The iconic UK based artist Howard Jones returns with a seminal new album, Ordinary Heroes, set for US release June 29th, 2010. The new collection is Jones’ most personal album to date, a stripped down straight ahead pop album filled with classic piano and string infused songs.
In the six years since Jones’ last album, Ordinary Heroes shows Jones to be in a different place musically, moving away from his early synth pop sound (which put him on the map in the early 1980’s with hits such as “No One is to Blame” and “What is Love”). Jones is in a more reflective mood with Ordinary Heroes, looking both inward and beyond the personal with a soulful pop album where storytelling is unobstructed by graceful, memorable melodies and supported by simple, elegant instrumentation.
The aptly entitled album is filled with songs about the hero in all of us. With the title track “Ordinary Heroes” and the opening song “Straight Ahead”, Jones takes us into the lives of regular folks, often unrecognized and unacknowledged, but heroic in their own way. This universal theme also turns personal for Jones with songs like “Soon You’ll Go” and “You Knew Us So Well” which also reflect his own journey as a father watching his daughter grow up and dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide.
“For me, both as a creative artist and man, life is about transforming obstacles into something of value. It’s quite hard to live in the modern world, so with this album I wanted to celebrate the courage and fighting spirit in our every day lives,” explains Jones from his London loft where he wrote and laid down the original songs for the new record. He continues, “I wanted to create an album that had a simplicity of sound to it, where you would not be distracted from the lyrics.”
Thus, the remainder of the instrumentation was recorded in a studio in the west of England without overdubs on top of his original piano and vocal tracks. The final touches included a trip to Wales to record the choir for the emotionally touching song, “Soon You’ll Go.”
With this new album Jones does not let us forget, that even in the most troubled times, love prevails over loss and a sense of optimism and a little courage will carry us forward beyond all obstacles. With additional heartfelt songs such as “Someone You Need”, “Love Never Wasted” and “Even if I Don’t Say”, Jones has created an album that soothes and inspires even the most wearied souls that better days are ahead.
Monkee-Micky Dolenz, who is releasing his first solo in over 10 years , on August 3, a tribute to the songs of Carole King: King For A Day (Gigatone Records) has signed on for a special appearance in SyFy’s forthcoming TV-movie Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. The film stars veteran teen idols Debbie Gibson and Tiffany.
Dolenz will play the guest musical performer (‘Micky Dolenz’) at a benefit to save the Everglades and films his appearance later this week in California.
Dolenz will donate his salary to the ongoing Gulf relief efforts, as he will a portion of his participation in early-August at my RecordFantasy: an event put together by Gigatone Records where the superfan can become involved in the final preparation of Dolenz’s album and appear in concert with him (www.myrecordfantasy.com)
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is set to open up about the heated feuds with his bandmates, which prompted him to briefly quit the group last yea r (09), in a new book.
The Dude Looks Like A Lady singer admits tension reached a high after h e fell off a stage during a South Dakota concert last summer (09). The in cident left him with multiple injuries and forced the band to cancel a No rth American tour with ZZ top.
While he was recuperating, Tyler announced his plans to take a two-year hiatus, and then abruptly quit the group.
Guitarist Joe Perry confirmed Tyler’s decision to quit, while reports s uggested the band was on a search on replace the lead singer for 2010 and 2011 commitments.
Tyler has since mended his relationship with his bandmates and the grou p is back together and touring the globe, and now he’s keen to reveal all about his tumultuous relationship with his Aerosmith buddies.
He tells the Associated Press, “I’m doing a book called Does the Noise in My Head Bother You, and I will be speaking about what it’s like to be married to four other guys, and what I’ve had to put up with.
“There will never be another band like Aerosmith, and I just don’t want to do anything to hurt that. I love the band so much.” Does the Noise in My Head Bother You is set to hit shelves in October ( 10).
Lady Gaga has topped a list of superstars fans would most like to see in a Broadway show.
The flamboyant performer played Adelaide in a high school production of Guys & Dolls and now GaGa fans are urging the native New Yorker to take her eccentric act to the professional stage.
The singer scored 32 per cent of votes on a Wenn.com poll, ahead of fel low popprincess Britney Spears with 28 per cent. Twenty six per cent of voters want to see Tom Cruise follow in the footsteps of his wife Katie H olmes, who enjoyed a run in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons on Broadway in 2008.
Teen superstars Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber sealed fourth and fifth places in the poll with 12 and five per cent of votes respectively.
Eminem can’t go down to the recording studio he built in his Michigan hom e anymore – because it reminds him of a very dark period in his life.
The rapper admits he spent a lot of time down there at the height of th e drug addiction, which kept him out of the spotlight for two years – and couldn’t face returning to a place full of bad memories.
Instead he recorded most of his new album Recovery in a new hometown st udio.
He tells Billboard magazine, “I still have the studio at my house, but it reminds me of when I was in a really dark place.
“As soon as all the pills were flushed out of my system and I started s eeing things clearer, going downstairs in my basement and recording creep ed me out a little bit.”
Willie Nelson fears his hippie look held him back at the beginning of his career – because straight-laced Nashville, Tennessee music executives di dn’t give him the credit he deserved.
The country music legend was inducted into Nashville’s music mecca the Grand Ole Opry in 1965, but he now admits he never felt he belonged in Music City – because of the way he looked.
He tells Parade magazine, “The executives in music were a little prejud iced and biased about someone’s appearance. They never stopped to think that maybe that long-haired hippie out there might have a little talent.
“There are a lot of people that hate change and want to keep things the way they’ve always been. Nashville was one of the last places to be lenient toward the hippies and the long hairs. That’s one of the things that held it back.
“I felt like they failed to realise that I really knew what I was talki ng about. I was writing some pretty good songs and my singing wasn’t that bad. I had a base in Texas. But the majority of the people that I record ed for and the publishing companies that I wrote for had heard stories ab out how popular I was in Texas. But they never left their desks in Nashvi lle long enough to come by and check it out.
“Whenever I’d go down to Texas to play to thousands of people on the we ekend, they didn’t know anything about it in Nashville. So it was a big d isconnect between Nashville and the rest of the world for me back in those days.”
The toys and the grownups rule the U.S. box office, combining to make $100 million over the weekend.
Adam Sandler’s comedy opened with $41 million but failed to steal the top spot from Toy Story 3, which raked in $59 million in its second week on release.
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s action comedy Knight and Day opened in third place with a distant and disappointing $20.5 million- the worst opening for a Cruise film in 20 years.
The Karate Kid and The A-Team round out the new top five.