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Pink Floyd's upcoming album, The Endless River, was originally supposed to be the second disc of 1994's The Division Bell. Although fans were aware of the fact that the material originated during those sessions, a second ambient album was intended to either be the set's companion piece -- or its second album. Drummer Nick Mason told Uncut, "Initially, we had considered making The Division Bell as a two-part record. Half to be songs and the other a series of ambient instrumental pieces. Eventually we decided to make it a single album and inevitably much of the preparation work remained unused."

David Gilmour explained that this album is a love letter to artistry of the band's late co-founding keyboardist Richard Wright, who died in 2008, saying, "It’s a tribute to him. I mean, to me, it’s very evocative and emotional in a lot of moments. And listening to all the stuff made me regret his passing all over again. This is the last chance someone will get to hear him playing along with us in the way that he did. . . When we finished The Division Bell sessions, we had many pieces of music, only nine of which had become songs on the LP. Now, with Rick gone and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right these revisited tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."

  • Nick Mason added: "I think the most significant brought home what a special player he was. And I think that was one of the elements that that caught us up in it and made us think we ought to do something with this."
  • Floyd fans were surprised that there was even a new Floyd album to be released, but also that due to the thawing relationship between Gilmour and Roger Waters, who've shared the stage several times over recent years, it would not include him. When we last caught up to Nick Mason, we asked him if after all the incredible work Gilmour and Waters created together -- not to mention all the water gone under the bridge between the bandmates -- if after all is said and done, there's love between the two: "That's a very 'American' concept, (this) business of 'love' between Roger and David. It's pretty sort of (laughs) dangerous ground for me to try and second-guess how they would describe feeling about each other. I think you could say, they were in a band together for a very long time and that gives you a bond. Y'know, and you end up deciding you like or don't like someone -- or whatever. They have huge differences about music and the band and the way things were done. But, I mean, no one could've walked away from Live 8 thinking it wasn't a good thing to do and there wasn't a sense of. . . enormous affection -- let's not call it 'love.'"
  • The Endless River will be released on November 7th.

Only a year after the release of his Top Three New collection, Paul McCartney has issued a box set edition of the album. The latest version of New features two CD’s -- including the original album, and the various CD and Internet bonus cuts, and six newly released cuts -- three new outtakes, and four live tracks recorded earlier this year in Tokyo.

The DVD features a promotional interview for the album and a spate of promotional appearances for New -- including McCartney’s surprise afternoon concerts in New York City and London, along with his late night TV spots with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Also included are the four official videos for "Queenie Eye," "Save Us," "Appreciate," "Early Days," and their respective "making-ofs."

  • Paul McCartney admitted that once an album hits the streets a bit of panic always seems to creep up on him: "You write the stuff and then you have a lot of fun recording it, and then you get ready to release it and I always forget, it's like sitting an exam -- and this is the oral. I always thing, 'I'm just doing this for me, for a bit of fun, I'm doing it for my family and stuff.' Then when you put it out, you realize, you're putting it out. So it's kind of, it's a little bit mixed feelings releasing something. But I say, it's like, you suddenly realize you've entered yourself for an exam, that you didn't mean to enter yourself for."

    The Promo Tour
  • MGM Grand for iHeartRadio Music Festival, Las Vegas, September 21, 2013 Hollywood Boulevard with Jimmy Kimmel, Los Angeles, September 23, 2013
    NBC Studios with Jimmy Fallon, New York, October 7, 2013 Times Square, New York, October 10, 2013 The Shard, London, October 15, 2013 BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, October 16, 2013 The London Studios with Graham Norton, London, October 17, 2013 Covent Garden and HMV Oxford Street, London, October 18, 2013

Out now is Survivor co-founder and leader Jim Peterik’s memoir, Through The Eye Of A Tiger, which chronicles Peterik’s roller coaster ride -- twice, with Survivor and his classic band '70s group Ides Of March. The book touches upon his early life growing up in Illinois along with his once-in a lifetime -- and often hysterical -- run-ins along the way with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and the Allman Brothers Band -- then in their pre-fame configuration, the Allman Joys.

