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Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

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Bruce Springsteen played a two-hour benefit show in his hometown of Asbury Park, N.J. on the evening of Nov. 16 for a fundraiser for Boston College, where his son Evan once attended. The 500-capacity Stone Pony club saw the rock icon, backed by his E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg and former Asbury Jukes guitarist Bobby Bandiera and his band, perform a 22-song set that mixed in classics such as "Born to Run," "Dancing in the Dark" and "Spirit in the Night" with covers including "Twist and Shout." An encore set featured a medley of Detroit songs and a final acoustic take on "Thunder Road." Springsteen previously played a benefit for the private Jesuit University in Chestnut Hill, Mass., at the Stone Pony in 2011. Footage from the event of Springsteen playing "10th Avenue Freezout" with the full band was shared on YouTube. - Billboard, 11/18/19...... Paul McCartneyIn a new interview with Billboard, Paul McCartney revealed he and his wife Nancy Shevell snook into a cinema near their home in the Hamptons over the summer for a screening of the recent Beatles-themed movie Yesterday. Sir Paul said he politely declined an offer to see the film at an official screening, but decided to see the movie after he heard Danny Boyle would direct it. "I thought, 'They must think they can pull it off.' And I thought nothing more of it until they asked if I wanted to see a screening," Paul said. "I asked Nancy, and we said, 'Let's go, you and me, on a date to the cinema'. We were in the Hamptons in the summer and there it was, so we got two tickets and walked in when the cinema went dark. Only a couple of people saw us. We were in the back row, giggling away, especially at all the mentions of Paul McCartney. A couple of people in front of us spotted us, but everyone else was watching the film. We loved it.'" Yesterday stars Himesh Patel as singer/songwriter Jack Malik, who lives in a world where nobody knows that the iconic Liverpool band ever existed. McCartney also gave an update on his forthcoming musical adaptation of the movie It's a Wonderful Life, which is due out in 2020. "The reason I never wanted to do a musical is I couldn't think of a strong enough story," he said. "But a guy I've known since school in Liverpool became a theatrical impresario in London [Bill Kenwright], and he rang me up and said, 'I've got the musical rights to It's a Wonderful Life. That's a strong story. So I met with the writer, Lee Hall, and I asked him to write the first 20 minutes of how he sees this as a play. So I was on holiday in the Hamptons, and I had lots of free time. So I read it and thought, 'That's a good opening, I like this', and I sat at the piano and threw this melody at these dummy lyrics he had written. This was August. I sent it to them, and they said, 'You've nailed it'. So it's going well." Macca was interviewed by Billboard after the magazine named the Beatles as topping their list of the "Top 125 Artists of All Time" on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. The Rolling Stones claimed the No. 2 spot on the list, with Elton John named the No. 3 act and top solo artist.- Billboard, 11/14/19...... In other McCartney news, Glastonbury UK festival organizer Emily Eavis has announced that the Beatles icon will headline the legendary festival in 2020 just hours after Paul shared an image of American composer Philip Glass, actress Emma Stone and rock legend Chuck Berry. When the surnames of all three are combined, the not-so-subtle clue of "Glass-Stone-Bury" is provided. Eavis wrote on Twitter: "IT'S REAL!! So excited.. Having Paul McCartney coming back to headline the Pyramid next year is an absolute dream come true. There really was no one that we wanted more for the 50th anniversary." McCartney also confirmed the news, posting: "Hey Glasto - excited to be part of your Anniversary celebrations. See ya next summer!" The announcement ends months of speculation surrounding a headline slot for Macca at Glastonbury's fiftieth anniversary in 2020. Paul last headlined the festival in 2004, alongside Muse and Oasis. Meanwhile McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Jeff Lynne are among some of the names who have signed a guitar to help raise money for former Fairport Convention guitarist Jerry Donahue, who suffered a severe stroke in 2016 and has been disabled since. The guitar -- a signature Jerry Donahue Fender Telecaster -- is expected to sell for in the region of between £10,000 and £20,000. Other big names who have signed the guitar include The Who's Pete Townshend, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Dire Straits's Mark Knopfler and The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. - New Musical Express, 11/18/19...... German artist TrippieSteff has reimagined the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album with 21st century celebrities as part of a remake of several classic album covers, including Blondie's Parallel Lines and Nirvana's Nevermind, by a team of graphic designers and artists. TrippieSteff's new Sgt. Pepper's artwork features Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Drake and Lil Nas X in place of the original Fab Four at the center, and the artwork also depicts a range of other contemporary figures including Elon Musk, Kylie Jenner, Bernie Sanders and BoJack Horseman. "The original cover was a blend of high and low cultural figures that depicted the zeitgeist mindset of the late 60s," TrippieSteff explained. "It was also a group of influential figures that were 'heroes' to the Beatles. With a desire to keep the same theme, I chose to feature the most iconic and influential figures of the past decade. These are people that have been controversial figures in music, politics, television, human rights and more. By putting them together in the same image, I wanted to show that they are all equally important." - NME, 11/15/19...... Randy NewmanRandy Newman has been nominated in both the Best Original Song and Best Score categories at the upcoming Oscars for his contribution to the Toy Story 4 soundtrack. Newman, 75, has two eligible titles in the song category: "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" and "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away." Newman, a 20-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, is the only songwriter in Academy Awards history to receive a nomination for Best Original Song for three films from the same franchise. His tunes have been nominated for each of the first three Toy Story films -- "You've Got a Friend in Me" (1995), "When She Loved Me" (1999) and 2010 winner "We Belong Together," and he could extend his streak come Jan. 13, 2020, with the two new titles. While Newman is the only songwriter to receive a nod for best original song for three films in the same franchise, legendary composer John Williams has equaled or surpassed this feat in the Best Original Score category with two franchises: He was nominated for best original score for five Star Wars films (he won for scoring the 1977 original) and three Indiana Jones movies. He may land his sixth Star Wars nom for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, out Dec. 20. - Billboard, 11/15/19...... Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them as children, could bring their lawsuits to trial thanks to an update in California's child sexual abuse law. The pair, whose accusations were featured in the documentary Leaving Neverland as well as in a 2013 lawsuit that was dismissed four years later, could find themselves back in court as the new law comes into force. Both men had appealed the 2017 decision to discharge their cases, which was due to a statute of limitations, but these appeals have since been on hold in the appellate court. But the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases has since been extended in Californian law, and the California Court of Appeal has issued a tentative ruling that could overturn the 2017 dismissals. Should a trial be granted, Robson and Safechuck would be able to sue the Jackson estate for millions of dollars like they attempted to do so six years ago. The estate, his family, and Jackson himself before he died in 2009 have denied all accusations of sexual misconduct levelled against him. In other MJ news, the famous episode of The Simpsons featuring Michael Jackson has been excluded from the show's catalog available on the newly launched Disney+ streaming service. In the wake of the increased controversy surrounding the allegations made in Leaving Neverland, it was announced earlier in 2019 that the 1991 episode would be pulled from broadcast rotation, with Simpson showrunner Al Jean recently going as far to say that the late singer used his cameo "to groom young boys." The episode, titled "Stark Raving Dad," featured Jackson as the voice of Leon Kompowsky, a psychiatric hospital patient who ends up sharing a room with Homer Simpson. The white, overweight Kompowsky tries to convince Homer that he is the late King of Pop, and is even seen singing "Billie Jean" and showing off his legendary moonwalk dance moves. The episode ends with Kompowsky helping Bart compose a song as a birthday present to Lisa, before admitting that he knows he isn't really Michael Jackson. - New Musical Express, 11/18/19...... In a new interview with People, Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Kelly Osbourne revealed the Osbourne family are the "closest" they've ever been to reviving their hit MTV reality series, The Osbournes. "I'm not joking, every single year about every three months or so someone else gives us another offer and we keep saying no," Kelly said. "It keeps coming 'round. Right now there's another offer on the table and I think this is the closest we've ever come to accepting one. But whether that will happen or not, I don't know." The 35-year-old singer/actress/fashion designer added that it would be more difficult to shoot a new series of the show now that the Osbourne clan has expanded. "We've got other people to think about. My brother [Jack Osbourne] has three kids. Do we want that life for them without them being old enough to choose if they want to do it or not like my brother and I were?" Meanwhile, father Ozzy has just announced that he's going on a joint tour with Marilyn Manson after Ozzy previously postponed world tour dates after a long spate of illness. Osbourne's "No More Tours 2" trek will begin with Manson on May 27 in Atlanta and conclude July 31 in Las Vegas. October and November will then see the Black Sabbath legend embark of rescheduled UK and European dates with Judas Priest. Ozzy also recently announced his first solo album in 10 years, Ordinary Man, with the launch single "Under The Graveyeard." It is expected to drop in January. - NME, 11/15/19...... KISS added some dates to their 2020 schedule, which kicks off with a Feb. 1 show at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H., and sees the shock rockers on the road for 44 dates through an Oct. 2 show at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Tex. The band says their "End Of the Road Tour" will end on July 21, 2021, at an as-yet-unannounced venue in their home turf of New York after a half century of giving their best to the KISS Army. The news of the new dates came just hours after the band canceled a planned Australia/New Zealand tour after singer Paul Stanley fell ill with the flu and was advised by a doctor to rest. The opening date was recently pushed back due to Stanley's illness, and now the singer says he's suffered an additional infection in his throat. "Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our 'End Of The Road' tour of your incredible country," Stanley said in a message to the band's Australia/NZ fans. "Our connection to you is unparalleled and decades deep." - Billboard, 11/14/19...... To mark the 40th anniversary of its seminal 1979 album London Calling, The Clash has opened a new exhibition at the Museum of London which should prove to be a near-essential pilgrimage for fans of the punk icons across the globe. Upon entering, fans will immediately notice Paul Simonon's broken bass guitar, after he famously smashed the instrument on stage at The Palladium in New York City. The moment went on to become immortalized on the cover of London Calling. Other items on display include Joe Strummer's note book with early lyrics to London Calling and Topper Headon's drum sticks -- the only item of Headon's that remains from this time. The exhibition will run through Apr. 19, 2020. - NME, 11/15/19...... Buddy MilesA previously unseen interview with the late drummer Buddy Miles, a member of Jimi Hendrix's band Band of Gypsys, has just been shared online and sees Miles discussing how he worked with Hendrix to create the now legendary song "Machine Gun." In the new clip posted to YouTube and filmed prior to Miles' death in 2008, he discusses how the three became the Band of Gypsys. "The Band of Gypsys was a strong statement from three brothers, because we all had intimacy and love," Miles explains in the clip. "We also had a feel for what we thought was right and what we enjoyed playing." As for 'Machine Gun' itself, he describes how the classic track was inspired by Hendrix's love of Delta Blues. "It was taken from a style called Delta Blues. He had a deep fascination with Muddy Waters too, but that track was most definitely from the Deep South." On Nov. 22, a new Band of Gypsys box set entitled Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts will drop. It captures all four historic concerts by Hendrix and the band at New York's Fillmore East. - NME, 11/15/19...... The Monkees members Michael Nesmith and Mickey Dolenz announced on Nov. 13 they'll be hitting the road in 2020 for an "Evening With the Monkees" tour. Nesmith and Dolenz, the only surviving members of the beloved 1960s quartet, will also release their first live album as a duo, The Monkees - The Mike and Mickey Show Live, on Apr. 3. Their tour is set to launch on the new album's release day with a performance at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The 14-date trek will run through Seattle, Sacramento, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and more. Dates will close out on Apr. 26 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The duo, who previously toured in 2018, will perform material from throughout their more than 50 years in the Monkees and beyond with hits from the band's 1966 self-titled debut to 2016's Good Times. That album was recorded with the three surviving members at the time: Nesmith, Dolenz and Peter Tork. Tork passed away in February this year, while original member and singer Davy Jones passed away in 2012. - Billboard, 11/13/19...... The blue velvet gown worn by the late Princess Diana when she famously enjoyed a dance with Saturday Night Fever icon John Travolta at a White House dinner in 1985 is expected to fetch $452,000 when in goes under the hammer soon at auction. The late British royal donned the stunning Victor Edelstein dress during a state dinner hosted by then-U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan in Washington, D.C., and hit the dancefloor with fellow guest Travolta. The off-the-shoulder designer outfit had initially been offloaded at a charity auction in New York in June, 1997, just two months before Diana's death in Paris, France, and it was sold to the highest bidder again in 2013 as part of a collection of the princess' gowns. "This is arguably her most iconic gown, the photos of her being twirled around the dance floor by a handsome John Travolta at the White House caused a sensation at the time, and are still memorable today," said a rep for Kerry Taylor's Auctions. The auction is set to take place in December. - WENN/, 11/18/19...... Terry O'NeillTerry O'Neill, an iconic British photographer known for capturing the 1960s culture through his work with such famous music and film celebrities as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John and Frank Sinatra, died at his home on Nov. 16 after battling prostate cancer. He was 81. Recognized as one of the world's most collected photographers, Mr. O'Neill began his career at the birth of the 1960s, as he chronicled the emerging faces of film, fashion and music that would go on to define the Swinging Sixties era. He famously captured images of figures such as Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Elvis Presley and Audrey Hepburn and was also one of the first photographers to work with then new 007 franchise starring Sean Connery as James Bond. He also photographed the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as photographed backstage reportage with David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry. Elton John paid tribute to Mr. O'Neill on Twitter, where he praised the late photographer. "Terry O'Neill took the most iconic photographs of me throughout the years, completely capturing my moods," Elton wrote. "He was brilliant, funny and I absolutely loved his company. A real character who has now passed on. RIP you wonderful man. Love, Elton," the singer posted alongside a photo Mr. O'Neill took of him. Mr. O'Neill was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Centenary Medal in 2011 in recognition of his significant contribution to the art of photography and an Honorary Fellowship of the Society. Earlier this year, he was also awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Photography in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list. - The Hollywood Reporter, 11/17/19.

