Toto Releasing New Live Album and Video in April; Planning Tour with Michael McDonald This Summer
Posted on March 8, 2014, 8:00 am
Eagle Rock EntertainmentLast year, Toto celebrated its 35th anniversary with a 29-city European tour that included an electrifying show in Lodz, Poland. That concert was recorded for a new video and audio release from the veteran pop-rock act that will hit stores on April 29.
35th Anniversary Tour — Live in Poland will be available in a variety of configurations, including a two-CD set, a DVD, a Blu-ray, and a deluxe version gathering all of the aforementioned discs, along with a 60-page book. The release features more than two hours of performances from a show Toto played on June 25, 2013. Among the songs the band performs are such hits as “Rosanna,” “Africa,” “Hold the Line,” “I Won’t Hold You Back” and “I’ll Be Over You,” as well as many lesser-known gems.
The video versions of the Live in Poland release also will include behind-the-scenes footage captured during the trek. You can check out a clip of Toto performing “Hold the Line” now on YouTube.
In other news, Toto has been working on a new studio album that it’s planning to release sometime next year.
“The repertoire is coming together so naturally it is as though we never took a break from creating as Toto in the studio,” says singer/keyboardist David Paich in a statement. “For the fans who have been waiting patiently and continually showing the band support and love over the last decade or so, this one’s for you. Collectively we can’t wait to share these recordings with the world.”
Toto also has plans for a joint North American tour with Michael McDonald that will take place this August and September. First up for they, though, is a Japanese trek that kicks off April 23 in Nagoya.
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Engelbert Humperdinck Duets Album Featuring Elton John, Gene Simmons Due Out in Spring
Posted on February 28, 2014, 8:00 am
Photos: Jennifer CawleyFull details have been revealed about Engelbert Humperdinck‘s long-in-the-works duets album, which features the veteran crooner teaming up with famous singers from a variety of genres. Engelbert Calling is a two-CD, 23-track collection that will be released on March 17 in the U.K. and sometime this spring in the U.S.
Among the many stars who collaborated on the project with the 77-year-old singer are Elton John and KISS‘ Gene Simmons, as well as Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, Neil Sedaka, Johnny Mathis, Lulu and Willie Nelson. Humperdinck tells Billboard that the reason he decided to record a duets album was that he’d never done one.
“I figured this’ll be my 80th album, and I’ve never done a duets album, so it was kind of a change for me,” he explains. “It was a big change and a great honor to work with all these legendary people.”
Engelbert reveals that album’s title was inspired by John, who had said in the liner notes of one of his live albums that when he was a struggling songwriter he’d hoped “that one day an Engelbert Humperdinck would call and take one of my songs.” Humperdinck adds, “So we finally called, and that’s why we called the album Engelbert Calling, and Elton John was the first to answer.”
Many of the songs on the album are new versions of tunes that either were hits for Humperdinck or for the artists with whom he joins forces. For example, he and Elton recorded a rendition of John’s 1997 hit “Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” while he teamed up with Robinson on the Miracles classic “You Really Got a Hold on Me.”
“All of [the songs] are pretty personal,” he maintains. “I wouldn’t have chosen them if I didn’t particularly like them. The group all have a certain significance attached to them that relates to my life and to [the other singers].”
One of the odder pairings on the record features Simmons, with whom Humperdinck collaborated on a version of Blood, Sweat and Tears‘ “Spinning Wheel.” Engelbert insists that he happens to be a KISS fan, and he also showered plenty of praise on Gene himself.
“He was just an amazing person,” Humperdinck tells Billboard. “He’s got a great personality, a lot of pizzazz to it and a great sense of humor.”
Engelbert will hit the road in early April for a brief series of U.S. concerts, but he reports that he’s hoping to organize a special show with some of the stars featured Engelbert Calling. He says John and Simmons already told him the group would participate, as did Nelson and Rogers.
