Monday, August 15, 2011

Sights and Sounds: Coldplay, Queen, Blondie, Shelby Lynne

If it's Monday, it means there is plenty of news to share. With new releases and/or reissues coming from Coldplay, Queen, Blondie and Shelby Lynne, what's not to like about autumn 2011?


Coldplay's fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto (pronounced my-lo zy-letoe), will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 by Capitol Records. Produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno, Mylo Xyloto follows 2008's Viva La Vida, which charted at No. 1 in 36 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

Mylo Xyloto will be released in digital, CD and vinyl formats. The 180-gram vinyl edition will include a 12" x 36" poster. A special limited edition Pop-Up Album version will also be available, which will include a 12" x 12" hardback book containing graffiti pop-up art designed by David A. Carter, vinyl, CD and exclusive content including photographs, excerpts from the studio diary and the band's personal notebooks. The "reversible" cover art was just revealed at Half of the CDs will be packaged with the full color artwork as the cover while the other 50% will have the CD booklet flipped, showing the silver initials "M X" via a die-cut sheet placed over the color image.

"Paradise," the follow-up to Coldplay's current single, "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," will be released as a commercial single on September 12, 2011. It will ship to radio the same day.

Coldplay - comprising Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin - is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard, which is out today. The band has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and won numerous awards, including seven GRAMMY® Awards, six Brit Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards.



Burbank, CA- August 15, 2011- Between 1977 and 1982 Queen officially became the most successful band in the world, releasing some of the biggest and best songs of all time including ‘Tie Your Mother Down’, ‘Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy’, ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’, ‘Bicycle Race’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Play The Game’, ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, ‘Flash’ and ‘Under Pressure’ which features David Bowie.

On September 13, 2011, just 8 days after what would have been the 65th birthday of late legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury, Hollywood Records will reissue deluxe editions of the five Queen albums from this period – News of the World, Jazz, The Game, Flash Gordon and Hot as part of the band’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

These five albums were recorded as Queen’s success spread worldwide - to the USA, South America, Europe and Asia and are the sound of a band breaking through the crash barriers of their own limitless ambition. The early 80's saw the band conquer South America for the first time, creating rock history when they played at the Morumbi Stadium in Brazil - then the largest paying audience for a single band anywhere in the world.

If the early 70’s and the first five albums Queens released represented the band’s hard-rocking years, then the late 70’s and early 80’s represented their hard partying era. As Brian, Roger, Freddie and John toured the world their reputation for off-stage rock’n’roll extravagance grew with stories of legendary party excess from Kensington to Copacabana informing the Queen mythology.

The Queen image changed too in the second half of the 70s. Infamously Sid Vicious bumped into Freddie Mercury at Wessex Studios where both Pistols and Queen are recording - 'Ullo Fred - I see you've bought ballet to the masses then!' Says Sid, eyeing up Freddie's legendary ballet pumps, 'Ah Mr Ferocious. Yes, doing my best dear' retorted Freddie.

It was also during this period that one of the most iconic images in contemporary music was developed, when in 1980 Freddie Mercury grew perhaps the most famous moustache of modern times! Inspired by his adventures in the New York nightlife of the late 70’s, the moustache and attendant leathers completely reinvented the band’s look. Famously the moustache caused outrage among many fans that mailed him disposable razors!

Queens 40th Anniversary year has kicked off in spectacular style so far with a major art & photography exhibition 'Stormtroopers in Stilettos' in London’s East End. Meanwhile, the bands first five albums have been reissued to considerable acclaim.

Rolling Stone gave the first set of reissues the magazine’s highest rating of five-stars, describing the collection’s “instrumental intensity” as a “compelling portrait of vehement and violent art.”

Queen’s next round of remasters will highlight the more refined and diverse talent, musical ambition and global success of a band made up of some of the best songwriters, musicians and performers of all time.

For more information on the “Freddie For A Day” charitable fundraiser go to

Blondie's 'Panic of Girls' to be released on Sept. 13, 2011

Panic of Girls, Blondie’s 9th studio album, is set for release on September 13, 2011 on the band’s own imprint Noble ID. First single "Mother," a nod to the legendary West 14th Street night club of the same name, has been instantly embraced by fans and the video for the song recently set the web abuzz. See it here. Panic of Girls, colored with inspirations from New York City's roiling melting pot and street-level pop culture, hearkens back to the core of Blondie's genius while remaining positively fresh. Collaborating with producers Jeff Saltzman (the Killers, Fischerspooner) and Kato Khandwala (Paramore, Papa Roach) for the first time, Blondie has created one of their most astounding albums in their storied 37-year career. New wave dance gems, songs sung in French and Spanish and even a reggae cover are threaded together with a timeless pop sheen. Inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, Blondie has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.
Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen, will kick off their U.S. tour on September 3rd. The tour dates are:

September 3rd Harris, MI @ Island Resort & Casino
September 4th Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
September 5th Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah's Stir Cove
September 7th Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
September 9th Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
September 10th Orillia, ON @ Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
September 12th New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
September 13th New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
September 14th Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
September 16th Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Spa & Resort - Music Box
September 17th Clark, NJ @ Oak Ridge Park
September 18th Westbury, NY @ Theatre at Westbury
September 21st Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
September 23rd Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 24th Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
September 26th Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
September 28th New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theatre
September 29th Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
October 1st Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
October 2nd Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
October 4th Phoenix, AZ @ The Foundry
October 5th Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
October 7th Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
October 8th Las Vegas, NV @ The Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
October 9th Palm Desert, CA @ McCallum Theatre of the Performing Arts


Single Out Tomorrow On iTunes; Album Set For October 18 Release

Fall Tour Launches September 30 And Includes Shows
At McCabe's Guitar Shop In Santa Monica And NYC's Highline Ballroom is premiering GRAMMY®-winner Shelby Lynne's new single, "Revelation Road," today. Fans can stream or get a free download of the song, which is the title track from her forthcoming album, at:

The single will be available beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16, on the iTunes Store. The album - her most personal one yet - is due out October 18th. Lynne wrote, recorded and produced the 11-song collection herself. It will be her third release on EVERSO Records, the independent label she founded, following her pair of 2010 albums - Tears, Lies And Alibis, a Top 10 hit at Americana radio, and Merry Christmas, which Parade Magazine called "an instant classic."

Lynne will be touring this fall in conjunction with the release of Revelation Road.

Shelby Lynne - Fall 2011 North American Tour

9/30 Carrboro, NC The Arts Center
10/12 San Diego, CA Anthology
10/14 Santa Monica, CA McCabe's Guitar Shop
10/15 Santa Monica, CA McCabe's Guitar Shop
10/17 Napa, CA Napa Valley Opera House
10/18 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Music Hall
10/20 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
10/21 Vancouver, BC The Rio Theatre
10/22 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
10/25 Denver, CO Soiled Dove
10/27 Minneapolis, MN Dakota Jazz Club
10/28 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
10/30 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
10/31 Toronto, ON Hugh's Room
11/2 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
11/3 Somerville, MA Johnny D's
11/5 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
11/6 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
11/7 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
11/8 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
11/10 Charlottesville, VA Southern Music Hall
11/12 Shelby, NC The Don Gibson Theatre
11/14 Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
11/17 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre

Additional dates to be announced.

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