Polydor/UMeHere’s some news that should make James Brown fans feel good: The Godfather of Soul’s 1988 rarities compilation Motherlode will be reissued as a two-LP vinyl set on March 8. The expanded collection will include three extra tracks that were featured on a 2003 CD re-release of the album but have never appeared on vinyl before.

The bonus cuts are a remixed, full-length version of the 1973 hit “I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance),” the 1969 song “You’ve Changed” and an epic, 12-minute alternate mix of the 1976 tune “Bodyheat.”

Among the highlights on Motherlode are a live version of “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud,” an outtake from Brown’s 1970 concert album Sex Machine,” and “Since You Been Gone,” a duet with James’ longtime collaborator and early Famous Flames band mate Bobby Byrd.

The vinyl reissue also features an updated version of Motherlode‘s original liner notes, penned by late music journalist Cliff White, who was known for his coverage of the funk/soul legend.

Here’s the track list of the two-LP version of the Motherlode comp:

Side 1
“There It Is” (Live)
“She’s the One”
“Since You Been Gone” — duet with Bobby Byrd
“Untitled Instrumental”
“Say It Loud (Say It Live)”

Side 2
“Can I Get Some Help”
“You Got to Have a Mother for Me”
“Funk Bomb” (Instrumental)

Side 3
“Baby Here I Come”
“People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul” (Remix)
“I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance)” (Remix)

Side 4
“You’ve Changed”
“Bodyheat” (Alternate Mix)

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Experience Hendrix L.L.C./Legacy Recordings/AbramoramaThe 2015 concert film and documentary Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, which features footage from The Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s July 4, 1970, performance at the second Atlanta International Pop Festival, will be shown in various U.S. theaters over the next few months, Billboard reports.

The first screenings of the movie, which originally aired on Showtime in 2015 and was released on DVD and Blu-ray the same year, will take place on January 31 in Los Angeles and New York City.

The L.A. event, to be held at the ArcLight Hollywood, will feature a post-screening Q&A with the film’s director, John McDermott, longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer and Jimi’s sister Janie Hendrix, who’s the CEO of the Experience Hendrix company.

Janie will take part in a post-screening discussion on February 13 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle, while one-time Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billie Cox will be on hand for a Q&A at a February 13 screening of Electric Church at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville.

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church focuses on Atlanta promoter Alex Cooley‘s efforts to organize the festival, as well as Hendrix and his band’s role as the event’s headliner. The festival, which took place just 10 weeks before the guitar legend’s death, was Hendrix’s largest U.S. headlining performance ever, with an audience estimated at over 300,000.

The documentary also includes rare footage, plus interviews with Cox, late Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, The Black CrowesRich Robinson, Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett and others.

“The excitement of seeing this vibrant, unusually talented guy do these things, that’s what connects and inspires people,” says McDermott. “That’s what’s behind the strategy of trying to do [these screenings].”

Check out a full list of screening events at Billboard.com.

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Morgan Fisher, Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender (Tia Haygood; Ross Halfin; Trudi Knight)Founding Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter has revived his old band for its first tour of the U.S. in 45 years. The eight-date trek that will run from an April 1 show in Milwaukee through an April 10 concert in New York City.

The group, which will use the moniker Mott the Hoople ’74, will feature the singer accompanied by two members of the band’s 1974 lineup — guitarist Ariel Bender and keyboardist Morgan Fisher — augmented by musicians who play in Hunter’s longtime solo outfit The Rant Band: ex-Wings drummer Steve Holley and guitarist James Mastro of the veteran indie-rock act The Bongos.

The Mott the Hoople ’74 lineup previously played several concerts in Europe last summer, and will follow its 2019 U.S. tour with six U.K. shows later in April. Tickets for the stateside concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 25. Visit MotttheHoople.com for details about pre-sale ticket opportunities.

Mott the Hoople is best-known for its classic 1972 hit “All the Young Dudes,” penned by David Bowie. Hunter was a member of the group from 1969 to 1974, and then launched a successful solo career. Another original member was guitarist Mick Ralphs, who left the band in 1973 to form Bad Company.

