Apple Corps/Capitol RecordsIn celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of The Beatles' historic first trip to America, a new box set gathering together CD versions of 13 Fab Four albums created for release specifically in the U.S. during the band's existence will be released next month. Hitting stores on January 21, the collection, titled The U.S. Albums, spans from the group's 1964 Capitol Records debut, Meet The Beatles!, through the 1970 Apple compilation Hey Jude.
As Beatles fans know, most of the band's U.S. releases were different from the U.K. ones, including varying track lists, cover art, song mixes and titles. The CDs in the box set will boast replica cover and sleeve artwork, while the package also will feature a 64-page booklet that includes photos and a new essay penned by music writer and TV producer Bill Flanagan.
Most of The U.S. Albums' CDs feature both mono and stereo mixes. Five of the discs -- The A Hard Day's Night original movie soundtrack, The Beatles' Story, Yesterday and Today, the U.S. edition of Revovler and Hey Jude -- are getting their CD debut with the release. In addition, all of the CDs in the set also will be available for purchase for a limited time individually, except for The Beatles' Story, which is an audio documentary about the band.
Here are the list of CDs featured in The U.S. Albums box set; all albums feature both mono and stereo mixes unless noted:
Meet The Beatles! (1964) The Beatles' Second Album (1964) A Hard Day's Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1964) Something New (1964) *The Beatles' Story (1964) Beatles '65 (1964) The Early Beatles (1965) Beatles VI (1965) Help! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1965) Rubber Soul (1965) Yesterday and Today (1966) Revolver (1966) *Hey Jude (1970)
MSO PRFounding Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason has a very busy winter and spring ahead of him. Starting next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be hitting the road with a new project he's dubbed Dave Mason's Traffic Jam.
The tour, which kicks off January 3 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will feature Mason performing songs from Traffic's first two albums, some other tunes by his former band, selections from his solo catalog, and sonew material.
"I think that it is important to keep alive the legacy of four young men from the heartland of England and their contribution to contemporary music," says Mason about the trek. "And 'Traffic Jam' -- aside from the obvious material -- will hopefully grow into the basis for other artists to participate. Keep the spirit alive!"
Mason's itinerary is mapped out through a May 18 show in Newton, New Jersey. Prior to the start of his Traffic Jam trek, Dave will wind down his 2013 schedule with three California gigs.
Meanwhile, Mason is planning to release a new EP titled Futures Past early next year that includes updated versions of some of his classic tunes, as well as some brand-new original songs. The disc will be available for purchase at DaveMasonMusic.com, and also will be for sale at Dave's concerts.
Here are Mason's confirmed upcoming tour dates:
12/12 -- Garberville, CA, Garberville Theatre* 12/14 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Rio Theatre Santa Cruz* 12/15 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre* 1/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Revel Casino & Hotel 1/4 -- Albany, NY, Hart Theatre at The Egg 1/5 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 1/9 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse 1/10 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount Theatre 1/11 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center 1/16 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall 1/17 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre 1/18 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall 1/19 -- Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey Performance Center 1/24 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center – Sunoco Performance Theater 1/25 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium 1/26 -- Beacon, NY, Towne Crier Café* 1/31 -- Cleveland, OH, Ohio Theatre Playhouse Square 2/1 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Bear's Den Showroom Theater 2/7 -- Chicago, IL, Beverly Arts Center 2/8 -- Brighton, MI, Brighton Center for the Performing Arts 2/18 -- Stuart, FL, The Lyric Theatre 2/21 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theater 3/15 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theater 3/16 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe Coffeehouse* 4/25 -- Edwardsville, IL, Wildey Theatre 4/26 -- Naperville, IL, Wentz Concert Hall* 5/9 -- Lewisburg, WV, Carnegie Hall of West Virginia* 5/16 -- Woonsocket, RI, Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center 5/17 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre 5/18 -- Newtown, NJ, The Newton Theatre
*= Dave Mason Band date, rather than Traffic Jam show.
Frontiers RecordsA new high-definition concert video capturing Heart playing songs from their latest studio album, Fanatic, as well as a bevy of classic hits will hit stores early next year. Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum features performances from a July 2012 show the band played in Windsor, Canada. The release will be available as a CD/DVD package, as well as a standalone DVD, Blu-ray and digital video.
Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum includes renditions of such memorable hits as "What About Love," "Straight On," "These Dreams," "Alone," "Crazy On You" and "Barracuda," plus five tunes from Fanatic, which was released in October of that year. The concert features a guest appearance by Fanatic producer Ben Mink, who played violin and directed a string ensemble during the show.
