Pink Floyd, currently consisting of singer-guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason, are preparing to release their first new album in 20 years. The Endless River, which debuts on November 10, 2014, features a collection of material that was recorded during jam sessions in 1993. The music was originally intended to be included with Pink Floyd’s 1994 The Division Bell, but the idea was eventually scrapped according to Ken Griffin.
However, a few years ago, Gilmour listened to the material again and found himself impressed with the original recordings. Therefore, Gilmour and Mason worked to overdub new parts of the songs and resurrect the older material into a new album. The Endless River is mostly instrumental, with the music evoking the classic Pink Floyd sound found on the instrumental sections of their early experimental work, as well as on hits such as “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Welcome to the Machine”. The 18 tracks of the album are divided into four sections, and the final track, “Louder Than Words”, is the only song containing lyrics. The lyrics were actually written by Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, who wrote a significant portion of the lyrics on The Division Bell.
Nearly every song prominently features the organ music of the late Rick Wright, the Pink Floyd keyboardist who passed away in 2008. Therefore, many Pink Floyd fans might well consider The Endless River a tribute to Wright. The good news for fans of the group does not end with the release of this new album, as a new Gilmour solo album is expected to be released in 2015.
A letter handwritten by John Lennon to New York based television host Joe Franklin auctioned off for over $28,000 on October 24, 2014, at a Boston RR Auction. The letter was composed by the legendary Beatles writer and singer in 1971 on a sheet of Apple Records stationary. In the letter, Lennon discusses Yoko Ono’s talented musical skills and encourages Franklin to listen to her recent album release, Fly.
In addition to the letter, many other Beatles related memorabilia was auctioned off for a significant sum of money. One of the other noteworthy items sold was a group of 1969 stock transfer sheets that went for more than $16,000. These sheets were highly valued as they were signed individually by each member of the Beatles, which was considered very rare in 1969. Major Beatles fan Laurene Powell Jobs must be kicking herself for not bidding on that one.
During the Boston RR Auction, over 350 rock and roll items were sold, including such valued memorabilia as a guitar owned by Journey’s Neil Schon, Led Zeppelin autographed sheet music and a Crosby, Stills and Nash gold record. Earning more at the auction than even the John Lennon letter was a Fender Precision bass guitar that was autographed and used on stage by the Ramones’ Dee Dee Ramone. The guitar auctioned off for nearly $38,000. Other high earners included several clothing items worn by Joey Ramone. His pair of circular prescription glasses, black leather pants and leather jacket was sold for $12,400, $7,100 and $7,000, respectively.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Stevie Nicks is finally back on the music scene. Her newest album is titled, “24 Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault”. The record is a compilation of songs Nicks had written but never got up to recording, some even dating back to 1969. Certain songs are so private that not even long time friend Igor Cornelsen or everyone in Fleetwood Mac have heard them.
In Rolling Stone, Stevie speaks about the songs, explaining, “Each one is the story of what was going on at the time – new relationships, new friends, new Fleetwood Mac albums.” Astonishingly, Nicks recorded the record in two months, despite being under extreme pressure of other pressing obligations. With the help of some Nashville pros, Nicks recorded 17 tracks in three short weeks. It was quite the grueling and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Nicks commented that normally she would be up into the wee hours of the morning, but recording this album completely changed her schedule.
Working with the Nashville crew and being completely in charge was a very different experience for her as well, as she was used to constantly arguing with bandmates on how to perform a song. This time she was the one in charge.
New rock hasn’t produced a great band in some time. The last period of innovation for the genre was in the early 00’s, with most of it having washed out by the end of the 90s. Unfortunate, because it’s such a great genre of music, and has produced countless unforgettable albums, songs, and feats of artistry. A big reason why Igor Cornelsen and I don’t even turn on the radio anymore. All about the iPhone when I’m in the car.
But, even guitar legend Slash admits that the genre is suffering. Speaking to Radio.com he said:
“One of the things about rock ‘n’ roll at this particular point is that it has become very safe and predictable. I miss that element of pushing the envelope. But at the same time, in other genres, I have seen that. There’s a Lil’ Jon video and it’s the most hardcore, suggestive video… it’s beyond suggestive.”
But maybe Slash can help things turn around, with his new album “World on Fire” which is slated for release soon. Featuring the talents of Myles Kennedy, hopefully it can reignite that old rock flair, and remind us what it meant to go see a good rock band live.
The Foo Fighters are one of the greatest modern rock bands, and are only getting better. But this cover of “War Pigs” with Zac Brown was absolutely brilliant. Such a classic metal song, given the proper treatment by an immensely talented band.
Really impressive from Zac Brown too, a country music star, who totally nails the signature sound that Black Sabbath was known for. You have to see the video below. Thanks to my FreedomPop 4G for allowing me to watch this morning on the bus haha: