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Procol Harum To Release Three-Song EP ‘Missing Persons’

Esoteric Antenna has announced that legendary English rock band Procol Harum will release a new three-song EP, Missing Persons.

Missing Persons was completed during lockdown after founder and lead singer Gary Brooker rediscovered a CD of rough mixes of two studio tracks the band had laid down during a previous session.

“They weren’t written last week, neither are they old” said Brooker.
The precise date of the original recordings remains a mystery.

The title track “Missing Persons (Alive Forever)” is a particularly poignant and emotive song, and a fine example of the musical tradition of Procol Harum.

“Keith Reid’s lyrics sound incredibly apt for the time we’re living in, this is the sound of Procol Harum today,” said Brooker.

The EP’s other new song “War Is Not Healthy” is also a touching observation of war and its impact on humanity.

The third track is “Missing Persons (Alive Forever) (Edited Version)”.

Pre-order is available at https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/procol-harum-missing-persons-alive-forever-ep/

Source: RTT Music News

Blue Öyster Cult’s Eric Bloom Explains Why ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ Won’t Be Played At His Funeral

Blue Öyster Cult’s Eric Bloom said the band’s hit song “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” won’t be played at his funeral because he prefers no music played at what would be a very private ceremony.

“You’d think it would be ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,’ wouldn’t you? But I don’t intend to have music at all. Just close family and a private graveside service,” the singer, songwriter and musician said in response to a question about what would be heard during his funeral.

In a recent interview with Classic Rock, Bloom said “Baba O’Riley” is his favorite anthem. “Even after all these years, those chords get me every time,” he said about The Who’s 1971 classic song.

Bloom also said John Lennon was his favorite singer, even though he “wasn’t the purest of vocalists.” He rates both Lennon and Smokey Robinson as the songwriters he likes most.

Bloom said that although he is very fond of Blue Öyster Cult’s latest album The Symbol Remains, the best record he ever made would probably be Secret Treaties [1974], the band’s third studio album.

Surprisingly, Bloom named Prince as his guitar hero. “The guy was a fantastic guitar player but he wasn’t really known for that level of ability. People knew him more as a showman, also for his songwriting and performance, but Prince was an amazing guitar player. It’s a shame that those other attributes overshadowed his musicianship,” BOC’s co-lead vocalist said about the late multi-talented artist.

Source: RTT Music News

Born on this day in 1947 – Gerry Rafferty

Born on this day in 1947 – Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty who with Stealers Wheel had the 1973 US No.3 & UK No.8 single ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’. The song was used in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs, during the famous ‘ear’ scene. He is best known for his 1978 solo hit the UK No.3 and US No.2 single ‘Baker Street.’ He was also a member of late 1960s group The Humblebums with Billy Connolly. Rafferty died on 4th Jan 2011 at the age of 63 after suffering a long illness.

MEET THE H & S FEED & COUNTRY STORE PET OF THE WEEK: “KAHLUA”

This week’s H & S Feed & Country Store Pet of the Week is “Kahlua”, a 3 year old Boxer/Terrier mix who gets along well with people and some other dogs, but not at all with cats. She’s a medium sized dog who is vaccinated, affectionate, loves belly rubs, and is looking for her forever home.

If you’d like to set up an appointment to meet Kahlua or any of the pets at Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter, visit https://www.stephenmemorial.org/ and fill out an adoption application.

Check out our visit about Kahlua with Terry Gott from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:

Dennis DeYoung Shares ‘Isle Of Misanthrope’ From Upcoming Album

Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung has released a brand-new single ahead of the release of his last-ever album.

Titled “Isle of Misanthrope,” the new track arrived on Wednesday, April 7, and is part of DeYoung’s forthcoming album, 26 East, Vol. 2, the second part of the two-volume effort that is slated to be his last contribution to the world of recorded music.

“The lyrics are a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” DeYoung said in a statement, attempting to capture the essence of the new single. “It’s got a good beat but won’t be a hit at the disco.”

Designed originally to fit the length of one album, DeYoung was eventually forced to split the effort in two. The first volume was released in May of 2020, with the follow-up slated to arrive on June 11.

Source: RTT Music News

Former KISS Guitarist Bruce Kulick Announces ‘Live In Las Vegas’ Livestream Concert

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick has announced a livestream concert, titled “Bruce Kulick Live In Las Vegas.”

The special concert will air on April 16 from the Marquee Club’s Library inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.

Kulick will be joined by his wife, Lisa Lane Kulick, and longtime Slash bassist Todd Kerns. They will perform music from KISS as well as songs by the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Elvis Presley and more.

A virtual ticket for the show is priced at $15. The show will be available for purchase and to enjoy until the end of April.

Last December, Kulick had hosted another livestream event, “Kissmas Masquerade,” during which he played an acoustic KISS set accompanied by Kerns.

Source: RTT Music News

Born on this day in 1945: Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore

Born on this day in 1945 – English guitarist and songwriter Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple, who had the 1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’ and the 1973 US No.4 single ‘Smoke On The Water’. Deep Purple were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as “the globe’s loudest band” for a 1972 concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Blackmore later formed Rainbow who had the 1981 hit single ‘I Surrender’.

Chicago Announce 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Of ‘Chicago At Carnegie Hall’

Chicago announced that they will released a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the rock band’s 1971 best-selling live album, Chicago at Carnegie Hall.

The quadruple LP reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200, was certified platinum and is still the band’s best-selling live album.

The deluxe edition of Chicago at Carnegie Hall comes in a 16-CD boxed set featuring all eight shows performed at the celebrated venue 50 years ago.

Chicago founding member and trumpeter Lee Loughnane and engineer Tim Jessup spent nearly a year meticulously going through more than 40 concert tapes at Loughnane’s new studio in Arizona to remaster each concert.

The collection comes with a 28-page booklet illustrated with photos from the concerts, plus new liner notes with contributions by Loughnane, archivist Jeff Magid, writer/producer David Wild and comedy icon/Chicago fanatic Jimmy Pardo.

Chicago at Carnegie Hall Complete will officially release on July 16. Priced at $180, the box set is available for preorder at Rhino.com.

Source: RTT Music News

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