"The concert at the Windsor Colosseum was the first we'd been able to play some of our new songs off our new Fanatic album on camera," Heart singer Ann Wilson says in a video interview. "They sounded great and they're powerful together, but we actually got to have them seen and heard."
The performance originally aired as a television special on AXS TV, the same channel that will be showing the recently reported upcoming Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays special. That show, which will feature the band performing with guest stars like Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Train's Pat Monahan, will be taped Thursday at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and will premiere on Christmas.
Heart's Fanatic Live from Caesars Colosseum will be released on February 25. Here is the list of songs featured on the DVD, Blu-ray and CD:
"Fanatic" "Heartless" "What About Love" "Mashallah!" "Even It Up" "59 Crunch" "Straight On" "Dog and Butterfly" "Walking Good" "These Dreams" "Alone" "Dear Old America" "Crazy On You" "Barracuda"
Interscope RecordsU2 received a nomination Thursday morning for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for the 71st Annual Golden Globes.
U2 is up for "Ordinary Love," the song they wrote for the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Other nominees include Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift, for the songs they wrote for, respectively, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Inside Llewyn Davis and One Chance.
U2 has been nominated four times and won once in this category: in 2003, they took home the trophy for "The Hands that Built America," from Gangs of New York.
The Golden Globe Awards will be handed out Sunday, January 12 on NBC.
Eric Liebowitz/NBCSting fans will be treated to an early Christmas present if they tune in to tonight's episode of The Michael J. Fox Show, which features a guest appearance by the ex-Police frontman. In the episode, Michael J. Fox's character, Mike Henry, and his wife Annie, who's played by Breaking Bad star Betsy Brandt, decide to do a holiday gift exchange, and she has lined up a hard-to-beat present -- a surprise personal performance from Sting in their own living room.
Complications ensue, however, when Mike, who is a TV newsman, is unexpectedly called in to work.
Sting, who has acted in a number of movies, says his experience on Fox's sitcom was made easier by the fact that he was simply playing himself. As for how the TV version of Sting ended up getting talked into singing at a relative stranger's home, he explains, "We apparently met in an ear, nose and throat doctor's…waiting room, and then [Annie] propositioned me. I don't know what she's given me for it but I'm doing it."
Even though he's only portraying himself on the program, Sting admits that he still felt out of his comfort zone.
"This is hard. You need a lot of patience to be a TV actor, and concentration," he admits. "I'd much prefer to be onstage singing, but, you know, I'm working with pros, so I can learn."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that working with Fox was a pleasure. "He's fantastic, you know. Really generous and helpful," says Sting. "Not too impatient with me, which is nice."
The feeling was mutual for Fox, who says he was thrilled that the rock star appeared on his show.
"We've met a few times and [I] always thought he was terrific and I've been a big fan," explains the TV and movie legend, "so when he agreed to do this, it was a real get for us. It was really exciting."
One of the times that Sting and Fox "met" actually was onstage at Carnegie Hall in New York City during one of Sting's Rainforest Foundation benefit concerts.
"We performed [Chuck Berry's] 'Johnny B. Goode' together," Sting recalls.
"I butchered it," adds Fox, whose Back to the Future character famously played the song at a 1950s school dance in the first film in the series. "It is the exact opposite of Sting being on [my show]. Me playing guitar at Carnegie Hall was really a threatening moment for me, but Sting was there and made it easier."
The Michael J. Fox Show episode with Sting airs on NBC at 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT.
Capitol RecordsIn his long career, Rod Stewart has signed countless autographs, but recently he was starstruck enough to ask someone else for one. No, it wasn't some other music legend -- it was the owner of a hobby shop in Peabody, Massachusetts.
NBC's Boston affiliate WHDH-TV reports that when the 68-year-old singer was in Massachusetts for his concert in Beantown, he made a detour to a store called Fine Scale Miniatures in Peabody, just so he could check out a model train set there. You see, Stewart's hobby is model trains -- he's somewhat fanatical about it -- and the owner of the store, George Sellios, has a setup that's legendary in those circles. In fact, it's considered to be one of the most detailed in the world, and Rod had apparently always wanted to see it.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer showed up at the store with his daughter and his entourage, and was so in awe of Sellios' train display that he told him he was going to tear his own setup. "That made me feel kinda good," Sellios told WHDH, adding that he couldn't get over how regular a guy Rod was.
