Highly Anticipated “Play It Loud: Instruments Of Rock & Roll” Exhibit Arrives At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame On November 22

Tickets On Sale Now For Exclusive Opening Event With Special Guest Inductees From The Eagles, Heart, And Metallica

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ( 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. Phone: 216.781.7625) will launch its much-anticipated exhibit celebrating iconic musical instruments that gave rock & roll its signature sound. “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” opens at the Rock Hall on November 22, 2019 following a blockbuster stint at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where it topped 600,000 visitors. Co-organized with The Met, the exhibit offers a rare, in-depth look at the artists and instruments that made possible many of the songs we know and love. This is the only time these iconic instruments will be seen together in one massive collection.

“Play It Loud: Instruments Of Rock & Roll” Exhibit Arrives At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame On November 22

To celebrate the occasion, the Rock Hall is inviting fans to an opening event with several Inductees whose iconic instruments are part of the exhibit including Don Felder formerly of The Eagles, Nancy Wilson of Heart, and Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica. Tickets for the “Play It Loud” opening event on November 21st at 8 p.m. EST at the Museum are on sale now at ticketing.rockhall.com. Tickets are $30 for members and $50 for non-members and include full touring privileges of Rock Hall exhibits (including “Play It Loud”), live music and entertainment, a complimentary drink ticket, and dessert bar.

Angus Young Gibson SG Play It Loud

Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” is the largest single exhibit ever at the Rock Hall and takes over four floors. Instruments showcased span from 1939 to today and many have never been displayed outside of their original concert performance settings.

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The exhibit is organized thematically, exploring how musicians embraced and advanced emerging technologies, the phenomenon of the “guitar god,” the crafting of a visual identity using instruments, and the destruction of instruments in some live performances, one of rock’s most defining gestures.

Tom Morello Guitar Play It Loud
Depeche Mode Triple ARP Synthesizer Play It Loud

From Bruce Springsteen’s iconic guitar to a flamboyant costume worn by Prince to videotaped interviews with artists, fans can examine personal items up close, including:

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New Elvis Presley Album The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra To Be Released October 21

New Album, On Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, Features Powerful Elvis Vocal Performances With Brand-New Orchestral Accompaniment

Follow Up To The Global Phenomenon “If I Can Dream” Released In 2015

Hear The First Single From The New Album, “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” at www.ElvisTheMusic.com

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, on October 21, 2016. This remarkable new album is the follow up to last year’s huge global phenomenon If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which topped charts worldwide and sold over 1.5 million copies.405303

The Wonder Of You focuses on the iconic artist’s unmistakable voice with lush new orchestral accompaniment. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, the album features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album spans a variety of musical styles that Elvis embraced, from rock and gospel to country and ballads, featuring beloved Presley classics along with several surprises. Standout tracks include a sultry new version of the “A Big Hunk O’ Love,” the glorious “Amazing Grace,” the heartfelt emotion on “Kentucky Rain,” a stunning new take on the classic “Always On My Mind,” and the fun, upbeat “I‘ve Got A Thing About You Baby.”

Elvis always loved the great, operatic vocalists,” says Priscilla Presley, executive producer of The Wonder of You. “We often talked about his interest in recording material that allowed him to perform in that space. It’s exciting to hear him on these recordings, performing with the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra via the magic of Abbey Road Studios. He would have loved these performances and I’m very happy that we were able to make this dream come true for Elvis and his fans.

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Elvis Presley at Abbey Road Studios in London, recording With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

This autumn will also see the world exclusive live concert experience featuring Presley backed by the legendary Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, for a six date UK arena run in November. Fans will have the chance to experience the man who changed the course of popular music – the biggest selling solo artist in history (having sold an astonishing one billion records worldwide), on screen, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra live on stage performing renditions of songs from If I Can Dream and The Wonder Of You.

