Earlier this month, it was revealed that a slew of pop/rock artists and country music stars would be getting together to honor Sir Elton John and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin by contributing covers of their biggest hits for a double album. Shortly after the records’ announcement, Demi Lovato and Q-Tip released their contribution to the album; a cover of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from 1993’s Duet. On Friday (March 30), just a few days after her birthday, Lady Gaga unleashed her cover of John’s 1970’s hit, “Your Song.”
The fact that Mother Monster decided to go with this track does not come as much of a surprise. During the 2010 Grammys, the singer performed the song with John during the telecast. As if that wasn’t enough, Lady Gaga will also perform the “Your Song” during I’m Still Standing, the upcoming all-star Grammy salute to John. The previously recorded program will air on April 10 on CBS. For now, listen to Lady Gaga’s version of “Your Song” above.
“Your Song” will join 25 other covers on the impending Revamp and Restoration double album. The two albums will be released on April 6 through Island Records/Universal Music Group Nashville. The 26-track compilation will include two albums; Revamp and Restoration. Revamp will feature reworked versions of the songs by some of pop music’s biggest stars including Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, The Killers, and Florence and the Machine. Unlike Revamp, Restoration will feature country-renditions of John’s hits by artists such as Little Big Town, Marren Morris, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves.
Elton John may be saying farewell to his own yellow brick road with a massive final world tour, but don’t think that’s the only thing the iconic performer is giving fans before his final curtain call. On Thursday (March 15), it was announced that John will be releasing a huge 26-track double disc featuring covers of some of his iconic tunes. The records, which have been titled Revamp and Restoration, will feature artists from the pop, rock, and country genres of music putting their own spin on some of John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin’s biggest hits.
Revamp will feature a collection of predominately pop and rock artists covering some of John’s hits such “Tiny Dancer” (Florence + the Machine), “Candle in the Wind” (Ed Sheeran), “Your Song” (Lady Gaga), “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” (The Killers), and many more.
In a press statement, John reveals that he created a list of artists that he wanted to commission to work on the Revamp side of the double disc.
“On Revamp, I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise, most of them said yes, and we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew.”
As for Restoration, the second album, John explains that it was all about Taupin and what he wanted.
“God, we have so many great artists doing our songs, it’s quite incredible. Restoration was Bernie [Taupin]’s project and he’s a huge country fan. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers, both new and legendary.”
Unlike Revamp, Restoration will feature all country music artists. The record will bring together some of the newer faces of country alongside some classic country musicians. Current stars like Little Big Town, Marren Morris, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves will join the likes of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Rosanne Cash on the record.
For many of the artists featured on the records, this will not be their first time working with John and Taupin. Back in January, musicians including Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Alessia Cara, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Lady Gaga took part in CBS’ special Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute. The show was put together by the Recording Academy to honor both John and Taupin for their contribution to the music world.
Revamp and Restoration currently has a tentative release date of April 6.
The covers album comes a few months after John announced his final massive outing for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The multi-year, 300-show excursion will kick off this fall after he wraps up his Las Vegas residency.
For now, the complete tracklisting for both Revamp and Restoration can be seen below.
1. “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John, P!nk, Logic
2. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” – Coldplay
3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” – Alessia Cara
4. “Candle in the Wind” – Ed Sheeran
5. “Tiny Dancer” – Florence + The Machine
6. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” – Mumford & Sons
7. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – Mary J. Blige
8. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato
9. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – The Killers
10. “Daniel” – Sam Smith
11. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” – Miley Cyrus
12. “Your Song” – Lady Gaga
13. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Queens of the Stone Age
1. “Rocket Man” – Little Big Town
2. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris
3. “Sacrifice” – Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. “Take Me to the Pilot” – Brothers Osborne
5. “My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert
6. “I Want Love” – Chris Stapleton
7. “Honky Cat” – Lee Ann Womack
8. “Roy Rogers” – Kacey Musgraves
9. “Please” – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. “The Bitch is Back” – Miley Cyrus
11. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – Dierks Bentley
12. “This Train Don’t Stop” – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. “Border Song” – Willie Nelson
Less than a week after releasing a third new song from their impending new record, The Early November have now given fans the chance to stream the complete album a week before its official release date.
Imbue can be heard below in full which features lead single “Narrow Mouth,” “Circulation,” and the recently released “Cyanide.
In support of Imbue’s release, The Early November will be hitting the road beginning next Tuesday, May 12 at Dallas’ Trees; the same day the New Jersey band’s fourth studio album hits stores.
Joining them on the month-long trek will be Restoration and Lydia.
Full tour dates are available below.
IMBUE 2015 TOUR DATES:
5/12/15 – Dallas, TX – Trees
5/13/15 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
5/15/15 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
5/16/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
5/17/15 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
5/19/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
5/20/15 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
5/22/15 – Chicao, IL – Bottom Lounge
5/23/15 – Howell, MI – Hartland Performing Arts Center
Today is definitely a good news day if you are a fan of The Early November.
The last we heard from the New Jersey band, which was back in January on Facebook, they had revealed plans to release a new album sometime this year.
Guess that “sometime” now has an official date.
The new album, their fourth studio album, will be titled Imbue and is set to be released on May 12 through Rise Records.
But that’s not even where the good news ends. The band is currently streaming the first single off of the album; a track titled “Narrow Mouth.” The video for “Narrow Mouth” can be seen below.
A new album and a song stream might seem like more than enough, but it doesn’t end there.
The band have revealed that in support of the new album, they will be heading out on tour this Spring. The tour will begin on May 12 in at Trees in Dallas and wrap up on June 4 at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. Lydia and Restoration will be making the trek alongside the band.
See, lots of good news. The full tour itinerary can be seen below.
Imbue is the second album the band have released since their reunion back in 2011. In 2012, they release their In Currents LP.
The Get Up Kids are going on tour, but before you get ahead of yourselves, it’s going to be a mini-tour with only a few stops.
Today, the Kansas City band took to Twitter to reveal their plan to head out on the road for a few days with Restoration and PUP.
The mini-tour will begin on Mar. 24 at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH and head straight to the east coast before wrapping up on Mar. 29 at The Met in Pawtucket, RI.
Tickets for those selected dates are currently up for sale on SoundRink.
Tour dates can be seen below.
March 24 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ The Grog Shop
March 25 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
March 26 – Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon Club
March 27 – Asbury, NJ @ The Stone Pony
March 28 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
March 29 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
The Get Up Kids have been really quiet over the last couple of years, coming out of hiding for only a handful of festival dates. Their last major tour was back in 2011 when they co-headlined a tour with Saves the Day in support of their last album, There Are Rules.