"He was so down to Earth. It's incredible. He was just like a little kid running around here, going from spot to spot. Just so natural," gushed Sellios. "He gave me the biggest hug I ever got. I ended up kissing the guy 'cause I got so excited: He's Rod Stewart, you know?"
Before he left, Stewart asked Sellios for his autograph, and he had to be dragged out of the store, 45 minutes before his concert was going to start. And yes, he gave free tickets to Sellios and his family.
NYCBeatles.comNew York City will host a four-day series of events this February celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' historic first trip to the U.S. The NYC Beatles 50 extravaganza is scheduled to take place February 6 through February 9 and will include several multi-act tribute concerts at various venues around the Big Apple.
Among the planned festivities is an event dubbed "America Celebrates The Beatles, All-Star Concert" that will be held on February 7 at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. In addition, a two-day event called the "Across the Universe" Beatles Music Festival has been scheduled for February 8 and 9 that will feature an all-day series of performances by a variety of artists.
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary theme, organizers of NYC Beatles 50 have invited 50 bands from 50 different countries to participate in the celebration, with admission to most shows priced at $50 or less. Proceeds raised by the various events will benefit the Food Bank for New York City.
More details about the NYC Beatles 50 event will revealed soon. Check out NYCBeatles50.com for the latest news about the celebration. A number of celebrities are serving on an advisory board for the celebration, including Tommy James, Spanky McFarlane, Little Anthony and the Imperials frontman Anthony Gourdine, legendary New York radio personality Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, and famed talk-show host Dick Cavett.
The Beatles' first U.S. trip began on February 7, 1964, when the band arrived at New York City's JFK Airport. One of the major highlights of the New York portion of the Fab Four's visit was their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9.
Frontiers RecordsHot on the heels of the arrival of Boston's first studio album in more than a decade, Life, Love & Hope, the band has now released a brand-new Christmas single. The veteran rockers have reworked the holiday classic "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," rechristening the tune "God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen 2013." The track is available now as a digital download via iTunes.
The tune was produced by Boston guitarist/songwriter Tom Scholz, and features singer/bassist Kimberly Dahme on lead vocals, Scholz and Gary Pihl on backing vocals and guitars, and Tom Hambridge on drums.
"This was my chance to Boston-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols," says Scholz about the single. "I had so much fun with this one, I think I'll have to try a few more."
Life, Love & Hope is the follow-up to Boston's 2002 album, Corporate America. It features vocals by several singers, including some of the last performances by the band's founding frontman, Brad Delp, who committed suicide in 2007. The album's lead single is "Heaven on Earth," featuring David Victor singing lead.
Blackened RecordingsLars Ulrich has some reservations about Metallica's upcoming summer European trek, Metallica by Request, during which fans will get to choose the band's set list for each show. In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, the drummer says while he's a little bit nervous about the songs the fans will select for the run, he's happy to let someone else take the heat for determining what the band will play at each show.
"It certainly gives me butterflies in the stomach in a good way and I think it should be a lot of fun for the fans," he notes. "This at least put a stop to the whining about the set list because it's basically the fans that's picking it."
Ulrich adds that he's looking forward to unleashing a new song during the band's European sets, although he admits that he and his the band mates still haven't chosen the tune they'll be playing. "Since 2014 is basically about the next Metallica record and we're so excited about writing and getting all that off the ground that it only is right to bring a new song out there," he explains. "Obviously we haven't quite figured out what that's gonna be, but as we get a little closer, hopefully we'll come up with something cool."
The Metallica by Request tour will keep the band overseas from May 28 through July 11, and will make stops in a number of countries, including Germany, England, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Austria.
Duff-Loaded.com; Courtesy of Michael NesmithEx-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and The Monkees' Michael Nesmith are among the high-profile stars that will be making guest appearances on the upcoming fourth season of the IFC sketch comedy show Portlandia.
Other music artists set to make cameos on the program include former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, jazz duo Tuck and Patti and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme. In addition, well-known actors such as Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph and Olivia Wilde will be featured in the upcoming episodes.
Portlandia -- created by and starring Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen and former Sleater Kinney singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein -- is no stranger to having musicians on the show. Episodes from previous seasons have featured Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, The Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Aimee Mann, ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Bruce Cockburn.
The new season of Portlandia kicks off on February 27 at 10 p.m. ET.
CrosbyStillsNash.comCrosby, Stills & Nash have scheduled their first concerts of 2014. The legendary folk-rock trio will be playing shows in a variety of U.S. cities in the Midwest and Southeast throughout March.
