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Friday, August 28, 2009

Michael Jackson’s Death ruled Homicide by LA Coroner

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, officially released it’s autopsy report today. It ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide. Dr. Conrad Murray is the sole suspect in Jackson’s death.


Toxicology reports are still pending and sealed at the request of the Los Angeles Police Dept. which continues it’s now homicide investigation.


Propofol and lorazepam were the main drugs that had caused his death.

There were other drugs in Michael’s system as well such as midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine.


Now the Los Angeles Police Dept. will be officially looking to book Dr. Conrad Murray on the homicide of Michael Jackson.


There were numerous prescription bottles found through out Michael Jackson’s home and vacation home.


There was rumors of heroin, which have not been confirmed.


The saga continues, and this will differently turn into a movie by next year.


By George Luker © Copyright 2009 Krule Music Group

Black Crowes Free Download “I Ain’t Hiding” Released

The Black Crowes have released a free MP3 of “I Ain’t Hiding” The song sounds really amazing. It has a Disco flavor of a la Rolling Stones from the 70’s, backed by some gritty guitars towards the chorus.


Below is the song from You Tube.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Velvet Revolver Update: Slash recording solo album

Velvet Revolver Update: Slash is recording a solo album.


Velvet Revolver is still looking for a new singer; the process has been a long one so far.


Slash is currently recording a solo record, and will tour to support his record in the spring and summer of 2010. Slash also said do not expect a new Velvet Revolver release until mid to late 2011.


Sprits are up within the Velvet Revolver camp, as the search goes on for the new singer.


There were rumors that they had found they’re singer earlier this year, but that had been dismissed.

There were also rumors of a possible Canadian singer.


Slash will begin mixing his new solo record in September, so maybe we could expect a release in early 2010.


Tidbit: Did you know the solo in Guns n’ Roses “November Rain” is the longest guitar solo on record, for a top 10 hit.


By George Luker © Copyright 2009 Krule Music Group

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Dells singer Johnny Carter, Dead at 75

The Dells singer Johnny Carter dies at age 75. World renowned for his falsetto vocals, Carter is one of a few musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice with two acts.


Johnny Carter is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Flamingos and The Dells. An amazing accomplishment.


The Dells

Johnny Carter left the Flamingos in 1960 to join The Dells to replace Johnny



One of his best known hits was “Oh what a Night”,  “Stay In My Corner” and “Golden Teardrops”.


The last time the band had performed together was at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction night.


The Dells had toured and sang back up with huge artists such as Ray Charles, Barbara Lewis and Dinah Washington in the mid 60’s.


With the help of Quincy Jones, Johnny Carter and The Dells had a long prosperous career.


By George Luker © Copyright 2009 Krule Music Group

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Black Crowes, Before the Frost …Until the Freeze

THE BLACK CROWES will release their new studio CD, Before the Frost... on September 1, 2009. This is a much anticipated release.

A second album, titled …Until The Freeze, will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in Before The Frost… as a “thank you” to their fans for two decades of continued support.

Before the Frost..., and its corresponding free album …Until The Freeze, were recorded over a series of five nights at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. Although both are studio albums, all the new material was performed and recorded in front of an intimate audience of the band’s fans, making them a part of The Black Crowes musical history.

Inviting fans into the studio as part of the process during recording is a rare experience.

Before the Frost... features eleven new and previously unreleased Black Crowes songs including Good Morning Captain, I Ain’t Hiding, Been a Long Time (Waiting on Love), and other original songs that will serve to spotlight the bands ability to make emotional connections through their music. The free album …Until The Freeze is a nine-song collection featuring eight new original Black Crowes songs plus a cover version of the Stephen Stills classic So Many Times.

A limited edition vinyl release of Before The Frost…Until The Freeze, featuring all 20 tracks, will also be available on September 1, 2009.
Chris Robinson conceived the concept of Before the Frost...Until The Freeze.

As The Black Crowes approach the upcoming 20th anniversary of their release of one of rock’s most influential records, Shake Your Money Maker, which produced such hits as Jealous Again, She Talks To Angels and Hard to Handle, they are time and again hailed as one of Rock and Roll’s best live acts.