As with the first time we stepped into this amazing world – it is the extraordinary intimacy of Elvis’s vocal performances that is truly breathtaking,” says Patrick. “The exquisite and effortless way he takes us on an emotional journey with him through delicate sensitivity to power and grace all within a magical 3-minute song. It’s a wonderful, wonderful privilege for which we are truly grateful.” Continue reading

Long Awaited New Darlene Love Album ‘Introducing Darlene Love’ Available For Pre-Order Today

NEW ALBUM ARRANGED AND PRODUCED BY E STREET BAND LEGEND STEVIE VAN ZANDT DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 18

Well, it’s about time! The first new album in decades from beloved legendary vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member  Darlene Love, Introducing Darlene Love, is available for pre-order today at iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.   Produced and arranged by artist/producer/E Street Band great Stevie Van Zandt, the album is comprised of all new recordings and features never-before-heard and classic songs from a superstar cast of songwriters eager to showcase one of the most seminal voices in music history.  Fans who pre-order the album will receive the Elvis Costello-penned first single “Forbidden Nights” as an instant grat track.

Long Awaited New Darlene Love Album 'Introducing Darlene Love' Available September 18 (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records)

Long Awaited New Darlene Love Album ‘Introducing Darlene Love’ Available September 18 (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records)

Superstar musicians and Super Darlene Love fans (Check out video below), Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen contribute two tracks each to the 14-song album (released on Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool label in partnership with Columbia Records – see full tracklist below) with Stevie Van Zandt penning three songs.  Other writers include Jim Webb, Linda Perry, Desmond Child, Joan Jett, longtime songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Michael Des Barres, and more.

The forever captivating Love brings her iconic vocal delivery to each song, including “Night Closing In” (Bruce Springsteen,) “Still To Soon To Know” (Elvis Costello),”Love Kept Us Foolin’ Around” (Linda Perry), “Who Under Heaven” (Jimmy Webb), “River Deep, Mountain High” (Phil Spector/Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich), and “Sweet Freedom” (Barry Man/Cynthia Weil), among others.  Inducted in to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (at age 70) in 2011, The New York Times has called the singer “a thunderbolt voice embedded in the history of rock n’ roll…” and Rolling Stone praised her trademark vocal style as “a rare instrument sturdy enough to vault over Phil Spector’s ‘Wall of Sound.’

Love’s five-decade career spans some of the greatest signature moments in music, with the Los Angeles native nurturing her talent early as a member of the Blossoms, a local trio who began their career providing backup vocals for artists such as Sam Cooke and Bobbie Day.  The Blossoms also were featured as part of the house band for the popular ’60s music show Shindig, backing up many of the performers who appeared on the series.  Love would go on to become one of the most sought-after singers in music history, recording with Elvis Presley, Cher, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, Tom Jones, and dozens of other vocal giants throughout her career.  Her early work with pioneering producer Phil Spector on songs such as the trailblazing “He’s A Rebel,” “He’s Sure The Boy I Love,” and “Why Do Lover’s Break Each Other’s Hearts,” would garner her legend status. She is featured in the 2013 Academy Award and Grammy winning documentary ‘20 Feet From Stardom,’ chronicling the behind-the-scenes lives of background singers.  Darlene’s annual holiday performance of her classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on Late Night With David Letterman became a holiday viewing staple.

The prolific Van Zandt creates a compelling production aesthetic on Introducing Darlene Love, echoing the classic recording style of many early ’60s pop standards on the forthcoming Columbia Records/Wicked Cool release, available everywhere on September 18.

Tracklist:
1. Among The Believers (Stevie Van Zandt)
2. Forbidden Nights (Elvis Costello)
3. Love Kept Us Foolin’ Around (Linda Perry)
4. Little Liar (Desmond Child/Joan Jett)
5. Still Too Soon To Know (Elvis Costello)
6. Who Under Heaven (Jimmy Webb)
7. Night Closing In (Bruce Springsteen)
8. Painkiller (Michael Des Barres/Paul Ill)
9. Just Another Lonely Mile (Bruce Springsteen)
10. Last Time (Stevie Van Zandt)
11. River Deep, Mountain High (Phil Spector/Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
12. Sweet Freedom (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil)
13. Marvelous (Walter Hawkins)
14. Jesus Is The Rock (That Keeps Me Rollin) (Stevie Van Zandt)

Postal Service Previews New “Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever” Stamp

Today, the U.S. Postal Service previewed the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp. Launched in 2013, the Music Icons series consists of beloved musicians whose blend of sound and way of life broke musical boundaries. The first inductees were Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. Last year’s inductees were Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

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Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll™, is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His music and unique performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences, made him enormously popular. “The King’s” influence continues to inspire many of today’s artists, musicians, designers and social influencers.

