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--r: Lorna Luft in Concert with New West Pops, Jimmy Fallen, Host of Emmys

Just in time to crash in your Emmy parties this weekend!
Flex the Good Times with daughter of Judy Garland, Lorna Luft and The New West Pops in concert this September.
Feel the beet on the dance floor with Novitech Recordings.
Find out which artists Leith Records wants to sign. Kyle Lehning (Randy Travis) speaks about ATC speakers on Jimmy Webb's new release. studioexpresso visits with band, fiN. recording in London with Focusrite gear, and drops in Studio Trilogy in San Francisco's hip SOMA district. Jazz is alive in LA with the Fischers -- Clare and son, Brent. Good things come in small packages, indeed, as American Talent wonder Jackie Evancho proves.
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Jimmy Webb: Just Across The River

Kyle Lehning has been recording and producing country and rock records for nearly four decades. He has produced nearly every album for the venerable Randy Travis, all the while shaping the definition of what great recorded music sounds like on projects with Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Buffett, Kinky Friedman, and innumerable others. Lehning recently jumped at the chance to work with one of his favorite producers, Fred Mollin, on legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb's re-rendering of Webb classics. Included on Just Across the River (E1 Music) are many of the most influential songs in the contemporary music canon, including "By the Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," and "Galveston," performed by Webb himself and guests Glenn Campbell, Lucinda Williams, Linda Ronstadt, and Mark Knopfler. Like every other project that he has worked on in the last decade, Lehning mixed Just Across the River on his trusted pair of ATC SCM20ASL high-end studio monitors.

RebaDuets; Randy Travis: Around the Bend

"With the ATCs, it was love at first... hearing," recalled Lehning. "There was an overall sense of evenness, and the center image was way better than everything else I had been working on. Like a lot of folks in this industry, I have been guilty of some 'flavor of the month' with the monitors I favored. I bounced around a bit. But when I heard the ATCs that first time
it was pretty amazing. The sound seemed to come to me from them. It didn't flap around the room the way everything else seems to. I've been with the ATCs for over a decade now, way longer than any previous stretch with any other manufacturer."

Participating manufacturers of highly respected gear included: LA studio musician and pro audio developer PETER MONTESSI of A DESIGNS ; UK's Hi-end monitor manufacturer BEN LILLY of ATC LOUDSPEAKERS ; One of the brightest minds in handmade microphones of our dayDAVID BOCK of BOCK AUDIO; Chameleon Labs, Blues Magoos drummer/engineer/pro audio designer GEOFF DAKING of DAKING; Creator of The new bridge between tape machines and DAWs CHRIS ESTES of ENDLESS ANALOG; Inventor/Producer GEORGE MASSENBURG (Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Dixie Chicks) of GML, Lehmann Audio, Soundfield and boss man at Legendary all-tube recording equipment from Denmark, JESPER B. NIELSEN of TUBE-TECH Well done, James! Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio will distribute Daking Audio and Bock Audio in the United Kingdom.



Located in the heart of San Francisco's hip SOMA district, Studio Trilogy offers engineers, producers and artists one of the world’s finest recording environments designed by John Storyk. The facility houses three state-of-the-art control rooms, four integrated isolation booths, a versatile large tracking rooms, and an experienced staff.
"At Studio Trilogy we offer flexibility and consistent quality of service to every client. Three unique rooms allow us to satisfy a diverse clientele.
The combination of our gear collection, the comfortable and creative lounge spaces, and the attention to detail that we give to every single project that walks through the door, makes Studio Trilogy a really unique and inspiring place to work," says Justin Lieberman, chief engineer. Read more here

Despite his decades of experience, or perhaps because of it, Lehning recognizes that even the best recording requires diligent work at the mix stage. Under the leadership and vision of Mollin - the perfect mixture of inspiration, confidence, and respect that lays a sure foundation for creative teamwork - the musicians and technical staff worked together to record Just Across the River at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville in only two amazing days.

