Universal Music Group (UMG), today announced the acquisition of Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of iconic songs by Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). 

The deal covers 600 song copyrights including; “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Lay Lady Lay,” “Forever Young,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Gotta Serve Somebody,” “Make You Feel My Love,” and the Academy Award-winning “Things Have Changed.”


Bob Dylan is one of our culture’s most influential and groundbreaking artists. In the decades since he first burst into the public’s consciousness via New York City’s Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s, Bob Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world and amassed a singular body of work that includes some of the greatest and most popular songs the world has ever known.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 – the first songwriter to receive such a distinction – cited by the Swedish Academy “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

Universal Music Publishing Group is a leading music publishing company, which under the leadership of both UMPG Chairman & CEO Jody Gerson and Universal Music Group’s Chairman and CEO, Sir Lucian Grainge has attracted some of the world’s most acclaimed and influential songwriters and their catalogs in recent years including; Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Bruce Springsteen, Bee Gees, Billie Eilish and Post Malone amongst others, becoming the partner of choice for many of the world’s most creative and successful songwriters.

Other talents and catalogs represented by UMPG include; Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Adele, ABBA, J Balvin, Coldplay, Beach Boys, Eminem, Irving Berlin. Leonard Bernstein, R.E.M., Justin Timberlake and Paul Simon.

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Back in September last year I was honoured to sit down with Mike Campbell, Tom Petty’s longtime songwriting partner and The Heartbreakers legendary guitarist at his Melbourne hotel. At the time Mike was on the Australian leg of the massive Fleetwood Mac world tour, which also featured fellow Mac newbie Neil Finn. Apart from discussing Tom and Fleetwood Mac at the time, we also chatted about his other band project The Dirty Knobs.

Interview: Greg Phillips Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Prior to the interview, I’d got to listen to some of the new Dirty Knobs tracks, which at that point was still in development as an album. On November 24th this year, the album Wreckless Abandon was finally released. In additional to Campbell, The Dirty Knobs are Jason Sinay on guitar and vocals (Neil Diamond, Ivan Neville), Lance Morrison on bass (Don Henley), and Matt Laug on drums (Slash, Alanis Morissette).

The Dirty Knobs is not a new band, Mike and his mates came together a dozen or so years ago as a less structured project that they could jam out with in between Heartbreakers’ projects. The guys played many gigs around the LA area, usually unannounced or incognito. When Tom passed away in 2017, Mike knew that he needed to find another outlet to express those classic-rock guitar vibes.
“The Dirty Knobs is just some friends that we were messing around with in the studio between Heartbreakers tours,” Mike Tells me. “We have been doing this for 12-15 years now. We started having so much fun, playing little clubs around LA and it turned into a great little band. I have had it in the back of my mind, if The Heartbreakers ever take a break or whatever, I am going to do this. I really want to do it and I believe in it. Now things have worked out the way they have, it is the time to do it. We did a record. We did it really fast, it’s mostly live with a lot of guitar. I love the songs, I love the playing. It’s a little edgier than The Heartbreakers, kind of Yardbirds, Kinks, sort of blues but rock ’n’ roll and a little humour. I just love playing with those guys, so when this tour ends I’m going to do that. We’ve got a record deal ready to go with BMG, which came to me, I didn’t even look for it. They came to me in Boston and asked if I wanted to do anything and I said I’ve got a record, so they are behind us. I gotta do The Knobs, that’s been my mission for a long time and this is the time to do it, while I still can. We’re going to go out and play next year. We have William Morris (agency) who are going to help us put a tour together. I want to start out small and do a few festivals.  My goal is to build up to theatres. If we can get to filling out theatres, then we’re happy, we can pay our bills and have fun.”

Wreckless Abandon was produced by Campbell and George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes, The Jayhawks), with all songs written by Campbell. It features further contributions from Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Chris Stapleton as well as fellow Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers founding-member, Benmont Tench. Additionally, Klaus Voormann, who is best known for doing the art for The Beatles’ Revoguitarlver, created the album artwork.

