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Beatle Paul McCartney to Work with Gorillaz?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011    11:00 AM

Paul McCartney has hinted that he wants to collaborate with Gorillaz. It may be a massive surprise to some, but Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz collective have recruited Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack and Lou Reed on previous releases. The live band’s most-recent lineup also includes half of The Clash, in Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.

McCartney was speaking to to promote reissues of his first two solo albums, and McCartney revealed: “We [Damon and I] have kind of talked – nothing serious, but I like what they do. It’s got near a couple of times but we never had the time.”

A source close to Gorillaz has now told The Sun newspaper, “Damon originally brought up the idea of doing something with Gorillaz at the Qawards [in 2007] and they have been trying to sort something since. It never worked out on the last album, Plastic Beach, but things are looking good for something in the future.”

It would be another eclectic move for McCartney. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his score for the New York City Ballet.

Pete Townshend’s “Quadrophenia” Les Paul Sells For $50,000

Wednesday, June 15, 2011    11:00 AM

A Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop once owned by The Who’s Pete Townshend has raised $50,000 at a music auction in London. It was played by Townshend during the U.S. leg of the band’s Quadrophenia tour of 1973 and 1974.

A circa 1972/73 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, serial # 133625, it is one of Townshend’s earliest LP Deluxes. “I lent the guitar to my brother-in-law and studio colleague, Jon Astley, in about 1975–76… When Jon tried to return it, I decided to give it to him,” said Townshend.

In the accompanying letter of autheticity, Townshend wrote: “This Les Paul Deluxe guitar was originally sold to me by Bob Heil for the American tour of Quadrophenia in 1973. The majority of these early Les Pauls were in a cherry sunburst finish, but a few were the more distinctive “Gold Top.”

Townshend always numbered his guitars: “This was my #5 stage guitar on that tour and must be one of my earliest Les Pauls. It’s unmodified, apart from the machineheads, which were replaced with Grovers.”

Other items auctioned at Christies included a 1967 handwritten letter John Lennon sent to a fan, a trumpet once owned by Louis Armstrong, a harmonica Bob Dylan gave to Jimi Hendrix and a bass drum from Dave Grohl’s Nirvana kit which Kurt Cobain wrecked at the end of a 1991 concert. The latter alone fetched $13,000.

Spider-Man Flys, But New U2 Album Delayed

Wednesday, June 15, 2011    11:00 AM

The musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is go, after debuting on Broadway 14 June. The music is by Bono and The Edge of U2 and has been a long time arriving. said: “U2 haven’t written ballads this affecting in years, possibly because they were busy being U2 the rock gods and not U2 the songwriters.”

“We learned the hard way about how difficult this stuff is,” Bono said on its premier. “We’ve come through the fire and this, this show is what it needed to be from the beginning. It’s really working now. We’re really happy with it,” added The Edge.

However, a full U2 album is now on hold. In 2009, U2 promised a “companion” album toNo Line on the Horizon, then a dance-influenced release. But bassist Adam Clayton now says it will be 2012 before there is more genuine U2.

“When the record is finished, we’ll know what it is,” Clayton told Rolling Stone. The first – a “meditative and processional” record dubbed Songs of Ascent – was originally due before the end of 2009. The band later proposed an album of club music, recorded with producers Will.I.Am, David Guetta and RedOne and a “straight” rock album, produced by Danger Mouse.

“We haven’t had time to go back to that material and complete it,” Clayton explains. “Everyone was a bit gutted, because I think it would have been great to have got to the end of this year and have a new record out. It’s not my favorite decision to put it back, but it was the only sensible decision.”

U2 are currently prioritising the ”rock” album with Danger Mouse. “We did some work on it in January in New York,” Clayton added. “It was great progress… U2 is very elastic, we can do many different things, but I think we have to get down to the essence of the band. I think that’s what people like about us, and we have to do what we do best and we have to focus on that, and the work we did with Danger Mouse came closest to that.”

This Day in Music: June 15th

Wednesday, June 15, 2011    12:01 AM

Born on this day:

1941, Harry Nilsson, US singer, songwriter
1946, Noddy Holder, guitar, vocals, Slade
1976, Gary Lightbody, guitar, vocals, Snow Patrol
1985, Nadine Coyle, Girls Aloud

1958, The first teenage all-music show Oh Boy was broadcast for the first time in the U.K.

1963, Kyu Sakamoto started a three week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Sukiyaki” the first-ever Japanese song to do so.

1967, Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac. For more on this, see This Day in Music Spotlight.

1974, Elvis Presley played the first night of an 18 date U.S. tour by playing four shows at the Tarrant County Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

1982, Pete Farndon bass player with The Pretenders was fired from the group, he went on to form a group with Topper Headon from The Clash. Farndon was found dead in his bath on April 14, 1983.

1985, Dire Straits started a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with, Brothers in Arms

1989, Nirvana’s debut album Bleach was released in the U.S.

