August 31, 2009

NEW MADONNA “CELEBRATION” VIDEO WORLD PREMIERES EXCLUSIVELY ON THE ITUNES STORE AS FREE DOWNLOAD FOR 48 HOURS

Madonna’s hotly anticipated new video for her “Celebration” single will have its exclusive world premiere on the iTunes store as a free download for two days beginning Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Madonna is a multi-award winning visionary in the realm of video performance. The “Celebration” video, which contains mind-boggling dance moves, reaffirms yet again her reputation as the master of the “short movie.” The video will be available for purchase on iTunes on Thursday, September 3rd. The “Celebration” video, directed by long time Madonna creative collaborator Jonas Akerlund (“Ray of Light”) was filmed recently in Milan, Italy and features the Material Girl dancing with her amazing troupe of performers from her current “Sticky & Sweet” Tour. The video also includes cameo appearances by Madonna’s daughter, Lola Leon and model/DJ Jesus Luz. Simultaneous to the video debut, Madonna’s definitive greatest hits album, “Celebration” which has been totally remastered and includes two new songs, can be pre-ordered on iTunes.

THE CARPENTERS' NEW DOUBLE DISC 40/40 FEATURES 40 OF THE DUO'S BEST-LOVED RECORDINGS

In 1969, Karen and Richard Carpenter signed to A&M Records and released their debut album. Forty years later, the Carpenters are recognized not only as the most successful brother-sister act in music history and one of the best-selling acts of all-time but also as a pop culture phenomenon that continues to resonate today. Celebrating that legacy, the two-CD 40/40 (A&M/UMe), released October 20, 2009, produced by Richard Carpenter, brings together 40 of the duo’s greatest hits and best-loved recordings, each digitally remastered.
40/40 includes all of the Carpenters’ dozen Top 10 Pop hits, 19 of their 20 Top 40s and 23 of their 28 Top 75 Pop singles, from 1969’s cover of the Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride” to 1981’s CThose Good Old Dreams.” Among the 17 other tracks are covers of Leon Russell’s classic “This Masquerade,” Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” and Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe,” and a pair of recordings originally released in 1983, following Karen’s passing earlier that year, “Now” and “Your Baby Doesn’t Love You Anymore.”
The Carpenters’ hit streak began with “(They Long To Be) Close To You” in 1970, which stayed at #1 on the charts for four weeks. Over the next four years, they reached #2 or #3 with such gems as “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “For All We Know,” “Rainy Days And Mondays,” Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett’s “Superstar,” “Hurting Each Other” b/w “Bless The Beasts And Children” (featured in producer/director Stanley Kramer’s film of the same name), the “Sesame Street” anthem “Sing” and “Yesterday Once More.” In 1973 they snared a #1 with “Top Of The World” and the following year their third #1, a re-imagining of The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Po stman.” Added to four multiplatinum albums, one platinum album, and a 1973 singles collection that reached seven times platinum, the Carpenters had become the best-selling American act of the Seventies.
Change and experimentation followed, including “All You Get From Love Is A Love Song,” “Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft” and a Top 10 Country hit with Juice Newton’s “Sweet, Sweet Smile.” 1981’s “Touch Me When We’re Dancing,” from their last contemporaneous album, became their final Top 40 hit.
In recent years, artists from Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain to Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Madonna have noted Karen Carpenter’s influence on their careers. And when 40/40 was released earlier this year in Japan, the collection quickly shot to #1 and gold certification. The popularity of the Carpenters continues to grow 40 years after they had just begun.