Previous Mott the Hoople reunions were held in 2009 and 2013 that featured all of the founding members: Hunter, Ralphs, drummer Dale “Buffin” Griffin, bassist Peter Overend Watts and keyboardist Verden Allen.

Unfortunately, Griffin and Watts died in 2016 and 2017, respectively, while Ralphs has been sidelined with health issues.

Here are all of Mott the Hoople ’74’s U.S. tour dates:

4/1 — Milwaukee, WI, Miller High Life Theatre
4/2 — Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
4/3 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
4/5 — Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
4/6 — Cleveland, OH, Masonic
4/8 — Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
4/9 — Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
4/10 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre

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A&M/Hollywood Records25 years ago today, three blonde rock superstars with raspy voices were on top of the Billboard chart with the theme from the 1993 movie The Three Musketeers: “All for Love.”

After the success of his Robin Hood theme “Everything I Do (I Do It For You),” Bryan Adams and his two co-writers on that song — Mutt Lange and Michael Kamen — tried to pen a similar track for The Three Musketeers. After hitting upon the idea of “All for Love” — a play on The Three Musketeers motto “All for one and one for all” — Kamen suggested Bryan find two other guys to sing the song with.

According to the Billboard Book of #1 Hits, Bryan called Sting, who agreed to do it right away, but the third Musketeer proved to be more elusive. Among the other artists who were considered: Luciano Pavarotti and Jon Bon Jovi. Ultimately, Rod Stewart signed on to the project.

Coordinating the three stars’ schedules proved to be even more difficult. Adams and Sting recorded their vocals in London, and then Bryan flew to L.A. to meet Rod, who laid down his part. But because so many different camps had to agree — the record companies, the movie company and Sting and Rod’s reps — the deal nearly fell apart.

The contract was finally signed at the very last minute, just in time for the song to be dubbed into the movie.

Despite middling reviews, the movie — starring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt and Chris O’Donnell — was a box office hit, and “All for Love” topped the charts for three weeks.

To date, neither Sting nor Rod has topped the Billboard Hot 100 since “All for Love.” Bryan did it once more, with another movie theme: “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” from Don Juan DeMarco.


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Foreigner’s current lineup (Bill Bernstein)Foreigner has launched a search for the fan who supposedly inspired guitarist Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm to write the band’s 1982 hit “Juke Box Hero,” which now serves as the title track to the new musical featuring many of the group’s classic songs.

In a 2009 interview with SongFacts.com, Jones said the tune was written about a fan who’d waited outside in the rain as Foreigner prepared for one of its concerts, possibly in Cincinnati, and who Mick invited backstage.

“I thought, well, he’s waiting like five hours here, maybe we’ll take him in and give him a glimpse of what happens backstage at a show,” Jones recalled. “And this kid was just mesmerized with everything. I saw this look in his eyes, and I thought, he’s seeing this for the first time, he’s having this experience. And I just imagined what was going through his mind.”

If you’re the fan who Jones is seeking, or if you think you might know him, you can share your story or tips at JukeboxHeroMusical.com. Foreigner will choose on person who submits a video or story to the website to attend the official opening of Jukebox Hero The Musical with the band on February 20 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. You have until February 14 to submit your entry.

As previously reported, the musical tells the fictional story of a music star named Ryan Perry who grew up in an economically depressed town called Blaydon, Pennsylvania, which he rarely has visited since leaving to find fame and fortune. Perry’s father and girlfriend convince him to return to Blaydon to stage a benefit concert to help the town’s financially struggling residents, but in doing so, the singer must confront ghosts from his past.

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Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”; courtesy Twentieth Century FoxAfter rocking audiences around the world, Bohemian Rhapsody will rock the Oscars next month.

The Queen biopic scored five Oscar nominations Tuesday morning, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek, who plays the band’s late, legendary singer Freddie Mercury. It also received nods for Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Bohemian Rhapsody‘s competition in the Best Picture category includes Roma, The Favourite, A Star Is Born, Green Book, Black Panther, Vice and BlacKkKlansman.

