Stewart Copeland, famous drummer and former member of legendary English rock band The Police, released a re-imagining of the group’s greatest hits last week, on August 25th, alongside Indian producer Ricky Kej and a suite of other international artists. Featuring musicians from almost every continent (sorry Oceania and South America), the epic new album retains the same sound the Police brought to the world forty years ago, while the new artists put their own twist on it.
Katie Kittermaster is a singer songwriter from Kent who has recently been making real waves. This year would have been a very busy one with live dates a plenty in her own right and as a supporting act for some substantiated names in the industry. She toured with a recent interviewee of mine, Lucy Spraggan, and is about to release her new single, a cover of the classic ‘Every Breath You Take’. I was lucky enough to be able to ask her a few questions about what she’s been up to, the single and the sumptuous backdrop of the video to accompany it. Katie’s version of the song comes from a different place to the original and works beautifully.
Jon Sortland and Brian Belier accidentally became a band while singing Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ at a Karaoke bar in San Francisco’s Japantown. When they woke up from their whiskey hangovers they realised it hadn’t been a dream, the people in the bar (all five of them) had cheered for them, and they had stumbled on their calling.
Jedward have kept their fans entertained during the COVID-19 quarantine, which they had been spending in Los Angeles, with best friend, actress Tara Reid, during which time they were interviewed on ITV’s ‘ITV’s ‘Loose Women’. Now back in Dublin, John has uploaded an acoustic guitar cover of The Police classic, ‘Every Breath You Take’.
Is this a 10cc reunion? Well, sort of…. Former band member and legendary director Kevin Godley has created 2 new videos for Graham Gouldman’s touring version of 10cc. This is not the first time the two founding band members have collaborated. Godley and Gouldman created some fascinating new music back in 2006 under the guise GG/06, in which the track used for one of the videos “Son of Man” was created.
Available for the first time on YouTube, iconic musicians Sting and Shaggy come together for an intimate conversation offering an insightful look at their creative process, musical inspirations, artistic common ground and mutual appreciation and respect for each other’s work on a very special episode of Speakeasy. On Tuesday, September 18, the program can be streamed on Sting’s YouTube page, Cherrytree Music Company’s YouTube, and SpeakEasy’s website.