ULTIMATE HITMAN DAVID FOSTER TO SEARCH FOR HIS NEXT VOCAL SUPERSTAR

The ultimate HITMAN, David Foster is embarking on a quest to find his next vocal superstar, in conjunction with the 2009 North American HITMAN, DAVID FOSTER & FRIENDS TOUR. The 15-time Grammy Award Winner, Emmy winning songwriter / producer and three-time Oscar nominee has partnered with NAMEDROP.COM to present the HITMAN Talent Search, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be discovered by one of the music industries’ giants.
Through the HITMAN Talent Search, emerging artists in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Jose and Vancouver will compete to be the next mega artist discovered by the collective collaboration of David Foster and the enthusiastic fans in each city that the tour visits. A winning artist will be selected from each of the 10 cities of the Tour and flown to Vancouver, Canada, for a final live showdown at the farewell concert of HITMAN, DAVID FOSTER AND FRIENDS November 8th, 2009. The eventual winner will have an up-close-and-personal music session with the HITMAN himself and secure themselves a place on the 2010 HITMAN, DAVID FOSTER AND FRIENDS TOUR. Talent can begin submitting video auditions to NAMEDROP.COMon September 14, 2009, where all contest details, rules and application forms will be available.

August 27, 2009

8th ANNUAL SUNSET STRIP BILLBOARD AWARDS!

On Thursday, October 8th from 6 PM to 10 PM, the 8th Annual Sunset Strip Billboard Awards (SSBA, www.billboardawards.com) will take place on the rooftop of the Andaz West Hollywood hotel on historic Sunset Boulevard in the “Creative City” of West Hollywood, CA. The Andaz hotel looks out over the Sunset Strip, which is second only to Times Square as the most valuable media outdoor advertising opportunity in the nation. These ads are often the industries most cutting edge, innovative and controversial ads in the country.
Founded in 2000, the SSBA honors innovative excellence, ingenuity, and originality in outdoor advertising. The actual awards are known as “Strippers” cleverly named to thematically associate to the boulevard’s nickname of “The Strip” and is attended by advertising agencies, billboard company executives, art directors, writers, creative directors, and celebrities. The celebration bestows these “Strippers” to the creative architects of this powerful, ever-changing medium.
This annual celebration is hosted by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Sunset Strip Business Association, Ad Week magazine, Outdoor Advertising Association of America, Inc, MacDonald Media, and the West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau. The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce supports the outdoor media businesses and speaks on both city and state levels of government as an advocate and endorses businesses that wish to develop, sustain and grow, while remaining responsible to the needs of its community, city and state’s infrastructure and ecology standards. 2009 is an exceptional example of when it is vital for the Chamber, along with partnerships from coast to coast, to step up and face the economic challenges we face today. “The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is excited to present the newly re-visioned Sunset Strip Billboard Awards,” said Sharon Sandow, President and CEO of the Chamber. “We support the outdoor industry and the creativity which has been brought into West Hollywood with the unique use of billboards. Billboards are a part of the landscape of the Sunset Strip, and we are continuing our tradition of honoring and supporting great creativity by the outdoor community.”
Rick Robinson the West Coast GM/National Creative Director for MacDonald Media, has put together an esteemed panel of judges who will rank all entries based on creativity and strength of original concept, overall art direction and implementation. Panelists include: Robbie Conal, Guerilla Poster Artist, Los Angeles, CA, Huw Griffith, CEO North America M&C SAATCHI, Los Angeles, CA, Rob Jackson, Principal/Creative Director, Extra Credit Projects, Grand Rapids, MI, Ralph Lee, CEO & Executive Creative Director, ARS NOVA INC, Los Angeles, CA, Jim Lesser, Executive Creative Director, BBDO West, San Francisco, CA, Man One, Artist/Gallery Director, Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Michael Perdigao, President/Advertising & Corporate Communication, Roll International, Los Angeles, CA, Steffan Postaer, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Euro RSCG, Chicago, IL, Sean Robertson, VP Creative Director, CBS Outdoor-West, San Francisco, CA.
“Billboards help define West Coast culture,” says Robinson. “The images on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip tell us what movie is hot, what to wear, and where to party. Celebrating this medium through the sponsorship of the Chamber of Commerce is politically necessary for sustaining this voice.”

ROSANNE CASH SUBJECT OF KEYNOTE INTERVIEW AT AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE

Roseanne Cash

Rosanne Cash will be the subject of the Americana Music Association's Festival and Conference 2009 Keynote Interview. The interview, conducted by author/journalist Michael Streissguth, will take place Thursday, September 17 from 10:45 until noon at the Nashville Convention Center.