Before The Frost… (CD Track Listing)
Good Morning Captain
Been A Long Time (Waiting On Love)
A Train Still Makes A Lonely Sound
I Ain’t Hiding
Kept My Soul
What Is Home
Houston Don’t Dream About Me
Make Glad
And The Band Played On
Last Place That Love Lives

…Until The Freeze (Free Download Album Track Listing)
Aimless Peacock
Shady Grove
Garden Gate
Shine Along
Roll Old Jeremiah
Lady Of Avenue A
So Many Times
Fork In The River

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lil Wayne: Concerts cancelled, stopped at Canadian Border, and Lauren London is pregnant

Recently Lil Wayne had to cancel his concert in Vancouver, Canada.

It was reported due to doctors orders. We now have confirmation his tour bus was stopped at the Canadian Border.




The dogs were sent out to do some sniff tests, and found something on one of the buses, that denied Lil Wayne access into Canada; therefore had to cancel his Vancouver concert. Another concert in Edmonton will also be cancelled.


This is not the first time Lil Wayne (Grammy award-winner) had to cancel concerts in Canada. Last summer concerts in Toronto and Montreal were cancelled, for un known reasons.


Lil Wayne revealed today his sometimes girlfriend Lauren London is pregnant with his child. This will be Lil Wayne’s third child.


By George Luker © Copyright 2009 Krule Music Group

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Celine Dion: Confirmed she is pregnant

Celine Dion, one of the most successful female singers of our generation had confirmed yesterday she is pregnant.




With joy and pride Celine Dion made the announcement. This will be her second child with husband Rene Angelil. Both Mama et Papa are extremely happy after their confirmation Monday.


The expected child was conceived by vitro fertilization at the same New York fertility clinic as her first child Rene-Charles. 


Celine Dion is the best selling Canadian artist of all time. Celine has sold over 200 million CD’s world wide. With best selling singles such as “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” and “Beauty and the Beast”



Celine Dion is considered a Diva by all means. She has a soprano type voice that is extremely beautiful and unique.


Celine had finished her Las Vegas stint “A New Day” which she performed daily from 2003 till 2007

Monday, August 17, 2009

Music releases in Sept. 2009, Pearl Jam, Black Crows…

Scheduled music releases for September 2009, which includes

The following list of bands, artists and the CD’s that are scheduled for release through-out September.


The most anticipated releases are Pearl Jam, Black Crows, Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Nelly Furtado.


Band / Artist                             Title:

September 1

David Bazan Curse Your Branches
Black Crowes Before The Frost...
Black Crowes ...Until The Freeze (digital download for buying Before The Frost)
The Color Morale We All Have Demons
Datarock Red
The Entrance Band The Entrance Band
Whitney Houston I Look To You
Juliette Lewis Terra Incognita
Trey Songz Ready
These United States Everything Touches Everything
The Used


September 8

Amerie In Love & War
Boys Like Girls Love Drunk
Chevelle Sci-Fi Crimes
Circulatory System Signal Morning
The Clean Mister Pop
Danko Jones Never Too Loud
Marie Digby Breathing Underwater
John Forte StyleFREE [EP]
Old Wives' Tales Younger Limbs
Os Mutantes Haih Or Barauna
Polvo Prism
Vivian Girls Everything Goes Wrong
Yo La Tengo Popular Songs
Wild Beasts Two Dancers
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson Break Up


Muse The Resistance
The 69 Eyes Back In Blood
Aluminum Babe N/A
Big Star Keep An Eye On The Sky (Box Set)
The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate
Butterfly Boucher Scary Fragile
Mariah Carey Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel
Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats Meet the Meatbats
DD/MM/YYYY Black Square
The Dynamites Burn It Down
Fink Sort of Revolution
The Fresh & Onlys Grey-Eyed Girls
Gary Go Gary Go
Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident) Then There's Now
Ricky Skaggs Ricky Skaggs Solo (Songs My Dad Loved)
Ryan Starr N/A
Thrice Beggars
Uncle Cracker Happy Hour

