Paul Simon marked his 80th birthday last week by announcing the new audiobook Miracle and Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon. The five-hour audiobook is named after a line in the Graceland track “The Boy In the Bubble,” and features new music titled “Seven Psalms” — his first since 2018’s In the Blue Light. It also includes previously unreleased live studio versions of beloved songs from his catalogue like “The Sound of Silence” and “The Boxer.”
Simon collaborated with author Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam for Miracle and Wonder, recording over 30 hours of interviews over nine sessions. The biography traces Simon’s upbringing in Queens, New York, his rise to fame as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, his solo career, and more with cameos from Sting, Jeff Tweedy, Herbie Hancock, Rosanne Cash, and more. Miracle and Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon arrives November 16th.
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Bryan Adams has released a music video for his brand new single “So Happy It Hurts,” the title track to his forthcoming album which will arrive on March 11, 2022.
Adams directed the video, and has this to say: “The pandemic and lockdown really brought home the truth that spontaneity can be taken away. Suddenly all touring stopped, no one could jump in the car and go. The title song ‘So Happy It Hurts’ is about freedom, autonomy, spontaneity, and the thrill of the open road. The album of the same name, touches on many of the ephemeral things in life that are really the secret to happiness, most importantly, human connection.”
George Strait is set to headline Austin’s newest venue, the Moody Center, next April as part of their grand opening ceremony, and Strait will be joined by Willie Nelson & Family, as well as Randy Rogers Band. The manager of Moody Center says, “While planning our grand opening celebration, we knew we had an obligation to the Lone Star State. George Strait, Willie Nelson and Randy are all Texas natives who have built legendary careers while having an unbelievable impact on the country music industry. It doesn’t get any bigger than this.”
Willie Nelson & Family is currently on the road with ‘Outlaw Music Festival.’ Said Strait: “I’m so glad I’ll get to ‘sing one with Willie’ and I can’t think of a better place to do it than Austin Texas. Willie is an incredible musician so I know this will be a great night together along with our friends from Randy Rogers Band.”
Moody Center opens April of 2022 at the University of Texas. Exclusive VIP Packages and tickets for the ‘Strait from Moody Center’ Grand Opening Celebration Presented by Bud Light go on sale Friday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. CT. Fans can also sign up for the Moody Center newsletter between now and Monday, Oct. 18 to receive venue pre-sale access from Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. CT until Thursday, Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. CT.
Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. made the decision last week that Kacey Musgraves’ latest album ‘star-crossed’ is ineligible for the country album category at the upcoming Grammys. Members of the screening committees can reject recordings if they do not feel they fit into the genre, though they remain eligible for the all-genre Album of the Year category. Musgraves, who released ‘star-crossed’ on Sept. 10, already has six Grammy awards — two of those wins are in the country album category – in 2014 for Same Trailer Different Park, and in 2019 for Golden Hour. Golden Hour also won Album of the Year that year.
Kacey’s label — Universal Music Group Nashville — expressed their displeasure at the decision, with label president Cindy Mabe penning an open letter to the Recording Academy that made a case for ‘star-crossed’ to be considered a country album. Now Kacey has offered a brief ‘reply’ on social media about the controversy, tweeting a snapshot of herself as a child wearing a broad, pink cowboy hat along with the caption: “You can take the girl out of the country (genre) but you can’t take the country out of the girl”.
The 64th annual Grammy Awards will be held Jan. 31.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for Season 11, and HBO shared a trailer which sees David proclaiming that he’s “too smart” to be stuck in traffic, explaining how baldness proves that prayer doesn’t work, and much more.
Familiar faces are back, including JB Smoove, Cheryl Hines, Patton Oswald, Jeff Garlin, Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen, Richard Lewis, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Kind, among others.
HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm is set to premiere on Oct. 24.
Howie Mandel says he’s “home and doing better” after collapsing at a local Starbucks. The 65-year-old television personality updated fans on social media, after being hospitalized for a health scare. Mandel told fans on Twitter that he experienced low blood sugar, writing: “I am home and doing better. I was dehydrated and had low blood sugar. I appreciate the great doctors and nurses that took such good care of me. Thank you to everyone who reached out but I am doing ok!”