Rosanne Cash has built an acclaimed career propelled by a rare blend of torch-bearing reinvention and soulful authenticity. After 30 years of inspired music making, the Grammy Award-winner is embracing her roots with The List, a collection of cover songs culled from more than 100 classics she was encouraged to explore by her legendary father, Johnny Cash, when she was 18 years-old.

The collection not only offers insight into the artistic development of Cash herself, but an encircling snapshot of America's musical lineage as well. A handful of special guests, including Bruce Springsteen ("Sea of Heartbreak"), Elvis Costello ("Heartaches by the Number"), Jeff Tweedy ("Long Black Veil") and Rufus Wainwright ("Silver Wings") join Rosanne on the record, which will be released on Manhattan Records October 6.

Interviewer Michael Streissguth's latest book, Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, The List and the Spirit of Southern Music (DaCapo Press), chronicles the making of The List, providing readers with an intimate look behind the scenes of the album's creation through in-depth interviews with Cash and husband/producer John Leventhal in the studio, at home and on tour.

The book also features more than 60 photographs. Streissguth wrote and co-produced last year's award-winning documentary, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, and has contributed toBluegrass Unlimited, Mojo and The Journal of Country Music. He teaches in the Department of Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.



The Keynote Interview is an integral component of the Americana Music Association's conference, setting the tone for the three days of panel discussions and professional development opportunities to follow. Past subjects of Keynote Interviews have included T Bone Burnett, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett. For more information on Rosanne Cash, please visit www.rosannecash.com

August 26, 2009

B.B. King Blues Club - A Tribute to CAROLE KING featuring LAURIE KRAUZ on 9/29

Tapestry Rewoven – A Tribute to CAROLE KING featuring LAURIE KRAUZ Produced by Peter Abraham Presents
Laurie Krauz thrills audiences with her award-winning, blues-influenced jazz vocals and her powerful emotional range. Blazing new musical territory, Laurie combines improvisational elements with the passion and sensuality found in other forms of music to create a unique, soulful jazz – "she creates a mood and weaves a musical story with every cell of her being." Named one of the top 525 jazz vocalists of all time in a book by noted jazz critic, Scott Yanow, entitled "The Jazz Singers" (Backbeat Books 2008), Laurie released her first CD, "Catch Me If You Can" (LML Records) in 2001 to much critical acclaim.

GWAR SLAYS THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 AT # 96 WITH THEIR NEW ALBUM “LUST IN SPACE” GARNERING THEIR HIGHEST CHART POSITION TO DATE

The one and only “Scumdogs of the Universe” GWAR, have truly outdone themselves this time. Their 25th anniversary album “Lust in Space” debuted at number 96 on the Billboard Top 200 chart making it the band’s highest chart position in their storied career. Lead singer and current Fox News Red Eye Intergalactic correspondent Oderus Urungus had the following to say about GWAR’srecord setting chart debut, “We are appalled, shocked, outraged, and completely ecstatic over GWAR's latest master-work, "LUST IN SPACE" debuting at # 96 in the Billboard Charts...in keeping with my finally confirmed uber-rock star status, I have already vomited on Lindsay Lohan's puss, visited the the Obama girls, and sodomized Carrot-Top. And there was much rejoicing.” Still sporting nachos in his beard, Oderus continued to rant “But 96? That's just not going to do it...GWAR and Metal Blade Records plan to keep on with this relentless assault until we go all the way to # 95!"

“Lust in Space” is in stores now, so pick it up and help Oderus and the Scumdogs obtain their goal of reaching #95 on the Billboard Top 200.