Elton John announced the final 2020 North American dates for his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour on Nov. 13. John will kick off North American dates of the second year of his three-year tour worldwide tour with a two-night stand at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena on Mar. 28 and 29. Other dates include Montreal (4/2, 3), Miami (5/30), St. Paul (6/15, 16), Chicago (6/19, 20), New Orleans (6/24) and Houston (6/30, 7/1) before wrapping at Kansas City's Sprint Center on July 8. The 24 new dates join previously announced dates that include double headers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and American Airlines Center in Dallas. Elton launched his goodbye tour in September of 2018 and has sold out every show so far. The three-year trek is expected to close out in 2021. - Billboard, 11/13/19...... The new Jeff Lynne's ELO album From Out of Nowhere has become the first U.K. chart-topping studio set from the recording act masterminded by Lynne (formerly billed as the Electric Light Orchestra and then ELO) since Time in 1981. ELO previously hit No. 1 with Discovery in 1979 and subsequently with the All Over The World - The Very Best Of compilation, as new audiences were being drawn to their music in 2016. - Billboard, 11/8/19...... Edgar WinterJohnny WinterEdgar Winter has announced he's prepping a star-studded tribute album to his late rocker older brother Johnny Winter that he hopes to release sometime in 2020. "It's really turned out to be a wonderful blessing in my life, doing this," says Edgar, who received early encouragement and support from Johnny including having Edgar as part of his band when it played the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival. "Johnny's my all-time musical hero. If it weren't for him I wouldn't be where I am now. I just feel like I need to acknowledge that and put out a record he would love." Edgar says the 16-song set will include a mix of Johnny Winter originals as well as some of his signature covers, such as Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash," Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" and Rick Derringer's "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," which Johnny Winter recorded first, in 1970. Contributors to the project include Joe Walsh, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, with more guests to be announced soon. Meanwhile, Edgar is among the contributors of Ringo Starr's new album What's My Name, and describes the former Beatles drummer as "such a unique, just joyful gentleman." "And beyond that he's such a heartfelt advocate and spokesman for peace and love, and being an old hippie and having played Woodstock, I just love that idea of spreading that light and that message," Winter notes. "I think the Beatles did that, and Ringo carries it on in admirable fashion." - Billboard, 11/13/19...... The Bellamy Brothers have shared a clip of the title track of their latest album Over the Moon on YouTube, with brothers David and Howard Bellamy singing the sweet ballad of new love set to the backdrop of a star-filled sky. The "Let Your Love Flow" hitmakers will be once again joining country star Blake Shelton on his 2020 "Friends and Heroes" tour, which kicks off Feb. 13 in Portland. - Billboard, 11/13/19...... During a visit to Fargo, N.D. on Nov. 9 for a performance at the Fargo Theatre, Kris Kristofferson surprised customers when he performed with an acoustic guitar at a local downtown bar and asked to sing with the band 32 Below. According to radio station KFGO-AM, members of the band had taped a note to Kristofferson's tour bus door. The note said the band was "huge fans" and "would be absolutely stoked" if the famous country star came to the bar and allowed them to buy him "a beer or five." Kristofferson decided to show up at Dempsey's Public House bar and perform a rendition of his classic "Me and Bobby McGee" with the band. 32 Below later said on Facebook: "We played a legendary song with the legend who wrote it!" - AP, 11/13/19...... Some British fans of the Clash have taken to Twitter to air their dismay over UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent declaration that the Clash and the Rolling Stones are his two favourite bands. "(My favourite band is) either the Clash or the Rolling Stones, and mainly I listen to the Rolling Stones nowadays, so you can make of that what you will," he said. Johnson made the remarks in new general election campaign video in which he's seen walking around the Conservative Party headquarters answering questions. "Don't pretend to like the Clash, you lying Tory," one Clash fan posted to Twitter on Nov. 13, while another wrote, "I can assure you there is no chance that you are the Clash's favourite PM. You represent EVERYTHING the Clash stand against." The surviving members of the Clash are yet comment on Johnson's remarks. - New Musical Express, 11/13/19...... In celebration of Motown Records' 60th anniversary, the Ryan Gordy Foundation honored Motown founder Berry Gordy and Motown legend Smokey Robinson during a gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Nov. 11. Berry Gordy was presented a Power of Love Award statuette by Michael Jackson's two eldest children, Paris and Prince. "We honor you and your lifetime of incredible achievements across music and entertainment," noted Prince, with Paris adding, "This is a man that we love so dearly and appreciate with all of our hearts." Smokey Robinson next took the stage to pay tribute to Gordy. He said, "You've been my mentor, my motivator, my encourager, my confidant, my go-to and -- back in the days when we lived in the hood -- we were each other's 'N'-word, a high and prestigious position. But the sum total of all these and other my's is that you are my best friend. I love you." "I accept this award in appreciation for the precious years I spent with my dear grandson Ryan Gordy. He inspired me with thoughts beyond his years and his love for life. He was a fighter who never gave up. For all those sharing in the power of love tonight, I thank you," said Gordy, who turns 90 on Nov. 28. Hosted by comedian Chris Tucker and helmed by chairperson Frances Robinson, the dinner and awards event raised $250,000 toward the building of a center for the RGF. Launched in 2017, RGF is named after Gordy's grandson Ryan, who died of leukemia at the age of 29 in 2016. Smokey Robinson accepted his own award, RGF's Legendary R&B Pioneer and Humanitarian Award, from Lionel Richie, who called Robinson "my hero." "What you feel about Berry, Smokey, I feel about you. I love you man, and thank you for being exactly who you are in my life," Richie added. - Billboard, 11/12/19...... Marie Osmond told the audience on her television talk show The Talk on Nov. 11 that she's ready to perform the final week of an 11-year run with her brother Donny Osmond at the Flamingo Las Vegas, even though she was forced to cancel a Nov. 9 show after chipping her knee the previous week. Osmond, 60, was forced to back out of that show but is promising audiences she will be back for the final week of shows in the third week of November. Front-row seats for the last concert by the popular '70s performers on Nov. 16 are reportedly going for $4,000 or more, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. - AP, 11/12/19...... Rod StewartIn a new interview with the toy railroad hobby magazine Railway Modeller, Rod Stewart revealed that he has spent almost 26-years building a huge, 124-ft-long intricate model of a city influenced by both New York and Chicago. Later, after the interview was shared, Stewart rang BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show to refute accusations that he hadn't made the model railway himself. "I would say 90% of it I built myself," Sir Rod declared. "The only thing I wasn't very good at and still am not is the electricals, so I had someone else do that. A lot of people laugh at it being a silly hobby, but it's a wonderful hobby," he added. Stewart also told the magazine that he often worked on the model while on tour, sometimes requesting an extra room for his constructions in hotels. "We would tell them in advance and they were really accommodating, taking out the beds and providing fans to improve air circulation and ventilation," the musician said. "When I take on something creative like this, I have to give it 110%," he added. "For me it's addictive. I started, so I just had to finish. I'm lucky I had the room. If I'd have realised at the start it would have taken so long, I'd have probably said, 'No! No! Nah!'" Stewart also revealed that he works on the railway in the attic of his Los Angeles home. - New Musical Express, 11/13/19...... Documentaries about such diverse music figures as Linda Ronstadt, Miles Davis, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash are among the 159 feature films that have been submitted in the Best Documentary Feature category for the 92nd Academy Awards, set for Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. At least seven of the 159 films were also entered for best music film in the upcoming 62nd annual Grammy Awards process. Those films that are vying for both Oscar and Grammy noms are: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes; David Crosby: Remember My Name; Echo in the Canyon; Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles; Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool; Pavarotti and Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. Other music docs that are entered in the Oscar process include The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash; Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice; Western Stars (starring Bruce Springsteen) and Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation. A shortlist of the 15 films that are advancing in the category will be revealed on Dec. 16. Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 13, 2020. - Billboard, 11/12/19...... On Nov. 12 Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters was announced as a keynote speaker for the 2020 South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Tex. "Roger Waters is a true creative visionary, and we're pleased to have him participate for 2020," said Hugh Forrest, the event's chief programming officer. "SXSW continues to be a unique destination for innovation and discovery, and we're excited about the addition of the many groundbreaking pioneers, influential voices and business leaders that we've added to this year's lineup." Other keynotes include artist and former Sonic Youth basist Kim Gordon and director/producer/writer Erin Lee Carr. Previously announced featured speakers include Chic legend Nile Rodgers and comedic actor Cheech Marin. The 2020 edition of SXSW runs from Mar. 13-22 in Austin, Tex. - Billboard, 11/12/19...... Punk poetess Patti Smith will be among the headliners at the 2020 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tenn., set for next spring. Smith will play with her band and participate in the literary program. The three-day fest (March 26-29), which focuses on "the avant garde, unexpected and surprising," will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the invention of the Theremin, with Rob Schwimmer, a master of the eerie instrument leading a trio featuring pianist Uri Caine and violinist Mark Feldman in a 20th anniversary celebration of their album Theremin Noir. - Billboard, 11/12/19...... Singer/songwriter legend Joni Mitchell and jazz great Wayne Shorter were honored by the likes of Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Ray Parker, Jr. and Rita Wilson during a fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation on Nov. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles. Heralding Mitchell and Shorter's "transcendent art and boundless imagination" in his opening remarks, JFA executive director Joseph Petrucelli introduced Quincy Jones, who noted that "jazz means freedom." A top-notch crew of session musicians then backed the aforementioned performers in paying homage to Shorter and Mitchell. The Joni Mitchell tribute concluded with a special performance by Chaka Khan of Mitchell's "Man from Mars" and "Hissing of Summer Lawns." Noted Khan as she came onstage, "Wherever Joni goes, there I am." - Billboard, 11/11/19...... In a new interview with the UK's Yorkshire Post, the Who's Pete Townshend said that his "increasingly affectionate relationship" with singer Roger Daltrey is a major reason for the Who's impressive longevity. "I still perform partly because of my ongoing, developing and increasingly affectionate relationship with Roger," said Townshend, who formed the Who with Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon in 1964. "When you look back at where we started, I wouldn't say we despised each other but we had very little in common. Now, we have very little in common but we really care about each other deeply." Townshend continued: "We are really comfortable with each other. He says, 'You've got your guitar and your pen, I've got my voice'. We meet in the middle and it just happens to be performing." - NME, 11/13/19...... Billy Joel will participate in a special SiriusXM event at the Faena Theater in Miami Beach, Fla. on Dec. 5. "Billy Joel: An Evening of Questions and Answers" will feature the legendary musician sitting in front of a piano taking questions from SiriusXM subscribers in the audience. SiriusXM subscribers will be able to call in to the live event at (844)-365-BILLY (2455) and ask Billy Joel a question. Joel will also be sharing stories behind his music as well as performing portions of songs in between conversation. The exclusive event will broadcast live on Joel's SiriusXM channel, The Billy Joel Channel, at 8pm ET on Dec. 5. The limited-run channel that features the works of the iconic superstar including music spanning his 5 decades-long career along with exclusive stories from Joel will run through Dec. 6 at 3am ET. - Billboard, 11/11/19...... Mick FleetwoodOn Nov. 11, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood announced an all-star tribute to the early years of Fleetwood Mac and the band's original co-founder, Peter Green, that will take place on Feb. 25 at the London Palladium. "The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it's important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music," Mick Fleetwood said in a statement. Among the killer lineup of musicians pitching in will be Mick's Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie, along with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Andy Fairweather Low, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. The show will be filmed for later broadcast, and some of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Green, 73, and Fleetwood co-founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 with John McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer. - Billboard, 11/11/19...... KISS announced on Nov. 11 that they have pushed back the kick off of the Australian leg of their "End of the Road" tour due to singer/guitarist Paul Stanley becoming ill. "Due to a bad case of Influenza, doctors have advised Paul Stanley to rest for the next few days and not to undertake the long trip from Los Angeles to Perth," read the note from the group, which had been slated to leave the U.S. on Nov. 12 for the Perth launch of the outing on Nov. 16. "With the expectation of Australian audiences high, KISS don't want to not give 100% and so have made changes to the Australian and New Zealand dates," the note added. As a result, the gig at Perth's RAC Arena has been moved from Nov. 16 to the end of the Australian tour on Dec. 3. - Billboard, 11/11/19...... In related news, Ozzy Osbourne has rescheduled the postponed UK and European dates on his "No More Tours 2" tour after being forced to push them back following a series of illnesses and a fall at home earlier in 2019 that re-aggravated an old injury. According to a roster of dates, the tour is now slated to kick off on Oct. 23 at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle. The dates are currently scheduled to last through a Dec. 2 show at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Fellow British metal icons Judas Priest will open the dates. The six-week tour was originally scheduled for January. The outing includes a return to Ozzy's hometown of Birmingham for a Halloween show, as well as gigs in Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. Osbourne's upcoming solo album, Ordinary Man, is due out in January and his first solo single in nearly a decade, "Under the Graveyard," dropped earlier in November, and its video has been shared on YouTube. His upcoming box set, See You on the Other Side, hits stores on Nov. 29. - Billboard, 11/11/19...... Neil Young has penned a letter and posted it on his Neil Youg Archives website about his frustrating experience attempting to obtain citizenship in the United States ahead of the 2020 presidential election due to his marijuana use. "I want to be a dual citizen and vote," Young, who's a Canadian citizen, explained in a Nov. 8 post titled "I Have Been Very Successful in My Life." "When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed." "Recently however, I have been told that I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem," he wrote in reference to a policy update issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier in 2019. Young continued: "The problem is defined in an April 19, 2019 addition under Attorney General Sessions. USCIS issued a Policy Alert which includes: 'An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC (Good Moral Character) if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state of foreign laws.' I sincerely hope I have exhibited good moral character and will be able to vote my conscience on Donald J. Trump and his fellow American candidates, (as yet un-named)," he added. In October, Young told the Los Angeles Times that "If everything goes as planned, I'll be taking the oath of citizenship" soon after his Nov. 12 birthday. "I'm still a Canadian; there's nothing that can take that away from me," he noted. "But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here -- they're all Americans, so I want to register my opinion." - Billboard, 11/10/19...... Paul McCartney has paid tribute to revered Beatles photographer Robert Freeman, who has passed away at age 82. McCartney paid tribute to Mr. Freeman via a post on his blog on on, describing him as a "wonderful man" and "one of our favourite photographers who came up with some of our most iconic album covers... I will miss this wonderful man but will always cherish the fond memories I have of him." Mr. Freeman's work included the photos featured on the covers of classic Beatles LPs like the band's second album With The Beatles, Beatles For Sale, Help! and Rubber Soul. He also worked on the ending sequences of the first two Beatles films, A Hard Day's Night and Help!. Mr. Freeman suffered a severe stroke in 2014, and his family sold a copy of one of his John Lennon portraits to pay for his care and to help preserve his archive of photos. In addition to his work with the Beatles, Mr. Freeman took photos for a number of other artists including John Coltrane, as well as photographing political figures such as Nikita Kruschev for London's Sunday Times. - New Musical Express, 11/8/19...... In other Beatles-related news, the Fab Four's 1968 track "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" has been declared the most perfect pop song ever written by researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. The scientists analysed 80,000 different chord progressions from 700 songs recorded between 1958 and 1991, using machine learning to give a score to each chord based on how "surprising" it was compared to the chord preceding it. Chord sequences from 30 of the songs were then played to 39 volunteers, stripped of lyrics and melody to make the source track unrecognisable. The volunteers were asked to rate how enjoyable they felt each chord to be. The research found that when the volunteers were relatively sure what chord was coming next, they enjoyed being surprised instead. The research also found that being unsure of how the song would progress would cause activity in a region of the brain connected with musical pleasure. "Songs that we find pleasant strike a good balance between us knowing what is going to happen next and surprising us with something we did not expect," said the institute's Vincent Cheung, a PhD student. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was the closest song the researchers could find to "perfection," followed by Genesis' "Invisible Touch," and BJ Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling." Despite what science has to say, John Lennon once famously disparaged the Paul McCartney-written song, declaring it "granny music shit." - NME, 11/8/19...... David ByrneFormer Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has announced plans for an immersive new theatre production entitled "Theater of the Mind." The production is inspired by historical and recent lab research, according to Byrne. "It will be in a warehouse, where it's divided into a bunch of different rooms," Byrne told Rolling Stone. "A group of 16 audience members will go from room to room and experience these perceptual things. When they leave one room, another group goes in there. That way, you can get 400 people in from 6 pm to 10. You get the same number as if it were a theatre show, but you get more in small groups." The production is set to open in Denver in August 2020. Byrne recently took his "American Utopia" tour to Broadway. The residency will run until Jan. 20, 2020. - NME, 11/8/19...... Robert "Bob" Norris, who played the iconic "Marlboro Man" in cigarette ads for more than a decade beginning in the 1960s, has died at his Colorado ranch at 90. According to multiple sources, Mr. Norris was never a smoker. Mr. Norris landed the high-profile ad campaign for the Philip Morris cigarette brand by happenstance, after advertising executives sought him out after spotting him in a newspaper photo alongside a famous actor friend, John Wayne. Mr. Norris's son Bobby Noris said his father stepped away from playing the company mascot conceived in the '60s, just as consumers were learning how cigarettes affected their health. "He always told us kids, 'I don't ever want to see you smoking," the younger Norris said, "so one of us finally asked, 'If you don't want us smoking, why are you doing cigarette commercials? He called up Phillip Morris and quit that day." The company stopped using the Marlboro Man in its advertisements only after other men who starred in its campaign died of lung cancer, NPR reported in October 2002. Marlboro aside, Mr. Norris, whose ranch in Colorado eventually covered more than 100,000 acres, was vital to his community. Not only was he held roles in local rodeo organizations, but he was an ardent philanthropist, and a local venue is named after him. His family remembered him in a public service held on Nov. 8. -, 11/9/19.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted by Administrator on November 8th, 2019

Billy Joel will be playing his first-ever solo stadium gig at the 40,000-capacity Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Sept. 11, 2020. The announcement was made on Twitter by former Cincinnati Reds baseball great and Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. "I am a huge Billy Joel fan," Bench said during his announcement. "His iconic songs will play beautifully in our ballpark, giving all of Reds Country the opportunity to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer live." Joel's Cincinnati gig is just one of the many stadium dates he's booked for the rest of 2019 and into the middle of 2020, including an Oct. 12 show at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas and a March 6 gig at Foro Sol in Mexico City. He'll also perform Apr. 18 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. and on June 20 at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. In September, MGM Television announced that it is teaming with Universal Music Publishing Group to bring the Piano Man's music to life as a scripted "arc-thology" called Scenes From an Italian Restaurant. - Billboard, 11/7/19...... Robbie RobertsonThe Band's 1969 seminal self-titled album, which will be released as a deluxe 50th anniversary edition on Nov. 15, will feature their entire 11-song performance at the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival, including a cover of The Four Tops' "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever." The Band: 50th Anniversary Edition has been newly remastered and will also include 13 previously unreleased, alternate versions of the album tracks. The Band's Robbie Robertson says says pulling out the Woodstock tapes took him right back to the classic 1969 festival. "When I listened to it, I had this flashback," Robertson says. "We played on the final night and it had just gotten dark out and it was the perfect time to play, but we kinda thought, 'I dunno if we fit in here.'" Robertson adds The Band's set "was the equivalent of going out and playing hymns," and not what the partying crowd was looking for. "Their arms weren't in the air anymore. It was like they went into a spell, a whole different feeling. So we played and left and then they went back to the party," he says. The Band's 1969 LP debut includes such Band classics as "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Rag Mama Rag" and "Up On Cripple Creek," and was co-produced by John Simon and recorded at a residential home in the Hollywood Hills previously owned by Sammy Davis Jr. It's unique sound was a mix of rock, folk, blues and country -- Americana, before the genre was termed. On Sept. 20, Robertson released Sinematic, his first new solo effort in eight years, with guest appearances by Van Morrison, Citizen Cope and Derek Trucks. - Billboard, 11/7/19...... Speaking of Woodstock, original 1969 festival organizer Michael Lang says that Japanese investor Dentsu turned out to be the wrong choice for his failed attempt at a 50th anniversary Woodstock festival this summer. "It really started to come apart for me a week before we signed with Dentsu," Lang said during Billboard Live Music Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Nov. 5. Lang said that Dentsu had been brought on to Woodstock 50 in 2018 for media and sponsorships exclusively "[but] somewhere along the line they asked if they could do funding. We had other people who were lined up but it just seemed convenient." According to Lang, Dentsu's co-producer title gave them partial control of the festival, even though they had no experience putting on an event of that caliber. "When [Dentsu] decided that they had an opinion, it could throw a wrench into anything -- and did," said Lang. While Woodstock 50 never occurred, Lang said he spent the anniversary weekend at the original festival location and continues to get people coming up to him to thank him for the 1969 event. "Everybody who's ever come up to me, and there have been in thousands of people, say [Woodstock '69] changed my life for the