Two songs from Johnny Depp’s new album are inspired by Amber Heard trial

After his defamation trial against his ex-wife Heard, the actor toured with British musician Beck, with whom he co-wrote two songs for the upcoming album titled 18.

In one of the songs, Depp can be heard singing, “I think you’ve said enough for one motherf***ing night.”

This is A Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr, the album’s lead single, was allegedly written by Depp. ‘You’re sitting there like a dog with a seven-year itch … If I had a dime, it wouldn’t reach your hand,’ he sings on another track, called Sad Motherf**kin’ Parade.

Beck and Depp’s collaboration

On July 15, the album was made available. Only two of the songs on the album are originals by Depp; the rest are covers of songs by Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, and The Beach Boys.

Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac Dead At 79

Christine McVie, who played with Fleetwood Mac and wrote some of their most famous songs, has died aged 79, her family has said.

The British singer-songwriter was behind hits including Little Lies, Everywhere, Don’t Stop, Say You Love Me and Songbird.

She died peacefully at a hospital in the company of her family, a statement said.

McVie left Fleetwood Mac after 28 years in 1998 but returned in 2014.

The family’s statement said “we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally”.

Born Christine Perfect, McVie married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie, and joined the group at the start of the 1970s.

A statement by the band said of McVie: “We were so lucky to have a life with her.

“Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”

In a post on Instagram, Stevie Nicks wrote: “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away.

“I didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London, I wanted to get to London – but we were told to wait.

“So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now.

“I always knew I would need these words one day… It’s all I can do now.”

New England Hard Rock/ Metal Act SEPSISS To Perform An Exclusive Online Event December 10th

Photo By Jason Corkum

On Saturday, December 10, 2022 award winning band Sepsiss will go live and play over 15 original songs, hosting their first and only live Music performance online!! Don’t miss this special Facebook live packed with free gear, prizes, fun games, contests and new music. Go to their Facebook page to confirm. Dont miss this special live event! 

The band comments on their social media: “This is a unique performance and special experience for our global fans and people who haven’t gotten to see our band live.”

Sepsiss is currently working on their new studio album and planning a north American tour in 2023.

Rock ’n’ Roll Legend Jerry Lee Lewis Has Died

Rock ‘n Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis who’s most known for hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” has died at 87.

Jerry Lee Lewis died peacefully in his home in Desoto County, Mississippi. When reporters reached the family via phone, Farnum informed them that cause of the death was “natural causes.” His wife Judith was at his side. During his last hours Jerry told his wife he Isnt afraid to die and he will embrace the afterlife.

He was pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly. He began recording in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. “Crazy Arms” sold 300,000 copies in the South, but it was Lewis’ 1957 smash “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” that catapulted him to international stardom. He then went on to have massive successes including “Great Balls of Fire,” “Breathless,” and “High School Confidential.”

His rock and roll career took a hit after he married Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin once removed.

Following the controversy, his fame swiftly dwindled, and with a few exceptions, such as a version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say,” he had little chart success in the early 1960s. His live performances were becoming increasingly chaotic and energetic. Many writers and fans view his 1964 live CD Live at the Star Club, Hamburg as one of the craziest and finest live rock recordings ever.

“To Make Love Sweeter for You,” “There Must Be More to Love Than This,” “Would You Take Another Chance on Me,” and “Me and Bobby McGee” were also known as number hit singles.

Lewis released 40 studio albums during his career. The most recent being 2014’s Rock & Roll Time. “Mean Old Man,” his previous album, debuted in the US Top 30 in 2010 and featured duets with performers such as Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton.

The UK’s Knim release their masterful debut of enthralling prog rock/metal – When A Star Falls

In the spring of this year Knim stepped from the shadows of their West Yorkshire home and presented their debut single to the world. A Prisoner On The Seas was an epic adventure – both musically and lyrically – and touched with magic. It opened a portal into another world with its entwining of progressive rock and grandiose metal and since its release all those who were captivated by its fresh, exciting sounds have been waiting eagerly for the continuation of the tale. Now the wait is nearly over, because on November 25th Knim will unveil their first full release – When A Star Falls.

Featuring a remastered version of ‘A Prisoner On The Seas’ and four new exquisitely crafted pieces of Knim’s unique sonic sorcery, When A Star Falls is a labyrinth to explore that harbours an array of treasures, waiting to be discovered. Opening with the many layers of ‘Elysium’, Knim then lead the listener on down the mist-shrouded ‘Pathway’ to the gargantuan storm of emotions that is ‘The Incongruity Of I’. The album explores themes of loss and isolation, yearning and betrayal, vivid memories of happiness beside which everyday existence fades to grey. Yet as the beautiful melancholy of the title track unfolds and slips into the odyssey of ‘A Prisoner On The Seas’ you can’t help but be uplifted by the sounds and visions that surround you. There is an intensity of emotion instilled within these songs that fires the imagination and surrounds you in rich and vivid hues of brilliant colour. There is more to appreciate within the world of When A Star Falls each time you visit its sprawling landscapes.

Accompanied by the artwork of Avenged Creations which seems to have been drawn directly from the heart of this special album and blessed with a rich, deep, organic sound quality thanks to the remarkable work of producer Ari Rannus, When A Star Falls will be waiting for you on November 25th. Join Knim on their voyage and you’ll never look back…

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Coal Minors Daughter LORETTA LYNN Dies Peacefully in Her Sleep at Her Tennessee Ranch

Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter whose frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out of poverty and made her a pillar of country music, has died. She was 90.

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the family said in a statement. They asked for privacy as they grieve and said a memorial will be announced later.