September 22

Pearl Jam Backspacer (Target exclusive)
Banco de Gaia Memories Dreams Reflections
Brand New Daisy
Vic Chesnutt At the Cut
Sean "Diddy" Combs Last Train To Paris
David Gray Draw The Line
Richard Hawley Truelove's Gutter
Andrew Hoover Chances, Stances & Romances
Janus Red Light Return
Madonna Iconography (Greatest hits)
Monsters of Folk (Jim James, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis & M. ward project) Monsters Of Folk
Or, The Whale Or, The Whale
Owen New Leaves
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Higher Than The Stars 9EP)
The Pastels and Tenniscoats Two Sunsets
Pearl Jam Backspacer
Porcupine Tree The Incident
They Might Be Giants Here Comes Science (Kid's album/Dvd)
Various Artists Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sill
Wale Attention: Deficit
Why? Eskimo Snow
Wrinkle Neck Mules Let The Lead Fly

September 29

Alice In Chains Black Gives Way To Blue
Beat Circus Boy From Black Mountain
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies Susquehanna
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies Skaboy JFK: The Skankin’ Hits Of The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Foreigner Can't Slow Down (Walmart exclusive)
Nelly Furtado Mi Plan
Kris Kristofferson Closer to the Bone
La Roux La Roux
LoveHateHero American Underwater
MadLove White With Foam
The Melvins Chicken Switch [remix album]
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Phonograph OKNO
Princeton Cocoon Of Love
Lynyrd Skynyrd God & Guns
Barbra Streisand Love Is The Answer
Strung Out Agents Of The Underground
Swell Season Strict Joy

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Aerosmith Canadian dates postponed till September

Aerosmith fans in western Canada will have to wait till September, as Aerosmith come back to play the missed dates.



Steven Tyler fell off the stage in Sturgis S.D. breaking his shoulder and cutting his head. Tyler received several stitches.


Steven Tyler fell off the stage as he was dancing and entertaining the crowd, while the stage crew were dealing with technical difficulties.


According to Joe Perry, Tyler’s band mate, all is well in the Aerosmith camp, as Steven recovers from the unfortunate incident.



Aeroforce One will continue. The postponed concerts were in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lady Gaga: Phenomenon, Satire or good marketing?

Lady Gaga, definitely makes the news any way possible, from bizarre outfits and performances on stage, to walking the streets nearly nude.

Known for her avant garde clothing style, and open lifestyle.


Who is Lady Gaga? She was unknown a year ago. Now she is on everyone's lips. (no pun intended) Lady Gaga has already won a few awards, and is nominated for 13 awards from the Grammys, MuchMusic and MTV for her song Poker Face.


I decided to do some research on Lady Gaga, this is what I discovered.


Lady Gaga born, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in 1986 is from New York. She is a singer, songwriter, musician and performer.


Lady Gaga began her career as a songwriter, writing songs for Britney Spears and The Pussycat Dolls; while establishing herself as a performer in the New York underground club scene. At the same time Lady Gaga was writing material for her own debut CD The Fame.



Lady Gaga’s is musically inspired by glam rock artists such as David Bowe and Queen; to pop singers like Michael Jackson and Madonna. Lady Gaga's CD The Fame, heavily reflects her inspiration, lifestyle, and her personality.



She has stated that The Fame reflects her personality, and wanted The Fame to reflect that. The Fame claims Lady Gaga is about being famous, and how everyone wants to be famous. This explains her relationship with the paparazzi, which of course is great, free publicity. 


The Fame is a very unique CD, with it’s heavy pop and dance songs.

With themes such as partying, clubbing, fame, and paparazzi.


When The Fame was released in November 2008 it had a slow ride on the charts in the US. In Canada it was already #1 and to date the most sold units in any other country. The Fame was released in Europe in January 2009 and sold very well.


Lady Gaga promoted her CD with lots of live performances, public appearances with bizarre outfits on and off the stage, which the paparazzi quickly started to follow her, adding to the Lady Gaga phenomenon.


Lady Gaga is destined to be a great artist, and flamboyant star. We will be hearing a lot more from her in the future.


Her key to success is, she is an accomplished songwriter, musician, vocalist and knows how to work the paparazzi for her marketing. All the ingredients for a successful artist.


So is Lady Gaga just a phenomenon, satire or good marketing? I would say all of the above. Bravo Lady Gaga, I am a new fan.


By George Luker © Copyright 2009 Krule Music Group

Friday, August 7, 2009

Lil Wayne's big game

Over the past two years, rapper Lil Wayne has been a constant and overwhelming presence on the radio, appearing on literally dozens of hits by himself and others. He's done this seemingly by never sleeping, and working at a constant, dizzying speed.


