News A Palooza! 9/20/17

Reading and listening to interviews with Bono and The Edge, one could really come to the conclusion that U2 is trying to hard to write and record new songs.

Originally promised for release in 2014, the new album Songs of Experience is still not completely done -- even though they've already previewed two new songs.

The Edge tells Rolling Stone, "To the extent that we have a running order, title, mixes agreed on with tiny, little nuances where we want to make tiny changes -- yeah, it's absolutely ready to go beside the last polish. We are very happy with it."  

And as for why the album took longer than planned, here are just a few of the reasons, according to Edge:

"A year ago we were kind of feeling that we wanted to explore other production approaches and other ways the songs could be arranged and performed. We felt the band chemistry wasn't as represented as we thought it maybe ought to be."

"I think we're also wary of the fact that that sound is associated with 20, 30 years ago. We need to make sure, as we always have done, that we are part of a current conversation that's going in music culture in terms of production, songwriting, melodic structure, all the things that keep the culture moving forward... We don't want to be a veteran act out of touch with the culture. It's a dance. It's a balance."  

And if working with five producers on the album weren't enough to convince the band what they need to release, they've also reached out to radio executives for further guidance.

"We've done a lot of connecting with radio, because radio, even though you could argue it's been superseded by Internet outlets and streaming and digital, social networks and all that, the truth is that radio is still a dedicated format for music... [Radio personnel] are all people like us that fell in love with music and ended up finding a way to work in a world that's dedicated to music, so we've just been meeting a lot of people... I think it's developing word of mouth in a comity of people who really care about music."   

So if all goes according to plan, we may see Songs of Experience on December 1st. Stay tuned.

Summer's almost gone -- and so is a brand of soda inspired by one of The Beatles.

After being contacted by Yoko Ono's lawyers, the Polish company that bottles John Lemonbeverages has agreed to change its name. They have agreed that after the existing stock sells out -- most likely by the end of October -- the Europe-only product will be relabeled. It will become On Lemon.

Though John Lemon never used a photo of the late Beatle in its packaging, the similar sounding name was clearly too much for Yoko. And a recent ad on the company website shows bottles of the product surrounded by sketches reminiscent of John's doodles.

U2, Metallica and the late Chris Cornell are among the “creative category” nominees for NAMM TEC Awards, which honor technical achievement in music making. The 33rd annual show will take place in January in Southern California. The recipient of the annual Les Paul Award, which went to Joe Perry of Aerosmith last year, has not yet been announced.

Paul McCartney serenaded Jimmy Fallon with The Beatles’ “Birthday” at his show Tuesday night in Brooklyn, New York. It was The Tonight Show host’s 43rd go-round. Afterwards the two had a champagne toast backstage. McCartney plays his second and final show in Brooklyn Thursday night before moving to Syracuse, New York on Saturday.

Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd and his solo band have pulled the plug on their European tour due to “a key band member" coming down with a virus and "unforeseen key logistical and technical issues." Rudd hopes to make up the dates next spring.

Robbie Robertson will be receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Six Nations of the Grand River on October 14th in Ohsweken, Ontario. Robertson was raised on the Six Nations Reserve southwest of Toronto.

A release event for the David Bowie: A New Career in a New Town (1977 - 1982) box set will be live-streamed on Bowie’s Facebook page at 2 p.m. ET on September 26th. There will be a panel that includes longtime Bowie guitarist Carlos Alomar and previously unreleased music.

Burton Cummings will celebrate his 70th birthday -- New Year’s Eve -- onstage in his hometown of Winnipeg, Saskatchewan.

Show Biz Buzzz...

Aaron Paul and his wife Laura are expecting their first child. The former Breaking Bad star shared a pic of his pregnant wife and wrote, “Hey everyone. Look what I did. Words can’t express how excited I am that this little one has entered our lives. Just thought it was time I would share this beautiful news with all of you."

Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie) and Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith) have split after 10 years, Us Weekly reports. The couple have a nearly three-year-old daughter named Briar Rose.

HBO has renewed The Deuce, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, for a second season. The series, about the porn industry in the '70s, debuted on September 10th.

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