The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem Unveil 10-Year Anniversary Plans For “The ’59 Sound”

The Gaslight Anthem is giving fans an extraordinary gift for the group’s 10-year anniversary of album The ’59 Sound.

A new companion piece called The ’59 Sound Sessions will feature nine rare and previously unreleased tracks as well as a 60-page booklet. It will be available on CD, LP, and Limited Deluxe Photobook LP, as well as on digital outlets.

A special pre-order includes the limited deluxe photobook LP on coloured vinyl, plus a standard LP and CD, and a commemorative tour poster and t-shirt.

The title track from The ’59 Sound (more…)

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Appetite for Destruction It's So Easy

Guns N’ Roses’ Previously Unseen Video For “It’s So Easy” Surfaces

In celebration of Guns N’Roses forthcoming Appetite For Destruction reissues, due out on 29 June, the iconic LA rockers have released a previously unseen music video for “It’s So Easy”, which is now available to watch exclusively on Apple Music.

Filmed live in 1989 at the infamous Cathouse, “It’s So Easy” was never completely finished and has remained in the vaults, unseen and unreleased, until now. The footage was recently uncovered for inclusion in the Locked And Loaded box set and has been digitally restored in 4K UHD from 16mm film transfers with the original conceptual scenes edited back in with the live footage, just as the band had originally intended.

Alongside the Locked and Loaded edition, Appetite For Destruction will also be released in concurrent multiple configurations, a 4CD/1Blu-ray Audio Super Deluxe Edition with a 96-page book featuring unreleased photos from Axl Rose’s personal archive, a 2CD Deluxe Edition, 2LP 180g heavyweight vinyl edition, a single CD remaster, and digital download/streaming equivalents. (more…)

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason

19-Year-Old Cellist Steals The Show At The Royal Wedding

All eyes were set to be on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for the Royal Wedding, however, a young musician has captured the hearts of viewers across the globe.

Solo cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason wowed the guests at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor when he performed during the royal couples’ signing at the register.

Kanneh-Mason, only 19 years old, was named BBC’s Young Musician of the Year in 2016, making him the first black artist to be crowned with the title.

The Duchess of Sussex personally called Kanneh-Mason to invite him to perform at the wedding.

“It was such an awesome moment – just really incredible to perform for Prince Harry and Meghan at their wedding! The atmosphere was amazing and I’m proud to have played a small part in the celebrations. It’s a day I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Kanneh-Mason in a press release.

Watch: Sheku Kanneh-Mason wows the guests of the Royal Wedding (52:00 mark) (more…)

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Pete Townshend’s 10 Greatest Guitar Moments

The Who‘s Pete Townshend turns 73 today.

The band’s career has spanned over 50 years, and proved themselves to be one of the most influential groups of the 20th century.

As a musician, Pete has solidified his place as a guitar God with his insane dexterity and an ear for marvelous melodies.

To honour the legend, we look at ten of his songs that truly showcase his incredible work on the six string:

10. “Pictures of Lily” (1967)

There isn’t a guitar solo to be found in “Pictures of Lily”, but the brash fun riff serves as the backbone for Keith Moon and John Entwistle to build around it.

9. “A Quick One (While He’s Away)” (1968)

Chalk full of power chords and tinny guitar plucks, Townshend is in fine form on this classic Who track.

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Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song

Behind The Lyrics: Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”

Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” is unmistakable with its chugging guitar and Robert Plant’s wails.

It’s easy to get lost in the sonic qualities of the band’s staple song, but a deeper dive reveals there is a ton of references to Norse mythology.

“Immigrant Song” came about when Led Zeppelin was touring Iceland, Bath and Germany in 1970. While the band was in Reykjavik, Iceland on the opening tour stop in 1970, Plant was hit with the inspiration for lyrics.

He said:

“We weren’t being pompous … We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be cancelled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time. ‘Immigrant Song’ was about that trip and it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different.”

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