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Sting Performs Songs from ‘The Last Ship’

Sting delighted audiences in his hometown with songs from his latest album and Broadway musical ‘The Last Ship’ on 24th and 25th April 2015 to benefit the Sage Gateshead 10th Birthday Appeal. These were the only UK performances of their kind and were supported by Cunard in the company’s 175th anniversary year.

Cunard has historic links to the shipyards of the Tyne and a proud heritage with the North East. This great partnership saw 23 Cunard ships being built on Tyneside, 15 of them at Swan Hunter including ones that became the stuff of legend like the four-funnelled Mauretania and Carpathia, which rescued all the survivors from Titanic.

Sting said:

“‘The Last Ship’ stories are based on the community I was brought up in, the shipbuilding community of Wallsend, and so to bring it back here like this is a wonderful honour and very emotional. I’m thrilled to be here.

“I was born and raised as close to the river as you can possibly get. I lived in Gerald Street, which is one of the streets that lead down to the shipyard, and I could walk out of my house and see giant ships at the end of my street, which was a massive symbol for me. I watched them launched, which is a kind of apocalyptic event for a child. I watched thousands of men walk down to the yard every day and watched them walk back home every night and wondered with some trepidation whether that wouldn’t be my destiny too. I didn’t want it to be – I had other dreams.

“But like everyone in the town we were immensely proud of the ships that were built there, some of the largest, most important ships ever built, right there at the end of my street – some of them by Cunard. And that was something that the town got a lot of pride from.”

Last October, Sting performed songs from ‘The Last Ship’ on board Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, in New York.

He continues, “I played on the Queen Mary 2 last year – she was berthed in New York City. What a beautiful ship – I had a great time entertaining the crew and some of the passengers. It was something I’d like to do again.”

David Dingle, Chairman of Cunard, said:

“We’re delighted that in Cunard’s 175th anniversary year, we have been able to give back, through Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ shows at the Sage Theatre, to the Tyneside community whose shipyards built no fewer than 23 Cunard ships, including legendary liners like Mauretania and Carpathia. ‘The Last Ship’ has songs that go to the heart of this country’s shipbuilding industries and reflect Cunard’s own proud heritage with the North East.”

In benefitting the Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Appeal, proceeds raised from the performances will ensure that its vital work in the region will continue.


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U2 Reaching Out to College Students

U2 announced today a social media contest to give college students nationwide an exclusive chance to see the rock band up close this summer. Beginning today, any college student can enter to win 2 fan favorite floor tickets to see U2 as part of the band’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015. Every one of the band’s 28 U.S. tour dates this summer in San Jose, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York City will host ten winners and their guests.

“As U2 kicks off their 2015 tour next month, they are looking forward to working with Chegg, allowing them to engage with their fans new and old at colleges across the country,” said U2 Manager Guy Oseary, adding, “Chegg’s enormous reach to college students gives U2 the opportunity to go back to their roots and have some fun with fans.”

Students 18 and older attending college can enter for their chance to win by simply visiting music.chegg.com/U2, logging in via Facebook, and entering1. Students can enter once daily. Students can also enter once a day for an extra chance to win by Tweeting about the contest with #U2ieTOUR. The winning students will be selected at random following the close of the contest, and the winner’s guest must also be a registered college student. Entries are open today through May 15th, 2015 at 11:59PM PST.

“It’s important to us that we connect with students in and out of the classroom,” said Mitch Spolan, EVP of Brand Partnerships at Chegg. “That’s why it’s so exciting for us to continue partnering with innovative artists to deliver engaging experiences for the 15 million high school and college students we reach. With this partnership, we’re able to connect our students directly with U2 for a unique event outside of the classroom, in a way that only Chegg can.”

To learn more about the contest, visit: music.chegg.com/U2


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Scott Weiland New Wildabouts Guitarist

Scott Weiland has announced that guitarist Nick Maybury has joined his band the Wildabouts in place of Jeremy Brown, who passed away unexpectedly last month.  Maybury has previously played with Dave Navarro, Alice Cooper and Debbie Harry. Maybury joined the Wildabouts this weekend at Welcome to Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida.

“Jeremy had big shoes and no one can fill them,” Weiland says in a statement.  “Along with Tommy Black, he was my best friend and my collaborator.  But we have to soldier on.  Nick is an incredible player and is a great fit for the Wildabouts.”

Brown died on March 30, one day before Weiland and the Wildabouts’ debut album, Blaster, was released. He was 34.


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Rumor Mill: Grateful Dead Tour in the Works

Rumors are swirling about a possible Grateful Dead tour with John Mayer filling in for the late Jerry Garcia.

The surviving core members of The Dead however, insist the group’s Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago and Santa Clara, California, will be their last.  But according to Billboard a tour could be in the works.

Although a rep for the Dead tells Billboard talk of a tour is “premature,” the magazine cites unnamed sources as saying Mayer already has begun jamming informally with Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir and other band members, and that an October kick-off is being eyed for a full-fledged tour.

As previously reported, The Grateful Dead’s five Fare Thee Well shows will take place on June 26 and 27 in Santa Clara, and July 4-6 in Chicago. Those shows will feature surviving members Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart performing with Phish’s Trey Anastasio, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and Rat Dog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.


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Springsteen, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Foreigner’s Mick Jones to Honor Pete Townshend at NYC Benefit Event

Do you have any plans for next Tuesday evening?  Well, you’ll also have to be in New York City.

If you are, you may want to check out the 11th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Mick Jones will are among the stars who will be on hand to salute The Who’s Pete Townshend.

Springsteen will present the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Townshend for his support of the MAP Fund’s work aiding musicians fighting addiction and substance abuse.

Mezzanine tickets are available for purchase at AXS.com.


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