Bohemian Rhapsody and Malek have already won Golden Globes in that award’s drama categories, but the competition for the Oscars is stiffer, since there is no category distinction between Drama and Comedy.

The 91st Academy Awards will air February 24 on ABC.

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Credit: Myriam SantosOh, Perry! Former Journey frontman Steve Perry turns 70 today, and this milestone birthday comes a few months into a whole new chapter in the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s life.

In October, Steve released a new solo album, Traces, his first collection of new original songs since his final record with Journey, 1996’s Trial by Fire. The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard chart, making it the highest-charting solo album of Perry’s career.

Prior to Traces, Steve dropped out of the music business, while the music he made with Journey just seemed to become more popular. In particular, the band’s hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” is now the go-to anthem for generations of fans who weren’t even born when it first came out in 1981. While Perry can’t explain the song’s popularity, he’s happy about it.

“I don’t think there’d be any way for me to understand why people love it so much,” he told ABC Radio late last year. “I mean honestly, I think that that’s something that’s beyond me. They’ve decided they love it. We recorded a lot of music but that particular one…they’ve embraced it.”

That being said, Steve insists that he doesn’t have any interest in reuniting with Journey.

“I have gone back to the band already once, [in 1996], and that sort of didn’t work out…and so we split up again,” he told ABC Radio. “So, y’know, here we are, doing Traces, and my new life.”

And according to Perry, his “new life” means “moving into music that I have passion for” — the music on Traces.

“[I have a] really heartfelt passion to sing this music,” he notes. “And at my life point now, I need this sort of life-sustaining emotion. I really need it.”

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© Point of View by Chris Stein, Rizzoli, 2018/Photography © Chris SteinBlondie guitarist Chris Stein‘s new book, Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene offers a photographic look at the Big Apple of the ’70s.

The book is mainly made up of photos Stein took during the 1970s, which depict Manhattan’s gritty, rundown areas. There are also candid images of rock stars and lesser-known characters from the downtown New York music scene.

Point of View is a follow-up to Stein’s 2014 book, Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk.

Chris tells ABC Radio, “The first book was more flamboyant and had a lot of the images of…musicians and people we were encountering…The second one I have a lot of…street photography and the vibe of what it was like [in 1970s New York].”

He adds, “We’re in this moment now where we’re close to this period of the ’70s, but at the same time it’s very alien, what was going on then.”

Reflecting on the appeal of his gritty photos, Stein says, “Urban decay is great. There’s nothing wrong with it. I’m still drawn to rot.”

Not surprisingly, Point of View includes quite a few photos of Stein’s Blondie band mate and then-girlfriend Debbie Harry.

“Well, everybody wants to see pictures of Debbie,” he tells ABC Radio.

In addition to photos showcasing just Harry, there are images of the iconic singer with David Bowie, The KinksRay Davies, Meat Loaf and Andy Warhol.

There’s also a pic from one of Blondie’s earliest shows.

“I would frequently give the camera to somebody that I vaguely trusted, and they would shoot us from the audience,” Chris explains.

To check out more details about Point of View or to order a copy, visit RizzoliUSA.com.

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Credit: A.J. EatonDavid Crosby will be on hand for a screening of his documentary, David Crosby: Remember My Name, on February 28, the opening night of the 2019 Boulder International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. The 77-year-old folk-rock legend will take part in a Q&A with the movie’s director, A.J. Eaton, after the film ends.

Remember My Name takes a warts-and-all look at Crosby’s life and career, while also focusing on the burst of creativity he’s experienced over the last few years following the breakup of Crosby, Stills & Nash. The movie was co-produced by acclaimed filmmaker and rock journalist Cameron Crowe, who also conducted the interviews with David for the flick.

As previously reported, David Crosby: Remember My Name will premiere this Saturday, January 26, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and will be screened at the fest several other times at various venues over the course of the following week.

The movie also will be shown at the 2019 South by Southwest Festival, which runs from March 8 to March 17 in Austin, Texas. In addition, Crosby and Crowe will be featured speakers at the fest on March 13.