The song mixes I heard last year were very punchy yet loose and musical, typical Mike Campbell riffs in the vein of The Stones or Faces. I asked if there’d be likely to be any deviation come release time?
“Those are close to what it’s going to be like,” he says. “We’re not going to polish it up much. It’s mostly live, solos and whatever… ninety five percent, it’s just on the floor… I like to do it quick, I’ve always been that way. I don’t like to dick around. The Dirty Knobs stuff that you’ve heard, if you listen to it, the guitar parts … we learn the song … here’s how it goes … there’s a bridge, ok I get to the guitar solo, make something up. Three takes, ok I like take number two … NEXT! Once you get a basic sound and sounds aren’t that hard to get if you have good equipment … good guitar, amp, good mic, you get a good sound. It’s all how you play it. I don’t get into gadgets or nit-pick little bits, never have.”

“We cut over 20 songs. They are all really good it is just trying to get a package that says what we are. We have Klaus Voormann, who is going to help us with a cover and I’m just really excited to do it. It will be like starting over for me, Start at the bottom and work up again. I’m down for that.”

Lyrically there are a few character-based songs on the 13 track album. I wondered how much of himself Mike was revealing in these tunes? Irish Girl for instance … who is she?

“Irish girl is no one, it’s just a character,” he says. “It’s definitely inspired by Van Morrison. I was driving home one night in the car and heard a Van Morrison song and I just love his spirituality. I got home and picked up the guitar. I was trying to channel that kind of mood but it’s about nobody specifically, none of them are. I tell me wife, they’re all about you honey!”

Same with Southern Boy?

“That’s probably loosely me,” he admits, “but nobody in specific. I just try to get things to rhyme (laughs). Actually let me take it back, there is one song, I Still Love You, that’s to my wife. We went through a really bad spell once and that song came out of that so I am really close to that song, so there’s one exception.”



Wreckless Abandon is out now through BMG

See our original Mike Campbell interview HERE, in which he chats about writing with his friend Tom Petty.

The band have just debuted their new track and video, “Fuck That Guy,”


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Formed in Chicago in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It’s that landmark double album that made the band one of the most revered in the world. The double album concept worked well for them back then, so in 2020 why not crank out another?

Following the release of their latest critically acclaimed singles ‘Cyr’ and ‘The Colour Of Love,’ GRAMMY® Award-winning, alternative rock luminaries, The Smashing Pumpkins today release their eleventh studio album, titled ‘CYR,’  via Sumerian Records (Friday, November 27). 

The 20-track full-length double album was produced by front-man Billy Corgan and recorded in Chicago, and features founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder.  

Global praise continues to pour in since the release of their current single and album namesake ‘Cyr,’ – which was #1 most added at US Alternative Radio first week of release –  and ‘The Colour of Love,’ both from their now confirmed forthcoming double album. Variety applauded the songs for remaining “rooted in the now,” and for “effortlessly taking their place alongside a catalog of cherished Smashing Pumpkins classics.” While Billboard exclaimed “The Smashing Pumpkins are getting ready to smash it up once more.”

The accompanying music video for ‘Cyr’ – co-directed by Linda Strawberry and Billy Corgan – amassed an impressive 1 million views upon release. 

Watch the official music video for ‘Cyr’ below

In September the band also released a trailer and details for their five-part animated series, titled ‘In Ashes’, created by Billy Corgan and animation by Deep Sky. The first two episodes ‘As The Crow Flies’ and ‘Inspirations, Aspirations’ were revealed in September, along with new music from the album. Since then two more parts in the series have been released.
Watch the trailer for ‘In Ashes’ and the first 4 episodes on the band’s YouTube channel


1. The Colour of Love
2. Confessions of a Dopamine Addict
3. Cyr
4. Dulcet in E
5. Wrath
6. Ramona
7. Anno Satana
8 Birch Grove
9. Wyttch
10. Starrcraft
11. Purple Blood
12. Save Your Tears
13 Telegenix
14. Black Forest, Black Hills
15. Adrennalynne
16. Haunted
17. The Hidden Sun
18. Schaudenfreud
19. Tyger, Tyger
20. Minerva


Unhappy with his association with a couple of major guitar brands over the years, more recently Billy Corgan and fellow band member Jeff Schroeder seem to have found a great working working relationship with Yamaha Guitars.

In this video, iconic Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan details how his connection to the acoustic guitar unlocks his creativity like no other instrument – and how impressed he was with the plug-and-play sound quality of his new Yamaha LJ16BC acoustic guitar while touring and promoting his first solo record Ogilala.

And below Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder chats about tone and why he’s loving Yamaha. He also works closely with the company on developing new products as well as his own gear.