Lehning laughed, "In my experience - and this has happened enough times that I can recognize it now - if I pull up the faders for the first time in preparation for mix and think, 'Man! I'm a genius!' then I know there is something very wrong with the monitors!" With the ATC SCM20ASLs, he gets an honest assessment of where things stand. "My first impression isn't that everything is wonderful, but rather that I have some work ahead of me. The good news is that once I get things sounding right on the ATCs - which takes more effort than it might on other monitors - I can be confident that it will sound right in any other environment. Professionally, there are never any embarrassing surprises at mastering."

Recently, Lehning added a pair of JBL 1,000-watt subwoofers to his ATC rig. "I used the ATCs by themselves for the better part of a decade and made some really wonderful mixes on them, including Randy Travis' 'Three Wooden Crosses'," he said. "But given where the industry is headed, I talked to Chuck Ainley, another ATC user, who suggested I add a sub, as he had used this setup with Mark Knopfler's ATC SCM20ASLs. The whole rig is still defined by the ATC honesty, but now I can be sure there are no blunders that will pop up on a low-end-heavy system."
Having had so much exposure to monitors of all types, Lehning is particularly qualified to comment on the character of the entire ATC line. "I love that all ATC models have the unique sound of the ATC mid-range," he said. "When you go up the chain from SCM20ASLs to 150s to 300s, you easily recognize they are all from the same family. As Doug Sax of The Mastering Lab often masters my work, I feel there is no great shock moving up to his SCM150ASLs. ATC is one monitor I can always trust."

For more information on ATC contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com

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The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland)




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In the Studio with finN. and Focusrite

New indie band fiN. were in the studio for the recording of their debut album. Recording engineer James Stone has installed a collection of equipment into a rented studio, where everything for the album will be recorded. Although James has brought in a very capable in-line analogue console, he has chosen to use a pair of Focusrite OctoPre MkII Dynamics as the front end to his Logic-based DAW setup. The Focusrite preamps give him a clean, warm sound that he can 'colour' at a later stage using additional outboard gear or plug-ins.
Watch James record a string quartet in the live room with fin On microphone duties are AKG C414s for the violins and Neumann U87s for the viola and cello. Overhead, a pair of KM184 small-diaphragm condensers capture the overall room sound. "Everything goes through the Focusrite preamps," James says.



3D Live with Soundfields
Telegenic, the independent UK outside broadcast services company, has installed a digital SoundField microphone and upmix processor in its new 3D OB vehicle, which entered service in the spring. The truck has been generating live coverage in 3D on a variety of sporting events like the coverage of the Heineken Rugby Cup for European satellite broadcaster BSkyB. the main surround microphone in the Telegenic 3D truck is SoundField's digital DSF-2, together with the UK mic company's digital 5.1 surround processor, the DSF-3. This combination produces a completely phase-coherent, all-digital 5.1 soundscape that can be downmixed for stereo transmissions to older receivers without creating phase problems. Also on board the new Telegenic 3D truck are two SoundField UPM-1 upmix processors, which are capable of producing downmix-compatible, phase-coherent surround from a two-channel stereo. "These are relatively new," explains Dave Rowley, head of Sound. Since the 3D truck entered service, we've been using the SoundFields mainly for 3D coverage of live soccer and Rugby Union.

TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes A-Designs (USA),ATC Loudspeakers (UK), Bock Audio (USA), Chameleon Labs , Geoffrey Daking & Co. (USA) Drawmer (UK), George Massenburg Labs (GML USA),Lehmann Audio SABRA SOM (Brazil), SoundField Microphones (UK), Tonelux, True Systems, Tube-Tech





Avatar's New Writing Room
Did you Know? New York state just renewed the 30% tax credit on film and television production for five years. Avatar Studios is already seeing the effects where the music for AMC's new TV series "Rubicon" premiered August 1st was recorded and mixed.
Avatar Studios opened a new 160 square foot writing room (right) equipped with Pro Tools and Apple Logic. There is an adjacent vocal booth making the room ideal for writing, pre-production and vocal overdubs. Take advantage of all the vintage analog gear here and enjoy the full service you'll receive. This room is another option to get what you need done in a professional environment.

