The next time you feel like listening to ‘Spies Like Us,’ ‘Silly Love Songs,’ or ‘Biker Like an Icon,’ you won’t be able to turn to your favorite streaming service. Thanks to a removal order recently issued by the Universal and Concord Music Groups, all Wings and Paul McCartney solo albums have been pulled from the digital shelves of Spotify, MOG, Rdio, and anybody else who charges a monthly fee for listening to music you don’t actually own.
Black Sabbath sounds determined to keep recording its next album without drummer Bill Ward — in fact, they may have already lined up his replacement. But disappointed fans who had been looking forward to a full reunion of the band’s original lineup aren’t taking the news lying down.
With Chickenfoot in the midst of a brief overseas tour, the members of the band have been hitting the promotional trail, doing rounds of interviews in support of their latest release, ‘Chickenfoot III.’ And you know what that means: plenty of questions about the new Van Halen record. Chickenfoot singer (and ex-VH vocalist) Sammy Hagar has never been shy about expressing his opinions when it comes to his former bandmates, and he didn’t pull any punches when the subject came up again during a recent interview with Radio Metal.
After 35 years and more than 150 million records sold as the lead singer of U2, Bono has one of the most recognizable voices in rock music — but that doesn’t mean he actually enjoys the sound of it himself.
It seems like a glamorous life, but the touring musician’s existence is littered with pitfalls most of us never even have to think about — including the destruction or theft of gig money, gear, and instruments, many of which are vintage, customized, or have deep sentimental value to their owners.
We love Ozzy Osbourne. You love Ozzy. Heck, everyone loves Ozzy. But do you love him enough to try and sneak backstage at one of his shows — stark raving naked, no less — and hand him a vial of your own blood?
Yeah, we didn’t think so. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. In fact, rock promoter Barry Fey writes about the bizarre encounter in his new book, ‘Backstage Past,’ which runs down his decades in the concert business and shares wild stories about the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U2 — and, of course, the Prince of Darkness.
Since satellite radio launched, it’s provided an opportunity for a number of well-known recording artists to turn DJ, hosting their own stations with a mix of personal stories and their favorite songs — including Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Eminem, and Willie Nelson.
It’s no secret that sales of physical music have plummeted in the 21st century, with consumers’ growing preferences for streaming and downloading songs sending the industry into a tailspin that it’s only started to shake itself out of over the last few years.
But even if CDs aren’t as hot as they were during their ’90s peak, most consumers still think of the compact disc as the predominant format — which is why it came as such a shock when a recent report surfaced claiming the major labels will phase out CDs for good in 2012.
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