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14 May 2012
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First peek at ZZ Top's first singles in 9 years


ZZ Top has partnered up with Jeremiah Weed (a U.S distilling company) to bring fans a peek of the band's first new single in nine years in a new add campaign.

The commercial shows ZZ Top playing the song "I Got To Get Paid" in the latest campaign for the distilling company. The advertisement has a distinctive 80's feel with ZZ Top playing inside a magical fridge of al-kee-hole. Cue foxy ladies. Some of the reactions from punters opening the fridge to see ZZ Top playing inside are priceless. The band are still working on their new album with producer Rick Rubin.

Check it.

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hives clip "go right ahead"

Brand new Hives clip for "Go Right Ahead" - Watch it!

The new video for " Go Right Ahead" was filmed in a brand new studio built by Benny Andersson from ABBA and located on the island of Skeppsholmen in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Hives elaborate, "We recorded large chunks of LEX HIVES at Rixmixningsverket. It is a new studio that Benny Andersson from ABBA built in the heart of Stockholm, and he cut us a deal we just couldn't
refuse. We were the first band to record there. The video shows us walking to the studio on the first day of the second week of recordings. We basically set up a bunch of cameras in order to film while we recorded the take to make this more realistic than most "rock videos." The thing is, we needed extra mouths and hands since we couldn't do it all ourselves at the same time. These were generously supplied by people close and dear to us who can be seen in the film. Even Randy Fitzsimmons can be seen through the studio window wearing a mask. Randy on camera is a historical first. This moment is also a historical first. We give you.. We tell you to... GO RIGHT AHEAD!" 

The new album, Lex Hives, is due out June 5 via the band's own Disques Hives label and is available to pre-order on iTunes right now!


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mick hucknell announce first solo concert
Mick Hucknell to play Royal Albert Hall for one night only

Mick Hucknall announces his first solo concert, to be performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London for one night only, on September 18th 2012.

This hails the beginning of a new chapter for ex-Simply Red frontman Hucknall after the final curtain fell on Simply Red at their triumphant sell-out Farewell Tour in December 2010.

On what promises to be a very special night in Hucknall's glittering career, he will showcase his forthcoming new solo album 'American Soul', featuring his own take on classic songs which have inspired him throughout his life.

Mick is renowned for his great interpretations of others' songs, having already had global hits with Money's Too Tight To Mention, If You Don't Know Me By Now and You Make Me Feel Brand New. The start of Hucknall's solo career gives him free rein to record, together on one album, his favourites from his own personal journey through the American soul genre including such gems as I Only Have Eyes For You, I'd Rather Go Blind and That's How Strong My Love Is.

The Royal Albert Hall is without doubt the most prestigious and beautiful live venue in London and has been the host to the most revered artists of our time, drawn from every musical genre; a fitting venue for the launch of the exciting next phase in Mick Hucknall's extraordinary career.

Tickets for Mick Hucknall sings American Soul go on sale on 9am, Friday 11th May. Buy sold out tickets here and check out all other tickets here.

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blur announce august uk tour
Blur announce intimate August UK tour

Blur have announced an intimate UK tour for this August.

The Britpop icons will play four shows on the tour, beginning at Margate's Winter Gardens on August 1. They will then play two shows at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall on August 5 and 6, before finishing off at Plymouth's Pavilions on August 7.

The shows will act as a warm-up for the band's huge outdoor gig at London's Hyde Park on August 12. That show sees Blur topping a bill that also includes New Order and The Specials. The gig has been put on to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Olympic games.

Along with playing at Hyde Park, Blur are also scheduled to headline Sweden's Way Out West festival in August.

Blur will also release a career-spanning boxset on July 30 this summer. Titled 21, the collection includes the band's seven studio albums as well as over 5 hours of previously unreleased material including 65 tracks, rarities, 3 DVDs, a collector’s edition book and special limited edition Seymour 7 inch vinyl.

Blur will play:

Margate Winter Gardens (August 1)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (5, 6)
Plymouth Pavilions (7)

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ray davies announces uk tour

Ray Davies announces Autumn UK tour

Ray Davies has announced a 14 date UK tour, to coincide with the release of The Kinks At The BBC box set.

Along with already announced dates at Millennium Forum, Derry on June 24 and Hop Farm on June 29, Davies and his band play:

Sunday, September 30: The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Monday, October 1: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tuesday, October 2: The Sage, Gateshead
Thursday, October 4: Royal Albert Hall, London
Friday, October 5: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
Saturday, October 6: Guildhall, Southampton
Monday, October 8: Barbican, York
Tuesday, October 9: de Montfort Hall, Leicester
Friday, October 12: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Saturday, October 13: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Sunday, October 14: Royal Centre, Nottingham
Tuesday, October 16: Dome, Brighton
Wednesday, October 17: Philharmonic, Liverpool
Thursday, October 18: Forum, Bath

The Kinks At The BBC, containing sessions, live recordings and unreleased material and will be released on August 13 through Universal.

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donald duck dunn died at 70

Donald 'Duck' Dunn, 1941 - 2012

Donald 'Duck' Dunn, one of the world's greatest bass players and the man responsible for the groove behind a raft of soul classics, passed away in Tokyo on May 13 at the age of 70. He died in his sleep following two shows at the Blue Note Night Club.

Born in Memphis in 1941, Dunn was a music obsessive from an early age and formed his first band with High School friend and future fellow member of Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Steve Cropper. The Mar-Keys - originally known as The Royal Spades - scored a hit with the 1961 instrumental Last Night before Cropper left to join Booker T. Jones and drummer Al Jackson Jr. at Memphis soul HQ, Stax.

Dunn joined the group in November 1964, replacing Lewie Steinberg on bass. "Lewie was just perfect for that walkin' bass thing," Dunn told MOJO in 2001, "but when it got more aggressive and syncopated... my style was more appropriate." As Stax Records' house band, the quartet would go on to play on an unrivalled string of southern soul classics by Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Otis Redding and more as well as hitting the upper echelons of the charts with their own instrumental hits - among them the perennially funky Time Is Tight.

"Otis made a better musician out of you," Dunn told MOJO in 2001. "He just brought out things you didn't know you had in you. You got happier, you felt better, and your hands and fingers moved better. He was a star. He wore the halo. Elvis, Sinatra, the Beatles... Otis was one of 'em."

Alongside his work with the M.G.'s, Dunn would go on to play with the likes of Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Levon Helm, Stevie Nicks as well as leading the rhythm section in The Blues Brothers.

Posting on his Facebook page yesterday, lifelong friend, Steve Cropper wrote: "Today I lost my best friend, the world has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live."

MOJO's thoughts are with the Dunn family and friends.

Booker T. and The M.G.'s - Green Onions

Sam & Dave - Hold On I'm Comin'

Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness

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