Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rock News

--Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos was surprised to find himself left off a new recording by the band. The song, which is included in a Christmas album that benefits the Special Olympics, also appears to have been recorded without the permission of Carlos.
Carlos has been taking time off from touring with the band. In the meantime, he has founded and played with Candy Golde, which features a number of musicians in other bands. He's also a member of Tinted Windows. But in an email sent to Billboard, Carlos insists that he never left Cheap Trick.

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--The Velvet Underground do not have a valid copyright claim on the Andy Warhol artwork on the cover of the band's 1967 debut, a federal judge ruled in dismissing part of the band's trademark infringement lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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--Adele is reported to have visited Abbey Road Studios to record a song for the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.

According to The Sun, the singer visited London's Abbey Road Studios, where the soundtrack is being recorded, earlier this month.

Her visit to the studios suggests she is recording with Thomas Newman, who has been appointed by the film's director Sam Mendes to write the film score. The composer and conductor has reportedly been in Abbey Road all month working on the score.

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--Chris Brown has faced a Twitter backlash over his new tattoo, after people pointed out a striking resemblance to the bruised face of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The rapper is believed to have had the face of the woman, who appears to have a black eye and stitches on her lip, tattooed onto his skin before last week's MTV Video Music Awards.

Brown and Rihanna separated after he assaulted her in February 2009 before a pre-Grammys party. Brown was sentenced to five years' probation for the attack. An unauthorised image of the singer bloodied and bruised shortly after the attack was later leaked to the media by Los Angeles Police Department, prompting an internal investigation.
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--Neil Young And Crazy Horse have revealed that their second album of this year, 'Psychedelic Pill', will be released on October 29. The legendary rockers have also unveiled the tracklisting for the album, which follows the covers LP 'Americana', which came out in June. The album opens with a song called 'Driftin' Back', which is almost 28 minutes long.

'Psychedelic Pill' is Young's first album of all new material with Crazy Horse since 2003 and will feature the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank Sampedro.

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