Phonte Coleman of Triangle hip-hop group Little Brother got a sample of his work ethic a few years back. Little Brother and Wayne met when both were doing interviews at the same radio station, and Wayne told Coleman he was a fan.


So Little Brother hit him up for a cameo vocal and sent a track called "Breakin' My Heart," not expecting to hear anything back for at least a few weeks. Two days later, Wayne sent it back with a vocal he'd knocked out. It was a highlight of Little Brother's 2007 album "GetBack."


Rapper Lil Wayne specializes in cameos on other musicians' work, including Durham's Little Brother and Madonna.





"His work ethic is really inspiring and amazing," Coleman says. "I don't think I could ever be that prolific. I mean, if you take 100 shots, not all 100 are gonna be good. I'd rather take 10 or 20 focused shots and try to hit 'em all. But to each his own. It's really working out for him. Plus it just shows how the record labels are kinda off. In the past, if you asked labels, they'd try to shut all those collaborations down. But they're what's made him hot, so it's all good."

Wayne will perform in the Triangle on Saturday, headlining a hip-hop bill at Raleigh's Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. He blows into town with two hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including a cameo on fast-rising British vocalist Jay Sean's "Down." And Wayne's protege, Drake (also on the Raleigh bill), is flirting with the top of the chart.


That's actually down a bit from last fall, when Wayne's distinctive rasp seemed to be everywhere. There was one week in October when Wayne was on seven songs in the top 40, including collaborations with Jay-Z, Akon and T-Pain. Everything he raps on turns into gold.


"Lil Wayne is still at the point where all you need to do is put him on a record," says Sean Ross, executive editor of music and programming for the online trade publication Radio-Info.com. "He still has the ability to jump-start careers."


One intriguing test case of Wayne's transitive star power will be "Revolver," a new single from Madonna's forthcoming greatest-hits album. Scheduled for release this fall, "Revolver" features a Lil Wayne cameo. Ross likens the attention that will get to Madonna's 2008 collaboration with Justin Timberlake, "4 Minutes (To Save the World)."


"Wayne will probably rub off on Madonna like Justin did, which is to say he'll get her back on the radio as an 'event' record," Ross says. "If it's a great record, it will stay there on its own merits. If it's just a good record for Madonna at this point in her career, it will get the 12 or so weeks of chart life the Justin collaboration did."


Read the rest of the article here. Source: News Observer

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Gretchen Wilson: Redneck redefined

I enter Gretchen Wilson’s tour bus expecting to wade through drained Jack Daniels bottles and a passed out entourage of shaggy outlaws beached belly up on the floor after a wild night of booze-fueled brawling.  

Her number one hit “Redneck Woman” spawned an album of good time modern classics selling five million copies. The Grammy-winning collection is an homage to that perfect moment when man, music and muscatel convene to create a memory that both illuminates and hardens a woman. These are songs about being drunk, winking at the wrong guy, getting your tooth knocked out by his gorilla of a girlfriend, flashing that gapped grin at the next cowboy who walks through the door, and starting all over. 


I have come to talk to the jacked-up sweetheart of southern-fried country rock and am met by a self-contained business woman.  

She is wearing a grey tank top, loose curls and faded jeans. After hair and makeup, she is wearing a black tank top, loose curls, and slightly nicer jeans with a rhinestone belt. There is a sense of wanting to offer the audience something real. What you see is really what you get.  

Gretchen Wilson escorts me into a tidy RV stocked with bottled water. A flat-screen TV is running a George Carlin comedy skit as we sink into comfortable couches. Her adorable young daughter, dressed in age-appropriate pink peddle pushers, politely interrupts the interview from time to time to ask computer-related questions. There is a lesson about internet safety, and Ms. Wilson’s mothering advice is fair and firm.  

As we begin a casual conversation lapsing from lyrical analysis to gossipy personal details, she leans in and makes direct eye contact. Gretchen Wilson does not weigh and measure every phrase or edit her comments to match up with some publicist’s press release. It becomes clear that her redneck ethic is more about being the kind of woman who values individual expression over public opinion and less about being a honky tonk broad drinking the night away with dirty dogs.  

