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Music News: Paul McCartney, Tom Petty/Heartbreakers, David Bowie

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The Asian leg of Paul McCartney’s current tour continues to be hindered by the singer’s illness.

Organizers had recently announced that a concert in South Korea set to occur next week, had to be cancelled as McCartney continues to battle his virus-called illness. In a statement, it was said that he was not feeing better, and the recent cancellation was unavoidable, despite his excitement in playing South Korea for the first time. McCartney had already cancelled four shows in Japan, including two in Tokyo. His tour moves to the U.S. next month, which at that time McCartney hopes he is feeling better.

In other music news, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are set to release their first album in four years titled Hypnotic Eye on July 29th. According to Rolling Stone, the album will be included with every ticket purchased for a North American tour, and will also be released in a variety of formats including high-resolution Blu-Ray audio, vinyl, and as a double-album (for those who want tracks unavailable on any other format). A preview of the album can be hear on YouTube.

Meanwhile, an 1988 interview between David Bowie and Joe Smith was given to PBS for animation for the station’s Blank on Blank series. In the interview, Bowie tells about how the Ziggy character was akin to cartoon charaters, and something inspired between science fiction and Japanese theater. He also talks about collaborations with other artists including Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and Mott the Hoople. A preview can be seen on YouTube, and is quite interesting to check out.

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