The trek currently runs from a March 4 concert in Richmond, Virginia, through a March 24 performance in Durham, North Carolina. These will be CSN's first gigs since they wrapped up an U.K. tour in late October.
The upcoming shows will feature the band playing plenty of their classic songs, as well as introducing some brand-new material. A variety of VIP and benefit packages will be made available via the group's official website. Advance tickets will go on sale at CrosbyStillsNash.com starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. Crosby, Stills & Nash will donate $1 for every ticket sold to the upcoming concerts to charity.
Recently, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash also have busied themselves with various side projects. Crosby will be releasing a new solo album titled CROZ on January 27 and will support it with a month-long tour running from late January to late February. Stills recently formed a blues-rock supergroup called The Rides that released an album titled Can't Get Enough this past August and played a bunch of shows earlier in 2013. Lastly, Nash published a memoir titled Wild Tales in September and promoted it with his own solo dates, which took place that month and in November.
Adrian Boot/Fifty-Six Hope Road MusicThe music of the late Bob Marley and his band The Wailers has been "livelied up" for the digital age. All of the studio albums that the influential reggae artist and his group recorded for Island Records have been mastered especially for iTunes and are available for purchase now from the digital music seller. Marley and the Wailers' Island recordings span from 1973's Catch a Fire through 1983's Confrontation, a compilation of unreleased tracks.
Among the many memorable songs included on the albums Marley recorded for the label are "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry," "Three Little Birds," "One Love/People Get Ready," "Jamming" and "Buffalo Soldier." Also remastered for iTunes are two of Marley and the Wailers' live albums, 1975's Live! and 1978's Babylon by Bus.
Each Marley and The Wailers album can be bought separately or the entire catalog can be purchased as an expansive digital box set titled The Complete Collection -- The Island Years. The Mastered for iTunes recordings were updated using state-of-the-art technology and offer particularly high-quality sound.
Here is a complete list of Bob Marley and the Wailers' albums that have been newly mastered for iTunes:
Catch a Fire (1973) Burnin' (1973) Natty Dread (1974) Live! (1975) Rastaman Vibration (1976) Exodus (1977) Kaya (1978) Babylon by Bus (1978) Survival (1979) Uprising (1980) Confrontation (1983)
Legacy RecordingsClassic 1970s tunes by Electric Light Orchestra, Paul McCartney & Wings, Elton John and America are among the 15 songs featured on the soundtrack to the new film American Hustle, which stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. The album was released digitally on Tuesday and will be available on CD starting December 24.
The American Hustle soundtrack includes two Electric Light Orchestra songs -- "10538 Overture" and "Long Black Road" -- as well as Wings' "Live and Let Die," John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and America's "Horse with No Name." In addition, the album boasts a previously unreleased tune by ELO frontman Jeff Lynne titled "Stream of Stars," plus well-known songs by The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Tom Jones and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.
American Hustle is the latest film by Academy Award-nominated director David O. Russell. Set in the late 1970s and early '80s, the flick is a fictional story inspired by the ABSCAM scandal. The movie will get its premiere in Los Angeles this Friday and will open in theaters across the U.S. on December 20.
Here is the full track list of American Hustle -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:
"Jeep's Blues" -- Duke Ellington "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" -- Elton John "White Rabbit" -- Mayssa Karaa "10538 Overture" -- Electric Light Orchestra "Live and Let Die" -- Wings "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" -- Bee Gees "I Feel Love" -- Donna Summer "Don't Leave Me This Way" -- Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes "Delilah" -- Tom Jones "I've Got Your Number" -- Jack Jones "Long Black Road" -- Electric Light Orchestra "A Horse with No Name" -- America "Stream of Stars" -- Jeff Lynne "Live to Live" -- Chris Stills "Irving Montage" -- Danny Elfman
Eagle Rock EntertainmentShowtime is set to host the world television premiere of the new Rolling Stones concert film, Sweet Summer Sun -- Return to Hyde Park, which features highlights from the two shows the band played at the London park this past July. The movie will debut on Friday, December 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the cable network, and will receive multiple encore screenings on Showtime and its affiliated channels SHO 2 and Showtime Showcase during the ensuing few weeks.
Sweet Summer Sun features The Stones performing such classics songs as "Start Me Up," "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll," "Honky Tonk Women," "Miss You," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Sympathy for the Devil," and "Brown Sugar." In addition, it includes a guest appearance by former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who joins the band for two songs -- "Midnight Rambler" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The film, which was directed by Paul Dugdale, also contains previously unseen backstage and behind-the-scenes footage.
