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La Festa Italiana Set for Labor Day Weekend in Scranton

 SCRANTON, Pa.— Great food, live entertainment and fun for everyone are on the menu for the annual La Festa Italiana to be held Saturday-Sunday-Monday of Labor Day weekend, August 30-31, September 1, 2014, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. This is La Festa’s 39th year.

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Turtles Hits Get Boxed in New Vinyl Singles Collection

FloEdCo/Manifesto RecordsThe music of the legendary 1960s pop-rock group The Turtles will be celebrated with a special box set featuring a series of 7-inch vinyl discs boasting the band’s biggest hits. The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection, which will be released on September 16, will include eight discs boasting a total of 16 tunes.

Among the songs featured are all five of The Turtles’ top 10 singles, including the 1967 chart-topper “Happy Together”; “She’d Rather Be with Me,” which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 that same year; and the group’s first hit, a 1965 cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” that peaked at #8.

The collection also features several gems from the Turtles catalog that weren’t hits, including the Warren Zevon-penned “Outside Chance” from 1966 and 1969′s “Love in the City,” which was produced by The KinksRay Davies.

After the original Turtles broke up in 1970, founding members Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan — a.k.a Flo and Eddie — briefly joined Frank Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention and also established themselves as premiere session singers. In recent years, they’ve been performing under the name The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie and headlining the annual Happy Together Tour.

Here’s the track list for the 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection:

“It Ain’t Me Babe”/”You Don’t Have to Walk in the Rain”
“Let Me Be”/”Love in the City”
“You Baby”/”You Know What I Mean”
“Happy Together”/”Grim Reaper of Love”
“She’d Rather Be with Me”/”Story of Rock and Roll”
“She’s My Girl”/”Can’t I Get to Know You Better”
“Elenore”/”Outside Chance”
“You Showed Me”/”Sound Asleep”

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Kurt Cobain Loved Motley Crue, Says Vince Neil, and the Feeling Was Mutual

Anton Corbijn; Motley RecordsTo hear Vince Neil tell it, you’d never know that there was ever any hard feelings between heavy metal and grunge.

The Mötley Crüe singer tells the U.K.’s Q magazine that he and his band mates weren’t threatened by the early grunge movement; in fact, they were totally into it. “We went on [MTV's] Headbanger’s Ball and we’d had an early pressing of [Nirvana's] Nevermind, he says. “We were talking about a bunch of upcoming bands and told people to check that album out.”

In addition, Neil slags metal rockers who bad-mouthed grunge. “Only people whose careers were on the way out said that,” he says. “We supported that whole thing. I don’t know why people say grunge killed rock.”

Apparently, the love between Mötley Crüe and Nirvana was a two-way street. Neil says, “I was talking to Courtney Love one time and she told me that one of Kurt [Cobain]‘s favorite records was [Mötley Crüe's 1981 album] Too Fast for Love.”

The entire interview is available in the new print version of Q magazine.

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Neil Young Recording with Orchestra for Project Reportedly Titled “Storytone”

Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchAccording to multiple online reports, Neil Young has been working on a new music project that involves an orchestra. German composer Chris Walden has revealed on his website that he contributed arrangements to a new album from the folk-rock great called Storytone, which is due out on November 4.

A series of messages that appeared over the last couple of weeks on the Gina Zimmitti Music Contracting Facebook page offer some additional details about the sessions. A photo posted on August 19 shows Walden conducting an orchestra at the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage in Culver City, California, while Young sings and veteran studio musician George Doering plays guitar. A caption attached to the pic reads, “First day recording Chris Walden’s fantastic arrangements for Neil Young.”

A message posted on August 23 shows another photo of Walden at work, this one taken at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles. The caption for this pic reads, “2nd day of recording with Neil Young and producer Niko Bolas – this time for some awesomely loud big band arrangements by Chris Walden composer-arranger!” Bolas has worked as an engineer and producer on numerous Young records over the years, including Landing on Water, Life, Freedom and Living with War.

The most recent Facebook post regarding Young appeared on Thursday. It shows a photo of Neil’s LincVolt hybrid car and reveals that the rock legend was back at the Sony studio “for more days of recording with orchestra and arranger Michael Bearden.” Bearden collaborated with an impressive list of music stars over the years, including Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Carlos Santana, John Fogerty and many others.

Back in March, Young told Billboard that he was considering making “a record with a full-blown orchestra, live — a mono recording with one mic.” He added, “I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past.”

Stay tuned as more information emerges about the upcoming album.

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Elton John to Be Joined by Chrissie Hynde at “End of Summer” Bash at UK Mansion Next Week

Joseph Guay; Dean ChalkleyElton John will raise money for his AIDS Foundation with a star-studded bash at his mansion in Windsor, England, on Thursday, September 4.

The “End of Summer Party” at Woodside, a home John shares with husband David Furnish, will feature musical performances by Elton himself, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and U.K. singer/songwriter James Blunt. In addition, John has partnered with Grey Goose to set up an actual nightclub on the grounds of the home; top DJ Fatboy Slim will provide the music while guests sip specially created Grey Goose cocktails.

You can join in the fun — if you’ve got the cash. Tickets are available for just under $5,000 each.

The “End of Summer Party” replaces Elton’s long-running charity event the White Tie & Tiara Ball, which he’s discontinued.

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Elton John to Be Joined by Chrissie Hynde at “End of Summer” Bash at UK Mansion Next Week

Joseph Guay; Dean ChalkleyElton John will raise money for his AIDS Foundation with a star-studded bash at his mansion in Windsor, England, on Thursday, September 4.

The “End of Summer Party” at Woodside, a home John shares with husband David Furnish, will feature musical performances by Elton himself, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and U.K. singer/songwriter James Blunt. In addition, John has partnered with Grey Goose to set up an actual nightclub on the grounds of the home; top DJ Fatboy Slim will provide the music while guests sip specially created Grey Goose cocktails.

You can join in the fun — if you’ve got the cash. Tickets are available for just under $5,000 each.

The “End of Summer Party” replaces Elton’s long-running charity event the White Tie & Tiara Ball, which he’s discontinued.

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Watch New Trailer for “Led Zeppelin IV” Reissue; Robert Plant Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Atlantic/Swan SongA new teaser trailer has premiered online offering a short preview of the forthcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin‘s classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV. The clip, which runs for a minute and seven seconds, features an early mix of “Black Dog” that will be appear on the bonus “companion audio” disc included in the deluxe versions of the release.

The promo video also features footage of Led Zeppelin performing in concert, and glimpses of different images from the package, including the cover art, vintage concert posters and gig announcements and photos of the band members. You can watch the trailer at Led Zeppelin’s official website and YouTube channel.

The remastered Led Zeppelin IV packages will be released on October 28 as part of the second installment the band’s reissue campaign. Revamped versions of the group 1973 album Houses of the Holy also will hit stores the same day.

In other Led Zeppelin-related news, Robert Plant has joined the droves of celebrities who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A video clip, which can be viewed on Robert’s YouTube channel, shows the rock legend standing in a nicely landscaped yard or park, ringing a little green bell. Plant reveals that he was nominated by British comedy group Kiddy Lad, and then calls on “Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Paul McCartney and my favorite commoner, Peter Gabriel” to take the challenge also. He adds, “Come on lads, get wet. Please don’t forget to donate,” before two men empty buckets of ice water over his curly locks.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within a day or two or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As of Friday, more than $100 million has been raised by this year’s campaign.

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