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Paul Rodgers To Donate Album Profits To Memphis Music Academy

January 29th, 2014 11:33am EST
Paul Rodgers
Paul Rodgers plans to give all the proceeds from his latest solo album to a music academy.

The Bad Company rocker financed The Royal Sessions himself and wants to donate the profits to the Stax Music Academy, an after-school program in Memphis.

The 64 year-old singer tells Mojo magazine, "(Producer) Perry Margouleff and I financed the whole thing and one day we just decided: pay the proceeds to the people who gave us this music."

"How? Well, the Stax Academy is a nice, communal place for kids which we saw in action, so that's what we agreed. I've done very well out of music, after all...
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Adam Lambert In Talks To Become New Lead Singer Of Queen

December 8th, 2011 4:20pm EST
Adam Lambert
Queen stars Roger Taylor and Brian May are in talks with American Idol star Adam Lambert about becoming the rock supergroup's new frontman.

The rockers teamed up with Lambert for the 2009 American Idol finale and again at the MTV Europe Awards last month, where the trio performed a stirring medley rendition of Queen hits The Show Must Go On, We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, and drummer Taylor admits he's a big fan of the gay star.

He tells Billboard.com, "He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with ...
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Paul Rodgers Open To Reunion With Queen For London Olympics

October 20th, 2011 9:41pm EDT
Paul Rodgers
Rocker Paul Rodgers has given Queen fans hope he'll reteam with Brian May and Roger Taylor for a spectacular to open the Summer Olympics in London next year by revealing he's open to the idea.

The former Free and Bad Company singer, who fronted the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour from 2005 to 2009, insists he hasn't heard from May and Taylor about a much-publicized and hoped for reunion - but he wouldn't say no.

He tells Billboard.com, "No one's actually approached me yet, but I would be open to something like that, I must say.

"I think we did fantastically well. We were up against potential d...
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Lady Gaga In Talks To Become New Singer Of Queen?

October 6th, 2011 8:32am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is in talks with Queen guitarist Brian May to take over as the band's new lead singer.

Original frontman Freddie Mercury died in 1991 and Paul Rodgers took on vocal duties for the group for five years from 2004. The collaboration ended in 2009 and now the rockers are looking for another singer to complete their line-up so they can go back on the road.

May is hoping Gaga, whose stage name is inspired by their hit song Radio Ga Ga, will accept an offer to sing for them.

He tells Britain's Daily Express, "We talk about going out on the road all the time but there's a bit of a s...
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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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Razorlight To Tour U.S. In Support Of New Album

February 19th, 2009 8:45pm EST
Razorlight
With excitement building towards the March 10th U.S. release of their third album, Slipway Fires - featuring the Top 5 UK single "Wire To Wire" - London-based Razorlight will return to the states for two weeks of tour dates and promotions next month. The tour will open in Boston on Monday, March 9th (at Middle East), then on to New York the next night for the official album release celebration at Hiro Ballroom March 10th. March 11th, Razorlight will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman.

After shows in Philadelphia, Chicago, Nashville, and Atlanta, Razorlight will return to th...
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Razorlight Sets Sights On U.S. - New CD Set For March Release

January 11th, 2009 10:00am EST
Razorlight
After captivating British fans for more than four years, London-based Razorlight - fronted by lead singer/guitarist Johnny Borrell - now turns its attention to the U.S. as the newest addition to the Mercury Records roster in America. Razorlight's third album, Slipway Fires, released November in the UK on Universal's Vertigo label, will be issued in the U.S. on Mercury in March 2009, coinciding with a major North American tour schedule. First single "Wire To Wire," has already reached Top 5 on the UK national chart.

Since their formation in 2002 - and the UK release of their debut album...
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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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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore Releases "Overnight Sensational"

August 31st, 2006 3:44pm EDT
Sam Moore
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy® Award winner Sam Moore -- the voice so identified with his classic hits "Hold On! I'm Comin", "I Thank You," and of course "Soul Man" "-- recently completed an astonishing new solo album project 'Sam Moore: Overnight Sensational' (August 29, Rhino Records). Bass player/record executive/talent judge Randy Jackson served as producer for Moore, long famous as the seminal voice of the duo bearing his name. Jackson created the current and contemporary sound as a backdrop, but Sam's voice and energetic presence are front and center. 'Sam Moore: Overnight Se...
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Idol Wannabes To Tackle Queen Songs Next Week

April 7th, 2006 7:00pm EDT
Queen
The American Idol top eight finalists will perform their favorite songs by world-famous British rock band Queen on next week's performance show, Tuesday, April 11, on FOX. Earlier this week, the finalists had a chance to perform their songs with the legendary band at the latest stop on Queen's current tour, which features Free/Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers.

Next Wednesday, after the finalists perform one of Queen's hits, America's vote will be revealed and another one bites the dust on a special one-hour "American Idol" results show Wednesday, April 12.
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Alexis 'Godfather of British Blues' Korner Anthology Features Robert Plant, Eric Clapton & Keith Richards

April 2nd, 2006 4:46pm EDT
Eric Clapton
Castle Music is delighted to announce the May 1st, 2006 double disc album release of Kornerstoned: The Alexis Korner Anthology – 1954-1983, a deluxe slip cased set laced with copious rarities and material which debuts on CD for the very first time.

Alexis Korner’s role in the development of UK Blues, R&B and Rock cannot be overstated, and this set pays homage to the great musician. Featured sidemen/guests include Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Paul Rodgers, Chris Farlowe, Davy Graham, Long John Baldry, Robert Plant, Cyril Davies, Peter Thorup, Zoot Money, Duffy Power, Dick Heckstall-Smi...
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Queen and Paul Rodgers To Tour USA

November 28th, 2005 6:32pm EST
Queen
Some of rock's greatest anthems are to be heard performed live again across America after more than 20 years, as rock legends Queen, now joined forces with Paul Rodgers, singer and songwriter of Bad Company/Free fame, announce they are to play a 23-date tour of the USA and Canada this coming Spring. (Full list of tour dates below)

The tour announcement comes only a matter of weeks after Queen and Rodgers ignited sold-out box office and strong media attention with two sold-out performances at The Meadowlands, NJ, and the Hollywood Bowl on a stop-off along the way to their recent sold ou...
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Queen Reissues 'A Night At The Opera' With Bonus DVD

November 21st, 2005 3:10pm EST
Queen
Hard to believe it's been three decades since the release of Queen's breakthrough album A Night At The Opera (click for review). The record, Queen's fourth since arriving on the scene in '73, went to No. 1 in several countries around the world, was the band's first to hit the top five on the Billboard album chart and earned them their first gold record in the States. The landmark album was recorded in six different studios between August and November of '75 and encapsulated everything about Queen's music that made it so unique. Combining outstanding showmanship with remarkable versatility...
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