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by Unknown // Saturday, October 30, 2010 // Upfront, News // 0 Comments

Sir Paul McCartney helped Jack White get over his nerves before playing in front of Barack Obama.

The ex-Beatles singer and songwriter - who was at the White House to collect the US Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular song earlier this year - decided to sit in on rehearsals before the White Stripes star performed 'Mother Nature's Son' for both him and the US president.

Paul, 68, explained: "There was a rehearsal first of all in the afternoon, and I came in and Jack's standing there, and I could see he was nervous, so I thought actually it would be good for them to have a rehearsal with me sat there.

"Get over the nerves, because it's going to be worse - he's going to be sitting there and Michele and the kids and then all the crowd. But I thought Jack's performance was great, very sensitive."

Paul played his track 'Got to Get You Into My Life' at the same concert, while Stevie Wonder gave his rendition of Paul's 'We Can Work it Out' and Elvis Costello played 'Penny Lane'.

by Unknown // Thursday, October 28, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Linkin Park fans will need to "digest" their latest album.

Frontman Chester Bennington explained the band has changed their sound again for fourth album 'A Thousand Suns', and insisted some fans need to accept the nu-metal band's evolution.

He told Australia's Herald Sun newspaper: "A lot of people will need to digest it and get over what perhaps their expectations were, and a lot of people are gonna be like, 'What the f**k is this? Are you kidding me?'

"And all of those reactions are totally awesome. I prefer any one of those over, 'Yup, it's exactly what I thought they were gonna do'."

Chester said the band refuse to trade off their "glory days" - the height of their popularity came in 2000 with the release of debut 'Hybrid Theory' - and it has always been necessary for the band to evolve to survive.

He added: "When we made 'Hybrid Theory' we made music that we hadn't necessarily heard before.

"When we went back in the studio it was like everyone wanted us to have another record like it, that was successful like that record. So we felt like we had to make another record like it, so we did.

"When it came time to make the third album it was like, 'Look, we know we can do this all the time, but is this the band that we want to be for the rest of our lives, or do we want to really push ourselves and challenge ourselves?'

"That's when we made the decision, and we grew a pair."

'A Thousand Suns' is available now.

by Unknown // Wednesday, October 27, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Keith Richards and Sir Paul McCartney have written a song together.

Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith said the collaboration came about after he met his old 60s chart rival, former Beatle Paul, on holiday.

He wrote in his biography 'Life': "We were really pleased to see each other. We fell straight in talking about the past, talking about songwriting. He told me because he was left-handed he and John Lennon could play the guitars like mirrors opposite each other, watching each other's hands. So we started playing like that.

"We started composing a song together, a McCartney/Richards number whose lyrics were pinned to my wall for many weeks."

67-year-old Keith explained the pair almost performed together at the American Super Bowl after he begged Paul to play Beatles song 'Please Please Me', but the singer and songwriter refused, saying it would take too long to plan properly.

Despite a perceived rivalry between their two groups, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones did work together, with Paul and bandmate John Lennon, providing backing vocals to the Stones' 1967 single 'We Love You.' John also appears on film 'The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus' playing as part of a supergroup, which was made by the band in 1968.

Meanwhile Keith will release a new compilation of recordings from his solo career. 'Vintage Vinos' will feature remastered tracks from the out of-print albums 'Talk is Cheap', 'Live at the Hollywood Palladium' and 'Main Offender'. The album will also feature a bonus track, 'Hurricane', a 2003 song which was only available to buy in limited quantities at some venues during the Rolling Stones' 2005 US tour. This CD was issued in co-operation with the Red Cross, and all profits were donated to the Hurricane Katrina relief fund.

'Vintage Vinos' will be released on November 2nd.

by Unknown // Wednesday, October 27, 2010 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have recorded a song together.

The bassist and drummer in the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' group - whose career was tragically cut short in 1994 by the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain - recorded a track in Dave's garage, where he is working on the next album with his present band, Foo Fighters.

Dave also explained that Krist isn't the only person associated with the band he has been recording with, saying: "We've been in my garage recording totally old school analogue with Butch Vig, the guy that produced Nirvana's 'Nevermind' record.

"We had Bob Mould from Husker Du come in and sing a song with me. For me it was a dream come true. Krist Novoselic came in the other night and played bass on a song!"

Dave - who has been working on the album with bandmates Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Pat Smear - said the band has seven tracks complete so far and that Butch is making Dave keep his promise to make the album the band's "heaviest yet."

Dave explained to BBC Radio 1: "I think I said in an interview 'we've going to make our heaviest record yet,' and Butch was in England and he heard it, and he came back and he said, 'OK dude, we've got to make your heaviest record yet.

"The songs that we're recorded, there's not one acoustic guitar - there's not even an acoustic guitar in the house. So the whole record is full on, it's just full on."