Legendary songwriter Brian Wilson is revisiting the sound of his early to mid-1960s heyday with the Beach Boys on Imagination, his first solo record of new material since 1988's Brian Wilson. "It is vintage Beach Boys, old stuff, like 'Good Vibrations,' " said Jean MacDonald, head of Giant Records publicity. Wilson has worked on Imagination for the past six months with co-producer Joe Thomas, and it's slated for a May 26 release on Giant. Carole Bayer Sager, J.D. Souther and Jimmy Buffett each co-wrote material with Wilson for the new record. Guest musicians include horn player Paul Mertens (Poi Dog Pondering) and guitarist Greg Leisz (Beck, k.d. lang) ...
Stunned by the lukewarm audience reaction from the
front rows at the Burswood Dome in Perth at the Feb. 17 start of U2's Australian tour, Bono claimed at a press conference yesterday that ticket prices of up to $300 (as part of a deal with the local casino) had kept real fans at a
distance from the band. "The rich jobs seemed to get the front seats," Bono said. "That stinks. So we're kind of angry about that." The furor over ticket prices overshadowed U2's tribute to Michael Hutchence during the concert. "Australia is his home," explained Bono. "We wanted to do something here" ...
The title of the long-awaited sixth Fugazi album is End Hits.
The collection is due out April 27 ... Skinnerbox and Stubborn
All-Stars leader King Django has founded a new imprint -- called,
appropriately, King Django Records -- to handle the vinyl releases of his
Stubborn Records label ... "Blue Is Beautiful," the film about the semi-gospel punk group Make-Up, will be released on video by Dischord Records on April 6, the same day the band's fourth album, In Mass
Mind, (also on Dischord) hits the streets ...
Grant Lee Buffalo will release a new album, Jubilee, on June 9. The group's fourth album does not feature bass player Paul Kimble, who left the band last year. Among the guests on the 14-song effort, produced by Paul Fox (XTC) are: R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, who provides backing vocals along with E of the Eels and Robyn Hitchcock, and Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee. The first single is "Truly, Truly" ... A new college-only promotional EP from Radiohead features four never-before-released-in-the-U.S. tracks. The College Karma EP contains the four U.K. B-sides "Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)," "Pearly," "A Reminder" and "Melatonin," as well as the OK Computer album versions of "Karma Police" and "Paranoid Android" ...
Self-proclaimed "king of pop" Michael Jackson has announced plans for a fund-raising concert for the starving children of North Korea that is tentatively being dubbed "We Are the World 2." The Associated Press reports that Jackson, who participated in the all-star 1985 "We Are the World" single for African famine relief, is planning to hold the Korean benefit show on Oct. 10 at that country's Olympic Stadium. Among the invited guests so far are opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, singing divas Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, Boyz II Men, actress Elizabeth Taylor and athletes Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, according to a government spokesperson. Jackson has also reportedly requested taped messages from Pope John Paul II and South African President Nelson Mandela ... -- ATN staff report [Thurs., Feb. 19, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]
Former Led Zeppelin leaders
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page will release their
second collaborative album on April 21. The album, Walking Into
Clarksdale, was recorded and mixed by the idiosyncratic Steve
Albini, who "recorded" Nirvana's In Utero and Bush's Razorblade Suitcase (Albini always insists on the credit "recorded by," insisting that he is documenting, not producing) and produced by Plant and Page. The album of all new material co-written by Page and Plant follows the pair's million-selling 1994 No Quarter. The duo will play some warm-up dates in Europe in the spring, to be followed by a summer tour in the U.S. ...
"MMMbop"ers Hanson have just wrapped the video shoot for the song
"Weird," which was directed by Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting,"
"Drugstore Cowboy"). The fourth single from the teenybopper's debut,
Middle of Nowhere, has just been released to radio. Hanson are
nominated for three Grammy awards and will be performing at the ceremony
next week ... Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson will make his
talk-show-guest debut on Thursday when he sits down on the "Late Show with
David Letterman." Manson, who will be promoting his recently released
autobiography, "The Long Hard Road Out of Hell," will have to share the
couch with fellow guest and ex-presidential candidate and former Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole. "Manson is coming on to talk about his book, but
there could be something brewing. You never know what's going to happen,"
said Sheila Rogers, music segment producer for the show. Manson previously
appeared on the panel of the "Politically Incorrect" program ... U2
are in the process of launching their own dance label imprint, tentatively
titled Kitchen Records, named after The Kitchen, a Dublin nightclub run by
the Irish supergroup. No acts have been named to the label's roster yet ...
The controversial film "Kurt and Courtney," by British filmmaker Nick
Broomfield, will get its first big-screen showing during a three-week run
at San Francisco's Roxie Cinema beginning Feb. 27. The biopic of the late
Kurt Cobain and his life with wife Courtney Love of
Hole, which was pulled from the recent Sundance film festival after
Love's lawyers reportedly expressed their objection to some of the content
and to the unlicensed Hole and Nirvana music in the film,
nonetheless received a midnight screening at the rival Slamdunk festival
... England's New Musical Express reports that electro-pop
pioneers New Order will reform this July for a one-off performance
at Britain's Phoenix Festival. The group, which hasn't played together
since 1993's Reading Festival in England, has split into two factions, with
singer Bernard Sumner working with ex-Smiths guitarist
Johnny Marr in Electronic and bassist Peter Hook
working with his new band, Monaco ... -- ATN staff report
[Wed., Feb. 18, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]