Crosby’s latest album, 2018’s Hear If You Listen, was a collaborative project recorded with Michael League of Snarky Puppy and singers Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens, who collectively are known as The Lighthouse Band.

David’s only confirmed performance this year is scheduled to take place at the Snarky Puppy-headlined GroundUp Music Festival, which runs from March 8 to March 10 in Miami Beach, Florida. Crosby will play with The Lighthouse Band at the event.

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Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for CMHOFVeteran session guitarist Reggie Young, who played on classic hits by Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Dobie Gray, B.J. Thomas and dozens more, died Thursday at age 82 at his Nashville area home, The Commercial Appeal reports.

Young, whose career spanned seven decades, played for years in the house bands at Memphis’ Hi Records and American Studios, before establishing himself as one of Nashville’s most sought-after session musicians.

Among the memorable recordings Young lent his guitar talents to: Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and “In the Ghetto,” Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Gray’s “Drift Away,” Thomas’ “Hooked on a Feeling,” Dusty Springfield‘s “Son of a Preacher Man,” The Box Tops‘ “Cry Like a Baby,” Willie Nelson‘s “Always on My Mind,” Kenny Rogers‘ “Lucille” and country supergroup The Highwaymen‘s “Highwayman.”

Reggie was inducted into Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007.

Young didn’t release his first solo album until 2017, a collection of original instrumentals titled Forever Young. A new compilation titled Session Guitar Star, featuring highlights from Reggie’s long career, is due out next month.

B.J. Thomas paid tribute to Young in a post on his Twitter feed, writing, “RIP Reggie Young. The greatest guitar player of them all in my book. A friend for over 40 years.”

According to The Tennessean, Young is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jenny; a son and a daughter; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Credit: John HubaJoe Jackson will celebrate his newly released studio album Fool with an appearance this evening on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The veteran British singer/songwriter will perform the latest single from the album, “Fabulously Absolute.” The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT and 10:35 p.m. CT.

Fool, which came out January 18, is is Jackson’s 20th studio effort and arrives 40 years after the release of his debut album, 1979’s Look Sharp. Jackson says he looks at the new record as an old-school vinyl LP, “with two complementary sides of about 20 minutes each.”

He explains of the project, “I never have an overall theme in mind when I start trying to write songs for an album, but sometimes one will develop. In this case it’s Comedy and Tragedy, and the way they’re intertwined in all our lives.”

Adds Joe, “The songs are about fear and anger and alienation and loss, but also about the things that still make life worth living: friendship, laughter, and music — or art — itself. I couldn’t have done this in 1979. I just hadn’t lived enough.”

In support of Fool, Jackson will launch a North American tour leg on February 5 in Knoxville, Tennessee, that’s mapped out through a March 9 concert in Phoenix, Arizona. Fans who purchase tickets to the trek will receive a free digital download of Fool.

Here are Jackson’s tour dates:

2/5 — Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
2/7 — Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
2/9 — Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
2/10 — Richmond, VA, The National
2/12 — Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
2/13 — Boston, MA, Shubert Theatre
2/15 — New York, NY, Town Hall
2/16 — New York, NY, Town Hall
2/18 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Music Hall
2/21 — Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
2/22 — Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
2/24 — Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
2/27 — Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
2/28 — Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
3/2 — San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
3/3 — Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
3/6 — San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre
3/8 — Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre
3/9 — Phoenix, AZ, Orpheum Theater

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Ken Settle; ABC/Image Group LABob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band were among the big-name artists initially confirmed to play the 2019 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but now comes word that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his group have canceled their appearance.

According to a post on the festival’s social media sites, Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s performance at the event, which was to have taken place on Saturday, May 4, was nixed “due to scheduling conflicts.”

There is some good JazzFest news, however: Motown legend Diana Ross has joined the lineup and will be hitting the main stage on May 4.

This will be Ross’ first-ever performance at the famous festival. The former Supremes singer recently launched a yearlong celebration to mark her 75th birthday, which takes place on March 26, so her JazzFest show will likely be considered part of the festivities.