“CELEBRATION” – TRACK LISTING FOR MADONNA’S ULTIMATE CD COMPILATION ANNOUNCED

Warner Bros. Records has confirmed the final track listing for Madonna’s upcoming “Celebration” CD – The “Ultimate” Compilation - and “Celebration: The Video Collection” DVD – both scheduled to be released on September 28/29th. The songs, which were selected by Madonna and her fans, have all been exquisitely remastered. “Celebration” will be available as a two-CD set as well as a single CD.
“Celebration: The Video Collection” DVD will include unedited and never before seen footage of “Justify My Love” along with 18 Madonna videos to be released on a 2 disc DVD compilation for “the very first time” including “Into The Groove” and “Give It 2 Me” as well as the just completed video of Madonna’s new single “Celebration.”
Madonna clearly continues to rule the dance floor with her latest single. Her “Celebration” Remix EP is #1 on iTunes Dance Album chart as well as #1 on the Masterbeat overall chart. The song is #5 on Billboard’s Club Singles Chart and the Greatest Gainer for the second week in a row. If “Celebration” reaches #1 on Billboard’s Club Single Chart, it would be Madonna’s 40th!!!! #1 Club single – the most of any artist in the history of the Billboard Club Singles Chart.
On the international front so far, the “Celebration” single is already #1 in Italy and Holland, #2 in Japan and is Top 5 airplay in every other major market.
Another newly recorded song, “Revolver” featuring Lil Wayne is also included on the “Celebration” CD. Artwork for the packaging of the CD and DVD was designed by renowned street pop artist “Mr. Brainwash.”
Currently on tour in Europe with her sold out “Sticky & Sweet” Tour, the multi-Grammy winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with the highest grossing tour in history for a Female Artist, is scheduled to end her tour with her final show in Israel on September 2nd.

August 24, 2009

TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen - on DVD and Blu-ray October 20

With more action and more thrills, TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen captivated audiences to earn over $820 million at the box office and become the #1 movie of the year in North America and throughout the world. The latest spectacular adventure in the wildly popular TRANSFORMERS franchise will make its highly-anticipated DVD and Blu-ray debut on October 20, 2009 in immersive, two-disc Special Editions, as well as on a single disc DVD, from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro; distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment. The eagerly-awaited home entertainment premiere will be accompanied by one of the division’s biggest marketing campaigns ever, generating awareness and excitement of galactic proportions.

From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg, in association with Hasbro,TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen delivers non-stop action and fun in an all-new adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Featuring out-of-this-world heroes in the form of the mighty AUTOBOTS and a malevolent and powerful villain known as THE FALLEN, the film boasts some of the most sensational—and complex—visual effects in film history set against the backdrop of spectacular locations around the world. In addition to audience favorites OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE, the film’s human stars have returned to help save the world including Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Megan Fox (How to Lose Friends & Alienate People), Josh Duhamel (“Las Vegas”), Tyrese Gibson (Four Brothers) and John Turturro (The Good Shepherd).

The TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen two-disc Blu-ray and DVD feature over three hours of in-depth, immersive special features that let viewers further explore the world of the legendary ROBOTS IN DISGUISE. Among the engrossing content is a multi-chapter documentary, including interviews with the cast and crew, that chronicles the entire making of the film from development and design to filming in locations around the globe, working with the U.S. military, creating the groundbreaking visual effects and putting it all together to produce the biggest film of the year. The discs also include an all-access featurette following renowned director Michael Bay through an entire day, a comprehensive exploration of the “confidential files” on a dozen of the TRANSFORMERS characters featured in the film, multi-angle breakdowns of some of the most sensational action sequences and much, much more.

The Blu-ray and two-disc DVD packages also will feature augmented reality technology that will allow owners to interact with a holographic image of OPTIMUS PRIME utilizing their webcams and a special website. Fans will be asked to piece together the Matrix of Leadership to bring OPTIMUS PRIME back to life, help repair his armor and calibrate his weapons by actually controlling his aim during target practice.

As an added bonus, the Blu-ray will include an exclusive interactive feature that gives viewers the ability to customize their own robot characters and get a glimpse at a rogue robot. Out of all the available permutations, one will unlock an exclusive interview with Michael Bay about his plans for the next adventure.

