News in Review: Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Hank Cochran, Amy Winehouse
First Appeared in The Music Box, September 2010, Volume 17, #9
Written by John Metzger
Tue September 7, 2010, 06:30 AM CDT
Roger Waters, David Gilmour Together Again
Rumors of a reunion of Roger Waters and David Gilmour routinely surface, only to be quickly squashed by one party or the other. Most recently, prior to resurrecting The Wall for his current tour, Waters had tried to get his old pal back on board, but Gilmour politely declined his offer. Nevertheless, on July 10, the duo appeared together at a benefit concert for the Hoping Foundation, where they delivered an unannounced set of four songs that included Phil Spector’s To Know Him Is to Love Him as well as a trio of well-known Pink Floyd tunes (Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb, and Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2). The last time Waters and Gilmour performed together was in 2005 as part of the Live 8 concert. Their latest collaboration was spurred by Gilmour, who suggested that if Waters helped with the Hoping Foundation show that he, in turn, would make an appearance at one of the concerts on Waters’ The Wall tour.
Darkness on the Edge of Town Revisited
The 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s seminal 1978 effort Darkness on the Edge of Town came and went without much fanfare. At long last, the highly anticipated deluxe edition of the endeavor is expected to hit store shelves in time for this year’s holiday season. To drum up interest in the expanded affair — as if such a thing is really necessary — a new, feature-length documentary was assembled by director Thom Zimny. Crafted in collaboration with Springsteen, The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town combines previously unseen footage that was recorded between 1976 and 1978 with recently shot interviews with members of the E Street Band. The film not only offers a glimpse at Springsteen’s creative process, particularly his collaborative relationship with Steve Van Zandt, but it also provides a peek at several tracks that never made it onto the outing. The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town will make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14. HBO is planning to air the program in October.
R.E.M. Readies New Album for Release in 2011
R.E.M. was holed up in the recording studio in June. Under the guidance of producer Jacknife Lee, the ensemble put the finishing touches upon its yet-to-be-titled new album. Tentatively slated for release next spring, the outing is the band’s first endeavor since it issued Accelerate in 2008. R.E.M. is planning to mix the effort this fall. Few details have surfaced about the forthcoming affair, though the outfit, once again, is expected to have broadened its stylistic palette.
Hank Cochran Loses Battle with Illness
Songwriter Hank Cochran passed away on July 15 at his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He was 74. During a career that spanned six decades, Cochran penned many classic country songs, including I Fall to Pieces, Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me, Make the World Go Away, and The Chair. In 1974, he was rewarded for his work via an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Association’s International Hall of Fame. Cochran suffered from pancreatic cancer and had been ill for a while. On his final night, Billy Ray Cyrus, Buddy Cannon, and Jamey Johnson visited his bedside to chat with their friend and participate in an intimate sing-along.
Amy Winehouse Promises New Music Soon
Amy Winehouse has managed to turn her buzzing hype into a defining roar of chaos. Now, just as things have begun to grow quiet, she has announced plans to return to making music. Winehouse burst into the mainstream with her 2006 endeavor Back to Black, but due to an array of personal problems, she has been stuck in a holding pattern ever since. While attending a film screening in the U.K., Winehouse told the press that her third outing would be issued within the next six months. She also stated that the effort would follow the same basic structure as Back to Black.
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