Here is the complete track list for Engelbert Calling:
Disc 1 “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” with Elton John “Since I Lost My Baby” with Cliff Richard “Never Never Never” with Olivia Newton-John “Spanish Eyes” with Il Divo “Make You Feel My Love” with Willie Nelson “Spinning Wheel” with Gene Simmons “I Need You Now” with Lulu “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” with Smokey Robinson “Real Love” with Shelby Lynne “She Believes in Me” with Kenny Rogers “Better” with Louise Dorsey
Disc 2 “Ain’t That Peculiar” with Andrea Corr “A Certain Smile” with Johnny Mathis “After the Lovin’” with Beverley Knight “The Hungry Years” with Neil Sedaka “It Matters to Me” with Dionne Warwick “She” with Charles Aznavour “Kiss Me Honey” with Tini “It’s Impossible/Somos Novios” with Armando Manzanero “Quien Te Dijo Eso” with Luis Fonsi “Release Me” with Wynonna Judd “Something to Hold On To” with Ron Sexsmith “Father and Son” with Bradley Dorsey
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New Blu-ray Combo Packages Feature Two Previously Released Videos from Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell
Posted on February 26, 2014, 8:01 am
Eagle Rock EntertainmentNew standard-definition Blu-ray collections that each offer two previously released video titles by a pair of innovative artists from very different ends of the pop music spectrum, Lou Reed and Joni Mitchell, are due out on March 25 from Eagle Rock Entertainment.
The Reed Blu-ray combo package features the Classic Albums: Transformer documentary and the Live at Montreux 2000 concert film. The former disc delves into the making of the influential rocker’s breakout 1973 solo album, Transformer, and includes a variety of interviews and archival footage. The latter video captures a performance Reed gave at Switzerland’s famous Montreux Jazz Festival during his tour in support of his 2000 album, Ecstasy. The set features performances of eight songs from that album, as well as some classics from Lou’s earlier solo catalog, including “Perfect Day” and “Dirty Blvd.”
The Mitchell Blu-ray release combines the Woman of Heart and Mind documentary and the Painting with Words and Music performance video. Woman of Heart and Mind tells the influential singer/songwriter’s life story through interviews, photos, live clips and vintage film segments. It was produced in 2003 and originally aired on Canadian television. Painting with Words and Music offers an intimate performance Joni gave in 1998 at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California. The venue was decorated with Mitchell’s paintings, and the set she played featured a career-spanning selection of her songs, including “Woodstock” and “Big Yellow Taxi.”
Here is the track list of Reed’s Live at Montreux 2000 video:
“Paranoia Key of E” “Turn to Me” “Modern Dance” “Ecstasy” “Small Town” “Future Farmers of America” “Turning Time Around” “Romeo Had Juliette” “Riptide” “Rock Minuet” “Mystic Child” “Tatters” “Twilight” “Dirty Blvd.” “Dime Store Mystery” “Perfect Day”
Here are the songs Mitchell performs in the Painting with Words & Music video:
“Big Yellow Taxi” “Just Like This Train” “Night Ride Home” “Crazy Cries of Love” “Harry’s House” “Black Crow” “Amelia” “Hejira” “Sex Kills” “The Magdelene Laundries” “Moon at the Window” “Facelift” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” “Trouble Man” “Nothing Can Be Done” “Song for Sharon” “Woodstock” “Dream Land”
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Billy Corgan to Delivery Eight-Hour “Ambient/Musical Interpretation” of “Siddhartha”
Posted on February 19, 2014, 1:51 pm
Martha’s MusicYou know that book Siddhartha, which you were supposed to read in high school or college but never did? No worries — Billy Corgan‘s got you covered.
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman says he’ll perform an “ambient/musical interpretation of Hermann Hesse‘s Siddhartha” at Madame Zuzu’s, his New York City teahouse. The good news: it’s free. And you certainly will be getting your money’s worth — Corgan says the event, scheduled to begin at noon February 28, will last eight or nine hours, although it will apparently stretch over into Saturday, which suggests there will be some breaks in there. He adds that it will be “built by modular synthesis, on the fly. Readings of the text to go hand in hand with whatever is created.”
First published in Germany in 1922, Siddhartha tells the story of the title’s character’s journey of spiritual self-discovery as he leaves home as a young man and travels the land. The English translation was published in the U.S. in 1951 and, like Hesse’s subsequent novel, Steppenwolf, it was embraced by the 1960s and ’70s counterculture.
Seating is first-come, first-served. You can learn more about the performance at Madame Zuzu’s website.