LED ZEPPELIN GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY OF THE ULTIMATE BAND

Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times, A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band [Abrams; October 2009; hardcover], by Jerry Prochnicky and Ralph Hulett, with a foreword by Anthony DeCurtis, captures the public and private lives of the legendary band through rare and iconic photographs, accompanied by insightful commentary. The book arrives in the 40th anniversary year of the group’s first two albums, Led Zeppelin I and Led Zeppelin II, as well as their first four U.S. tours.

More than any other band, Led Zeppelin embodied the fabled rock star lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but much more than that, they came to define the music and culture of the 1970s. Now, four decades later, Led Zeppelin—Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham (1948-1980)—continue to draw the fascination, admiration, and awe of legions of fans, young and old.

A general overview of the band’s history leads readers into the core of the book, a collection of 200 striking photographs, more than half of which are rarely or never before published. These images offer views of the band onstage, backstage, recording in the studio, on tour, and at home.

From their very first performance in Denmark on September 7, 1968 (as the New Yardbirds) to their last performance in London 2007, this volume captures Led Zeppelin in all their electric glory. It will remind fans and curious newcomers alike why the group became, and remains, one of the greatest and most influential bands in the history of rock and roll.

BLACK WATER RISING TO PERFORM AT "BIKERS FOR BABIES" MARCH OF DIMES BENEFIT

Hard rockers BLACK WATER RISING are proud to announce that they are taking part in the “Bikers for Babies” benefit, alongside AJ Pero of Twisted Sister. They will be performing a live set after the ride featuring music from their self-titled debut album which is available now digitally at: I-Tunes Rhapsody.com, Napster.com, and Amazon.com.

Die-hard bikers and weekend warriors will ride together to raise funds to help every baby be born healthy. The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of babies

Johnny Fattoruso of Black Water Rising said, “It is a cool thing to be asked to play alongside AJ Pero because Twisted Sister was one of my favorite bands growing up. Also because The March of Dimes organization hits pretty close to home with the band, this is a perfect opportunity for us to give back.”

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and line up is at 11:00 a.m. and it will finish at approximately 12:30 p.m. Riders are $25 and passengers are $15, all bikes are welcome, and the event will be held rain or shine. There will be live music performances, vendors, a classic car show and food following the ride. If you can’t ride you can still join in the fun and make a minimum donation of $15 per person. (Children under 12 are free)

For more information view the website for the event atwww.bikersforbabies.org

VOODOO EXPERIENCE TEAMS WITH LIFE IS ART FOUNDATION

As preparations are being made for this year’s VOODOO EXPERIENCE, Rehage Entertainment, in association with the Life is Art Foundation | KK Projects, has announced it will debut a series of large scale, interactive art installations throughout the picturesque City Park venue. The exhibition will be displayed October 30-November 1 during the annual weekend that celebrates music, as well as New Orleans’ bohemian culture, arts and cuisine.

This expansion further defines Voodoo as a culture extending far beyond what is happening on stage.

More than 20 local and international artists will create large scale site-specific pieces utilizing the landscape of the Voodoo Experience festival grounds. The interactive, multi-sensory experience will be curated by Life Is Art Foundation | KK Projects’ Kirsha Kaechele and VOODOO founder and producer Stephen Rehage; overall exhibition themes for the pieces include “Natural Order,” “Homage to an Unseen Intelligence” and the “Louisiana Wetlands.”

“All of the VOODOO installations will represent the betterment of humanity and the intelligent use of the earth's resources through a sustainable collaboration with nature,” says Kaechele.

“We look at the festival’s production as being a work of art, so this feels like a natural extension,” Rehage adds. “With the city’s art community flourishing, this seemed like a good time for VOODOO to honor another aspect of New Orleans’ culture in an interactive way.”