Along the way he showcases the ins and outs of the music industry of the 1960’s, ’70, ‘80s, and beyond starting with his 1970 Top Two hit "Vehicle" and his six Top 10 era defining '80s classics leading Survivor, including the 1982 chart-topper "Eye Of The Tiger," "High On You," "The Search Is Over," and "Burning Heart."

  • In addition to that, Peterik gives the inside scoop into the other tunes he’s co-written -- including .38 Special’s "Hold On Loosely," and "Caught Up You" — not to mention the title track to the Beach Boys' Top Three 2012 comeback album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, which he co-wrote with Brian Wilson.
  • Jim Peterik told us that it wasn't until he carefully examined his life and career -- and the love/hate relationship he shared with Survivor collaborator Frankie Sullivan -- did he realize how unique and interesting his musical journey was: "I had a problem. And that problem was not thinking there was enough drama in my life to sustain interest. I read every rock bio out there, from Keith Richards to Howard Kaylan to Sammy Hagar to all the Motley Crue's. Fascinating to watch a train wreck. As much as we hate to admit it -- the rise, the fall, the redemption, the fall again -- I didn’t have that. But as I started writin’ it, I was cryin’, ‘cause I realized there was so munch drama in my life that I just smoothed over, ‘cause I was always just burying myself in a bubble of creativity. That was my drug of choice."
  • Although no longer performing as part of Survivor, Peterik is back leading Ides Of March, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The band is planning both new music and a career-spanning retrospective for next year.

It was 40 years ago Sunday (November 2nd, 1974) that George Harrison launched his "George Harrison & Friends North American Tour" becoming the first solo Beatle to tour North America. Harrison opened the tour on November 2nd, 1974 at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum.

The 30-date tour was particularly grueling for Harrison, who had blown out his voice in the rush to complete his Dark Horse album, resulting in some reporters mockingly referring to the dates as the "Dark Hoarse" tour. To make matters worse, Harrison and his band were often playing two shows a day, with some dates not selling out. The show, which had already had pacing problems due to Harrison's choice of material, featured guest spots by saxophonist Tom Scott and Billy Preston, as well as two long Indian music sets by sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar interspersed within the concerts, which all but wrecked any momentum the "rock" aspects of the show had gained.

Although Harrison and the press liked to portray the concert audiences as hostile toward his performances, underground recordings of concerts -- taped in such cities as Fort Worth, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Baton Rouge -- show boisterous fans cheering the show, including the songs from Harrison's soon-to-be critically bashed Dark Horse album -- which didn't hit the stores until the tour was halfway over.

  • For many, the main problem with the tour was Harrison tampering with the lyrics and arrangement of Beatles classics. "Something," which surprised many as the second song of the night, had its lyrics changed to "When something's in the way we move it"; "For You Blue" was changed from an acoustic-based 12-bar romp into an extended up-tempo jazz number; "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" became "While My Guitar Tries To Smile"; and Harrison's update on John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "In My Life" had Harrison declaring during the song's chorus, "In my life, I love God more."
  • Among his solo hits performed on the tour were "What Is Life" and the Number Ones "My Sweet Lord" and "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)." Conspicuously absent from the tour was Harrison's Beatles hit "Here Comes The Sun."
  • Billy Preston performed show-stopping renditions of his hits "Will It Go 'Round In Circles," "Outta Space," and "Nothing From Nothing."
  • Harrison had his share of friends visit him throughout the tour, with Bob Dylan checking out both his afternoon and evening Los Angeles Forum shows, John Lennon and girlfriend May Pang catching one of the Nassau Coliseum shows on Long Island, and Paul and Linda McCartney attending one of the New York City shows at Madison Square Garden. McCartney tried to disguise himself in an afro wig and fake mustache, but was easily spotted by die-hard fans.
  • Beatlefan magazine reported that David Bowie visited Harrison backstage in Memphis, but that he and Harrison "didn't hit it off that well."
  • After the dates, Harrison was so turned off to performing that it was 17 years before he embarked on his next tour, a series of dates in Japan far away from the glaring Western media.
  • Harrison explained that the rock press didn't do him any favors when reviewing the shows: "I think the public were just -- didn't know what was happening, it was too much for them. Although, the public as a whole enjoyed it. It was always standing ovations -- even for the Indian section. But they got on my case, the press -- some of them anyway. And I don't know if I learned anything from that; it would probably be never to go on tour again."