better," said Lang. - Billboard, 11/5/19...... Interviewed in a "recovery" special edition of the showbiz publication Variety, Elton John revealed how he feared he wouldn't be able to perform sober after taking a year-long break to seek treatment for addiction. "After I finally surrendered and decided to seek treatment for my addiction, there came a point when I wondered if I would ever go back to work as Elton John again. When the day arrived, I was terrified, but I did manage to get through the performance. It was the only time I stepped on a stage that year, and I had to do it on my own without the band. In retrospect, I'm glad I went straight in at the deep end That show gave me confidence to know that I could still perform sober," said John, who attended extensive Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in 1990. Elton also discussed his battles with drugs and alcohol in his recent memoir Me, in which he recalls one time when he mistook Bob Dylan for his gardener while high, describing him as "scruffy." - New Musical Express, 11/6/19...... Joe WalshEagles guitarist Joe Walsh will headline his third annual VetsAid benefit concert on Nov. 10 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Tex. Walsh -- the son of a Gold Star veteran who died while on active duty when Walsh was just 20 months old -- launched VetsAid in 2016 to help fund local, grassroots veterans aid agencies. So far the charity has distributed nearly $1.2 million in grants. The 2019 VetsAid benefit will also feature the Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. "I aimed it at the little vet-run organizations in the Midwest and stuff that didn't have a budget," Walsh explains. "If a vet gets home and he's pretty alone and not a lot of people understand him, that's the beginning of the depression and the isolation, and that's the seed of the suicides. So it's so important to keep those organizations going, and that's what we've been able to do." Walsh says VetsAid will continue to play different cities each year rather than settle into one city. Meanwhile he's also touring with the Eagles, which kicked off a tour in October in Las Vegas, playing Hotel California in its entirety, accompanied by orchestras and choirs. "There's stuff on that album we never played," notes Walsh. We had to go back and figure 'em out, and it was a lot of work. I had to go back and really study, so playing the whole thing live really took some focus, and somehow we tamed the orchestra so it doesn't overwhelm the show -- it enhances it. When I got a chance to finally just sit back and be part of it and hear the orchestra behind us, I got emotional." - Billboard, 11/6/19...... Speaking of performing classic '70s albums in their entirety, Neil Young says he "turned down millions of dollars" to perform his chart-topping 1972 album Harvest in a new interview with AARP magazine. "I was just offered millions of dollars for a tour to do Harvest," says Young, who halted his seven-year hiatus from music to release his 13th studio album Colorado on Oct. 22. "Everyone who played on Harvest is dead. I don't want to do that. How about planting instead of harvesting? If I decide to go on the road, I'd like to do a documentary tour next year with different people that keep changing. Not right or left. Democracy is not you on this side and me on that side just to see who wins," he added. The legendary rocker also says he isn't "closing the door" on a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion. "[David] Crosby could write an introspective book: 'Why People Won't Talk to Me Anymore.' He made a lot of great music for a long time. I don't know what happened with David. I got nothing to say," Young said. "I love Stephen [Stills]. I love Graham [Nash]. If a reunion happens, it would be a surprise. I won't close the door on anything. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there's a reason for it." - Billboard, 11/5/19...... Dolly Parton's new series Heartstrings premieres on Netflix on Nov. 22, and sees the country legend sharing the origin stories behind eight of her seminal song. The anthology series, a trailer for which has been shared on YouTube, will take on hour-long love stories, family dramas, revenge comedies, westerns and inspirational tales to dissect eight of Parton's hits -- "These Old Bones," "If I Had Wings," "JJ Sneed," "Jolene," "Cracker Jack," "Sugar Hill," "Down From Denver" and "Two Doors Down" -- which also double as the episode titles. An all-star cast including Kathleen Turner, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Timothy Busfield, Melissa Leo and Julianne Hough will be featured in each stand-alone episode. During a premiere of the series at her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on Oct. 29, Parton revealed why the much anticipated sequel to her classic 1980 comedy 9 to 5 co-starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda has been nixed. "Well, actually I think we dropped that whole idea," Parton said. "I don't think we're going to do the sequel. We never could get the script where it was enough different than the first one, and that one turned out so good." She did add however that she, Tomlin and Fonda are open to other future collaborations. "We're thinking we might do a completely different thing together, Jane, Lily and I," Parton hinted. "We may do something different altogether, but I don't think we're going to continue with that." - Billboard, 11/5/19...... Speaking of '70s country superstars, Charlie Pride became first person to receive the Crossroads of American Music Award during a ceremony on Nov. 1 in his native Mississippi at the Grammy Museum Mississippi. The museum says the award honors "an artist who has made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music." Pride, a three-time Grammy winner, was born in 1938 in the Mississippi Delta town of Sledge, and he now lives in Texas. He started his recording career in the 1960s, and his hits include "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" and "It's Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer." - AP, 11/3/19...... KISSKISS reportedly announced via television screens on their KISS Kruise, which ran from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4 on the luxury cruise ship the Norwegian Pearl, that they are extending their "End Of The Road" world tour with 75 new dates for 2020, including a slate of summer shows in Europe surrounding their previously announced headlining slot at the UK's Download Festival. The new batch of tour dates begins with a North American tour leg that runs from Feb. 1, 2020 in Manchester, N.H. to March 15 in Biloxi, Miss. KISS will then perform in South America from Apr. 24 to May 19, covering El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and more. The band then heads to Europe, kicking things off in Paris on June 9 before headlining Download Festival alongside Iron Maiden and System Of A Down. After Europe and a stop in Johannesburg, South Africa, KISS will return to the US for more tour dates until Oct. 3. During the KISS Kruise, KISS vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley also announced that the "End Of The Road" tour will come to an end on July 17, 2021 in New York City, and that original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss have been approached about performing with the group at their final concert. Criss was replaced by drummer Eric Carr in 1980, while Frehley was replaced by Vinnie Vincent two years later. Both Frehley and Criss have returned to KISS for short periods since their departures. - NME/, 11/4/19...... In a new interview in the British heavy metal mag Heavy Consequence, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford revealed that he once dreamed of forming the UK's "Big Four" metal bands with Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Iron Maiden. "My dream had always been to have like 'The Big Four of the UK', without turning this into a kind of depressing way," Halford said, but acknowledged that the death of Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister and the retirement of Black Sabbath would make that difficult to accomplish: "Sadly, two-fourths of that has gone, but the music lives forever. That's the main thing." Halford also expressed his enthusiasm for a Judas Priest and Iron Maiden joint tour, which his bandmate Ian Hill had previously supported. "I think both bands would look to do that," Halford said. "It's all about the timing of doing such a thing. We're good friends." In October, both Motörhead and Judas Priest were announced as nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2020. - New Musical Express, 11/6/19...... On Nov. 4, Ringo Starr announced upcoming 2020 North American tour dates for his Ringo and his All Starr Band. Starr and the band's 20-show run will kick off May 29 with back-to-back nights at Casino Rama in Rama, Ont., before hitting major U.S. cities like Pittsburgh (6/20), Philadelphia (6/21) and Atlanta (6/23, 24) and wrapping up June 28 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla. The tour will also include three shows at New York City's iconic Beacon Theatre on June 2, 3 and 5, with support from the Avett Brothers on three of the tour's dates, and Edgar Winter on two dates. Ringo released his 20th solo album, What's My Name, on Oct. 25. - Billboard, 11/4/19..... The estate of Michael Jackson and MIJAC Music, Jackson's personal publishing company, announced on Nov. 4 they have acquired majority ownership of the U.S. rights to the publishing catalog of Sly and the Family Stone, will retain long-term administration rights. The Jackson estate already owns the entirety of the band's catalog outside the U.S. through MIJAC, which acquired those rights in 1983. The acquisition includes a trove of the Bay Area funk band's '60s and '70s classics, like "Family Affair," "Dance to the Music," "Everybody Is a Star," "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and "Everyday People." Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. When asked to comment, bandleader Sly Stone only commented, "Thank You Mijac (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" -- a reference to his 1969 song "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)." MIJAC Music was created by Jackson in 1980. Its first acquisition was for the publishing rights to Sly and the Family Stone's catalog in 1983. The company also includes all of the songs written by Jackson, plus hits made famous by artists like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Elvis Presley. The deal comes ahead of the starting date when Sly Stone (real name Sylvester Stewart) could reclaim his publishing ownership under the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act. Under that law, songs written after 1978 can be reclaimed 35 years after they were issued and songs written before 1972 can be reclaimed after 56 years. As such, Sly and the Family Stone songs from 1968 would be eligible for reversion beginning in 2024. The acquisition announcement of the Stone catalog comes at a busy time for the Jackson estate, which is currently continuing to fight HBO's controversial Finding Neverland documentary, preparing a Broadway musical about Jackson, and commemorating the 10th anniversary of Jackson's This Is It, among other projects. - Billboard, 11/4/19...... Pete TownshendIn a new interview with the UK's The Big Issue magazine, the Who's Pete Townshend said his past behaviour in which he smashed up his instruments on stage was "a waste of time" despite it helping to get people to listen to his band. "I was always pretty snobby about rock and roll," said Townshend, who added that he was "in it for the art." "Getting into auto-destruction was straight out of art college. People still say that I should never have smashed instruments," he said, before concluding: "F--- off. It is how I got you to listen to me." Elsewhere in the interview Townshend said that his generation of "the hippy era" of the '60s "misused the power" for social change. "My generation felt disenfranchised," he said. "That is a complex word for feeling like we had nothing to live for. It made us not so much angry as loose. We were loose-living. And when psychedelic drugs and more importantly the pill came along, away we went. Then we took power. But I think we misused the power to a great extent. The hippy era could have turned into something much better than it did." - NME, 11/4/19...... Olivia Newton-John's iconic Grease leather jacket and skintight pants fetched $405,700 during an auction on Nov. 2 in Beverly Hills. According to Julien's Auctions, the leather jacket sold for $243,200 and the pants, which Newton-John famously had to be sewn into, went for $162,500. Other Grease memorabilia included a Pink Ladies jacket that went for $50,000 and a poster signed by Newton-John, John Travolta, director Randal Kleiser and producer and songwriter John Farrar, which sold for $64,000. The proceeds from the jacket and pants, as well as a portion of the other items sold, will go the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Australia. Meanwhile, a pair of Michael Jackson's sparkly socks worn during his first ever "moonwalk" as he performed "Billie Jean" during the 1983 Motown 25th anniversary are expected to command up to $1 million (or £776,000) during an auction organised by which begins on Nov. 13. In Chippenham, U.K., a rare copy of the Sex Pistols' single "God Save the Queen" fetched £13K. One of the rarest and most sought after records in the world, it was expected to fetch between £12,000-£15,000. - AP/NME, 11/4/19.

