Listen to Asia's new song from the forthcoming album "XXX"
Thirty years after their huge debut, Asia returns with all of their original members (Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer & John Wetton) for XXX (pronounced "Triple X") on July 3 via Frontier Records.
The new record, produced by Mike Paxman, is being hailed as ASIA's best album since its classic early 80s releases, and features original artwork by Roger Dean.
The first single taken from the highly anticipated new album is entitled Face On The Bridge, which was released worldwide on May 14th.
"We're very pleased with, and confident about XXX," says John Wetton. "It encapsulates, lyrically and instrumentally, the essence of Asia today. However, it is the very same four people that gave you the original, iconic album 30 years ago. If you loved it then, you will love it now."
"We wanted to recapture the energy of the first album," adds Asia's guitarist, Steve Howe. "Asia has always been about great songs, and fantastic musicianship. I'm sure fans of the first album, will fall in love with XXX." In addition Asia has also completed Resonance, a DVD concert film of the group's 2010/2011 Omega World Tour, captured live in Switzerland which will be released later in the fall.
To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, Asia will release a collector's edition box set based on their legendary 1982 eponymous debut album, including 2 audio CDs (a re-mastered edition of the debut album, plus a CD of live rare tracks), an expansive historical booklet, a limited edition Asia T-shirt, items from Asia's 1982 tour, plus a DVD of the new band documentary: Asia: 30 Years On. A newly commissioned painting by Roger Dean updates the symbolic dragon and pearl from 1982 to 2012.
The following are the current dates for Asia's upcoming tour:
Maroon 5 have just unveiled the action packed new video for their record breaking hit single, "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa. The video, which was shot by award winning director Samuel Bayer (Justin Timberlake, Green Day, My Chemical Romance), premiered on E! and finds front man Adam Levine on the run after a bank heist.
"Payphone," which debuted at #1 on the Digital Songs chart with 493,000 downloads, broke the Black Eyed Peas' previous record for first week digital sales by a group. The track is up now on iTunes, and will appear on Maroon 5's highly anticipated album, Overexposed, due out June 26th on A&M/Octone (available for pre-order).
For more on the band, visit their official website at www.Maroon5.com.
Howard Jones of 80's hit "What is Love ?" fame is coming to Australia in September 2012.
Jones has re-mastered his first two classic albums 'Human's Lib' and 'Dream into Action' and played them both live in their entirety for the first time on November 6th 2010 at the IndigO2 in London's O2 Arena Complex. This two-album show is being repeated throughout 2011 and 2012 at selected venues. The re-mastered albums are available from www.howardjones.com. A special re-mastered box set of the 12" mixes was released in March 2011 and a DVD of the IndigO2 concert was released in October 2011. In
April 2012 the third box set in the trilogy was released which features re-mastered versions of the next three albums 'One to One', 'Cross that Line' and 'In The Runnin
The show will feature the songs recreated using modern and classic synthesisers. Fans can look forward to all the hits including "New Song", "What Is Love?", "Pearl In The Shell", "Hide & Seek", "Like To Get To Know You Well","Things Can Only Get Better", "Look Mama", "Life In One Day", "No One Is To Blame", and many others. Presented by Abstract Entertainment, "The Human's Lib" and "Dream Into Action" Australian Tour is part of a World Tour following the highly-successful USA, Canada and U.K sell-out tours.
Tickets on Sale - Tuesday 8th May, 2012.
"THE HUMAN'S LIB" and "DREAM INTO ACTION" AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES - SEPTEMBER 2012
The Psychedelic Furs will play The Garage in Highbury, London, on Thursday 5th July 2012. It's been two years since The Furs last played in London, when they performed their commercial breakthrough album 'Talk Talk Talk', in its entirety, to rave reviews.
The Garage show will see the band perform their major hits including "Love My Way, "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You," and 'Heartbreak Beat'.
Led by singer and songwriter Richard Butler, whose baritone became one of the era's most recognisable sounds, along with bass playing brother Tim, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation.
The Furs gained much of their fame as part of MTV's first wave of video artists and they have since been regarded as a musical icon that bridged the gap between early punk and the alternative hard rock and grunge that would rise during the 90s.
The Psychedelic Furs (official website): www.thepsychedelicfurs.com
The Psychedelic Furs Facebook: www.facebook.com/psychedelicfurs
Crowded House Drummer Peter Jones Loses Battle With Cancer
by PAUL CASHMERE
One-time Crowded House drummer Peter Jones passed away on Friday, May 18 after a long battle with brain cancer.
Peter was the drummer for Crowded House for extended periods after Paul Hester left the band.
He also played with them during the farewell concert ‘Farewell To The World’ on the steps of the Sydney Opera House on Sister Madly. Peter also played with Crowded House when they appeared on Later With Jools Holland.
He has played with Vince Jones, Kate Ceberano and was also a member of Deadstar with Caroline Kennedy, Nick Seymour (Crowded House) and Barry Palmer (Hunters and Collectors) for their second album.
Peter also played with Ross Hannaford, Rowland S. Howard and Lisa Miller.
A statement added to the Crowded House website today says, “We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones. We remember him as a warm hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send our love and best thoughts to his family and friends”.
Watch Peter perform Sister Madly with Crowded House at the Farewell To The World concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.
Donna Summer, whose pioneering collaborations with Giorgio Moroder in the late 1970s helped turn disco into a worldwide phenomenon, has died in Florida at the age of 63. It's understood she had been battling cancer.
Her key breakthrough came with 1976 single Love To Love You Baby. Produced by Moroder, the astonishing 17-minute version of the song became a club hit before the radio edit hit Number 2 in the US charts. In 1977, I Feel Love, with its pulsing synths and disembodied vocals, rose to the top of charts remaining there for four weeks - the start of a career that would produce a string of chart hits on both sides of the Atlantic.
A statement from Summer's family reads: "Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith.While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time."
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