Mandel was with his wife and friends at a Starbucks in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Wednesday when he suddenly passed out. Paramedics responded to the scene and Mandel was taken to a hospital in Tarzana. A rep for the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed they received a call at 10:03 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, of a 65-year-old male experiencing a medical issue.
Mandel serves as one of the judges on the NBC reality competition series ‘America’s Got Talent,’ which completed its 16th season in September.
GHOST has joined Iron Maiden for the newest event in their ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ mobile game. The event, dubbed Mascarade Diabolique, brings in vocalist Papa Emeritus IV for mashup of Iron Maiden’s 2003 album Dance Of Death and Ghost’s 2018 track Dance Macabre. In the event, Eddie and Papa Emeritus IV are both invited to a mysterious party in Transylvania that goes awry.
Ghost’s Tobias Forge said: “I’m happy to see that my creature is being led into [Maiden’s] world. That is a cool thing, both very humbling and flattering.” Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood added: “It’s great that the LOTB mobile game continues to innovate. The introduction of other great band images and characters is a great evolution of the initial idea we had for Eddie’s gaming universe over 5 years ago. To have our friends, Ghost brings Papa Emeritus IV into a dungeon feels like the culmination of a relationship dating back to 2013 when the band first came with us to South America. With more slots on the Maiden England Tour in ’14 and then a proper run with us throughout North America on the 2017 The Book of Souls Tour we got to know that our fans appreciated seeing them and that they’d always be welcome with us on the road. I’m sure Eddie will help Papa cause some serious mayhem together and that’s what it’s all about!”
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Bring Me The Horizon have announced a headlining European tour dubbed ‘The Survival Horror Tour.’ The band shared the tour news via social media, writing on Twitter: “EUroPE wE’RE cOMiNG…ticKEtS oN sALe WeDN3sd4Y 13th oCtOBER 9AM BST@adtr/@poorstacy/@lornashore/https://bmthofficial.com/live/”
Joining Bring Me The Horizon on the 2022 European trek will be A Day To Remember, Poorstacy and Lorna Shore. The 18-date tour kicks off on February 27, 2022, at Antwerp’s Lotto Arena in Belgium and makes stops in Lyon, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Toulouse, Basel, Milan, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Gliwice, Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart, before wrapping up on February 27, 2022, in Munich at Zenith. A Day To Remember said on social media, “Europe, we heard you. We’re beyond stoked to announce our upcoming European tour with @bringmethehorizon this Winter!!”
Singer Chase Bryant and his girlfriend Selena Weber are engaged; the couple took to Instagram to announce the news and show off Weber’s new ring, which they celebrated on Bryant’s 28th birthday.
Bryant captioned his post, “Can’t wait to spend forever with you my love. Best birthday present ever, was you saying yes to eternity!” Weber also posted the picture to her account, saying, “For anyone who knows me personally you know how badly I have always wanted to meet my person. To be with the one God intended me to have a happy life with. I can’t wait to express the happiness I feel in my heart right now. You are such a great man and I am so excited to marry you.”
In February, Bryant spoke with PEOPLE magazine about his 2018 suicide attempt. Bryant said of his attempt: “It ain’t worth it. We all have something to be thankful for, right? Looking back at it now, it’s so weird. You’re so dark and then all of a sudden you’re like, ‘OK, I got to get my s*** right so I can help somebody else.” nHe added of his relationship with Weber: “Now I get to, hopefully, one day have kids of my own and raise a family of my own. And there’s a lot to be thankful for. And I’m just thankful I made it out of that night.”
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Chris Stapleton has joined Carlos Santana for a new song titled “Joy.” Santana uploaded an animated lyric video for the song to his official YouTube channel; “Joy” will appear on Santana’s upcoming album Blessings and Miracles, which is set for release this Friday, October 15th.
Santana gives a signature guitar solo on “Joy” while Stapleton provides the lyrics. Blessings and Miracles will also include collaborations with Rob Thomas, G-Eazy, Diane Warren, Steve Winwood, Chick Corea, Rick Rubin, Corey Glover, Kirk Hammett, Ally Brooke, American Authors and Narada Michael Walden.
To pre-order/pre-save Santana’s Blessings and Miracles, head HERE.