The Stones' 2013 Hyde Park concerts were staged almost exactly 44 years after the British rock legends played a historic free show at the park. That July 1969 performance marked Taylor's first concert with the group, and also came just two days after the death of founding Stones guitarist Brian Jones.
Sweet Summer Sun was screened in theaters across the U.S. early last month, and was released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital video on November 11.
QueenOnline.comProducers behind the upcoming biopic about late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury apparently have found an actor to take on the lead role as well as a director for the project. Deadline reports that Ben Whishaw, who played Q in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, will portray Mercury, while actor-turned-filmmaker Dexter Fletcher will direct the flick.
Whishaw takes over the Mercury role from Sacha Baron-Cohen, who bowed out of the film earlier this year after reportedly having disagreements with Queen's surviving members about the direction of the project. In addition to the Skyfall appearance, Whishaw's credits include playing Keith Richards in 2006's Stoned and portraying one of six characters based on Bob Dylan in 2007's I'm Not There.
As for Fletcher, he's had a long acting career that's included parts in The Elephant Man; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; and Kick-Ass. His directorial debut came in 2011 with Wild Bill, which he followed with 2013's Sunshine on Leith, a film based on a stage production inspired by the music of The Proclaimers.
According to Deadline, Fletcher has been meeting with Queen members "to get a feel for [the band's] story," and is planning to begin filming in 2014. The movie is being co-produced by GK Films' Graham King and Tim Headington, Queen Films, Robert De Niro and American producer Jane Rosenthal. The producers reportedly have secured the rights to many of Queen's classic songs for use in the flick.
The biopic will follow Mercury's story from Queen's rise to fame through the band's historic performance at 1985's Live Aid festival at London's Wembley Stadium.
Hear MusicJust in time for Christmas, Paul McCartney will be releasing a high-quality vinyl version of his latest studio album, NEW, next week. The 180-gram record will be available on Tuesday, December 17, in the U.S.
The album will come with a download card that will allow buyers to access a digital version of NEW. You can check out an online video offering audio clips from the collection's 12 tracks at McCartney's official YouTube channel.
The former Beatles legend received a Best Rock Song nomination for "Cut Me Some Slack," the tune he collaborated on with ex-Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic for Grohl's Sound City -- Real to Reel project. In addition, Sir Paul's Live Kisses is in the running for the Best Surround Sound Album honor, while the accompanying documentary of the same name was nominated in the Best Music Film category. Lastly, his Wings over America Deluxe Edition package will vie for the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package prize.
Photo: Roger EricksonJoan Jett has joined a growing list of music artists who are protesting what they consider the inhumane treatment of orcas, aka killer whales, trained to perform at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, and other marine-themed attractions. PETA.org reports that the rock veteran has served SeaWorld with a "cease and desist" order after discovering that the park was using her hit song "I Love Rock 'n Roll" without authorization at the beginning of its "Shamu Rocks" show.
The outcry was spurred by revelations brought to light in the recent documentary Blackfish, which focuses on the apparent adverse effects of keeping large aquatic mammals in captivity. In a letter emailed to SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison, Jett writes, "I'm among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals. These intelligent and feeling creatures communicate by sonar and are driven crazy in the tiny tanks in which they are confined."
Joan adds, "If I don't receive written confirmation that SeaWorld will cease and desist from using any Joan Jett & the Blackhearts music, I will be forced to take further action, and you'll find me among the PETA protesters outside your parks."
Jett, a long time supporter of animal-rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also labeled the "Shamu Rocks" show "cruel and abusive," and called for SeaWorld to release its captive killer whales to sanctuaries where "they can live out their lives with other orcas in nature."
Other musicians who have taken action against SeaWorld include Heart, Willie Nelson and The Barenaked Ladies, who all canceled planned concerts at the venue. In addition, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee prohibited SeaWorld from using his band's music in the "Shamu Rocks" show last year.
Photo: Matthew CarasellaJake Clemons is best known as one of the latest additions to Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, taking over sax duties for his late uncle, Clarence Clemons, but he's also an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitar player. The 33-year-old musician has just released a new five-song solo EP, Embracing Light, which showcases his many musical talents.
The record is a heartfelt collection of tunes that features some elements reminiscent of the Boss' work, but is clearly an expression of Clemons' own unique musical vision. The songs include influences ranging from folk-rock and alt-country to blues, gospel and classic rock.
Jake tells ABC News Radio that his experience playing with Bruce and the E Street Band actually inspired him to rework the collection before he released it.