1996, US jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 79. Already blinded by the effects of diabetes, Fitzgerald had both her legs amputated in 1993. Winner of 13 Grammy Awards, the 1956 Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songboo was the first of eight Songbook sets. Appeared in the TV commercial for Memorex, where she sang a note that shattered a glass while being recorded on a Memorex cassette tape. The tape was played back and the recording also broke the glass, asking “Is it live, or is it Memorex?”

2002, A rare autographed copy of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold at auction for £34,000 ($57,800), more than five times the estimated price.

2005, Coldplay went straight to #1 on the U.S. album chart with their third album X&Yhaving already entered at #1 in the U.K. The last time a British artist had a simultaneous U.S. and U.K. #1 was in November 2000 with 1, a compilation of hits by The Beatles. The last studio album to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic was Radiohead’s Kid A in October 2000. X&Y went on to top over 30 global charts.

American Idiot Movie Confirmed, Billie Joe to Star

|Wednesday, June 15, 2011    12:01 AM
Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong will be acting in the movie version of the American Idiot stage production.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the movie will be directed by Michael Mayer, the same man who directed the musical. Tom Hank’s Playtone company will produce the film, and Armstrong will play St. Jimmy, the drug dealing main character in the story.

Gary Goetzman from Playtone is optimistic that a musical can work on the big screen: “Mamma Mia! proved that if the musical is right, obviously it can go into the stratosphere, as far as box office gross. We’re always looking for musicals.”

The film version of American Idiot will probably be released in 2013.

Clarence Clemons in Stable Condition

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bruce Springsteen’s long time saxophone player Clarence Clemons is in stable condition, according to medical reports.

Springsteen fan site,, reports that Clemons is “responsive. His eyes are welling up when we’re talking to him. He was paralyzed on his left side, but now he’s squeezing with his left hand.”

Clemons underwent two surgeries in Florida on June 13 after suffering a massive stroke. At 69, he is the oldest member of Springsteen’s famed E Street Band and has been with the “Boss” since they formed the band together in 1972.

Dhani Harrison Keeps Beatle George’s Ukulele Passion Alive

|Wednesday, June 15, 2011    12:01 AM
George Harrison’s musician son Dhani has been utilizing some of his father’s famed ukuleles. Dhani’s band have been recording with some of the 40 or so ukuleles left by his father.

Dhani has become a fan of the instrument. He told Rolling Stone magazine, “Eventually it gets to you and you can’t help but love it. It’s very disarming.”

The ukuleles also bring back memories of his father. “Sometimes in the house there would be 10 people playing ukuleles at the same time.”

Lindsey Buckingham’s New Album Coming Soon

Wednesday, June 15, 2011    12:01 AM

Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham will release his sixth solo album in September.

According to, the veteran rocker is working on his first album since 2008’s Gift of Screws.

The new album is entitled Seeds We Sow and will be released September 5. Buckingham  has written all the material, as well as engineering and producing the record himself.

The first single from the new album will be “In Our Own Time.”

Buckingham says of his new record: “This might be the best work I’ve ever done. I think it’s an excellent representation of what I do. It shows a certain maturity and musicianship, and I just feel like I have a lot of tools in my musical vocabulary from which to draw that are again the product of the choices I’ve made. It’s on my own terms. This is very much from the inside out and I hope I never stop doing that.”

Marty Friedman ‘Absolutely Not’ Interested in Megadeth Reunion

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lightning-quick axeman Marty Friedman recently sold all of his prized Megadeth-era guitars to help raise money for Japanese earthquake victims. Friedman, who is now based in Tokyo, told that he was practicing in his studio when the 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit the country in early March. “I was in the studio with my band in Tokyo,” he recalled. “So the studio was going upside down and everything; it was crazy. It was very, very scary — frightening.”

The guitars aren’t the only thing Friedman has shed from his storied past. The guitarist has also left behind any desire to reform with Dave Mustaine and company, even to take part in the 20th anniversary celebration of the band’s classic Rust in Peacealbum.

“Absolutely not. The past is the past. I mean, it was a wonderful album and I’m sure [the current lineup of Megadeth is] doing a great job playing it. So many fans want to hear [those songs performed live], that’s for sure. Every time I do a guitar clinic, I’m signing that record like it’s going out of style and they want me to play stuff from it. I’m so happy about the great impact that that record has and I’m sure they’re making a lot of fans happy doing it, so I support them 1000 percent. But it’s not something that I’m really interested in re-doing right now.”

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Plans Supergroup

Wednesday, June 15, 2011    12:01 AM

Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds has announced his plans to start a supergroup with members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta and Jane’s Addiction.

In an interview with Noisecreep, Hinds said he will team up with The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, former The Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and ex-Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Aver.

According to, Hinds said: “We tried to get together and do an album, but there’s been no time. We want to record crazy stuff and Ben is working on that, but it has been hard to get together.” Hinds hopes all members agree on his proposed name for the band, Gira

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