By Zachary Swickey
Even at 70 years old, Bob Dylan is still a big deal and one of the most revered singer-songwriters ever –and now some big name musicians, including Adele, Ke$ha, My Morning Jacket and Sting, are preparing to pay their respects on a new tribute album for charity.
Titled Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, the disc is expected to land on November 21 stateside with proceeds benefiting the human rights group.
Ke$ha will be handling the ’63 tune “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” and you may be surprised to discover her enthusiasm for the project. While the collab is sure to have some detractors, Ke$ha defended her love for the icon to Rolling Stone, saying, “When you think of me, you wouldn’t think of Bob Dylan. My music is more crazy than politics. But he’s a huge influence – he writes his own music and means what he says. I write my own music and I f***cking mean every word I sing.”
Adele will include her beautiful rendition of “Make You Feel My Love,” which can already be heard on her smash-hit debut, 19, while My Morning Jacket will supply a superstar jam fest with the help of Sting and Dave Matthews Band for a cover of “You’re a Big Girl Now” off of Dylan’s 1975 album, Blood on the Tracks. Read More...
At the Minneapolis, Minn., stop on their record-shattering "360 Tour," U2 dedicated “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” to the late Amy Winehouse, who passed away Saturday at the age of 27. "We wrote this next song for Michael Hutchence, but you will understand tonight if we play it for Amy Winehouse,” Bono said before playing the song.
“Stuck In A Moment” was written for Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS who committed suicide in 1997. The singer was a close friend of the members of U2.
The gesture is the latest of many that have flooded in since Winehouse’s passing. On Saturday night, just hours after the news broke, M.I.A. released the demo “27” on her Soundcloud in the “Back to Black” singer’s honor. “I recorded this song B4 vickileekx and never put it out,” M.I.A. said on Twitter. “It's a unfinished demo. R.I.P A.M.Y."
These tributes to Winehouse join a long tradition of musicians expressing their sadness over the death of friend or loved one through song. Read on for some of the best. Read More...
I've seen a lot of concerts. Like, really a lot — probably thousands. And I can count on two hands the shows that stopped me in my tracks and made me think I was seeing something totally unique. Bands like Nirvana, Björk, Beck, the Flaming Lips, Daft Punk and the White Stripes have blown me away live like that.