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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band brought Jon Stewart’s final episode of “The Daily Show” to an end on Thursday night with renditions of “Land of Hope and Dreams” (requested by the host) and “Born to Run”. Stewart has been host of the acclaimed satirical news show since 1999 and is a longtime admirer of Springsteen.
In his final monologue, Stewart said:
Nothing ends. It’s just a continuation. It’s a pause in the conversation. So rather than saying goodbye or good night, I’m just going to say I’m gonna go get a drink”.
The man with the difficult job of filling Stewart’s shoes will be comedian Trevor Noah.
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A selection of Elvis Presley’s recordings have been reconstructed with the help of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the forthcoming album “If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra”.
The album includes some of Elvis’ best known hits, including “Burning Love”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Love Me Tender”, as well as some great lesser known performances, such as “There’s Always Me” and the Neil Diamond-penned “And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind”. There are also guest appearances from Michael Buble on “Fever”, operatic group Il Vivo on “It’s Now or Never” and guitar legend Duane Eddy on “An American Trilogy” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.
If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – UK album cover
Priscilla Presley says of the album:
This would be a dream come true for Elvis. He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music…the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done.
For several months, Elvis fans have been hearing about a new album that will feature “Elvis like he has never been heard before”. This is the project that was being referred to. It is the latest attempt by Sony to create a high profile album that will garner media interest and sell to a wider audience than just the diehard fans. There have been mixed results from previous efforts, including the “Christmas Duets” album and the soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil “Viva Elvis” show.
As far as UK sales go, Elvis’ biggest seller for many years was 2013’s “The Nation’s Favourite Elvis Songs”, which was tied in with a popular ITV television special. No doubt mindful of that, the “If I Can Dream” release will tie in with an ITV documentary titled “Elvis and Me” which sees actress Joanna Lumley interview Priscilla Presley at Abbey Road Studios (where the album was recorded) and then travel to Memphis to visit Graceland and meet with some of Elvis’ friends and associates.
Joanna Lumley says:
I have loved Elvis as a devoted fan since I first heard his fabulous voice when I was ten years old. The opportunity to visit Graceland and spend time finding out more about his fascinating life from Priscilla, and those closest to him, was absolutely thrilling.
“If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” tracklist
- Burning Love
- It’s Now Or Never
- Love Me Tender
- Fever (feat. Michael Buble)
- Bridge Over Troubled Water
- And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind
- You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
- There’s Always Me
- Can’t Help Falling In Love
- In The Ghetto
- How Great Thou Art
- Steamroller Blues
- An American Trilogy
- If I Can Dream.
“If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” will debut on October 30 as a single CD and as a CD/2 LP deluxe edition, which will feature three bonus tracks (“Anything That’s Part of You”, “What Now My Love” and “Heartbreak Hotel”). The US edition has the same tracklist, but a different cover. There’s no sign of a deluxe version in the US as of yet, but there is a vinyl edition available for pre-order.
If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – US album cover
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The three surviving members of the Faces will reunite to play a charity gig in September. Forty years on from their split, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones will play a benefit for Prostate Cancer UK at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey, on September 5th.
Rod Stewart broke the news on his website, saying:
This year is the 40th anniversary since The Faces parted ways so it’s about time we got together for a jam! Being in The Faces back in the day was a whirlwind of madness but my God, it was beyond brilliant.
The Faces have reunited without Stewart in recent years, with Mick Hucknall taking on vocal duties. Hopes for a Stewart-led reunion increased when the trio performed together at a private party for Stewart’s 70th birthday earlier this year.
The Faces formed in 1969 as a five-piece band, including the late Ronnie Lane on bass and Ian McLagen on keyboards. Their hits included “Stay With Me” and “Cindy Incidentally”.
Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones have welcomed the reunion:
Getting back on stage with the lads playing ‘Stay with Me’ and other favourites will be a blast and will make this a very special night. Being in The Faces was a mad and brilliant time for all of us and although we don’t have Ronnie and Mac with us anymore this is our chance to remember them and say Had Me a Real Good Time – Ronnie Wood
The years of The Faces were some of the best of my life and I’m so proud to have been a part of the band. I’m unbelievably excited to have the opportunity to get up on stage with Rod and Ronnie again. Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan will be dearly missed but we’ll raise a glass to them – Kenney Jones
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British singer and television star, Cilla Black, has sadly passed away aged 72. Cilla died on Saturday night at her home in Estepona, Spain while holidaying with one of her sons.
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Buddy Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, has entrusted the U.S. publishing rights to Buddy’s songs to BMG.
Maria Elena Holly has welcomed the move, saying:
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