The most hardcore hairy son-of-a-bitch lurking around her trailer is a well groomed little Pomeranian puppy named Faith, who instantly assumes a supine position so that I am compelled to conduct the interview with one hand furiously writing while the other administers tummy rubs.  

Read the balance of the article here. Source: SCENE

Monday, August 3, 2009

Moncton, NB will be the biggest show on AC/DC tour

Thursday's concert by legendary Australian rockers AC/DC will likely be the biggest and flashiest on the band's seven-date Canadian tour, with Moncton's outdoor venue bringing in more than baseball and football stadiums in other parts of the country and the U.S.


"Right now, Moncton is the biggest show on the tour," said Ken Craig, the production manager for Donald K. Donald Events.



Although promoters won't say exactly how many tickets have been sold for Thursday's show at the Magnetic Hill Concert Site, it's expected that AC/DC will draw a crowd similar in size to the 80,000 that came for the Rolling Stones in 2005. Last year's concert by the Eagles drew a crowd of 55,000 to Moncton, while approximately 50,000 turned out in Halifax last month to see Paul McCartney.


Craig, who works out of an office in Ottawa, has been busy over the last few weeks co-coordinating logistics with the AC/DC crew for all seven shows in Canada this month.


It's a huge job to make arrangements for the dozens of tractor-trailers needed to move staging and electronic gear all over the country.

More than 200 people will be working at the site over the next few days to set up the stage, light towers, video screens, sound equipment and special effects for the AC/DC show. Everything needs to be in place before Thursday's sound checks.


The job of taking it all apart and cleaning up the mess begins immediately after the show ends on Thursday night.


The latest leg of AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour kicked off in Boston Tuesday night with a show at the Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots NFL team. From there, they went to Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey Friday night and played last night at the Times Union Arena in Albany, N.Y.


Most of the baseball and football stadiums in North America have a capacity of 50,000 to 70,000 and are mainly reserved seating with huge grandstands and temporary seating on the floor. But the Magnetic Hill Concert Site is a huge natural amphitheatre situated on the side of a grassy hill. City officials say it could accommodate a crowd of 100,000. By comparison, last year's free show by Paul McCartney on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City drew an estimated 250,000 people.


It was reported earlier this year that U2 had sold 90,000 tickets for an October show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.


AC/DC's Canadian tour will take the band to the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Scotiabank Arena in Ottawa, the Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and B.C. Place in Vancouver.


The Magnetic Hill site set-up for AC/DC will be basically the same as it has been for previous concerts by the Rolling Stones, Eagles and Bon Jovi. One of the main differences will be a larger licensed area that extends closer to the stage to accommodate more people. At the Bon Jovi show, people who wanted to get closer to the stage had to finish their drinks and leave the licensed area.


Another big difference, which showed up on the site plan provided by the city this week, is a different set of barricades in front of the stage. Normally, there is a steel fence or barricade set up about 10 feet in front of the stage to act as a wall between the crowd and the band. For this show, a second barricade will be set up a few metres further away from the stage to provide more protection from crowd surges. With so many people, there is a possibility that those against the fence could be crushed. The secondary barricades are set up like wings fanning out from a secondary stage that extend out toward the sound and light towers. This secondary stage will allow the performers to walk or run (or in Angus Young's case, do the duck walk while playing guitar) out into the crowd.


According to online reviews this week, the AC/DC show runs a little over two hours, beginning with a two-minute video and ending with two-minute fireworks display. Opening acts for the show are Irish blues-rock group The Answer and Canadian heavy metal band Anvil, who played for 34 minutes and 44 minutes respectively. According to reports from the Foxborough show, AC/DC opened the show with Rock N' Roll Train, with a giant steam locomotive smashing onto the stage, and finished with the anthemic For Those About To Rock, We Salute You, punctuated by exploding cannons and fireworks. Through the set, AC/DC performed such well-known hits as Back in Black, Big Jack, Shot Down in Flames, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Thunderstruck, The Jack, Hells Bells, Shoot to Thrill, War Machine, Anything Goes, You Shook Me All Night Long, T.N.T., Whole Lotta Rosie, Let There Be Rock and Highway to Hell.


Read the rest of the article here. Source: Times & Transcript.