New Album, Bad Religion
LA's archetypal punk pioneers Bad Religion have mastered their new album,
"The Dissent of Man," at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. Co-founder Brett Gurewitz worked with mastering engineer Brian "Big Bass" Gardner and producer Joe Barresi to finalize the project that marks the 30-year anniversary of the band. Teaming up once again with producer Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) Bad Religion has recorded 16 songs that embody their signature high energy punk rock, as well as new tunes with a surprising melodic and introspective edge. "Being a new parent has colored my whole world," remarked Brett Gurewitz. "As a result I've written songs that at least for me, are somewhat less angsty and more introspective and vulnerable. The experience has emboldened me to take some creative risks as a songwriter that I've not allowed myself to take before."
Bad Religion recently debuted two new songs, "Resist Stance" and "Won't Somebody," during a series of 30th Anniversary shows on their current world tour. The band's legions of devoted fans have launched blogs and overwhelmed message boards in support of "The Dissent of Man," the punk rockers' 15th studio album, which is slated for September 28 release on Epitaph Records.

For more information on SoundField Microphones contact Brad Lunde or Phone (702) 307-2700 or visit www.transaudiogroup.com.

LasVegasProAudio.com, LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term support to their clients.LVPA product line includes: Accusound Cable, Economy 50mm Shockmount,Enhanced Audio (Ireland), PAULY Superscreens (Germany)Sonodore Microphones (Holland) Liverpool-based Studiocare Professional Audio will distribute Daking Audio and Bock Audio in the United Kingdom.


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Guests at the wine tasting will receive gift bags complement of www.tous.com and tix to New West Symphony Masterpiece Series Grand opening 2010-11 Season concert with Christopher O'Riley, Piano --Mr. O’Riley’s exquisite and poetic interpretations have granted him phenomenal reviews and several recording contracts with labels like Sony Classical. His warm personality has brought him to host NPR’s “From the Top” for the last 10 years

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Ken Allardyce - Sarm West, UK
Lenise Bent - Village Studios. LA, CA
Niko Bolas - Watersound Studios, Studio CIty, CA
Pete Byrne - Glenwood Place, CA
Andre Fischer - Village Studios, Los Angels, CA
Chris Fogel
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Brad Gilderman - Little Big Room, Burbank, CA
Greg Ladanyi - Maple Jam Productions, Studio City, CA
Joseph Magee - O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA
Scott Mathews - Tiki Town Studios
Oscar Paul - Roundhouse Studios, London
Greg Penny - Sphere Studios, London
Steve Parr - Hear No Evil Studios
Michael C Ross - Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Rafa Sardina - Abbey Road, UK
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Lorna Luft with New West Symphony Pops --Two Nights Only!
Thursday, September 16, 2010 7:30 PM at Alex Theatre, Glendale
Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:00 pmKavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Tix here Watch Judy Garland and her children-Consider yourself circa 1963 with Lorna Luft, Joe and Liza!

Novitech DJ Stars, Novitas, Lempo, Deepchild... Novitech Recordings Label Launched Party was held on July 9 at The Clevelander in Miami Beach.Titles like Dirty Amsterdam and Beet will now be distributed by a new digital-only label, the brainchild of two emerging like-minded DJ/producers who also happen to share the same name: American Mike McGuiness a.k.a. Novitas and his British counterpart, Mike McGuinness a.k.a. Lempo. Together their collective sound runs the gamut from dark, big-room techno to progressive house. Los Angeles-based producer Steve Duda (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, and A Perfect Circle) is best known in the international EDM scene as half of electro house duo BSOD with the world-famous Deadmau5, as well as one-fouth of WTF, a similar project again with Deadmau5, as well as Tommy Lee and DJ Aero. Berlin-based producer Deepchild, a.k.a. Rick Bull, has been making waves in the international circuit since the early '00s, releasing his singular dirty, deep tech cuts on esteemed labels like Trapez and Freerange.