Meanwhile, Seger and company recently kicked off a 2019 leg of their farewell trek, the Roll Me Away tour, which currently is mapped out through a May 2 concert in The Woodlands, Texas.

As previously reports, the 2019 New Orleans JazzFest is scheduled for April 25-28 and May 2-5. Among the many other artists set to play the event are The Rolling Stones, Santana, John Fogerty, Dave Matthews Band, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett, Gladys Knight, The O’Jays, Chaka Khan, Tom Jones, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, Rita Coolidge, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Alanis Morissette, Ziggy Marley, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Los Lobos, Buddy Guy, Indigo Girls, Little Feat and Robert Cray.

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Miles Richie, Lionel Richie (Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)Lionel Richie‘s son may “Truly” have caused some trouble across the pond.

According to TMZ, Lionel’s 24-year-old son Miles Richie was involved in an incident at Heathrow Airport in London on Saturday. The website reports that Miles was trying to board a flight, but was barred from doing so. He got upset and allegedly claimed he had a bomb, and that he’d detonate it if he wasn’t allowed onto the plane.

TMZ further reports that when security was called, Miles allegedly got physical with one of the guards, which led to police detaining him and issuing him a “caution.” In the U.K., if you accept a “caution,” it means you accept responsibility, but you’re not charged with a crime. You also don’t need to appear in court — but it goes on your record.

If you don’t agree to accept the caution, you may be arrested and charged.

London’s Metropolitan Police told People magazine in a statement that “a 24-year-old man accepted a caution for communicating false information causing a bomb hoax and battery following an incident at Heathrow Terminal 5.” The Met wouldn’t identify the man as Miles, however.

So far, Lionel hasn’t commented on the incident. He’s scheduled to play two concerts in Hawaii on Thursday and Friday.

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Last year, Huey Lewis & the News were forced to cancel their tour dates after Huey suddenly lost his hearing. But this year, there’s some good News: This spring, the singer and his band will be releasing their first album of new original songs in 18 years.

Huey still suffers from Ménière’s disease, an inner-ear disorder that can cause vertigo, ringing and hearing loss. While there’s no cure, he’s explored a number of different treatments.

In a statement to ABC Radio, Lewis said, “Right now, I’m cautiously optimistic about my hearing and just taking it day by day. Some days are better than others, but overall things have been improving. I’m hoping to stabilize, and get back to writing, recording and performing soon.”

Huey told the Marin Independent Journal in November that before he lost his hearing, the band had recorded seven new songs for the project, which he said are among their “best work.”

Huey Lewis & the News’ most recent album was 2010’s Soulsville, which featured covers of classic R&B tunes by the likes of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. Their last collection of original music was 2001’s Plan B.

In addition to new music, Huey’s been keeping busy with The Heart of Rock & Roll, a jukebox musical based on the band’s hefty catalog of hits. It tells the story of a 30-something rocker who gives up his musical dreams to work in a factory. But after romancing the boss’ daughter, he gets a second chance at stardom.

According to the Marin Independent Journal, the musical wrapped up its world premiere run in San Diego late last year, and may now be headed to Broadway.

“I’m involved in every aspect of the show,” Huey told the Journal. “It’s been fascinating. It’s been fabulous.”

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Alex Lake (Stem Agency); Big Cauldron Ltd.The KinksRay Davies contributes vocals and lyrics to “Graceville (I’ll Take You There),” a song from his longtime guitar player Bill Shanley‘s upcoming solo album, Midnight Mission, which will be released on February 1.

You can check out the atmospheric track, which features Davies’ whispered vocals and Shanley’s tastefully melodic riffing, at the Irish guitarist’s official YouTube channel.

Davies’ solo projects on which Shanley played guitar include 2009’s The Kinks Choral Collection, 2010’s See My Friends, 2017’s Americana and 2018’s Our Country: Americana Act II.

Shanley has worked with a variety of other well-known musicians over the years, and in 2019 he will be touring the U.K. and Ireland with veteran folk artist Roy Harper and Europe with ’70s pop star Gilbert O’Sullivan.

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