazine's prestigious The Century Award (Guy was its second recipient) for "distinguished artistic achievemen...
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Black 47 Singer Launches Irish Online Community On St. Patrick's Day

March 15th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Black 47
Irish Voice columnist Mike Farragher and musician/novelist/playwright/Sirius Radio host Larry Kirwan of Black 47 are pooling their resources to establish CelticLounge.com, a unique international online community for all Celts and those who admire Celtic Culture. The site will launch on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th when Black 47 will celebrate its 18th Holiday gig in New York City, at B.B. King's Bar & Grille.

On its front page, CelticLounge.com will also offer a webzine devoted to the music, art and literature of the Celtic people. In a very user-friendly site members will build their...
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Black 47 To Perform For 18th Consecutive St. Pat's Day At B.B. King's Bar & Grill

March 12th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Black 47
Seminal Irish rockers Black 47 have announced a March tour to honor St. Patrick's Day, including March 17 at B.B. King's Bar & Grill marking their 18th consecutive New York City performance on the holiday. Often called "the house band of New York City" Black 47 return to their roots on 42nd St/Times Square, an area they celebrate in many of their songs.

This show will coincide with the launch of CelticLounge.com, a unique international online community for all Celts and those who admire Celtic Culture established by Black 47 founder Larry Kirwan and Irish Voice writer Mike Farragher. ...
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