Scottish Talent Wanted.
, the advertising agency behind the famous Irn-Bru advertisements, is launching a record label to attract unsigned Scottish talent.The firm, which also creates adverts for Tennent’s brewery and the Scottish government, will use Leith Records to find undiscovered music to be used in its commercials. It will also offer its expertise for bands to create music videos and digital and poster advertising and to launch events. Jim Wolff, a digital planner at Leith, is behind the initiative, which started as a forum for bands to pitch their talent to the agency. The music will be distributed through Ten Tracks, a Scottish music website where listeners can pay to download songs selected by Leith, and also on Leith’s own site, leithrecords.com. Bands already signed to the label include the up-and-coming Edinburgh musicians Epic26, and Over the Wall. The group, which last year reported a 15% rise in operating income to £27.5m, is set to announce its full-year results next month. “We are still very much an advertising and marketing agency, but this is something which will be very useful for us and also give the bands a chance to get more exposure,” said Wolff.

Warner/Chappell Music announced that it has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with up-and-coming Hip-Hop and R&B producer from Toronto, Ontario, Tyler Williams, professionally known as “T-Minus,” for all of his current and future works. Only 21-years-old, T-Minus’ recent rise to industry notoriety was launched by Ludacris’ chart-topping single, “How Low,” which T-Minus produced. “How Low,” which now stands as Ludacris’ biggest hit in more than five years, has sold more than one million digital downloads in the U.S., achieved top 10 status on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and topped Billboard’s Rap Songs chart.

Warner/Chappell Music announced that it has signed a worldwide CO-publishing agreement with Sam Farrar, former bassist of the alternative rock band, Phantom Planet, and co-writer of Maroon 5’s current hit song, “Misery.” As part of the agreement, Warner/Chappell will co-publish all of his future works and foster songwriting collaborations with leading artists across a number of genres. Farrar was one of the lead songwriters of Phantom Planet, a band that was best known for the hit “California,” which was the long time theme to the hit TV show The O.C. Since the breakup of the band, Farrar has focused on producing and writing for and with other recording artists, using his Cahuenga Pass studio in Los Angeles as home base

Warner/Chappell Music announced the appointment of Ron Broitman to Senior Vice President, Head of Synchronization. Broitman will oversee all of Warner/Chappell’s synchronization efforts in the United States. Based in Los Angeles, Broitman will report to Scott Francis, President, Warner/Chappell Music and Chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music US In his new role, Broitman will oversee Warner/Chappell’s Film and TV, Commercial, Video and Video Game Creative, Quoting and Clearance, and Licensing areas

Justin Juice Ads Celebs, cute kids and humor are the ultimate arsenal for advertisers. Sony VAIO employed all three. Watch this one with Justin Timberlake and the football star Peyton Manning and Nigel Barker, photographer/judge on the reality TV series “America’s Next Top Model” The message may be the features, ease of use and above all the entertainment value. Facts that you get your media sorted out alphabetically, by title, with a thumbnail. Details you remember, just like a hook in a song! Sony VAIO campaign by the Los Angeles based agency named 180, hired Justin Timberlake to deliver the message Meet the Sony Media giant! Most of you have already seen the "Wackemo" adds with the cutest little girl that makes Justin look lame. Sony wants to deliver an entertainment laptop with blue ray, HD, and on top of it: Easy enough for a little girl to use! Got to admit, the ads are entertaining. Sony may have gotten back their mojo with the sense of humor that people came to know and love with early PlayStation advertising.

