David Bowie is getting three more jigsaw puzzles from Rock Saws this year! In addition to three previously announced Bowie puzzles for September, Zee Productions will now add to that with three more coming in October. “Aladdin Sane”, “Heroes” and “Hunky Dory” are due for release on October 9. “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”, “Tonight” and “Never Let Me Down” will be made available on September 4. Continue reading →
Hookers & Blow has shared their third single, a cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”. The now legendary project formed by longtime Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, hit the studio to record a covers album that will be released later this year via Golden Robot Records. The band has used producer Alistair James who recently worked with Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Johnny Depp on the newest Hollywood Vampires album. After covering “Shakin’’ and “Rocks Off”, now they have shared thier Bowie cover, streaming everywhere!
As previously reported, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy & Randy George recently announced their return to the Cover To Cover series of albums with Cov3r To Cov3r, the brand new third installment. Featuring their renditions of classic tracks by the likes of King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Gerry Rafferty, David Bowie and more (including their cover of ‘No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed’ featuring vocals from Yes singer Jon Davison), the album will be released on July 24th, as CD, Gatefold 2LP + CD & as Digital Album. Watch the video for their cover of ‘Baker Street’, originally by Gerry Rafferty, right now.Continue reading →
Queen are sharing their famous 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness via Youtube. The band is raising money to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts and they’ll be sharing the show for 48 hours via their Youtube live on Queen’s Youtube from 2pm EST on May 15th. May. Queen’s’ Benefit Concert took place in London’s Wembley Stadium on Easter Monday (20th, April). The surviving members of the band: Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor wanted to perform the benefit concert in memory of Freddie Mercury, who had passed away the previous November. The concert featured Queen and friends like David Bowie, Elton John, Axl Rose, and James Hetfield among others to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury. The setlist included some real treats like Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, and a special rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Royalty Exchange, the brand that administers rights of bands and artists’ future rights is offering a portion of Slipknot’s future royalties on their 20089 platinum album All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner Records). Previously this was owned by the producer of the album. You will need deep pockets to win, as the current bid was $758,000, with bids set to end on Monday, May 4 at 3PM MDT. The first distribution payment will come on Sept. 30, 2020, with future distributions being paid biannually. For additional details and to get in on the bidding, check out the Royalty Exchange auction at the link below. The winning bidder will have the opportunity to own a slice of the group’s music whenever it is played, which is all the time. Royalty Exchange has revealed that the total earnings for the All Hope Is Gone album grew 20 percent in 2019 over the previous year. Streaming subscriptions have also helped drive the growth, resulting in 73 percent of last year’s earnings. That marks a 40 percent increase over the prior year in that area. All five of the top-earning songs in the catalog earned more last year than in 2018, with four of them growing by double-digit totals. In addition, the Royalty Exchange producer royalties auction not only includes Slipknot’s All Hope Is Gone, but also Simple Plan’s self-titled 2008 record. The winning bidder will collect royalties generated from any sales, streaming, and sync fees for either album, as well as the individual singles contained on both. Sales and streaming, in particular, pay a greater share of revenue to sound recording royalties over composition royalties. Thsi may seem weird, but it is commonplace in the industry. Famous musicians who have sold off part or all of their royalties include David Bowie, Eminem, Nirvana, and KK Downing of Judas Priest. Continue reading →
If you have read these web pages of Ghost Cult, you know one of our favorite albums of 2019 is the solo début album from William DuVall of Alice In Chains. While many know him for fronting that legendary band since their comeback in 2006. However, as discussed in our review of One Alone, Duvall’s lengthy career has traversed genres and time-space in a way that all great singer/songwriters can. The album is introspective, yet fiery and lends itself to this solo setting. With the artist doing a brief tour to promote the release, we were excited to see a new side of the man in person at Cutting Room in midtown east neighborhood of Manhattan. Continue reading →
Even geniuses get beat up by the press and fans sometimes. There were very few albums as big, pervasive in music culture and brilliant as Nine Inch Nails career highlight The Downward Spiral (Nothing/Interscope) was in 1994. The problem is, how do you follow it up, especially when the entire world jumped on the bandwagon and copied your style? Well, you don’t do a belly flop into stasis, you work harder than ever to expand, change drastically and do all the things. The Fragile (Nothing/Interscope) is Trent Reznor doing all the things, really well. Continue reading →
Watchmen, the forthcoming TV series based on Alan Moore’s 1980s comic books will make its debut this fall in early October on HBO. The series is a direct sequel to the comic book and not directly connected with the 2009 movie. A new trailer debuted this weekend at San Diego Comi Con and features the classic David Bowie song ‘Life on Mars’, in an allusion to central character Dr. Manhattan. The song comes from Bowie’s fourth album Hunky Dory. The series score will be handled byNine Inch Nails duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The show is created by Showrunner/exec producer Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), and stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Andrew Howard, Tom Mison and Frances Fisher.Continue reading →
Supergroup Hollywood Vampires have shared their cover of David Bowie classic ‘Heroes’. The track, featuring Johnny Depp on lead vocals, was recorded last year at legendary Hansa Studios — the same place where Bowie wrote the original back in 1977. Check it out!Continue reading →