Thursday, June 20, 2024

New Springsteen Video Here; James McCartney 1st American Tour


Lots of music news this morning: James McCartney, son of Paul, is finally in the spotlight. He’s performing twice at Sundance at the ASCAP Cafe, and then launching his first American tour. He comes to New York’s Rockwood Club on February 1st. He’ll also be playing “Letterman” that week. James has always been something of a mystery, with sister Stella a huge fashion designer, and Mary and Heather already known for their various activities like photography and pottery. But James has held back. In the last couple of years he’s had low profile releases on ITunes and has built a fan base. Now, bully for him, he’s ready to go wider. A press release says “the shows are in honor of his recent release, ‘The Complete EP Collection’ (Engine Company), which combines McCartney’s two previous EP’s with five never-heard bonus tracks. The special two-disc set was produced by David Kahne and Paul McCartney.” Let’s wish him well. It isn’t easy for anyone in the music biz right now…

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN has a new album, due March 6th called “Wrecking Ball.” May we assume he’ll appear on the Grammy show February 12th (Let’s hope so.)!

Here’s the tracklist: 1. We Take Care of Our Own
2. Easy Money
3. Shackled and Drawn
4. Jack of All Trades
5. Death to My Hometown
6. This Depression
7. Wrecking Ball
8. You’ve Got It
9. Rocky Ground
10. Land of Hope and Dreams
11. We Are Alive

Swallowed Up and American Land will be bonus tracks. Check our video player for the first video for “We Take Care of Our Own.”

And K’Naan, my favorite new artist of recent times, has an EP coming out on January 24th. A full album follows in the Spring on A&M/Octone. You can read more at

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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