Some of the highlights include Hammock Mother, a giant hammock constructed to hold 30 festival-goers; it is currently being woven by the Zapara tribe in the remote upper Amazon, an indigenous, shamanic culture battling extinction. The hammock will utilize the native approach to architecture juxtaposed against the 90 degree-based modern building structure and serves to highlight the contrast in our understandings of nature and the importance of developing systems based on collaboration with nature. The piece serves to illustrate how our approach to building can be informed by evolving our methods to incorporate ecological systems such as symbiosis, adaptation and natural efficiency. Also look for Obelisk, a 30-foot functional analemmatic sundial that will reacquaint viewers with the simple movement of the sun and time. At nightfall, the illuminated beacon will serve as an interactive, communal meeting place.

Additionally, in order to expand the VOODOO EXPERIENCE celebration with the neighborhood, Rehage Entertainment and Life is Art Foundation | KK Projects’ are in discussions with the New Orleans Film Festival and the Mid City Neighborhood Organizations, City Park and NOMA officials to present a series of additional interactive art experiences on the front lawn of the New Orleans Museum of Art--all free and open to the public. These offerings include an outdoor cinema, a giant piñata (to be broken open Halloween night) and a neighborhood trick-or-treat performance event.

For additional information about the art and celebrations, please visit:www.thevoodooexperience.com/2009/art_installations.php.

R.E.M. TO RELEASE BRAND-NEW DOUBLE LIVE ALBUM, LIVE AT THE OLYMPIA, ON OCTOBER 27TH, 2009

(Photo Credit): Courtesy of WB Records
R.E.M. will release a brand-new double live album, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia on October 27th, 2009 on Warner Bros. Records. The two-CD set, produced by Jacknife Lee, features 39 songs that capture the best moments from the band’s “working rehearsals” at Dublin’s fabled Olympia club during which singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills tested out new songs for R.E.M.’s 2008 studio album Accelerate.
Live At The Olympia ventures back to July 2007 when R.E.M. set up camp at the venerable Olympia Theatre in Ireland's capital city and tested new material over five nights before fired-up, capacity crowds comprised of fan-club members, friends, family, and fans from all over the world who were privy to R.E.M.'s so-called “experiment in terror,” as guitarist Peter Buck puts it. “We were just trying to do something we hadn't done before," Buck says, "which meant there was no relaxing during the set. Every second we were playing something we didn't know all that well. Which was kind of good — there were all kinds of terror elements going on during that show."
Live At The Olympia gives fans that were unable to attend the Irish shows a chance to hear different incarnations of the songs before they were recorded in their finalAccelerate versions, such as the singles “Man-Sized Wreath” and an early version of “Supernatural Superserious” under its original title “Disguised.” As a bonus, the band has included two songs: “On The Fly” and “Staring Down The Barrel Of The Middle Distance,” that were only performed live and were not included on Accelerate. In addition, the package features many early R.E.M. favorites from the band’s albumsMurmur, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction, and Life’s Rich Pageant.
Live At The Olympia will be released in several configurations including a standard double CD, featuring 39 tracks and liner notes by author and music journalist Andy Gill, as well as a CD + DVD, which includes concert and backstage footage shot by noted French filmmakers Vincent Moon and Jeremiah. Moon, who has worked with Arcade Fire, The Shins, and The National, along with Jeremiah, shot all the footage that R.E.M. posted on its various websites connected to Accelerate last year. Finally, fans will be able to purchase Live At The Olympia digitally from all online service providers beginning October 27th.
The track-listing for R.E.M. Live At The Olympia is as follows:
Disc 1:
Living Well Is The Best Revenge / Second Guessing / Letter Never Sent / Staring Down The Barrel of the Middle Distance / Disturbance At The Heron House / Mr. Richards / New Test Leper / Cuyahoga / Electrolite / Man-Sized Wreath / So. Central Rain / On The Fly / Maps And Legends / Sitting Still / Driver 8 / Horse To Water / I’m Gonna DJ / Circus Envy / These Days
Disc 2:
Drive / Feeling Gravity’s Pull / Until The Day Is Done / Accelerate / Auctioneer / Little America / 1,000 / Disguised / Worst Joke Ever / Welcome To the Occupation / Carnival of Sorts / Harbor Coat / Wolves Lower / I’ve Been High / Kohoutek / West of the Fields / Pretty Persuasion / Romance / Gardening At Night

ROSANNE CASH SET TO PERFORM AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

New York, NY — With her first-ever covers album The List due from Manhattan Records on October 6th, acclaimed singer-songwriterRosanne Cash and her band will showcase several of its stunning songs at a very special invitation-only performance event at the Country Music Hall of Fame© and Museum in Nashville on September 15th, 2009.

