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  • Patti Smith livestream event featuring music and spoken word scheduled for next month
    by ABC Audio on August 7, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Credit: Jesse DitmarPatti Smith will take part in a special livestream event scheduled for September 4 at 9 p.m. ET that will feature her performing songs with longtime backing-band member Tony Shanahan and reading excerpts from her latest memoir, Year of the Monkey. The show, dubbed "An Evening of Words & Music with Patti Smith," will be filmed at the Murmrr Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, by acclaimed cinematographer Matthew Schroeder, and is being billed as "a high-end multi-camera visual and sonic experience." Tickets for the event cost $30 and are available for purchase now at A new paperback copy of Year of the Monkey will be included in the price. Year of the Monkey, which initially was published last year, features Smith focusing on her life during 2016, as she documents her travels around the U.S. and reflects on the changing political landscape in the country. The paperback edition, which will be released on September 1, features a new chapter that includes a variety of new photos. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Watch Metallica rehearse together in person
    by ABC Audio on August 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Credit: Ross HalfinMetallica is back to rehearsing in person again. The metal legends have uploaded video to their Instagram Story, showing them jamming the intro to "Creeping Death" together at their usual HQ. Drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo are all wearing masks or face coverings in the clip, though frontman James Hetfield is not. Prior to this rehearsal, which is dated Thursday, August 6, the Metallica members has communicating virtually and holding weekly Zoom catch-ups. In May, they released a quarantined version of "Blackened," with each member jamming along to the track while isolated in their respective homes. Metallica hasn't played a show since September 2019, when they performed two orchestra-accompanied concerts in San Francisco. Those dates, dubbed S&M2, were recorded for an upcoming box set, which will be released August 28. By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Bada Bang Bang! James Gandolfini "loved" Green Day, according to 'Sopranos' co-star
    by ABC Audio on August 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicJames Gandolfini was apparently a big Green Day fan, according to his Sopranos co-star Michael Imperioli. This revelation surfaced after Imperioli posted a photo on his Instagram of himself alongside the late Gandolfini, who passed away in 2013 at age 51, signing a guitar for a charity auction. In the comments, a fan asked what kind of music Gandolfini liked. "Green Day," Imperioli replied. When another commenter expressed skepticism, Imperioli assured everyone that Gandolfini's enthusiasm for Billie Joe Armstrong and company was real. "[Gandolfini] would play the vinyl of Dookie in his trailer at work," Imperioli wrote. "Totally serious." "No joke," the actor added. "He loved Green Day." Maybe Gandolfini's love of Green Day can be worked into the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark. By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Watch Roger Waters and his touring band's virtual performance of two deep cuts from The Wall
    by ABC Audio on August 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Credit: Kate IzorRoger Waters has once again teamed up remotely with his Us + Them tour backing band to create another socially distanced performance video. The new clip features renditions of back-to-back songs from Pink Floyd's classic 1979 concept album The Wall: "Vera" and "Bring the Boys Back Home." You can watch the video now at Waters' official YouTube channel. Roger discusses both songs in a note accompanying the clip. Regarding "Vera," he writes, "The Vera in question is Vera Lynn. She was an English singer, songwriter, very popular during the Second World War. Her biggest hit was 'We'll meet again.' She was widely known as the 'Forces' Sweetheart.' Our Vera, who is very fondly remembered back in Blighty, died six weeks ago aged 103. So she had a bloody good innings, bless her." As for "Bring the Boys Back Home," Waters notes, "My father never came home [from World War II], but at least in 1944 he really was fighting to defend his home. Not like now. Now the boys fight and die in colonial wars so some rich a**hole can get richer. If it were up to me I'd bring 'em all home tomorrow." At the end of the video, Roger sends out an angry message seemingly meant for President Donald Trump. "Bring the boys back home," he says, looking into the camera. "Particularly from Portland, you big f***ing p****."  That's an apparent reference to the federal law-enforcement agents sent to the Oregon city recently to quell protests that have been taking place there. The musicians contributing to Waters' new video performance are guitarists Dave Kilminster and Jonathan Wilson, drummer Joey Waronker, bassist Gus Seyffert, keyboardists Jon Carin and Bo Koster, and Lucius members Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on backing vocals. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Ringo Starr featured on Toots and the Maytals' new cover of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"
    by ABC Audio on August 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Scott Robert Ritchie; Trojan Jamaica/BMGRingo Starr contributes percussion to a new version of the late Bob Marley's classic song "Three Little Birds" by reggae veterans Toots and the Maytals that was released this week as a digital download and via streaming services. The track also features guest vocals by Bob's son Ziggy Marley, guitar from Ringo's son Zak Starkey -- longtime touring drummer for The Who -- and bass drums from famed reggae musician Sly Dunbar. Toots and the Maytals' cover of "Three Little Birds" is a funky, horn-driven, ska-flavored rendition of the laid-back tune that offers a completely different vibe than the original. The new track will be featured on frontman Toots Hibbert and company's new studio album, Got to Be Tough, due out August 28. "Three Little Birds" originally appeared on the 1977 Bob Marley and the Wailers album Exodus, and later was released as a single in 1980 that reached the top 20 of the U.K. charts.By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Unreleased 1999 David Bowie concert album, 'Something in the Air,' debuting via streaming next week
    by ABC Audio on August 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    ParlophoneA previously unreleased David Bowie concert album, Something in the Air (Live Paris 99), will be made available via streaming services on Friday, August 14. The album captures a October 14, 1999, performance that Bowie gave at the Elysée Montmarte in Paris. The show, which was one of only seven concerts the rock legend to promote his then-latest album, Hours…, featured 15 songs. Earlier that day, Bowie was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest artistic honor that France can bestow on a person. Bowie's lead guitarist at this concert and the rest of the shows promoting Hours… was Page Hamilton, frontman of the alternative-metal band Helmet. The Paris set featured renditions of five songs from Hours…, as well as versions of Bowie classics including "Life on Mars?," "China Girl," "Changes," and "Rebel Rebel." David also dug into his catalog for some rarely played gems, among them "Can't Help Thinking About Me," a 1966 tune he hadn't performed in more than 30 years; "Word on a Wing," a song from 1976's Station to Station that returned to his set for the first time in 23 years; and "Drive-In Saturday," which he hadn't sung live since 1974. Of the album's 15 songs, 12 have never been released, while the other three were issued as B-sides for singles from Hours… In advance of the release of Something in the Air (Live Paris 99), audio and video of the "Drive-In Saturday" performance have been made available for download and streaming. Here's the full Something in the Air track list: "Life on Mars?""Thursday's Child" "Something in the Air" "Word on a Wing" "Can't Help Thinking About Me""China Girl""Always Crashing in the Same Car""Survive""Drive-In Saturday""Changes""Seven""Repetition""I Can't Read""The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell""Rebel Rebel" By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.