Sound Music News - April 7 th 2017

The Sound Drive 07/04/2017



This 3CD/LP set will be available on March 31. In addition, the music will also be available digitally.

Packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book, THE DOORS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes a remastered version of the album’s original stereo mix, available on CD for the first time in a decade and remastered for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The album’s original mono mix was also remastered for this set and is making its CD debut here. The Matrix recordings heard on this deluxe edition were sourced from the recently discovered, original tapes, previously thought to be lost. The disc contains live versions of eight tracks on THE DOORS, including ‘Twentieth Century Fox,’ ‘The Crystal Ship’ and ‘Back Door Man.’

The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Friday April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Movers. Shakers. Visionaries and inspirations that changed the way we listen to rock & roll - these are your Rock Hall Class of 2017.

Inductees. Nominated and voted on by over 900 musicians, journalists and critics, these artists and bands have made their permanent mark on music and continue to influence up-and- coming performers today.

Your Class of 2017 Inductees are:
Performer Category: ELO, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Yes
Award for Musical Excellence: Nile Rodgers
Only once was an artist inducted twice on the same night, in 1997 when Stephen Stills went in with both Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills &, Nash. So far, only one person has been honored three times, Eric Clapton, who went in with The Yardbirds in 1992, Cream in 1993 and as a soloist in 2000.

On Friday night, the 22nd member of this esteemed group will be inducted, Gregg Rolie. While Rolie may not have the name recognition of a Starr or a Clapton, he was, nonetheless, an integral member of two inducted bands.

In 1998, Gregg was inducted as an original member of Santana along with Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Ares, David Brown, Mike Carbello and Michael Schrive. Those members were considered by the hall as the “classic” lineup of the band and are the ones that played on their first two albums, Santana and Abraxas. Interestingly, Neal Schon, who joined the band in 1971 and appeared on Santana III and Caravanserai, was not selected even though Carlos Santana considers him part of the classic lineup. Both appeared on last year’s return of the original Santana band on Santana IV.

This year, Rolie and, ironically, Schon, are being inducted for being part of Journey. Rolie played keyboards on the band’s first six albums and, for Journey and Look Into the Future, was the lead singer for the group. He shared vocals with Schon on Next before Steve Perry joined in 1977.

Mike Rutherford Has Regenerated Mike & The Mechanics 
Andrew Roachford is the voice

Mike & The Mechanics have returned after a long break with a new album and with Andrew Roachford the voice of the new band. Roachford is well-known to Australians. His songs ‘Only To Be With You’ and ‘Lay Your Love On Me’ are still daily staples of classic hits radio. In the US he may be known for the 1989 hit ‘Cuddly Toy’. Mike Rutherford is comfortable putting Roachford’s past into Mike & The Mechanics present. Genesis lasted 31 years yet the Mechanics are still referred to as Mike’s “side-project”. 
Mike & The Mechanics ‘Let Me Fly’ is out 7 April through BMG.

Elton John Joins Phone Hacking Suit Against Tabloid Rags

Sir Elton John has joined a new class action lawsuit against the publisher of The Sun and defunct News of the World over an alleged phone-hacking scandal.

Sir Elton and top chef Gordon Ramsay are among 63 alleged victims who have issued a bid for compensation at the High Court in London.

bosses at News Group Newspapers already faced claims from 28 people who also allege their voicemails were hacked during a ruthless and unethical news-gathering campaign, which led to the closure of the News of the World in 2011.

Jethro Tull The String Quartets Debuts At No 1 On Billboard Classical Chart

Ian Anderson, one-time winner of a Grammy Award for Best Metal Act has hit another benchmark. Jethro Tull has the number one classical album in the USA this year.

‘Jethro Tull: The String Quartets’ by The Carducci Quarter (O’Hara) and featuring Ian Anderson is classical interpretations of songs spanning the Jethro Tull era across the past 50 years.

Brian Johnson To Host Life On The Road TV Series

Former AC/DC singer Brian Johnson may not be performing on stage at the moment but that isn’t keeping him out of the spotlight.

A new television series, Brian Johnson’s Life on the Road, will premiere on England’s Sky Arts on April 28 and run for six weeks.

According to a show description, look for Brian to cover “one aspect of the rock and roll life: live performance, touring and being ‘on the road.” Each week, he will travel to a different location and interview an artist on their rock-and-roll lifestyle.

The schedule:

04/28 – Roger Daltrey
05/05 – Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
05/12 – Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)
05/19 – Sting
05/26 – Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
06/02 – Robert Plant

Foreigner Records Two New Songs For New Compilation

Foreigner has a brand new career compilation ready to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Forty Hits From Forty Years (1977 – 2017) includes remastered versions of 38 of Foreigner’s best-known songs along with two newly recorded cuts, I Don’t Want To Live Without You and Give My Life For Love. In addition, there is the first-ever CD release of the song The Flame Still Burns which was included on a vinyl only EP last year. The new set will be out on May 19 via Rhino.

A 23-track double album version of the album will be released on the same date.