In a new interview with the British paper The Guardian as she promotes her just published book Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie, Carly Simon revealed that Pres. Donald Trump "was all over me like ugly on an ape" and she found him "repulsive" during an encounter with Trump one time at an event in New York. The "You're So Vain" singer said she met Trump once at a luncheon for Benazir Bhutto, the late lady prime minister of Pakistan, when Trump was a reality TV star on The Apprentice. "When I came into the room, there was Trump and a whole bunch of New York dignitaries. Trump wasn't paying any attention to me at all. Why would he?," Simon recalled. "Benazir Bhutto summoned me and asked me to go into the bedroom with her and so I went and we sat on the bed and she held my hands and said: 'I just love your music.' We talked about different songs that were her favourites and it maybe lasted three minutes." However Simon says her bedroom chat with Bhutto caused Trump to view her in a different light. "When I went out of the bedroom, obviously I had all of a sudden become important through the eyes of Donald Trump. So he was very anxious to meet me and invited me to Mar-a-Lago [his luxury estate in Florida] and was all over me like ugly on an ape." Simon says she turned down the offer straight away "because I thought he was kind of repulsive." Simon's new book, which details her relationship with former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, hit stores on Oct. 22. - New Musical Express, 11/3/19...... The Bee GeesThe entertainment site reported on Oct. 31 that Paramount Pictures, a new producer and financier company named Sister, Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King, and Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin are teaming up to develop a biopic on the eight-time Grammy winning pop group the Bee Gees. Paramount purchased the life rights to the Gibbs family estate, which includes deceased Bee Gees members Maurice and Robin Gibb and sole surviving member Barry Gibb, with the help of King, which ensures original Bee Gees music will be featured in the biopic. A Bee Gees project would mark a return to the rock biopic world for both Paramount and King, with the studio still enjoying critical acclaim and modest financial success from its Elton John biopic Rocketman, which has the possibility of Academy Award success similar to Bohemian Rhapsody's 5 Oscar nods and 4 wins, including Best Actor for Rami Malek and Freddie Mercury. The Bee Gees film has not been written yet, and no roles have been assigned. The Gibb brothers formed their pop trio in their native Australia in 1958, rising to popularity in the late '60s to early '70s with the rise of the disco era and selling over 220 million records worldwide. The were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. - Reporter, 10/31/19...... Michael Jackson has once again been named the highest earning dead celebrity after the late King of Pop topped the latest list for 2019 compiled by Forbes magazine. The news comes after the estate of Jackson, who died in 2009 aged 50 following an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol, earned over £46 million in the last 12 months, with his streaming numbers "surging" according to Forbes despite the controversy that followed the release of the controversial MJ documentary Leaving Neverland earlier in 2019. "With proceeds flowing from his Mijac Music catalogue, a Las Vegas show and a long-term deal with Sony, he retains his post mortem cash crown for the seventh consecutive year," Forbes reports. Coming in right behind Jackson on the list was Elvis Presley, whose estate made over £30 million in the past year. - New Musical Express, 11/1/19...... The three-year stretch when Bob Dylan laid low after his 1966 world tour which, although considered his creative peak, saw him living behind dark glasses and flying on amphetamines while in the throes of drug abuse and paranoia is captured on Dylan's latest Columbia release, Travelin' Thru, 1967 - 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15. The release, which hit stores on Nov. 1, features recordings beginning in 1967, when he headed to Nashville's Columbia Studio A and made the earthy John Wesley Harding, and in 1969, he recorded the breezy Nashville Skyline at the same studio. The 1967-69 era is often seen as a peculiar one for Dylan -- partly due to his voice, which changed from harsh and nasal to a mellow country croon in the Nashville Skyline era. The studio outtakes and live cuts on the release offer their own simple, subtle pleasures, as the pop bard played with rhythms and tempos and collaborated with country music superstar Johnny Cash, with all of their approximately 20 collaborations featured on the set. - Billboard, 11/1/19...... Jeff LynneElectric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne says he wasn't particularly focused on making an album to follow up 2015's Alone in the Universe under his Jeff Lynne's ELO banner, but inspiration for his just released JLE album From Out of Nowhere came from, well, out of the blue. "I suddenly thought 'This is good already.' I had just started like the first five minutes," Lynne says of the album's title track. "From out of nowhere, the tune came. It was just one of those songs that comes really quick." Lynne's latest LP comes after a flurry of activity in recent years from the British studio wizard and ELO creator, who returned to the road with the re-branded Jeff Lynne's ELO in 2015 after nearly a 30-year hiatus. His new band has toured frequently since, and he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. The new album features plenty of ELO's trademark layered instrumentation -- though with perhaps fewer strings than some past efforts -- and stacked vocals across 10 largely upbeat tracks. "I try to make them positive and have a positive vibe and just get on with it and have fun," Lynne says as he prepares for an upcoming concert in England for the BBC. Lynne adds that he "loves to play all the instruments and handle all the vocals" by himself. "My favorite thing is when I'm overdubbing instruments onto a track and I love to play them. So that's why I choose to do them," he says. "I could easily get anybody to play them, probably, but I come up with the ideas and I like to play them and I've got all the gear, all the keyboards, all the guitars and the drums, the bass. As a player, it's just so much fun to do that. I'd rather do that than anything else." The genial pop maestro adds that "I just hope I can keep coming up with something different, something new. Just keep trying. I just love making music so it's what I love to do best of all. So I'll just keep at it and try and come up with the best one ever one of these days." - Billboard, 11/1/19...... In a new Rolling Stone interview conducted by Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl, Ringo Starr opens up abou the moment he was told the tragic news of his Beatles bandmate John Lennon's 1980 death. "When John went, I was in the Bahamas. I was getting a phone call from my stepkids in L.A. saying, 'Something's happened to John'," Ringo explained. "And then they called and said, 'John's dead'. And I didn't know what to do." Revealing that he "still well[s] up that some bastard shot him," Starr went on to detail his actions in the immediate aftermath of John's death. "I just said, 'We've got to get a plane'. We got a plane to New York, and you don't know what you can do," he remembered. "We went to the apartment. 'Anything we can do?' And Yoko [Ono] just said, 'Well, you just play with Sean [Lennon, John's son]. Keep Sean busy'." "And that's what we did. That's what you think: 'What do you do now?'" Ringo released his 20th studio album, What's My Name, on Nov. 1 via UMe. It features a cover of Lennon's 1984 song "Grow Old With Me" alongside Paul McCartney, which Ringo describes as "a very emotional experience for me." - New Musical Express, 10/30/19...... Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has released a trailer to YouTube for his upcoming documentary Somebody Up There Like Me, in which he discusses he struggles with addiction. "I was in the hands of destiny all my life and being the right place at the right time," the guitarist says at the beginning of the trailer, before discussing his ongoing struggles with addiction. Wood is now nine years sober. Talking about his recovery, his wife Sally Humphries adds: "Ronnie's always a happy person. I just feel that if you're talking to a sober person, you've got the real person." Somebody Up There Like Me hits theaters on Nov. 26 and features interviews with Wood, Humphries, his Rolling Stones bandmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and his former Faces bandmate Rod Stewart, among others. - New Musical Express, 10/30/19...... Harry NilssonIn conjunction with the Nov. 22 release of the new Harry Nilsson box set Losst and Founnd which collects the final recordings made by the late Grammy-winning pop singer, Warner Chappell Music has announced a new four-part limited podcast series detailing the "long and fascinating narrative" behind the release. Entitled Final Sessions and hosted by Billboard contributor Joe Levy, the podcast -- each season of which will delve into another of "music's most notable releases" -- will also explore Nilsson's music, his close friendship with the Beatles, his family life and how his backstory informed his songs. The first episode of Final Sessions was released on Nov. 1 on all platforms. A new episode is slated to air every Friday in November leading up to the album's release. Produced by Mark Hudson (Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne), Losst and Found features nine Nilsson originals as well as covers by songwriter Jimmy Webb and Yoko Ono. It is the first album of new material from Nilsson since 1980's Flash Harry. Nilsson, who died in 1994 of a heart attack at the age of 52, released a total of 15 studio albums and racked up three top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart: "Everybody's Talkin'," "Coconut" and the No. 1 single "Without You." - Billboard, 11/1/19...... A Cornell University music professor has unearthed a previously unknown suite of songs recorded by the late Lou Reed for pop artist Andy Warhol, who was a collaborator of Reed's former band Velvet Underground and the band's onetime manager. Prof. Judith Peraino says she came across a cassette tape of the songs in 2017 while doing research at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. On Oct. 30, Peraino published "I'll Be Your Mixtape: Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, and the Queer Intimacies of Cassettes" in The Journal of Musicology. One side of the cassette contains live recordings that Reed had put together from his 1975 tour. The other was labelled "Philosophy Songs (From A to B & Back)" and contained 12 songs and a fragment of a 13th, all featuring Reed singing alone with his guitar. For the lyrics, Reed drew on the book Warhol had published that year, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again). "This tape is Lou Reed working out what he does best," Peraino told the New York Times, "which is figuring out the character of his song, telling the stories, being as brutally honest as he is in many of his writings." Reed's widow Laurie Anderson told the paper she had not known about the songs' existence, though Reed had talked about "some things that he had made for Andy." It's an open question whether the tape will remain property of the Warhol Museum, or if it will be claimed by Reed's estate or his former record label. It's also unclear if the songs will eventually be made publicly accessible. The cassette is still at the Warhol Museum, and access is restricted to professional scholars. Reed died on Oct. 27, 2012, from liver disease. An updated volume of his lyrics, I'll Be Your Mirror, will be republished on Nov. 7 after several years out of print. - New Musical Express/New York Times, 10/31/19...... Elton John's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour, which played 14 concerts during the month of September, earned $28.9 million from 216,004 tickets according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, which gives the English pop star the top spot on the publication's Top Tours chart. $28.9 million is the highest one-month total so far for Elton's tour, surpassing the $28.5 million he earned in October 2018. John has been a consistent presence on the Top Tours chart, netting his fifth month in the Top 10 and sixth on the chart. Elton's 14-show sprint in September brought him up along the west coast through Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and San Francisco before five Canadian dates in Vancouver and Edmonton. - Billboard, 10/31/19...... As the third installment of the female-charged big screen reboot of the hit '70s TV detective series Charlie's Angels hits theaters in the US on Nov. 15, an 11-track soundtrack album hits stores on Nov. 8 that was executive-produced by Ariana Grande, who features on five of its songs. Grande's contemporaries Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey also appear on the soundtrack of the new movie, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska and Elizabeth Banks, who directed and wrote the screenplay. The new movie follows the Angels from across the globe as they work to protect society after a systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology. - Billboard, 11/1/19...... A rare vinyl copy of the Sex Pistols 1977 single "God Save the Queen" is expected to fetch thousands of pounds when it goes under the hammer in the U.K. at Wessex Auction Rooms at Westbrook Farm in Chippenham. The record is described by the auctioneers as "a superb copy of one of the rarest and most sought after records in the world," as it is contained in original A&M sleeve, and within card sleeve with A&M Records sticker." Speaking to a local paper, auctioneer and vinyl expert Martin Hughes said: "I have had the privilege of selling many rare records but this is certainly the most exciting of them all. The Sex Pistols will always be the most iconic punk band, and perhaps also one of the most culturally significant. This is a chance for a collector to own a piece of music history." Meanwhile, the '70s punk icons are reportedly being considered for a big screen biopic treatment, with the U.K. firm Starlight Films working on the early stages of a Sex Pistols movie for the last 18 months. - NME, 10/29/19...... Olivia Newton-JohnThe sexy outfit worn by Olivia Newton-John in one of the final scenes of her 1978 movie Grease which as legend has it she was literally zipped into is being auctioned by the Australian pop/movie icon to help raise funds for her cancer treatment center in her native country. The outfit is just one of 500 items Newton-John is selling to help her cause, which also include her original Grease script, the gown she wore to the Grease premiere, and a custom Pink Ladies jacket. "It took quite a few months to weed through boxes and storage containers. But it was a fun venture. It just took a lot of time and sorting," Olivia told the U.K. paper The Guardian. Newton-John noted her Grease pants "have a broken zip and I had to be stitched into them because they were made in the 50s." Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time earlier in 2019. In January, she released a video that clarified that, contrary to reports, she was not on her death bed, and was in fact doing quite well. -, 10/29/19...... Oscar-nominated screenwriter Bernard Slade, known for creating such TV series as The Partridge Family, The Flying Nun and Bewitched as well as the enduring romantic comedy "Same Time, Next Year" for Broadway" and its movie adaptation, died peacefully on Oct. 30 at his Beverly Hills home from complications of Lewy body dementia. He was 89. In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Slade also created NBC's The Girl With Something Extra which like The Flying Nun also starred Sally Field, ABC's Love on a Rooftop featuring Judy Carne and Pete Duel, and CBS' Bridget Loves Bernie starring David Birney and Meredith Baxter. Both original Broadway and movie versions of "Same Time, Next Year" starred Ellen Burstyn, who won a Tony in 1975 for her stage performance, then earned an Oscar nomination for best actress. She starred opposite Charles Grodin on Broadway and with Alan Alda in the 1978 feature. Slade's work netted him Tony and Oscar noms as well. Mr. Slade was married to actress Jill Foster for 64 years before her death in 2017. He often credited her as the inspiration for many of his favorite female characters, including Doris in "Same Time, Next Year." - The Hollywood Reporter, 10/30/19...... Tom Draper, a black music industry pioneer who during his 12-year stint with Warner Bros. Records helped the label become a leading force in black music with a roster that included Prince, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, the Staple Singers, Ashford & Simpson and Bootsy Collins, among others, died Oct. 25 in Atlanta after a short illness. He was 79. Born and raised in Detroit, Draper attended the University of Detroit, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing. He worked in promotion for RCA Records' newly established black music department and was subsequently promoted to VP of A&R before moving to Warner Bros. Records and became a Time Warner VP in 1987. Draper also supported various social causes including the Children's Defense Fund and the Institute for Black Parenting. - Billboard, 11/1/19.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted by Administrator on October 29th, 2019

The historic Hayvenhurst home of Michael Jackson in Los Angeles was transformed into a haunted house on Oct. 25 by Jackson's sons Prince and Bigi Jackson for their third annual event to benefit Prince Jackson's Heal Los Angeles foundation. With "Thriller" on loop, and mile-long spooky mazes in the themes of clowns, the Jackson siblings' party was also attended by their cousins and extended family members. "Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, it's almost one of the only ones I actually celebrate," said Prince, who was dressed as Clark Griswold from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (his girlfriend's idea). "It's fun to dress up and scare people -- my family's always been pranksters and we always play tricks on each other." Heal LA was founded by Prince as a continuation of the King of Pop's Heal the World organization, and recently got its nonprofit status. It works to improve the conditions of those in Los Angeles, focusing on child hunger, homelessness and abuse. Meanwhile, Micheal Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck are hoping to get another shot at a financial windfall from the Jackson estate by citing a newly signed California law meant to support victims of childhood sexual assault. The pair has filed paperwork with the appellate court where they continue to fight the estate, citing Assembly Bill 218 that California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Oct. 13. Robson and Safechuck are asking the court for an "opportunity to submit supplemental briefing as to the new law and its effect on this action," which could drastically change the case. The law, which takes effect on Jan.1, 2020, is designed to extend the time for victims for childhood sexual assault. According to the law, the new period to sue direct perpetrators of such crimes is either the victim's 40th birthday or within five years after the victim discovers the psychological injury from the sexual assault. Robson is 37 years old, and Safechuck is 41. The case is due back in court in November for a hearing on the case. - Billboard/, 10/28/19...... Ozzy OsbourneIn other Halloween-related news, Ozzy Osbourne says he's hoping to scare up the weirdest, wildest Halloween costume contest ever by challenging fans on Oct. 24 to dress up as their favorite version of Ozzy and send in a pic for a chance to win a signed bone like the one that appears on the cover of his upcoming box set, See You on the Other Side, which drops on Nov. 29. Ozzy's official site already features dozens of amazing entries, which Ozzy will accept through Nov. 1. See You on the Other Side collects all 10 of Ozzy's solo albums and the "Mr. Crowley" and "Just Say Ozzy" EPs, as well as the Tribute double live album, Live & Loud, Live at Budokan and the Flippin' the B-Side rarities collection. Ozzy has shared a trailer for his contest on YouTube. Meanwhile, Ozzy's wife Sharon Osbourne revealed in a new interview on SiriusXM radio that Ozzy has "just finished a new album" that he intends to release in January. Sharon also added that Ozzy was thrilled about "Take What You Want," the song he collaborated on with Post Malone and Travis Scott. The track appears on Malone's recent album, Hollywood's Bleeding. In January 2019, while recovering from pneumonia, Ozzy suffered a fall at home. He underwent neck surgery for his injuries, the aftermath of which he described as "agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life." Ozzy's recent health struggles have led him to postpone several dates of his "No More Tours II" farewell tour, and Sharon says after he finishes his rescheduled dates for a North American tour that kicks off in May 2020, he "won't do any more touring" but a Las Vegas residency is not out of the question. - Billboard/New Musical Express, 10/25/19...... New Jersey rock legend Southside Johnny and '80s power pop/rock hitmakers The Smithereens were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame on Oct. 27. "Without Southside Johnny, there never would have been a Jon Bon Jovi," said Jon Bon Jovi, who inducted him. "I always wanted to be an Asbury Juke," Bon Jovi added, calling the band's leader "a friend, a mentor, a bad influence and sometimes a cranky S.O.B." Bon Jovi and Southside also performed a rendition of "I Don't Wanna Go Home" at the ceremony held at Asbury Park, N.J.'s Convention Hall, backed by the band Kings Of Suburbia. - AP, 10/27/19...... In other N.J.-related news, Bruce Springsteen's new movie Western Stars earned a disappointing $560,000 from 537 theaters in its weekend premiere in the fourth weekend in October. Combined with grosses from preview sneaks hosted by Fathom Events on Oct. 19 and Oct. 23, the documentary has earned $1 million to date, according to Warner Bros. Western Stars showcases Springsteen performing all 13 songs on his first studio album in five years. It also includes archival footage, personal narration and guest appearances. - The Hollywood Reporter, 10/27/19...... Meanwhile, Springsteen's E Street Band member Nils Lofgren, who appears in Western Stars, says he's "glad Bruce is publicly saying he finally wrote some songs for us." "There's nothing booked, but I'm hoping that at some point we start looking at recording. That's up to Bruce, of course. But I certainly feel with the planet falling apart it would be high time and useful for the entire world to have a Bruce record and tour," Lofgren adds. As also a member of the band Crazy Horse, Lofgren also has a significant part in Neil Young's new movie Mountaintop, which chronicles the making of Young's just released album Colorado. "We all showed up with just a rudimentary understanding of the (chord) changes, not any grand specific ideas, and as soon as we started playing with each other it led from that," Lofgren recalls. The process is captured in Mountaintop, which screened for one night only in theaters on Oct. 22 and will likely surface again -- on the Neil Young Archives site if nowhere else. - Billboard, 10/25/19...... Peter AsherGrammy-winning record producer Peter Asher, a former member of the '60s British Invasion pop duo Peter & Gordon who has produced for artists such as James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, has just released a new Beatles-related book titled The Beatles From A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour. "I had this idea of trying an alphabetical system, taking a leaf out of Sesame Street's book," Asher says. "And so I did it letter-by-letter. Not just song titles but people, instruments and all kinds of different stuff using a particular letter." One of Asher's personal anecdotes that is also included is that James Taylor's song "Something In The Way She Moves," from his self-titled debut album on the Beatles' Apple label that Asher produced, inspired George Harrison's "Something." "James had written that song and George used that same line of lyrics, which James said was a compliment," says Asher, who also hosts a weekly SiriusXM Beatles Channel radio show. Also, "James pointed out that in (his) song he used the lyrics 'I feel fine'." Asked to describe the Beatles as he knew them, Asher says, "Paul was the charmer and is an amazing musician. John could be argumentative and cantankerous. But he could also be spectacularly brilliant." Asher will be on tour with his "A Musical Memoir of the '60s and Beyond" solo performances including Dec. 15 at Bimbo's 365 in San Francisco. - Billboard, 10/28/19...... In other Beatles-related news, Ringo Starr participated in a charity book signing at the famed Sunset Marquis' Morrison Hotel Gallery in West Hollywood on Oct. 24, meeting with 30 fans who have purchased limited-edition prints from his new photography book, Another Day in the Life. The book's release closely coincides with the Nov. 1 release of What's My Name, Starr's 20th studio album via UMe. The radiantly upbeat album, recorded at Roccabella West, Starr's home studio in Los Angeles, features such friends and frequent Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band collaborators as Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Dave Stewart, Colin Hay, Richard Page, Steve Lukather and Benmont Tench, as well as his fellow remaining Beatle, Paul McCartney. The emotional centerpiece of the album is "Grow Old With Me," a tune John Lennon wrote for his and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy LP but didn't record (Lennon's demo of the song appeared posthumously on 1984's Milk and Honey). "It moved me," Ringo says. "I did my best and it's very me, but you know, he wrote those words and he'd written songs for me before, so I thought, 'No, I'm gonna do it'." - Billboard, 10/24/19...... On Oct. 25 Diana Ross announced a new set of UK tour dates on Twitter as part of her "Top Of The World" 2020 tour. Tickets for the dates go on sale Nov. 1 at 9:00 a.m. GMT. Ross was recently