Got Neve 8078? Console for sale; In excellent working condition. Originally purchased from the legendary Townhouse Studios in England, where it was moved to Memphis and helped in the development of studio D. Used by many artists then including Staples singers, Isaac Hayes, Boz Skaggs, etc. Last housed in Studio B at Sound City (has only been in 3 studios since it was built.) 40 input 32 monitor with GML automation, MAC Front end added in 1997.
Delivery INCLUDED for those located in the LA Area. $250,000 OBO Contact: Dave Rosen 818-567-6190 x130

Studio Manager Shuffle: Ron Rutledge formerly of Henson Recording, is now at Skip Saylor. The Northridge, CA studio which Skip built on ranch style property to serve the needs of his personal producing projects and also that of clients he works with who seek to have a facility that can accommodate album projects from start to finish, is getting rave reviews from all who have been in to use the facility. you may contact Ron at ronrutledge@me.com
Thom Brown formerly of Enterprise Studios is now partner in "A Brown Soun", the manufature of Hempcone speakers.
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Emmy Party Time! Television Academy chairman John Shaffner, Primetime Emmys host Jimmy Fallon, exec producer Don Mischer, roll out the Primetime Emmys Red Carpet. As Emmy nominees gear up for Aug 29, this Sunday's 62nd annual ceremony, a quick look at where past winners keep their coveted hardware: Four-time winner Helen Mirren ("Prime Suspect" in 1995 and 2006; "The Passion of Ayn Rand" in 1999 and "Elizabeth I" in 2005): "I've got one in England and I've got one here (in the United States), in my office in New York," she added. "But the one in England - I think it's in my living room. I can't remember." HOPE Humanitarian Award will go to George Clooney.

Selction of p arties scheduled. Hope you've got an invite!

When: Saturday, Aug. 28, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

NBC Universal’s Emmy Party
When: Saturday, Aug. 28, 8:30 p.m.-midnight
Where: Spago

First Annual Reality Cares Achievement Awards
When: Saturday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Penthouse Rooftop, Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive

62nd Annual Governors Ball
When: Sunday, Aug. 29
Where: L.A. Convention Center, West Hall
The granddaddy of all the Emmy parties — 3,600 guests are expected at what is recognized as the largest annual formal dinner in the United States — takes place in the LA Convention Center with food from Patina Catering, wine from Beaulieu Vineyard and spirits from Grey Goose Vodka. Patina will create confections using ingredients from official dessert sponsor Duncan Hines

Comedy Central Emmy Party
When: Sunday, Aug. 29
Where: The Colony, Hollywood
Comedy Central talent and the comedy community will come together to celebrate Emmy night at a new venue, the Colony, which features a Hampton-inspired outdoor lounge space and new takes on traditional summer cocktails. Guests will also be treated to an array of classic comfort food and a tasting menu filled with some of Katsuya’s best bites.

Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party at Vibiana
When: Sunday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Vibiana, downtown Los Angeles
Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper will perform at the ET party, taking place for the second year at Vibiana

2010 Twentieth Television/Fox/FX Emmy Awards Party
When: Sunday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Cicada, downtown Los Angeles
“Gold Rush Glamour” is the theme of this year’s bash and it’s carried out in everything from a golden (not red) carpet to a chandelier spilling to the ground with thousands of crystals. More here