Cash has accepted this invitation to return to Nashville to showcase The Listat an event co-hosted by the Museum and Broadcast Music, Inc. [BMI] as a way to honor her father Johnny’s legacy, as well as to pay tribute to the artists whose songs she re-interprets, and to the songs themselves. Each song was written or popularized by a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame or by an artist who seems destined for that honor. Most of the songs are licensed by BMI.

The List features Cash’s contemporary interpretations of 12 classic songs culled from a list of essential country tunes that Johnny gave her in 1973, and filtered through her own unique perspective. Produced and arranged by Grammy Award winner John Leventhal (Cash’s husband), the album includes Cash’s covers of songs written and/or recorded by The Carter Family (“Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow”), Hank Williams (“Take These Chains From My Heart”), Jimmie Rodgers (“Miss The Mississippi and You”), Hank Cochran/Patsy Cline (“She’s Got You”), Merle Haggard (“Silver Wings”), and Bob Dylan (“Girl From the North Country,” famously done by Dylan and Johnny Cash in 1969).

“I could not think of a more perfect union of entities to launch The List than myself, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which is the repository and protector of so many important treasures and artifacts of my family, and BMI, my performing-rights organization for the past 35 years, which comprises my entire life as a songwriter,” Cash says. “The songs on The Listare the very songs that BMI and the Hall of Fame exist to honor, share, archive, and perpetuate. I am thrilled to premiere The List with the family-like support of both organizations, in a city where these songs have never faded in relevancy.”

“Rosanne’s new collection is as cutting edge and deeply personal as anything she has ever recorded,” says Museum Director Kyle Young. “By making them her own, she has made each of these historically important songs sound newly minted. With her quicksilver, drop-dead voice and careful interpretation of these golden standards, Rosanne gives us proof positive that the past has meaning in the present. As we endeavor to preserve the many chapters of country music’s evolving history so that new generations can understand and benefit from its cultural importance, we welcome Rosanne Cash as country-music royalty. We are honored to join BMI in presenting Rosanne’s premiere performance of music from The List.”

“This project combines a great BMI artist, Rosanne, and timeless songs with the blessing of Johnny Cash,” says Jody Williams, BMI’s vice president of writer-publisher relations. “This significant slice of BMI’s repertoire is cast in the most respectful and artistic light, so we’re very proud to be involved.”

For more about Rosanne Cash and The List, please visitwww.rosannecash.com.

KISS ALIVE 35” 2009 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SET TO ROCK NEW YORK WITH MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10th



Tickets for both concerts will go on sale Saturday, August 29th at 10:00 AM, and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, via Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, Ticketmaster Express at 866-448-7849(automated only self service line)or online at Ticketmaster.com. Event time and date are subject to change. For additional ticket sale information, visit www.KISSonline.com http://www.kissonline.com/. This incredible show will feature a new stage set, pyro effects that only the “hottest band in the world” could deliver, and all-new costumes. KISS ALIVE 35 North America also marks the first leg of the world’s first fan-routed tour – in which more than 10,000 individual cities across Canada and the U.S. mounted their own unique campaigns to bring KISS to their towns.
SONIC BOOM — KISS’ highly-anticipated album, and its first new material in 11 years — will be released exclusively at Walmart, Walmart.com and Sam’s Club retail locations beginning October 6. Produced by the band’s Paul Stanley in Los Angeles, the album is the centerpiece of a three-disc set that also features a completely re-recorded greatest hits CD as well as a live DVD shot in Argentina during the band’s recent, record-breaking KISS ALIVE 35 South American tour.