confirmed as the performer in the hallowed Sunday "Legend Slot" at next year's Glastonbury on June 28, and after that set she'll go on to play at least six more live shows in the U.K. The jaunt is set to wrap up on July 8 with a gig at London's The O2. "I am in total appreciation of all. I'm feeling Great, life is so good. My love, my light is steady and constant. I focus on joy. I love looking at the energy all around me," she posted to her fans. - New Musical Express, 10/25/19...... In a new interview with BBC Radio 2, Brian May of Queen says his band won't be playing the Glastonbury festival in 2020 after clashing with Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis over Britain's controversial badger cull, which May has long opposed. Eavis previously called May a "danger to farming" and criticised the guitarist's opposition to the controversial cull -- arguing that the process is a fight against the impact that bovine TB can cause when cattle become infected. "We won't [play Glastonbury] and there are a lot of reasons for that," May told the BBC2. "One of them is that Michael Eavis has frequently insulted me, and I don't particularly enjoy that. What bothers me more is that he's in favour of the badger cull, which I regard as a tragedy and an unnecessary crime against wildlife. There's a little bit of a schism there, I wouldn't do Glastonbury. Unless things changed radically," May added. - New Musical Express, 10/25/19...... A new tribute album to late blues/jazz legend Mose Allison, If You're Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison, will feature contributions from Jackson Browne and Taj Mahal. The 15-song set also features Allison covers by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, Ben Harper, Richard Thompson, the Pixies' Frank Black and more. It was put together by Allison's daughter Amy Allison, who duets with Elvis Costello on her father's "Monsters of the Id," and musician/producer Don Heffington. "He strikes a chord across all genres," Amy says of her late dad. "You can have a musician you wouldn't ever imagine would be influenced or an admirer of my dad, but they are. I think musicians just really respect him, all different musicians seem to relate in some way, which is so great." A clip of Jackson Browne's contribution, "If You Live," and Taj Mahal's contribution, "Your Mind Is On Vacation," can be viewed on YouTube. - Billboard, 10/28/19...... John FogertyJohn Fogerty has shared a rippin' live version of the title track of his 1985 album Centerfield on, which appears on his upcoming live album and film 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks. "I'm really happy about the life that song has had," Fogerty says. "Back when I wrote it I liked it, but I probably thought I was really tempting the Fates to try and mix rock n' roll and baseball. I knew there had been other baseball songs over the years, and they really didn't become hits -- except maybe 'Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song)' by The Treniers. But I just said, 'By golly, I'll just do it anyway,' and it worked out." Though he played "left out" as a youth, Fogerty, a San Francisco Bay Area native, has been a baseball fan from a young age, indoctrinated to root for the New York Yankees by his father and later becoming a San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's fan. "My dad would talk about this fabled (Yankees) team back east when Babe Ruth played -- and I was so young I thought he was still playing," Fogerty recalls. "It was just this mystical, magical thing I kind of adopted, and then I eventually got my own teams to root for." Fogerty says he's ready to make some new music -- his first since 2013's Wrote a Song For Everyone and his first of all-new songs since 2007's Revival. "I'm very much working on new songs and trying to find the right musicians who really do what I'm trying to do," he explains. "It's a process. I'm getting very antsy about not having done it this year, although apparently I've had some distractions here to keep me busy. I don't quite have the urgency I had in 1969; I've got a family and a beautiful wife and those things sort of have the priorities. But I sure want to get this rolling, I really do." - Billboard, 10/25/19...... Motörhead released a box set of vinyl reissues, 1979, via Sanctuary Records on Oct. 25, which contains half-speed remasters of the band's classic '79 albums Overkill and Bomber, alongside two newly unearthed live shows from that year and an LP of outtakes from both titles. The package features seven LPs in total, as well as a 7-inch "No Class" single, a Bomber tour program, Overkill sheet music, and a 40-page book of insightful liner notes. - Billboard, 10/25/19...... A posthumous memoir from Prince,, The Beautiful Ones, was released on Oct. 29 and contains no bombshells, though word is Prince very much wanted to provide some, and a mere 28 memoir pages written in Prince's elegant script and quirky style. Though the project was thrown into chaos when Prince died on Apr. 21, 2016, of an accidental drug overdose, his estate ultimately decided to press on, allowing co-writer Dan Piepenbring and his publishing team free access to the pieces of his life left behind at his beloved Paisley Park, including the contents of his vault. Piepenbring says their last conversation was just four days before Prince died, and focused on Prince's parents and their conflicting influences in his life. Many of the photos in the book are familiar to hardcore Prince fans and it includes a heavy dose of previously published interviews with Prince. - AP, 10/26/19...... SantanaCarlos Santana announced on Oct. 28 the itinerary for his upcoming spring 2020 European leg of his "Miraculous 2020" world tour. Santana will kick off the jaunt on Mar. 14 at the Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy, playing several cities including Budapest (3/19), Vienna (3/20), Cologne (3/23), Glasgow (3/26), London (3/27), Amsterdam (3/31) and Stockholm (4/3) before wrapping in Helsinki on Apr. 5. The Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is marking the 20th anniversary of his Supernatural album and the 50th anniversary of his classic 1970 sophomore release, Abraxas. The tour will also feature what Santana calls "the new hymns and songs of tomorrow" from his band -- which includes his wife and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana -- from his 2019 Rick Rubin-produced album Africa Speaks. - Billboard, 10/28/19...... Elton John was forced to postpone an Oct. 26 concert in Indianapolis, Ind., due to illness. "It is with the heaviest heart that I'm forced to deliver the news that I am extremely unwell and therefore unable to perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse tonight," John wrote in an announcement on social media a few hours before the concert was set to begin. "I absolutely hate to let my fans down, but I owe it to you to put on the best show possible and unfortunately that's simply not possible. The date will be rearranged for March 2020, and I promise I will deliver the show you deserve. Thank you so much for your support and understanding," Elton added. The Indianapolis show, part of John's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour, has now been rescheduled for Mar. 26, 2020. - Billboard, 10/26/19...... In a new interview with Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper published on Oct. 27, Pete Townshed of The Who revealed his 2003 bust for using his credit card to access a child porn website "sort of saved my life." Townshend, who later accepted an official caution and was placed on Brtain's sex offenders registry for five years, has always maintained his innocence, claiming he was merely researching the issue of online child porn. "Just for the record, my arrest was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me. It probably saved my life," he told the publication. Explaining further, Townshend said that he'd been putting off having a test for bowel cancer, which he eventually booked in after police raided his home. "While I was waiting for the police to go through my computers I decided to have that long-postponed colonoscopy," the 74-year-old guitarist explained. "The doctor showed me the polyp. He said 'this would have killed you in six months.' So it sort of saved my life." - WENN/, 10/28/19...... Former Police frontman Sting's Rainforest Fund has announced a benefit concert with performances by Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, James Taylor and more this December. The organization founded by Sting and his wife and actress Trudie Styler will host their 30th anniversary benefit concert at Beacon Theatre in New York with actor Robert Downey Jr. serving as host. The event, called We'll Be Together, will also welcome Bob Geldof, Shaggy, Ricky Martin and Eurythmics to celebrate artists and songs from the '80s and '90s -- when the Rainforest Fund says music and activism united to change the world and MTV brought it to life with sound and vision. "We'll Be Together is a nod to the past benefits such as Band Aid, Live Aid and Farm Aid that united music and global issues to ignite a revolution of social change and awareness," said Styler in a release. "With the Amazon blighted by fire this summer, and a real and growing awareness of climate change, there has never been a more important or more opportune moment to fight to protect our forests. All life on earth depends on their survival." Tickets for the show will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 9:00 am on Nov. 1. - Billboard, 10/24/19...... Paul Barrere, guitarist and singer for the rock group Little Feat, died on Oct. 26 in a Los Angeles hospital due to side effects from an ongoing treatment for liver disease. He was 71. Little Feat's lead guitarist, singer and main songwriter, Lowell George, died in 1979. But Barrere was a foundational part of Little Feat's funky, blues-inflected Southern rock. He wrote or co-wrote some of the band's most beloved songs including "Skin It Back," "Time Loves a Hero" and "Old Folks Boogie." After initially auditioning as a bassist, Barrere joined the band three years after its founding in 1969. The band would carve out a distinct, danceable American sound of their own that melded blues, rockabilly, country, gospel and funk. Little Feat is currently on a 50th anniversary tour that Barrere sat out due to his health. It was set to wrap up on Oct. 27 in Wilks-Barre, Pennsylvania. Bonnie Raitt, with whom Barrere also played, remembered the guitarist, calling him "a cornerstone of one of the greatest bands of all time." "We will hold him in our hearts and celebrate his life and music always," she said. - AP, 10/27/19...... Robert EvansVeteran movie producer and former Paramount Pictures chief Robert Evans, who produced such classic '70s and '80s films as Chinatown and Urban Cowboy, passed away on the evening of Oct. 26. He was 89. Even though Hollywood history is filled with colorful characters, few can match the tale of Mr. Evans, whose life would seem far-fetched if it were fiction. With his matinee-idol looks but little acting talent, Mr. Evans was given starring roles in a few movies and then, with no studio experience, was handed the production reins at Paramount in the 1960s. When he left the exec ranks, his first film as a producer was the classic Chinatown, and he followed with other hits, like Marathon Man and Urban Cowboy. Eventually, his distinctive look and speaking style turned him into a cult figure, and he had the distinction of being the only film executive who starred in his own animated TV series. Amid the successes, his wife, actress Ali MacGraw, left him for Steve McQueen, her costar in the 1972 caper movie The Getaway, a love triangle that got huge media attention. (MacGraw was the third of Mr. Evans' seven wives.) In 1980, Mr. Evans was arrested for cocaine possession and a few years later, was involved in an even bigger scandal: the murder of would-be Hollywood player Roy Radin during the production of The Cotton Club. Due to his association with Radin, Mr. Evans became a material witness in the execution-style slaying, though no proof of Mr. Evans' knowledge of or connection to the murder was ever established. Drug dependency and the studios' changing corporate culture plagued Mr. Evans' later career. When he eventually resurfaced at Paramount in the '90s, his production track record was mostly undistinguished (The Saint, Sliver). But by then his larger-than-life persona was already the stuff of Hollywood legend. Evans parodied himself in the film Burn, Hollywood, Burn (1998), and Dustin Hoffman, a longtime friend, borrowed liberally from Mr. Evans in creating the character of an outrageous producer in the 1997 satire Wag the Dog, earning an Oscar nomination in the process. In 1998 Mr. Evans suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on one side and unable to speak, but he eventually made a full recovery after much therapy. He made a triumphant return in some sense with the 2002 documentary adaptation of The Kid Stays in the Picture, in which Mr. Evans idiosyncratically discussed his life. Mr. Evans, who was married and divorced seven times, is survived by his son, Josh, an actor and director, and a grandson. - Reuters/, 10/28/19.

