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New Band Rated X Includes Former Members of Vanilla Fudge, Deep Purple

Courtesy of Frontiers Music Srl Rated X may be a new band, but fans might recognize some heavy hitters in the lineup.

The hard-rock supergroup, set to release its self-titled debut November 11, features former Rainbow and Deep Purple singer Joe Lynn Turner, Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice, ex-Whitesnake and Firm bassist Tony Franklin, and guitarist Karl Cochran, a frequent Turner collaborator.

The album features 12 new cuts produced by Alessandro del Vecchio, whose keyboard playing on several tracks added a bit of a “Deep Purple thing” sonically, according to Appice.

“I believe we wanted to keep it a bit retro with a modern edge,” adds Turner. “The songs are classic rock, but then that’s an understatement.”

The track listing is as follows:

“Get Back My Crown”
“This Is Who I Am”
“Fire And Ice”
“I Don’t Cry No More”
“Lhasa; Devil In Disguise”
“You Are the Music”
“Peace of Mind”
“Maybe Tonight”
“On the Way to Paradise”
“Our Love Is Not Over”
“Stranger in Us All”

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New Publishing Deal Aims to Spread Grateful Dead Music Through Song Placements

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe Grateful Dead‘s catalog is now part of a new publishing deal that is expected to result in song-placement opportunities, but not all of the material from the band’s long, strange trip will be made available.

The agreement, struck between Universal Music Publishing Group North America and the Dead’s publishing company, Ice Nine, includes using the band’s songs in film and television. However, placement of Dead tunes in commercials is restricted to material not involving Robert Hunter, a longtime lyricist for the Dead. Hunter had a hand in composing some of the group’s best-known songs, including “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band” and “Casey Jones.” Surviving Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are among those with rights to the group’s song catalog.

“We will bring them everything for them to review,” UMPG president Evan Lamberg tells Billboard, “and we will learn more about what they want.”

Lamberg is confident this new deal will expand the legendary San Francisco jam band’s reach to a different demographic.

“Young people may know the name Grateful Dead, but not be as familiar with their music,” he said. “If you’re not putting yourself into relevant areas where your music can be discovered, your music could be lost to the younger [generation].”

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Paul Simon Added to Performers for George Harrison Week on “Conan”

Mark SeligerPaul Simon has been added to the list of performers scheduled to honor late Beatles guitarist George Harrison on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show.

Simon will join previously announced guests Beck, Norah Jones and Harrison’s only child, Dhani, for Conan’s George Harrison Week, a four-night musical salute beginning today, September 22.

Beck will kick off the celebration Monday, Simon will take the stage on Tuesday, Dhani Harrison and friends will appear on Wednesday and Jones will complete the festivities on Thursday.

As previously reported, the Conan event coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75. The deluxe eight-disc box set — which features reissues of Harrison’s first six solo albums, plus bonus material — will be available September 23 on CD and digital download.

Jones and Dhani will also participate at George Fest, a star-studded tribute concert set for September 28 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS.

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Jimi Hendrix Immortalized in Wax at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco

Beck Diefenbach/Madame TussaudsJimi Hendrix fans can now take a selfie with the guitar god — in wax-statue form, that is.

A wax likeness of the legendary musician was unveiled Friday by his brother Leon Hendrix at Madame Tussauds San Francisco. The ceremony coincided with Jimi Hendrix Day, honoring the 44th anniversary of his death, which occurred September 18, 1970.

A team of 20 artists worked for more than three months to create the lifelike figure, with painstaking detail to Hendrix’s guitar. The figure got a thumb’s up from Hendrix’s brother, who praised the museum’s work.

“The representation and detail of his figure is uncanny,” he said. “It’s an honor to see him immortalized in this fashion.”

Madame Tussauds San Francisco is in the city’s Fisherman’s Wharf district.

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“Queen Forever” to Include Freddie Mercury-Michael Jackson Duet

QueenIn 1981, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson came together in the studio for a once in a lifetime duet that inexplicably never saw the light of day. That’s about to change, however, when when Queen releases a new compilation, Queen Forever, on Nov. 10.

The song, titled “There Must Be More to Life than This,” was originally recorded for the band’s Hot Space sessions, but the backing track was never completed. Enter producer William Orbit, who was tasked with completing the job, an assignment he said was like opening a “a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians.”

In a statement released by the band, Orbit says, “Hearing Michael Jackson’s vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie’s vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level.”

While Mercury released a more stripped down-version of “There Must Be More to Life than This” on his 1985 solo album, Orbit went in the opposite direction, adding full instrumentation to give the song more kick.

In addition to “There Must Be More to Life than This,” two other gems appear on the compilation. There’s “Love Kills,” a Mercury song from the soundtrack to the 1984 restored version of the 1927 sci-fi film classic Metropolis, performed with American Idol alum Adam Lambert on Queen’s summer tour; and “Let Me In Your Heart Again,” another unfinished composition from the 1984 Queen album, The Works.

Queen Forever will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set. Here’s the track listing:

Single CD
“Let Me In Your Heart Again”
“Love Kills — The Ballad”
“There Must Be More to Life than This” (William Orbit Mix)
“It’s a Hard Life”
“You’re My Best Friend”
“Love of My Life”
“Drowse”
“Long Away”
“Lily of the Valley”
“Don’t Try So Hard”
“Bijou”
“These Are the Days of Our Lives”
“Las Palabras De Amor”
“Who Wants to Live Forever”
“A Winter’s Tale”
“Play the Game”
“Save Me”
“Somebody to Love”
“Too Much Love Will Kill You”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

2-CD SET
CD1

“Let Me In Your Heart Again”
“Love Kills — The Ballad”
“There Must Be More to Life than This” (William Orbit Mix)
“Play the Game”
“Dear Friends”
“You’re My Best Friend”
“Love of My Life”
“Drowse”
“You Take My Breath Away”
“Spread Your Wings”
“Long Away”
“Lily of the Valley”
“Don’t Try So Hard”
“Bijou”
“These Are the Days of Our Lives”
“Nevermore”
“Las Palabras De Amor”
“Who Wants to Live Forever”

CD2
“I Was Born to Love You”
“Somebody to Love”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“Friends Will Be Friends”
“Jealousy”
“One Year of Love”
“A Winters Tale”
“‘39″
“Mother Love”
“It’s a Hard Life”
“Save Me”
“Made in Heaven”
“Too Much Love Will Kill You”
“Sail Away Sweet Sister”
“The Miracle”
“Is This the World We Created”
“In The Lap of the Gods…Revisited”
“Forever”

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Classic Rock Christmas Compilation, Featuring Jeff Beck, Neal Schon and Other Guitar Greats, Due in October

Ross HalfinWho says that classic rock and Christmas can’t coexist peacefully? Certainly not the folks at Legacy Recordings, which will unveil eight new seasonal titles on October 7, including The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album.

This 11-track disc features holiday favorites from a number of world-class guitarists, among them Jeff Beck, Ted Nugent and Journey‘s Neal Schon. The album will set you back $10.46.

Here is the full track listing for The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album:

“Amazing Grace” — Jeff Beck

“The Little Drummer Boy” — Alex Lifeson (Rush)

“Silent Night/Holy Night Jam” — Joe Satriani

“Christmas Time Is Here” — Steve Vai

“The Christmas Song” — Steve Lukather (Toto)

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” — Neal Schon

“Sleigh Ride” — Stuart Hamm (session bassist and solo artist)

“O Come All Ye Faithful” — Trevor Rabin (Yes)

“Deck the Halls” — Ted Nugent

“O Little Town Of Bethlehem” — Robin Trower

“We Three Kings” — Halford

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