It was 38 years ago today (October 31st, 1976) that Elvis Presley last recorded professionally. Elvis, who was finishing up his latest round of sessions, recorded in the Jungle Room of his Graceland mansion in Memphis. He taped his vocal for a cover of "He'll Have To Go," which had been a Number Two hit in 1960 for the late Jim Reeves.

In the days prior to the session, Elvis, who due to health issues insisted on recording at home with a portable studio, had also recorded "Way Down," which went on to be his final Top 20 hit during his lifetime. Also recorded was a cover of the late Johnny Ace's 1955 Top 20 hit "Pledging My Love," and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "It's Easy For You." All four of the songs appeared on "The King's" final album, 1977's Moody Blue.

  • Elvis' longtime lead guitarist and bandleader James Burton was asked if he or any of Presley's band ever verbally expressed that Presley was too intoxicated to perform: "It really wasn't our call to do that, y'know? The 'Memphis Mafia' guys went through with that, and it was really. . . It would really be more their decision than ours. Y'know what I'm saying? If they did, they didn't do it in front of us."
  • Moody Blue was released in July 1977, the month before Elvis' death of a heart attack at age 42.
  • The album, which peaked at Number Three, remains a favorite among die-hard fans, and includes live renditions of Olivia Newton-John's "Let Me Be There," the Diamonds' "Little Darlin'," and the album's title track, which was a Top 40 hit for Presley earlier that year.

It's Friday (October 31st), which means it's time for your weekly Foo Fighters track. This time the song is "Congregation," which was recorded at Nashville’s Southern Ground studio with assistance from Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band. The making of the song and the musical history of the city in which it was recorded will form the basis of Friday night's third episode of Sonic Highways, the eight-part HBO series documenting the creation of the new Foos album.

  • Each installment of the Dave Grohl-directed series follows the band to a different city to record one song for the disc.
  • The first two episodes featured the recording of "Something From Nothing" in Chicago and "The Feast And The Famine" in Washington D.C.
  • The Sonic Highways album comes out November 10th.
  • Meanwhile, Grohl might have been joking when he remarked in an interview with Studio Brussel that he's already thinking about how he wants to make the next Foo Fighters album, saying, "Wait until you see what we’re doing for the next record. That’s some f***ed up s***. I already know what we’re doing for that, and it makes this look like f***ing kindergarten."

Metallica is prepping remastered deluxe editions of the band's first two albums, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride The Lightning, and is asking for help from their fans to put the sets together. Anyone who has photos of the group, along with memorabilia or audio of concerts Metallica played between 1983 and 1985, is being asked to submit them for possible inclusion in the reissues.

The band said in a post on its website, "We want it all . . . Did you manage to sneak a video camera into a show long before they fit in your pocket? Maybe your old instamatic camera for some snapshots? A cassette Walkman with a microphone? We're looking for anything and everything . . . audio, video, photos, fliers, ticket stubs, the set list you picked up off the floor and in general any mementos you may have from that around that time."

  • Fans with items of interest, including stories, can email info on what they've got to The band added, "By submitting it, you're saying we can use it should your piece of history land on a release (yes, the lawyers made us add this part!)."
  • The group hopes to have both reissues out sometime in 2015.
  • The band also plans to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of its third album, 1986's Master Of Puppets, in 2016 with a book on the making of the record.
  • Metallica confirmed earlier this week that it will spend the week of November 17th as the musical guests on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

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