During his lifetime, Presley starred in 33 films, recorded 18 number one singles, and racked up 14 Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins. He sold out every one of the 1,140 concerts he performed after serving in the Army. To date, no one has ever surpassed his record for scoring the most Top 40 hits, a total of 114. Presley is the first recording artist to have sold more than one billion albums, cementing his status as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Presley left an indelible mark on American pop music, inspiring and influencing thousands of rock musicians. Nearly 40 years after Presley’s death, more than 600,000 people still visit his Graceland home in Memphis every year.

Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan Brennan in dedicating the stamp on the morning of Aug. 12 at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration.

The USPS also joined with Sony Music’s RCA/Legacy Recordings in announcing the upcoming debut of an exclusive music CD titled ELVIS FOREVER that includes an Elvis song, “If I Can Dream,” as you’ve never heard it before. Customers can get this track first by picking up a copy of the commemorative $9.99 ELVIS FOREVER at their local Post Office location and available online beginning August 12 — on the same day as the Elvis Presley stamp dedication ceremony.

The Postal Service previously honored Presley on a stamp in 1993. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum calls that stamp the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time. This Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley taken by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words “Forever” and “USA,” is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley’s nickname, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Presley’s signature, in gold ink, also is featured along the right side of the stamp.

The square stamp pane resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes 16 stamps while the image of a sliver of a record seems to peek out of the top of the sleeve. An image of Presley performing was shot by photographer Alfred Wertheimer and the logo for the Music Icons Series appear on the reverse side (above) of the stamp pane. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, served as the art director and designed the stamp pane with Leslie Badani, also of Alexandria, VA.

The following text borders the block of 16 stamps:
“During his illustrious career, rock-and-roll superstar Elvis Presley starred in dozens of feature films, won three Grammy Awards, and recorded 18 number one singles: Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up , (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, A Big Hunk O’ Love, Stuck On You, It’s Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Suspicious Minds.

PaperStyle.com Releases New Line of Social Expressions for the 2013 Holiday Season: Elvis Presley Images Now Available on Personalized Holiday Cards

PaperStyle.com is proud to announce a new licensing partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises (www.elvis.com) to create personalized Elvis Presley holiday Invitations, photo cards, and Christmas greeting cards. This exciting new product line featuring images of the King will be available for orders at www.PaperStyle.com starting November 1, 2013.

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PaperStyle logo – http://www.paperstyle.com. (PRNewsFoto/PaperStyle.com)

PaperStyle.com created the line of holiday social expressions featuring vintage photographs and artwork of Elvis from the Graceland Archives. These exclusive PaperStyle.com designs allow fans to kick off the season with party invitations and Christmas cards that incorporate the King of Rock & Roll. Consumers can personalize any of the more than two dozen designs for their holiday event or holiday card, including incorporating their own photographs.

We recognize that selecting just the right invite or holiday card is often an emotional purchase,” said David Grocer, president of PaperStyle.com. “Elvis fans can now express their personal style and leave their desired impression by choosing among our new collection of Elvis designs.”

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Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. logo – http://www.elvis.com. (PRNewsFoto/PaperStyle.com)

Paper Style’s passion and enthusiasm for Elvis Presley is apparent in their design effort,” said Susan Meek, vice president Worldwide Licensing for Elvis Presley Enterprises. “The team really embraced what Elvis means to so many and captured how much he appreciated the holiday season.”

Visit www.PaperStyle.com to start designing your Elvis themed cards and invitations. PaperStyle.com promises same-day printing and shipping on over 20,000+ items (orders submitted by 2 p.m. EST Monday – Friday). An exclusive team of Paper Stylists are on-call to assist customers in their design choice, personalization, or presentation.  All orders have a 100% happiness guarantee. For more information, visit www.paperstyle.com.