Now that we’re in 1980’s nostalgia mode, how about another 80’s Classic – Easy Lover.
A duet by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins, the song first appeared in 1984 on Philip Bailey’s album “Chinese Wall”. During this period, Bailey got Collins to produce his album, which turned into a Gold Album, propelled of course, by the hit “Easy Lover”. The song still gets fairly heavy airtime, especially on nostalgia radio stations.
For you youngsters out there, check out some of Pat’s songs on Guitar Hero. And for you hard core music fans, longtime Pat Benatar keyboardist Charlie Giordano replaced Danny Federici in the E Street Band.
With the sad loss of Danny Federici, keyboard player with the E-Street band, I thought it would be a good time to remember seeing Bruce and the gang during their European tour for the album The Rising, at the Manchester Cricket Ground. What year was that now, 2003 perhaps?
I had no idea what Bruce and the band would really be like at that point in their careers, it had been a few years since I had seen them perform live on tv, and had never seen them in person before. But I couldnt miss the chance to see them in Manchester, not knowing if Bruce would ever tour again in Europe with the E-Street Band – the best way to see Springsteen live.
The one thing I didnt expect was how hardworking they all still were on stage. I expected perhaps an hour and a half set, certainly not the kind of evening long performances they produced in 80s. How wrong I was. At least 3 hours they graced the stage, with a 10 minute break in the middle, during which I suspect they were being hosed down backstage, Bruce especially. Being summer in Manchester the conditions weren’t exactly tropical, but it was a far from chilly evening.
Anyway, suffice to say they were tremendous, one of the finest live performances I have seen by any band, and so sad to think now that the one of their number is gone. Lets hope the band will continue in some form for many years. I recently watched a reformed Crowded House on their 2007 world tour, a band who lost their much loved drummer Paul Hester in 2005. Hopefully I will get the chance to see Bruce and the band in Europe again.
Danny Federici, part of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, passed away yesterday in New York.
Federici, often introduced as “Phantom Dan” was the keyboard man for the E-Street Band and also did some killer accordion work as well. He had been playing with Springsteen since they first met in the 1960’s.
Federici had been fighting Melanoma, and last played with the E-Street Band in late March. He was only 58 years old.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Federici family, the E-Street Band, and of course, Bruce Springsteen.
Here is video of Danny’s last performance at Indianapolis on March 20:
In an earlier post we talked about how NIN (Nine Inch Nails) was giving away their latest album for free, along with purchase options with extras. The downloads are all high quality, DRM-free (including the free versions).
Well, sales started on March 2, and since then NIN has grossed $1.6 million (USD) in sales so far, and selling 26,000 copies in the first week alone, out of nearly 782,000 transactions.
The $300 Ultra-Deluxe package, which included Blue-Ray discs, artwork, photography, and Trent Reznor’s personal signature, have all sold out. This version was a limited edition, with only 2500 copies available.
We’ll see how it goes thereafter, but so far the experiment is showing that DRM-free music can work.
Hopefully, the music labels are paying attention. I’m sure there are some big name musicians who are.
Apple confirmed today that iTunes is the top music retailer in the U.S. The rank is based on a study by NPD Group. iTunes has a 19% share of the total music market.
Keep in mind, this is not only for online music sales, but includes sales from brick and mortar stores as well. All the more amazing, it took Apple only 5 years to achieve this level!
In reaching the top spot, Apple overtook Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is in second place, followed by Best Buy and Amazon.com.
Not too surprising, and it of course it does explain why so many brick and mortar music stores have disappeared from the landscape. It only seemed like yesterday that we were flipping through CDs at Tower Records………….
The latest hot rumor is that Apple is negotiating with the Music labels for an “unlimited download” plan.
Word is that the cost of the downloads would be embedded within the cost of the iPod itself, so one could reasonably expect somewhat higher prices for the players themselves to account for this plan.
If true, this would raise lots of questions – the biggest of which is…….what happens when I change to a different iPod player? Do I lose all of my current iTunes music? Or does my music follow me to the new player? What if a record company drops out of the plan – what then? Does my music go away?
I wonder why Apple isn’t considering some sort of monthly subscription plan for an all-you can download service?
Then again, considering the market share Apple has with iTunes, its not surprising that Apple is attempting to blaze their own trail……
Following on the tracks of the free Radiohead Album (technically, pay what you think its worth), Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails are releasing Ghosts I, with nine tracks, absolutely free and without DRM protection.
The full collection, Ghosts I-IV (36 tracks) is available for $5 (DRM-free download) on the NIN website. If you’ve gotta have the 2-CD set, they’re available for $10. A deluxe edition is selling for $75, while a SUPER DELUXE edition is offered at $300. $300?