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Miley Cyrus Covers Led Zeppelin

Miley Cyrus is taking on another classic British rock band.  The pop singer posted her own version of the Led Zeppelin song “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” on Soundcloud,  although Cyrus titles it “Baby I’m Gonna Leave You.”

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” isn’t a Zeppelin original. It was written by folk singer Anne Bredon in the late 1950s, then recorded and released by Joan Baez in 1962.

Miley collaborated with The Flaming Lips on two Beatles covers — “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life” — for the band’s upcoming Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album. With a Little Help from My Fwends will be released October 28.

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Launches US Tour

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson’s latest album is called Homo Erraticus, which is Latin for “the wandering man.”  The title could also describe Anderson himself, who is launching a lengthy U.S. tour in support of the 2014 concept record tonight in Seattle.

At each show on the trek, the singer/multi-instrumentalist and his band will play the concept record in its entirety, followed with a selection of songs from the Tull catalog.  Anderson tells news outlets that the concert is augmented by some multimedia aspects that should capture his fans attention.

“All of it contains a lot of video accompaniment and theatrical elements to try and make it interesting,” he explains.  “To rejuvenate some of the old material, it’s presented in a more visual way…Forty percent of the two hours and 20 minutes we’re on stage is Homo Erraticus, sixty percent is ‘The Best of Jethro Tull.’”

The 67-year-old prog-rocker says he realizes that the majority of his fans are more interested in hearing Jethro Tull classics than his recent material, but he maintains that it’s still important for him to play his new material live.

“Once an artist has been around for 20 or 30 years, we kind of think somehow that all they should do is to keep recycling their old material,” Anderson laments.  “But there has to be a little more to life than that, and for me there is the 40 percent of our concert tour which is the new album, and that’s a challenge and something I have to try to make entertaining for an audience — and so far, I’m succeeding.”

Anderson and his group will be on the move across the States through a November 10 show in Montclair, New Jersey.  As previously reported, a deluxe CD/DVD edition of Homo Erraticus will be released in conjunction with the tour on September 30.

Here is the full list of Anderson’s U.S. tour dates:

9/12 — Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 — Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 — Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 — Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 — Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 — Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 — Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 — Dallas, TX, AT&T Performing Arts Center
9/24 — Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
9/26 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/27 — San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
9/28 — Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 — Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 — Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Performing Arts – Knight Theater
10/4 — Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
10/5 — Richmond, VA, The National Theatre
10/16 — Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 — Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/19 — Cedar Falls, IA, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
10/21 — Minneapolis, MN, State Theater
10/23 — Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/24 — Charleston, WV, Clay Center for the Arts
10/25 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 — Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 — Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
10/30 — Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 — Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 — Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 — Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 — Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 — Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars – Circus Maximus
11/8 — Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 — Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre

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ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill Continues Recovery from Hip Injury; Band to Resume Touring Early Next Year

ZZ Top bass guitarist Dusty Hill continues to recover from a hip injury he suffered last month.  The band is expected to resume touring early next year.

The band was to begin a U.S. tour on September 25 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, but announced the scheduled tour dates will resume at the first of the year.  The group said, “Dusty’s well-being is paramount.”

The 65-year-old Hill injured his hip when he slipped and fell on his band’s tour bus.

“We’re looking forward to getting out there and rockin’ it with Dusty in a big way…100 percent,” bandmates Billy F Gibbons and Frank Beard said in a statement.

Ticketholders for fall tour dates are advised to hold on to their tickets until an updated schedule is announced early next week.

The band has been forced to miss a number of appearances on their joint tour with Jeff Beck, with some of those dates have already been rescheduled.

Here’s a list of the new dates for the ZZ Top/Jeff Beck shows:

5/1/15 — Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/2/15 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/7/15 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
5/8/15 — W. Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
5/9/15 — Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
5/10/15 — Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park

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U2 Was Paid by Apple for Album Giveaway

U2 is offering its new album, Songs of Innocence, for free on iTunes. But the band didn’t do it for free.

U2 frontman Bono tells Time magazine he and his band mates were paid by Apple for the giveaway, though he wouldn’t say how much. He says, “I don’t believe in free music. Music is a sacrament.”

As for why U2 went the digital route to debut their new songs, Bono declared, “The charts are broken,” meaning there are many ways for listeners to consume music nowadays.

Songs of Innocence was posted on iTunes following Apple’s announcement of the Apple Watch and iPhone 6.  The physical version of the album is due out October 13.

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Bowie to Include New Song on Greatest Hits Album

According to David Bowie will include the new tune “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” as a track on his new greatest hits  album Nothing Has Changed.  The album will span 50 years of Bowie from 1964 to 2014.

“Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” will be released as a digital download and as a limited edition 10″ single in the U.K. on November 17, the same day the album is released.

The last time we got new music from Bowie was his album The Next Day, released March of last year.  It was Bowie’s first studio album in ten years.

The U.S. release has yet to been announced.

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