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George Harrison Week on Conan with Beck and More

Just last night, Beck kicked off what will be a stellar week on Conan; George Harrison Week.  Conan O’Brien’s four-night musical salute to George coincides with the release of an eight-disc box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.

Beck performed “Wah-Wah” from Harrison’s 1970 three-record album All Things Must Pass.  If you missed it, you can watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01IU1Vdz-w8

Paul Simon is up next and will perform Tuesday night.  George’s son, Dhani Harrison, is scheduled to appear on Wednesday’s show.

Thursday night brings Norah Jones.  Jones is the daughter of the late sitar player Ravi Shankar, who was a close friend of Harrison.

George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 features reissues of Harrison’s first six solo albums, plus bonus material. It’s available Now on CD and digital download.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.


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New Pink Floyd Album

Pink Floyd’s new album, The Endless River, is a collection of reworked tracks from the 1993 sessions for The Division Bell. Drummer Nick Mason describes the album as a “tribute” to Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, who died in 2008, adding, “I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound.  Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.”

David Gilmour adds, “With Rick gone, and with the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.”  Gilmour also describes the disc as “a 21st century Pink Floyd album.”

Here’s the track listing for The Endless River:

SIDE 1
“Things Left Unsaid”
“It’s What We Do”
“Ebb And Flow”

SIDE 2
“Sum”
“Skins”
“Unsung”
“Anisina”

SIDE 3
“The Lost Art of Conversation”
“On Noodle Street”
“Night Light”
“Allons-y (1) ”
“Autumn ’68 ”
“Allons-y (2)”
“Talkin’ Hawkin’”

SIDE 4
“Calling”
“Eyes to Pearls”
“Surfacing”
“Louder than Words”


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Stevie Nicks Shows off 70′s Selfies

Selfies aren’t a digital age invention, just ask Stevie Nicks.  The singer is putting on an exhibition of her self-portraits she snapped with a Polaroid camera from 1975 to 1987.

According to the New York Times, the show, called 24 Karat Gold, is being curated by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, who produced her last solo record.  Nicks tells the NY Times she took the photos late at night, while at home and on tour because, “I wanted to learn how to become a photographer.”

“I don’t sleep at night, so I thought, ‘Who am I going to ask to stay up all night, and then do a show tomorrow? So I’m not going to get Christine,’” she says, referring to band mate Christine McVie.

Nicks goes on to say, ”I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director it was my joy.  I was the model.”

According to Nicks, she’s kept these photos tucked away in shoeboxes and have never been seen before.

24 Karat Gold will open October 10 at a Manhattan art space called 201 Mulberry Street.  Then will move about a half mile across town to the Morrison Hotel Gallery, which specializes in music photography, where it’ll be on display for the rest of October.

Nicks’ album 24 Karat Gold hits stores October 7th followed by the Fleetwood Mac tour which begins September 30th in Minneapolis.


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Sammy Hagar Has a New Acoustic Record Coming Soon

Sammy Hagar is just a bit too busy to record a new project with Chickenfoot right now.

In a recent interview about Chickenfoot, Hagar said “We’re not making an album” he goes on to say  ”Joe and I are writing songs a little bit…We had a couple ideas, and Joe’s got some fantastic musical ideas, and I’m just trying to find room in my life to do another Chickenfoot album.”

So what is Sammy so busy doing, He’s put together a new band New Things for his recent “A Journey Through the History of Rock” tour, which includes bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham, and guitarist Vic Johnson.  The band will be playing next at Hagar’s four-show Birthday Bash in October at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

If that wasn’t enough, he also has a new solo album on the way, an acoustic record he says was inspired by the Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert earlier this year with Metallica’s James Hetfield.

You can catch Sammy Hagar next at his Birthday Bash performances, scheduled for October 7, 9, 11 and 13.


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Elton John New Year’s Eve Tickets Announced

Elton John has announced the on-sale date for tickets to his New Year’s Eve concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

There’s an eight-ticket limit per customer and American Express Card members can buy tickets starting September 22 at 10 a.m. through September 25 at 10 p.m.

The general public can begin to buy tickets on Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and BarclaysCenter.com.  If any tickets are left by Saturday, they’ll be available at the Barclays Center box office starting at noon on September 27.

Elton’s next show is Wednesday in Spokane, WA.


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