Arch MUSIC NEWS for 11/20/12
Arch MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott –
Rush will be added to the sidewalk gallery outside the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood with a ceremony today. Frontman Geddy Lee says he and his bandmates are pleased to receive the recognition. He calls it “an honor” to have Rush “added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians.” The ceremony is coinciding with the dates on Rush’s “Clockwork Angels” tour. The Canadian band performed in Los Angeles Monday night, and they’ll be in San Diego on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the group is making it possible for all fans to check out their current show. Rush will be taping Sunday’s performance in Phoenix and their November 28th concert in Dallas for a new DVD, which is expected to be released in 2013.
Longtime iTunes holdouts AC/DC are finally joining the digital age. They’ll be releasing their entire back catalog on the digital music service. The rollout began Monday morning and includes all of the band’s studio albums, live albums, soundtracks and box sets. It also includes AC/DC’s brand new release, “Live At River Plate,” also released Monday. AC/DC joins a handful of major acts that have changed their tune about iTunes in recent years. The Beatles jumped on board in 2010 a few years after fellow holdouts Metallica and Led Zeppelin did the same. Kid Rock also recently joined the iTunes family. But country star Garth Brooks and rock band Tool remain on the other side of the fence for now.
One Direction is getting Barbara Walters’ seal of approval. The British boy band has been named as one of “The View” host’s “10 Most Fascinating People of 2012.” Last week, the group released its sophomore album “Take Me Home.” The album debuted at number one on the U.K. charts and their second single “Little Things” is the number one single. On the day of the album’s release, One Direction performed at the “Today” show, bringing in the biggest crowd in the show’s history, just two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the city. Harry, Zayn, Liam, Louis and Niall have since announced an upcoming 3-D movie that will be directed by Morgan Spurlock and will be released in August 2013. The U.S. leg of their world tour will be kicking off in June. Other fascinating people chosen by Walters to be a part of this year’s special include, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “50 Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. The 90-minute special will air on December 12th on ABC.
Bruno Mars is giving fans a taste of his upcoming album “Unorthodox Jukebox.” He debuted the song “Moonshine” on his Twitter account Sunday night. “Moonshine” is the second single from Bruno’s sophomore album after “Locked Out Of Heaven,” which is currently at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. The full album is out December 11th.