"When I first started a couple of years ago, I had a whole record outlined and sequenced," he reveals. "And I kind of threw that out after spending time on the road with these legends…the masters of this craft, and started fresh."
Clemons explains that, in observing Springsteen, he decided that it was important for the new project to have "a message that you really want people to understand and to experience."
That theme, says Jake, is "embracing light...it's this concept of the moment you open your eyes in the morning is the moment you're being born. And hope is for right now. It's not for later."
While Clemons has a vocal style that's all his own, his saxophone playing clearly bears his uncle's trademark sound -- not surprising, since Clarence was Jake's mentor and his inspiration for even picking up the instrument. Jake tells ABC News Radio that one new song on which he particularly was trying to channel his uncle was the jangly mid-tempo rocker "You Must Be Crazy."
"That saxophone solo's absolutely Clarence-esque," he points out. "I was searching for that...I was able to use his horn on this record and tap into the essence of him that I was familiar with."
Of course, Jake has been using a similar approach to the sax when he performs with the E Street Band. He says he spent about nine hours a day learning his uncle's parts while preparing for the gig, and he explains to ABC News Radio that although Clarence never gave him actual music lessons, he still "taught me an immense amount" thanks to those rehearsal sessions.
"I spent so much time listening to his delivery and understanding the value in what he was saying and how he said it," Jake maintains. "And the value of those notes."
While helping to carry on his uncle's legacy by playing with the E Street Band, Jake says the experience also has helped him to come to terms with the loss of his beloved relative in the company of musicians who are, essentially, part of his family too.
"We all went through that process together…me and the E Street guys especially, experiencing that healing as a family," he explains. "And it's something that continued on as a celebration and that's still present."
Clemons currently is touring Ireland with his and his solo group, and they will return to the U.S. in time to serve as the opening act at Robert Randolph and the Family Band's December 27 concert in Englewood, New Jersey. Then, next month, Jake will rejoin Springsteen and the E Street Band for a winter tour leg that kicks off January 26 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Photo: Danny ClinchNeil Young has scheduled four concerts in his home country of Canada next month to raise money to help a legal battle that native people in the Athabasca region are fighting against oil companies and the Canadian government. The "Honor the Treaties" concerts will benefit the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund, which is seeks to protect the indigenous citizens' traditional lands and environment from potentially damaging activities related to oil prospecting and extraction.
The ACFN is particularly interested in upholding its peoples' rights in conjunction with Treaty 8, a disputed 19th century agreement in which the Canadian government guaranteed the "First Nations" could live on their lands without imposition.
Young's shows will take place in four major Canadian cities during mid-January, after his previously announced performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City earlier that month. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale this Friday.
Meanwhile, Young also is set to team up with his longtime backing band Crazy Horse again for a July 12, 2014, concert in London's Hyde Park. That event will be part of the 2013 edition of the British Summer Time concert series.
Here are all Young's confirmed upcoming 2014 concerts:
1/6 -- New York, NY, Carnegie Hall 1/7 -- New York, NY, Carnegie Hall 1/9 -- New York, NY, Carnegie Hall 1/10 -- New York, NY, Carnegie Hall 1/12 -- Toronto, Canada, Massey Hall 1/16 -- Winnipeg, Canada, Centennial Concert Hall 1/17 -- Regina, Canada, Conexus Arts Centre 1/19 -- Calgary, Canada, Jack Singer Concert Hall 7/12 -- London, U.K., Hyde Park (with Crazy Horse)
Julien's AuctionsA historic electric guitar owned and played by Jerry Garcia was among the many collectible items that brought in big bucks during a two-day memorabilia sale held over the weekend at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. The Custom Travis Bean TB500, which is believed to be the third-most-played guitar the Grateful Dead frontman ever owned, sold for an impressive $238,700.
Another high-priced instrument that sold at the auction was a Hofner Presentation bass guitar that was custom made for Paul McCartney in 1964; it fetched $201,800.
Hundreds of other lots also were up for bid at Julien's Icons and Idols: Rock 'n Roll event, including a white 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine made for Elvis Presley that was purchased for $96,000, a pair of blue suede shoes once belonging to Presley that sold for $76,800.
Another historic item scooped up at the auction was an embroidered vest owned by Jimi Hendrix, which sold for $53,125.
In addition, an American Music Award honoring Guns 'N Roses that once belonged to singer Axl Rose sold for $24,320, while a Fender Stratocaster painted on and signed by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood went for $19,200.