LORETTA LYNN had a rough start in life and it didn’t get any easier in her adult life either. She was a very talented and strong woman who had to fight against all odds and held her own becoming one of the most famous country music icons. Shes listened to and celebrated world wide thanks to her 1980 Biopic, “Coal Minor’s Daughter”, starring Sissy Spacek and is one of the better cinematic bios, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” deserves praise because it is such a topnotch production. Sissy Spacek gives a terrific performance in the rags-to-riches, true-life story of country music legend Loretta Lynn. Lynn Personally Chose Sissy Spacek to Play Her in ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’

Loretta Lynn’s career as an American singer-songwriter spanned six decades in country music. Lynn released multiple gold albums. She had hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin'”, “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City”, and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.

Lynn had four children before launching her career in the early 1960s, and her songs reflected her pride in her rural Kentucky background.

As a songwriter she was a defiantly tough woman, a contrast to the stereotypical image of most female country singers. The Country Music Hall of Famer wrote about love and sex, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control and met with trouble with radio programmers for her controversial material that even rock artists avoided.

When Metallica played Nashville for the first time in a decade back in January 2019, they added a country twist to their set with a cover of Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Looking at Country.” It turns out that not only was the 87-year-old “tickled” by the band’s rendition, but she was there to witness it in person.

Her family released a statement which read:

“Our precious mom, Loretta
Lynn, passed away
peacefully this morning,
October 4th, in her sleep at
home at her beloved ranch in
Hurricane Mills.” The family
of Loretta Lynn.

DAVID LEE ROTH Records New Version Of VAN HALEN’s ‘Dance The Night Away’

David Lee Roth has shared a new solo version of the VAN HALEN classic “Dance The Night Away”. The track, like the previously released “Panama” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”, was laid down on May 3, 2022 during a session at Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood, California. Joining Roth in the studio were Al Estrada on guitar, Ryan Wheeleron bass and Francis Valentino on drums. A total of 14 songs were recorded in two hours. The music and the vocals were tracked live with “no samples” and without the pitch-correction technology Auto-Tune.

Roth‘s versions of “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” and “Panama” come more than a month after he shared a previously unheard solo recording from 2007, “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway”, in which he looked back nostalgically on his days in VAN HALEN. The latter song was recorded in 2007 with guitarist John 5 and drummer Gregg Bissonette for an album that never came out.

STEELY DAN’S Album AJA Turns 45 Years Old

Aja is the sixth studio album by the American jazz rock band Steely Dan. Its regarded as a masterpiece and way ahead of their time complete with cryptic lyrics and very progressive jazz flavored rock. It was released on September 23, 1977, by ABC Records. Recording alongside nearly 40 musicians,. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker pushed Steely Dan further into experimenting with different combinations of session players while pursuing longer, more sophisticated compositions for the album.

Becker and Fagen masterminds had 5 albums behind them but they felt like something was amiss in their collection. They auditioned the best session musicians available at the time to piece together the magnum opus that would be titled Aja. Weeks of sessions were held, but on more than one occasion, no music was recorded at all. Becker and Fagen were looking for the best.

legendary drummers like Bernard Purdie and Steve Gadd rubbed elbows with jazz greats like Wayne Shorter and Plas Johnson. Doobie Brothers vocalist Michael McDonald lent his signature voice to the stacked harmonies of ‘Peg’ while future Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmidt contributed to tracks like ‘Home at Last’ and ‘Josie’. Chuck Rainey, who incorporated funk and R&B grooves into the band’s arrangements, held down the bass on every track except ‘Deacon Blues’. It was a who’s-who of the best players at the time, collected onto one vinyl record. Walter and Becker might have been impeccable in their craft, but they weren’t above a very basic rule: make it sound good.

No other Steely Dan album is as naturally appealing or easy on the ears as Aja. It’s a masterclass in the pursuit of perfection.

The songs on Aja (pronounced Asia) have been dissected and examined countless times over the last 45 years, so I’m giving this great artwork its due. According to Wikipedia, the name Aja belonged to the Korean wife of Donald Fagen’s friend’s brother. I’m not sure if that’s true but it sounds plausible, so I’ll pretend it is.

Credit for the cover image goes to Hideki Fujii, who took this striking photo of model/actress Sayoko Yamaguchi.

Celebrating JOHN COLTRANE On His Birthday

John William Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Born in this day, September 23rd 1926 in Hamlet North Carolina.

John Coltrane departed this mortal plane more than fifty years ago but he still remains a part of us, more alive than ever. His sound continues to grab the ears of an ever-widening circle of fans. His music legendary. He’s a permanent fixture in jazz culture as that of any 20th century musical giant. His saxophone sound—brooding, searching, dark—is still one of the most recognizable sounds in modern jazz. His influence stretches over styles and genres, and transcends cultural boundaries. The modern ideal of music serving a deeply spiritual, connective purpose. A defining facet of John Coltrane.

Jazz journalist Nat Hentoff, who interviewed and championed Coltrane, praised him more soberly. “By the time A Love Supreme hit, Trane struck such a spiritual chord in so many listeners that people started to think of him as being beyond human. I think that’s unfair. He was just a human being like you and me — but he was willing to practice more, to do all the things that somebody has to do to excel. The real value in what John Coltrane did was that what he accomplished, he did as a human.”

Timing had much to do with building Coltrane’s musical foundation as well. Being born in ‘26 meant that by his teenage years he was hearing the popular songs and sophisticated arrangements at the height of the big band era. As he approached adulthood in the mid ‘40s, the bebop of alto saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie grabbed the ears of his generation. Johnny Hodges, the longtime alto saxophonist in Duke Ellington’s famed orchestra; and Dexter Gordon, the tenor-sax playing, first-generation bebopper, were two of Coltrane’s earliest heroes.

“I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world. I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.” ~John Coltrane

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