In the lead up to the release of CYR, fans were also able to purchase high quality CYR merchandise, including limited edition CYR beanies, tee’s, special ORCHID COLOR STANDARD VINYL, exclusive LIMITED EDITION PURBLE MARBLE VINYL, plus a limited edition collector’s CYR DELUXE BOX SET, featuring exclusive black-ice vinyl, a photo-book, art prints and posters.

All available now on The Smashing Pumpkins webstore

The Smashing Pumpkins today release their eleventh studio album, titled ‘CYR,’  via Sumerian Records (Friday, November 27). Check it out HERE

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 Nov 19, 2020 Artists, Interviews

Dennis Dunstan with Mick Fleetwood last year

In honour of the passing of Fleetwood Mac co-founder and guitar great Peter Green this year we put together an interview tribute with people who either knew or worked with Peter or were just inspired by the legendary guitarist. You can see the full tribute REMEMBERING PETER GREEN: Fans and Friends Tell their Stories HERE.

One of the most intriguing interview sections of the tribute was a chat with former Fleetwood Mac manager Dennis Dunstan, in which he spoke about claiming back some of the royalties that had been taken from Peter over his career. However, what we didn’t run in that tribute were more amazing stories from Dennis about Fleetwood Mac in their Lindsay and Stevie days and tales of even more stolen fund battles. Dennis speaks about his rise through the ranks from security to tour management and then management of the band. Dennis is now Managing Director of Front Row Management. Finally we’ve put together the whole interview for your enjoyment.


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 Nov 02, 2020 ArtistsInterviews

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first solo album, Dave Mason has reimagined that iconic release with ‘Alone Together…Again’. Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips spoke to Dave via Zoom about the album, his gear and his work on classic rock songs such as Hole In My Shoe with Traffic, All Along The Watchtower with Jimi Hendrix and Sympathy For The Devil with the Rolling Stones.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason’s career spans over half a century and encompasses producing, performing and song writing. Fans and critics alike hail Dave as one of the most talented songwriters and guitarists in the world – which is why he is still performing over 100 shows a year to sold-out crowds.  Mason has been playing guitar most of his life. By 15, Dave had founded two bands: The Deep Feeling and The Hellions. At 18, the Worcester, England native teamed up with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood to form the legendary band Traffic. At 19, Mason penned the song “Feelin’ Alright”. The rock anthem, first recorded by Traffic and then covered by dozens of other artists (including Joe Cocker), cemented both Dave’s and Traffic’s legacy and had a profound influence over rock music that continues today.

Mason left Traffic in 1969 to pursue a solo career in the US.  Dave has penned over 100 songs, has 3 gold albums: Alone Together, Dave Mason and Mariposa De Oro and a platinum album Let it Flow, which contained the top-ten single “We Just Disagree”.

In addition to cranking out hits, Dave has performed on or contributed to a number of famous albums, including: The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, Paul McCartney and Wings Venus and Mars and Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland. Mason is featured playing acoustic guitar in “All Along the Watchtower” on Electric Ladyland, a favourite in Dave’s live shows!

Dave, a prolific artist in his own right, has collaborated with an enviable list of the who’s who in the music industry… Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Ron Wood, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, and Jim Capaldi, just to name a few. In addition to his own productions, Mason’s distinctive work is featured on numerous gold and platinum albums such as:

• Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland “All Along The Watchtower” (acoustic guitar) and “Crosstown Traffic” (vocals)
• George Harrison All Thing Must Pass (various tracks),
• The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet “Street Fighting Man” (shehnai and mellotron)
• Paul McCartney and Wings Venus And Mars “Listen To What The Man Said” (guitar)
• Graham Nash Songs For Beginners
• David Crosby & Graham Nash, Graham Nash David Crosby
• Dave Mason & Cass Elliot (Mamas & Papas) Dave Mason & Cass Elliot
• The Spencer Davis Group “Somebody Help Me”, “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m A Man” (vocals)
• Fleetwood Mac Time (guitar, vocals)
• Eric Clapton Crossroads (guitar)

The new album ‘Alone Together…Again’ is available to pre-order now through Dave’s online store, and will be available November 20 on all digital platforms via his NEW partnership with Shelter Music Group When Dave is not touring, he spends his time writing and producing music in his home studio, as well as tirelessly supporting philanthropic efforts for Rock Our Vets, a non-profit he co-founded.

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In a huge coup, Melbourne based instrumental duo Opal Ocean have had their new album The Hadel Zone praised by Metallica's James Hetfield. Watch the Facebook clip HERE

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