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Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban To Host Broadway Awards


Tony and Grammy nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host the 2018 Tony Awards. Bareilles, who composed the score to Broadway’s Waitress and recently took center stage in the musical, made the announcement alongside Groban in a video posted to her Twitter, according to Playbill.com.

The 72nd annual ceremony, broadcast on CBS, will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Current Waitress star Katharine McPhee and Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom. Jr will announce the nominations May 1.

http://www.playbill.com/article/sara-bareilles-and-josh-groban-will-host-the-2018-tony-awards

Gus G Premieres “Mr. Manson” Guitar Tutorial


Guitar World has teamed up with Gus G, Ozzy Osbourne and current Firewind guitarist, to offer a tutorial on “Mr. Manson,” the first single off his new album, “Fearless.”

A couple weeks back, Gus G premiered “Mr. Manson”. At the time, one of the most remarked upon aspects of the song by Guitar World readers was its breathtaking solo, which shows the Greek guitarist at the peak of his six-string powers.You can check out the tutorial at: https://www.guitarworld.com/artists/gus-g-premieres-mr-manson-solo-tutorial

Fearless is Gus G’s first album since leaving Ozzy Osbourne’s band in 2017 and the follow-up to 2015’s Brand New Revolution. It was recorded with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69/Unisonic) and drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Black Label Society).

The album is set for an April 20 release via AFM Records.

Monsta X Will Stop In 7 U.S. Cities This Summer


Summer is promising to be a big month for K-pop acts heading stateside, and one more boy band just joined the lineup: Monsta X is going to be stopping in seven U.S. cities throughout July and August, according to Billboard.com.

On Monday, tour organizer Powerhouse Live sent out information regarding the K-pop septet’s U.S. leg of their 2018 world tour, which will begin in Chicago on July 20 and head to Newark, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Francisco before wrapping Aug. 3 in Los Angeles.

After being formed through a television show in 2015, the seven-membered Monsta X quickly rose to prominence among the K-pop boy band scene and became known for their powerful performances and hip-hop-laden dance tracks. The group’s made regular appearances on the World Album charts, where their The Clan, Pt. 2.5 [Beautiful] hit No. 1 last April, and also on the Social 50 chart. Their most recent single “Dramarame” peaked at No. 7 on the World Digital Song Saleschart. Monsta X embarked on their first U.S. tour in 2017.

According to the press release, tickets go on sale on March 8. See below for all the tour dates:
July 20 — Rosemont Theater, Chicago, Illinois
July 22 — New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, New Jersey
July 25 — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, Georgia
July 27 — Verizon Theater, Dallas, Texas
July 29 — Smart Financial Centre, Houston, Texas
Aug. 1 — Warfield Theater, San Francisco, California
Aug. 3 — Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/8221025/monsta-x-us-summer-tour

George Harrison Memorial Concert Coming to Theaters


Eric Clapton’s 2002 memorial show for George Harrison is being screened in movie theaters across North America just as it arrives on home video this week, according to ultimateclassicrock.com.

The remastered 5.1 stereo Concert for George is available in several formats, including a deluxe limited-edition box set.

Clapton and Harrison’s wife Olivia staged the Concert for George event at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Nov. 29, 2002, a year to the day after the ex-Beatle’s death from cancer at the age of 58. The tribute, described as an “amazing and historic event,” featured performances by Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and others.

The first part of the performance was led by sitar player Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Harrison’s mentor, Ravi Shankar, who performed an orchestral piece inspired by Harrison’s “spiritual aspirations.” It included an acoustic guitar solo by Clapton. The second part featured the Monty Python comedy troupe performing some of Harrison’s favorite Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketches. The final part featured Lynne, Jools Holland, Petty, Starr and others performing songs written by, originally featuring or inspired by Harrison – including, on ukulele, McCartney, who joined Clapton for renditions of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “For You Blue.”

Along with the deluxe box set, Concert for George will be available in four-LP box set (the first time it’s been pressed on vinyl), a CD and DVD combo pack, a CD and Blu-ray combo pack and a two-CD set. A limited-edition digital, complete with cuttings from the hand-painted tapestry that was used as the show’s backdrop, has already sold out. All profits from concert product sales will be donated to the Material World Charitable Foundation, which Harrison founded in 1973.

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/concert-for-george-movie-theaters/

February 2018

Tips for the Summer Before College

Moving up to college can mean major life changes for many students, and the time between accepting your placement in the spring and heading to the campus in late summer or fall goes by quickly. And while the school’s administrator will offer plenty of information about what to bring, where to go, and how to move in, we asked some experts to suggest some additional pre-college strategies that can help music students get their college careers started as smoothly as possible. Read More>>

Jimmy Page Promises New Led Zeppelin Project


Sorry Led Zeppelin fans, Jimmy Page just squashed all hope of a future Zeppelin tour, according to Billboard.com.

In a new interview with music magazine “Planet Rock,” the guitarist admits that he does not expect any more live shows from the legendary rock band. “You’ve just got to face facts. We’ve gone past the tenth anniversary of the O2 [show], where we managed to do one serious concert,” he said. “That’s the only thing that we’ve done for such a long time, so I very much doubt we’ll do anything else. I really think the time has gone.”

But, Page promises that there are some new “products” in the works. “I can’t give the game away, but there’s a recording that’s another multi-track that we’ll release,” he revealed. “It’s so different to all the other things that are out there. It’s another view compared to How The West Was Won or The Song Remains The Same. I’m looking forward to people hearing that. There’s a lot of stuff to come out, a number of releases. I’d like to say that they’ll be coming out over the next 10 years. There’s more to come for sure.”

In addition to the music releases, there will be a new Led Zeppelin book due out this fall. He says: “I’m really pleased that we’re all doing it collectively because there are so many other people doing books. There’s about ten that I know of that are coming, which is pretty ridiculous! It will be really good to have an authoritative book, where the band are actually contributing to it rather than being ripped off.”

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