Oct 31 2017

U2 Complete The Joshua Tree Tour

U2’s acclaimed The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 came to a triumphant close in Brazil on Wednesday (October 25) night.

 

As the only band ever to have played four successive shows at São Paulo’s Morumbi Stadium, U2 have smashed their own record for ticket sales in the city with over 280,000 Brazilian fans turning out to see the Dublin band in less than a week.

Having played to over 2.7 million fans in just 51 shows across North and South America, the UK and Europe, and Mexico, The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 is the most successful tour of the year.

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, a celebration of the original album and tour of the same name undertaken by U2 in 1987, featured the complete Joshua Tree album played in sequence plus a selection of highlights from U2’s extensive catalogue of songs. The innovative staging included a new series of haunting and evocative films from Dutch photographer and film-maker Anton Corbijn – whose iconic photography accompanied the original recording – in brilliant 8k resolution on a 200 x 45 foot cinematic screen, the largest high-res LED screen every used in a touring show, behind the group in live performance.

Oct 25 2017

R.I.P. George Young of The Easybeats Flash & The Fan and AC/DC Producer (1946-2017)

George Young, a co-founder for the legendary rock band The Easybeats, Flash & The Pan and co-producer of the early AC/DC albums, has died at age 70.

 

George is the brother of Malcolm and Angus Young of AC/DC. Together with his Easybeats co-founder Harry Vanda, George produced the first five AC/DC studio albums, the live album ‘If You Want Blood’. He came back for 1988’s ‘Blow Up Yopur Video’ and then co-produced one more AC/DC album ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ in 2000.

George Young was born in Glasgow on 6 November 1946. The family migrated to Australia when he was a teenager and Malcolm and Angus were still kids.

George formed The Easybeats with Harry Vanda and Stevie Wright as well as Dick Diamonde in 1964. Their first single ‘For My Woman’ was released in 1965.

 

Oct 25 2017

Lionel Richie Classics Get Vinyl Releases

On December 8, Motown/UMe will release three historic albums on vinyl from one of the most successful solo artists in Pop/R&B crossover history, Lionel Richie. This mega-platinum album triple-play — 1982’s Lionel Richie, 1983’s Can’t Slow Down, and 1985’s Dancing On The Ceiling — sealed the recent Kennedy Center Honoree’s legacy as one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the modern era, in the wake of his 1982 departure from the lineup of one of Motown’s biggest artists of the Seventies, the Commodores.

 

Lionel Richie’s singular blend of songwriting artistry and catchy, singalong hooks has long defied genre-labeling, propelling his mass appeal to fans of R&B, soul, pop and country alike, and leading to his amassing more than 100 million album sales to date. Over the course of these three albums, Richie garnered four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Truly,” “All Night Long (All Night),” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me”) and a dozen Top 10 singles overall on the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts alike.