Foghat’s ‘Sonic Mojo’ Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard’s Blues Albums Chart

Foghat’s Sonic Mojo has debuted atop Billboard’s Blues Albums chart, giving the band its first No. 1 on the tally.

Foghat released the 12-track Sonic Mojo, their 17-th studio album, and the first new record in seven years, on November 10th via their own label, Foghat Records.

The album features original new tracks and iconic covers by some of their favorite musicians. Founding drummer Roger Earl, guitar virtuoso/engineer/co-producer Bryan Bassett, bass maestro Rodney O’Quinn and lead singer/guitarist extraordinaire Scott Holt have crafted an album that’s a time capsule of their glory days.

The album’s three singles, “Drivin’ On,” “She’s a Little Bit of Everything” (co-written by the late Kim Simmonds from Savoy Brown) and “I Don’t Appreciate You” are currently streaming on the band’s official YouTube page.

The band, which began its journey in 1971, have eight gold records, one platinum record and one double platinum record so far.

Source: RTT Music News

David Bowie’s Handwritten Lyrics Valued At Up To £100,000 At Auction

A handwritten lyric sheet by David Bowie is set to be auctioned this week and is expected to fetch up to 100,000 pounds.

The document contains Bowie’s corrections, drafts and notes for the Ziggy Stardust tracks “Rock’n’Roll Suicide” and “Suffragette City.” It will be displayed at the Omega Auctions showcase sale on November 28.

The letter of provenance reads, “The hand-written notes were given to the original owner personally by David Bowie at Trident Studio, with a few other pages of original lyrics, some of which didn’t survive.”

“They were needed so that the music publisher and management could prepare the lyric sheet, printed on the album’s inner record bag,”it adds. “At the same time, for the person collecting, David alerted them to two songs he hadn’t written that he had just decided would also feature on the album (It Ain’t Easy and Round and Round – the names of which he quickly added at the foot of the page on the Suffragette City side), writing next to them: ‘pub (publishing) you know these songs’.”

The letter of provenance also says the sheet was purchased by the current owner in the early 1980s, and loaned to the V&A in 2013 for an exhibition.

Auction manager Dan Muscatelli-Hampson said, “These are two real cult favourites in the wonderful Bowie oeuvre and ‘Suffragette City’ has been described as one of his very best. It’s an incredible artefact to have and to hold and it is sure to excite the many millions of Bowie fans around the world – just as the Starman lyrics did.”

Source: RTT Music News

Born on this day in 1943 – Randy Newman

Born on this day in 1943 – Randy Newman, singer, songwriter, Composer of ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’, ‘Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear’, 1977 US No.2 single ‘Short People.’ Film soundtracks including ‘Ragtime.’ Once hailed as the greatest songwriter alive by Paul McCartney. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer, his film scores include Ragtime, Toy Story; A Bug’s Life; Toy Story 2; Monsters, Inc.; Cars; Toy Story 3; and Monsters University.

Daryl Hall Granted Restraining Order Against John Oates In Sealed Lawsuit

Daryl Hall has been granted a restraining order against his longtime musical partner, John Oates, as a legal dispute plays out between Hall & Oates.

However, the dispute between the pair isn’t clear, as the court documents are sealed. The case summary on the Nashville Chancery Court website classifies it as a “Contract/Debt” dispute. Hall filed the initial complaint back on November 16.

Along with the complaint, Hall also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order as well as motions to keep all the documents under seal.

On November 17, a restraining bond was set at $50,000, and the restraining order itself was issued.

According to reports, Hall’s lawsuit stems from Oates’ attempt to sell off his share of their joint venture, Whole Oats Enterprises LLP.

Meanwhile, on November 23, Hall played a concert full of Hall & Oates classics in Tokyo.

Hall & Oates were formed in 1970. Hall is generally the lead vocalist, while Oates primarily plays the electric guitar and provides backing vocals.

During their peak years of 1974-91, the pair reached the U.S. Top 40 with 29 of their 33 singles charting on the Billboard Hot 100. Six of the singles reached No. 1: “Rich Girl” (1977), “Kiss on My List” (1980), the two 1981 releases “Private Eyes” and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”, “Maneater” (1982) and “Out of Touch” (1984).

Source: RTT Music News

Rolling Stones Announce 2024 North American Stadium Tour

The Rolling Stones have announced they are going back on the road with a brand-new tour, performing in 16 cities across the U.S. and Canada next year.

“The Stones Tour 2024 Hackney Diamonds!” will kick off in Houston, Texas, on April 28, and wrap up in Santa Clara, California, on July 17.

The tour is in support of the legendary rock band’s new album, Hackney Diamonds. The 16-city tour includes a headlining set at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.

Fans can expect to experience Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Ronnie Wood play their most popular hits ranging from “Start Me Up,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Satisfaction” and more, as well as fan favorites deep cuts and music from Hackney Diamonds.

A fan pre-sale starts on November 29. General on-sale commences on December 1 at 10:00 am. More information is available at rollingstones.com/tour

The 2024 Tour Dates:

04/28 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
05/02 – New Orleans, LA @ Jazz Fest
05/07 – Glendale, AZ @ State Farm Stadium
05/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Allegiant Stadium
05/15 – Seattle, WA @ Lumen Field
05/23 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
05/30 – Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium
06/03 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
06/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium
06/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
06/15 – Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland Browns Stadium
06/20 – Denver, CO @ Empower Field at Mile High
06/27 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
07/05 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
07/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ SoFi Stadium
07/17 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s® Stadium

Source: RTT Music News

Born on this day in 1941 – Donald “Duck” Dunn

Born on this day in 1941 – Donald “Duck” Dunn, bassist for Booker T and the MG’s, (1962 US No. 3 single ‘Green Onions’, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Time Is Tight’). Dunn died in his sleep on 13th May 2012 after playing a show at the Blue Note night club in Tokyo the night before. He had been in the country as part of an ongoing tour with Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd. Dunn was also the bass player for the Blues Brothers band both in the movie, and on tour.


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