Live Jazz with Brent Fischer and Friends Brent, son of scorer, Clare Fischer, performed with his LATIN JAZZ QUINTET at Vittelo's in Los Angeles to a captivated supper club audience. Fans traveled from different parts of the world to hear the ensemble featuring clarinetist showcasing the dexerity of a Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw. Brent Fischer does arranging and composing, plays electric bass, calls the charts and cued the soloists. He does it in his father's tradition while Pop sits in the front row and listens! Sweet. Clare is known as a gifted painter of notes and an ever-rare orchestrator of colors. Clare's mantra throughout his career has now been passed on to his son, Brent Fischer who has been giving suggestions to his dad since he was a teenager long before he became adept musician (he graduated from California State College as a composition major, bassist and percussionist). When Clare began receiving orchestral string projects from the likes of the JACKSON FIVE, CHAKA KHAN, AND LATER PRINCE, it was Brent who transcribed the cassettes submitted from the star Pop and R&B performers who wanted string arrangements or even a symphony behind their tunes. Also Brent being some 40 years younger than Clare, knew about his clients' music. If these artists gave them a simple G MAJOR TRIAD, it was up to the Fischers to take that simple chord, or simple chords of these little ditties and create orchestral beauty behind these rather simple tunes. It must have worked because the Fischer arrangements made the performers hits; some became rich, made the Fishers a lot of money, won a few grammies for everyone. Did you know? It was Johannes Brahms who brought the clarinet into classical music’s Romantic Movement. So does that make the elder Fischer the Brahms of bebop? Just asking. The band features seasoned players hand picked by Brent Fischer and makes select appearances ( Vibrato, Jazz Bakery in Culver City) in Southern Cali. Look for them!

Evancho Fever On August 10, on America's Got Talent, the 10 year old singing sensation Jackie Evancho performed O Mio Babbino Caro by Giacomo Puccini. The song is also on her debut album featuring covers of songs such as Martina McBride's Concrete Angel, Josh Groban's To Where You Are, and a cover of Amazing Grace among others. Several opera covers also appear on the album. She received a standing ovation after her performance, and was awarded a trip to Universal Studios in Florida for receiving the most fan votes from the submissions to the show from YouTube. She has performed onstage with producer David Foster, was an invited performer on the PBS Special "Celebrate America" with conductor/composer Tim Janis, sang the National Anthem at an event honoring aviation pioneer General Chuck Yeager, and has performed many times at the invitation of Pennsylvania Senator Jane Orie. Jackie also performs at numerous events and charity functions in and around her hometown. Jackie Evancho sings in the "classical crossover" style of singers such as Hayley Westenra and Sarah Brightman. She studies singing with a voice coach, and also plays the violin and piano. On December 2, 2010, she is scheduled to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City and will be the youngest female vocal soloist ever to have performed there. Watch this young talent on youtube

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Emmy-Winning Composer Ferguson co-wrote theme songs for such iconic programs as Charlie's Angels and Barney Miller and wrote scores for more than 60 television movies. The former Television Academy music peer group governor was 85.

Lenny Kravitz Crashes VOP Choir in New Orleans for "Fly Away"
Mike on guitar, right

Say you're relaxing on a balcony in New Orleans when you hear someone singing one of your songs. What do you do? Well, Lenny Kravitz joined in! The choir is The Voice of Praise Choir from First Baptist Church in Lewisville. This feed got on CNN. Set up or it really happened? The camera was running from the start! Who is questioning? It's a good story. After watching and dancing to the music for a few minutes, Kravitz joins in, first playing drums -- and jamming with Mike Smeaton, the choir's guitar player -- and then singing. Mike, the kid, plays pretty decently himself. The Voice of Praise choir is now back in North Texas -- and already looking forward to its next celebrity encounter. Give Praise!

Leave Those Kids Alone Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman and writer of the band's anthem, "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)", is permitting two exiled Iranian brothers full use of the song to protest the current Iranian regime. The brothers and their band, Blurred Vision, remade the song with a few changes to reflect the Islamic Republic's crackdown on dissent. Their version of the original, which was released in 1979, the same year the Islamic Revolution overtook Iran, replaces the chorus with "Mullahs, leave those kids alone. Hey Ayatollah, leave those kids alone!" The new version is a huge underground hit, but now with Waters' blessing, it's available on iTunes (half of proceeds go to Amnesty International). "These kids want exactly what we have in the West: freedom of expression, the freedom to hold hands with your girlfriend in the street," said one of the brothers. 350,000+ views on youtube Watch the video here
Who says Rock n'Roll can't save the world?!

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