This summer, Queen in partnership with YouTube Music and the band's label Hollywood Records launched a "You Are The Champions" project in which 10,000 Queen fans from more than 120 countries submitted their renditions of three Queen classics -- "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Don't Stop Me Now" and "A Kind Of Magic." Now the band has selected three of the best fan-made videos for "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Don't Stop Me Now" and "A Kind Of Magic" to become the official Queen videos for those respective songs. "It's one of the most rewarding things that can happen to an artist of any kind: to see that our work has inspired folk all around the world to create their own performances and visual art is a thrill," Queen guitarist Brian May says. "And the diversity of their vision is astonishing. Big thanks to everyone who participated." The "You Are The Champions" campaign was created to celebrate Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" becoming the the first pre-1990s video to reach one billion YouTube views. - Billboard, 10/24/19...... Although Elton John had been rumoured to be among the headliners for the U.K.'s 50th anniversary Glastonbury festival next year, the Rocketman took himself out of the running on Oct. 23 by announcing he will be performing shows in the U.S. that conflict with the festival's June 26-28 dates. John announced he will be performing shows in Dallas on June 26 and 27. Other acts rumoured to be performing at Glastonbury 2020 include Sir Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Taylor Swift, The 1975, Foals and Green Day, however the only confirmed act so far is Diana Ross, who will performing in the coveted Sunday legends slot. Sir Elton continues to promote his recently released memoir, Me, and is in the midst of a long U.K. run of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour that began in September and will run through December. - New Musical Express, 10/23/19...... Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney shared a new music video on Oct. 23 for his 1993 animal rights advocacy tune "Looking For Changes" as part of the music legend and avid animal rights activist's collaboration with animal ethics organization PETA. The animated clip shows scenarios in which lab workers get tricked by the animals they are about to experiment on, as a cartoon McCartney and his furry friends head over to Capitol Hill to demand government "changes in the way we treat our fellow creatures." Sir Paul's video comes after U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard asked National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins for a plan to reduce the use of animals in experiments during a hearing in September. According to PETA, studies show that 90% of basic research used with animals doesn't lead to treatments for humans. The Environmental Protection Agency then announced its plan to end all tests on mammals. - Billboard, 10/23/19...... Moviegoers in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Asbury Park, N.J., attending Springsteen's new movie Western Stars at the AMC Lowes Freehold Cinema on Oct. 19 were delightfully surprised when the Boss himself showed up at the theater to introduce two preview screenings of the film. Springsteen told audiences that since his band knew it wasn't going to tour, he had to try to figure out a way to bring the music to his audience and decided to release the Western Stars movie, which was shot in a barn in front of a small audience at Springsteen's property in Colts Neck. The film officially hits U.S. theaters on Oct. 26. - AP, 10/22/29...... Seventies reggae legend Bob Marley's song "Turn Your Lights Down Low" was covered by two contestants on the NBC talent show The Voice on Oct. 21. During part three of the battles, contestant Kiara Brown went head-to-head with fellow contestant Royce Lovett with a cover of the song, originally recorded by Marley and his band the Wailers for the classic album Exodus. The judges, which include John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani decided to give Lovett the win, who Stefani said "has so much character, personality and dynamics." A clip of Lovett's peformance can be viewed on YouTube. - Billboard, 10/22/19...... Producers of the Who's Broadway adaptation of their classic 1969 album Tommy announced on Oct. 21 that New York audiences will get another chance to witness that sensory experience when the musical "Tommy" returns to the Great White Way for dates that are to be announced soon. The new production will again directed by Des McAnuff, who was instrumental in developing the material for the stage when it premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in Southern California in summer 1992 and became an instant hit. The production transferred to Broadway the following spring and went on to win five Tony Awards, including best original score for Pete Townshend and best direction of a musical for McAnuff, as well as scenic design, lighting and choreography (it lost out on best musical to "Kiss of the Spider Woman.") Featuring such songs as "Pinball Wizard," "Acid Queen," "Listening to You" and "I'm Free," the show tells the story of a British Army captain's young son, Tommy Walker, traumatized into apparent deafness and blindness and subjected to neglect, abuse and drugs before finding fame as a pinball champion and eventual spiritual leader. McAnuff and Townshend recently reunited at an Oct. 14 one-night-only benefit concert performance of the musical at La Jolla Playhouse, marking the album's 50th anniversary. - The Hollywood Reporter, 10/21/19...... Cable network HBO filed paperwork in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court on Oct. 20 to appeal a decision to allow the Michael Jackson estate to enforce a non-disparagement clause in a 1992 contract that provided HBO with rights to air a televised concert following the release of Jackson's album Dangerous. The pay cabler wants another shot at convincing a court that the Jackson estate can't go to arbitration over its Emmy-winning sex abuse documentary Leaving Neverland. HBO has argued that the legal claims are premised on an old agreement that has been fully performed by the parties and thus terminated. It further contends that the Jackson estate is attempting to trample on its First Amendment rights by using a quarter-century-old, nearly forgotten contract as "a perpetual platform to police HBO's speech." An attorney for the Jackson estate described HBO's appeal as "bogus (and) nothing more than HBO's latest desperate attempt to cover up the truth about its shoddy journalism." - The Hollywood Reporter, 10/21/19...... Walter BeckerAn estate auction of late Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker took place at Julien's Auctions' Beverly Hills location on Oct. 18 and 19 and fetched $3.3 million, overall, surpassing initial estimates of $1-$2 million on opening day. The auction featured 600 guitars and 400 amps that belonged to the acclaimed musician, renowned for his quiet perfectionism in the studio with longtime musical partner Donald Fagen. "It's phenomenal," said Darren Julien, owner of Julien's Auctions. "Who else had this many guitars and this many amps? Who else had a collection like this? It's unbelievable. And he didn't just buy them because they looked great. He literally played all of them and that's what made this collection unique." The auction was attended by Becker's widow, Delia, who said her husband was "obsessed with sound" and guitars were stored "everywhere." In addition to storage spaces in New York and Hawaii, their New York apartment was filled with guitars and Delia said "amps were lined up at the foot of the bed, under every table, the dining room table was all amps and then all the floor space." One of Becker's favorite guitars to play at concerts, a green sparkly Strat-style guitar purchased from New York based guitar maker Chihoe Hahn in 2011, sold for a whopping $68,750 to a buyer bidding over the phone. At a private VIP reception held a couple of days before the auction, guests included Becker's daughter, Sayan, Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and Village Studios owner Jeff Greenberg, where some of Steely Dan's best known hits "Peg" and "Hey Nineteen" were recorded. "I'd rather have Walter here and not see all this stuff for sale," said Greenberg. "But it's pretty trippy, right? These are spectacular guitars. He was magical. Their records are still magical. It's some of the greatest music ever made." Becker died of esophageal cancer at age 67 in 2017. - Billboard, 10/21/19...... Appearing recently on the U.K. TV programme The Jonathan Ross Show, punk rock icon Iggy Pop was asked about his younger days in the Stooges and how he once stuck his tongue into an electric socket. "Well it was an electric train transformer," said Pop correcting Ross before adding: "I tried spider webs too. I tried to smoke them. You know you've got to start somewhere." As for the experience itself, he described it as "harsh." When host Jonathan Ross asked Pop if he was surprised that he's still alive, he said: "No its brinksmanship. My psychiatrist told me in the '70s 'you have amazing brinkmanship, you go to a certain place and you know when to pull back'. I always have and I'm a very conservative guy in my daily life. I go to bed early." Pop released his latest album, Free in September, and will make a one-off appearance as part of The EFG London Jazz Festival. Pop will perform his new record in its entirety at The Barbican Centre on Nov. 21, and it will be his only UK date of the year. - New Musical Express, 10/21/19...... A previously unreleased track from Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, "Wanted Man," has been shared on YouTube for the first time ahead of the release of the 15th installment of Dylan's Bootleg Sessions series. Travelin' Thru, 1967 - 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15 hits stores on Nov. 1 and will feature 47 unheard and sought after Dylan recordings. Dylan wrote "Wanted Man," which appears on disc 3 of the 3-disc set, for Cash and it later became a hit for the late country star. - NME, 10/21/19...... It was announced on Oct. 20 that 10km of an Australian motorway on the actual "Highway To Hell" will close in March 2020 to host a rolling AC/DC tribute concert in memory of the 40th anniversary of the death of AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott. On March 1, the Canning Highway, the motorway Scott would travel down regularly in his youth, will close between Canning Bridge and Fremantle to play host to the world's longest festival stage, featuring 8 bands playing AC/DC covers, including Amyl and the Sniffers, Shonen Knife and more. The stretch of motorway that will close is known as the real "Highway To Hell," named after a series of fatal crashes along the stretch and immortalised in the band's iconic 1979 album of the same name. Part of the 2020 Perth Festival, the event will reportedly mimic AC/DC's video for "It's A Long Way To The Top," which saw them playing on the back of a truck as it rode through Melbourne. The closing date of the event will coincide with the exact 40th anniversary of Scott's ashes arriving at Fremantle Cemetery. "It was like, 'We just have to do this', despite the ridiculous size of it," says event director Iain Grandage. Meanwhile, former AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said earlier in 2019 that he will "absolutely" tour again with AC/DC, after he was forced to quit the band in 2016 after suffering hearing loss. Johnson and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh have also confirmed they've been in the studio together and new music could be coming from them. - NME, 10/20/19...... Carly SimonCarly Simon is getting mixed reviews for Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie, her just released book about her relationship with former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. One reviewer notes that in the memoir, Simon does not quite seem to grasp that Jackie O was not a very good friend: "In one section, she describes needing to take a Valium in a restaurant bathroom after waiting hours for her 'friend,' terrified that Jackie ditched her for something better. When Jackie finally arrived she claimed to have been 'stuck in an elevator,' a story Simon, even after all these years still seems to buy." Another reviewer has pointed out that Simon's relationship with Onassis does not sound at all like friendship, a revelation that the book's editors were perhaps too kind to point out: "When Jackie asks Simon to find a band to play daughter Caroline Kennedy's wedding, the musician is not only flattered, but grateful. She books the band and even sings with them. It never occurs to her how canny Jackie was to snag a Grammy- and Oscar-winning artist for free." -, 10/20/19...... Meanwhile, Patti Smith was interviewed by the U.K. paper The Guardian as part of a promotional tour to promoter her new book, Year of the Monkey. Asked to name a book she was unable to finish, Smith replied by naming The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. "It gave me such anxiety that I threw up. I never finished it -- and still can't bear to," the author and musician said. Elsewhere, Smith revealed that Little Women was the book that changed her life and that the book she wish she had written was The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian writer Carlo Collodi. "[It's] the perfect book for any age," she said of Collodi's book that later became the basis for the 1940 Disney movie Pinocchio. "It addresses creation, the war between good and evil, redemption, and transfiguration in one beloved tale. I have loved it since age seven and have long wished to write something similar." - NME, 10/19/19...... TV producer and executive Al Burton, who developed and or produced such famous '70s sitcoms as One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman for Norman Lear died on Oct. 22 at his home in San Mateo, Calif. He was 91. Mr. Burton was also a force in baby boomer entertainment and marketing who forged a career that spanned the first six decades of television and included concerts, beauty pageants and other live events. Mr. Burton was also the producer of Charles in Charge, Win Ben Stein's Money (for which he won a Daytime Emmy award) and Turn Ben Stein On for Comedy Central. Mr. Burton's gift for spotting talent helped ignite the careers of Ben Stein, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jimmy Kimmel, Ricky Schroder, Pamela Anderson, George Clooney, Valerie Bertinelli and MacKenzie Phillips, among others. In the '60s, Mr. Burton began live, outdoor, summer pop music broadcasts from Pacific Ocean Park in 1960, including the first live TV performance of the Beach Boys. He launched his first Teen-Age Fair in 1962, and it drew attendance of 256,000. He also booked the Rolling Stones for their first U.S. appearance as well as other acts like the Doors, Ricky Nelson, Lesley Gore and The Four Seasons. He retired to the Bay Area in 2006 and is survived by his wife, Sally, and their daughter, Jennifer. - The Hollywood Reporter, 10/23/19...... Aretha FranklinOscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans have joined Jennifer Hudson in MGM's upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect. Whitaker will play Franklin's father, a Baptist minister and popular preacher who was unfaithful to his wife, while Wayans will play Ted White, Franklin's first husband, whom she married when she was 19 and who was abusive. Hudson is portraying Franklin. Directed by Tony winner Liesl Tommy, the biopic follows the Queen of Soul's rise to fame in the 1960s and 1970s and chronicles her abusive marriage. The film will feature several of Aretha's best known songs, including "Respect," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Think," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Spanish Harlem," "Amazing Grace" and "Chain of Fools." - Billboard, 10/18/19...... Nick Tosches, a literary music writer who looked older than his years and cloaked himself in a noir-ish persona, died on Oct. 20 t the age of 69. Tosches made a career of questioning the origins of inspiration, often tracing it back to ancient times, and finding the precise language with which to express it. Tosches was known by music fans for his essays and reviews, and especially his two classic biographies. His book on Jerry Lee Lewis, 1982's Hellfire, was once described by Rolling Stone magazine as "quite simply the best rock and roll biography ever written." A decade later, his biography of Dean Martin explored the life of the boozy pop singer and actor with reportorial detail and literary language, and it was once rumored to be a Martin Scorsese film, with Tom Hanks attached to star. - Billboard, 10/23/19...... Ed Cherney, a Grammy and Emmy-winning recording engineer who worked on such seminal works as Bonnie Raitt's Nick of Time, Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven," The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon, and Willie Nelson's "My Way" among hundreds more, died on Oct. 22 from cancer. He was 69. Other artists he worked with included Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Elton John, Sting, Etta James, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne, among others. "Eddie was a real sonic genius," says producer Don Was, who worked with Cherney on the Raitt and Rolling Stones' albums, among others. "He knew how to add some ear-pleasing sparkle and sheen while keeping the music feeling intimate and natural... A terrific person and a great friend. He is utterly irreplaceable." - Billboard, 10/22/19.