Favorite Seventies Artists In The News
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Friends and fans of Levon Helm travel by bus to his home in Woodstock, N.Y. on Apr. 26 to say goodbye to late the Band drummer, who died of throat cancer on Apr. 19..... Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson releases "Thick As a Brick 2," his sequel to the classic 1972 Tull album "Thick As a Brick."..... The Beatles' first full US concert in Washington, D.C., in Feb. 1964 featuring recently unearthed, restored and remastered footage of the show will be screened in US theaters in May..... Paul McCartney comes in at No. 3 on the London Sunday Times' annual rundown of the Top 50 Music Millionaires in Britain and Ireland..... The Beach Boys kick off their 50th anniversary tour in Tuscon, Ariz., on Apr. 24 before a backdrop of surfboards lined up like Grecian columns on either side of a huge video screen..... Elton John's partner David Furnish tells the London Evening Standard on Apr. 24 that he and Elton are planning to have another child via surrogate so their 13-month-old son Zachary will have a sibling..... Carole King's new release "Legendary Demos" features songs the legendary singer/songwriter gave away to such acts as the Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and the Righteous Brothers..... The son of Bee Gees singe Robin Gibb says on Apr. 23 that his ailing father awoke from a coma while music from his latest composition, the recently released classical work "The Titanic Requiem", was playing..... Cher's son Chaz Bono and "Mary Tyler Moore Show" star Betty White are honored at the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards on Apr. 21..... Neil Diamond announces on Twitter on Apr. 29 that he wed his 42-year-old manager Katie McNeil on Apr. 28..... Jackie Jackson, the eldest brother of the Jacksons, says the group plans to return to the studio to begin work on their first studio album since 1989's "2300 Jackson Street" after they wrap their summer tour of the US..... Gregg Allman is forced to delay the publicity tour for his forthcoming memoir, "My Cross to Bear," after undergoing cardiac testing at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Apr. 27..... Van Halen will give away a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single of their song "She's the Woman" with copies of their latest album, "A Different Kind of Truth," on May 4..... Contemporary country-pop singing sensation Taylor Swift is in talks to portray Joni Mitchell in a new biopic about the veteran Canadian folk-rock singer..... A documentary about 40-year-old Journey singer Arnel Pineda, who was invited to join the band after they saw his YouTube vidoes, premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York..... Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne is now a grandfather after his son Jack Osbourn and his fiancee Lisa Stelly become the parents of a new baby girl..... Chris Ethridge, a former bassist for country-rock icons the Flying Burrito Brothers and more recently a member of Willie Nelson's touring band, dies of yet undisclosed causes at age 65.
Favorite Seventies Artists In The News
Posted in Main by Administrator on February 22nd, 2012
On Apr. 20, one day after Ted Nugent met with U.S. Secret Service agents in Oklahoma about his controversial, violently-worded speech at an NRA convention in St. Louis the previous weekend, the Michigan rocker agrees to plead guilty on charges of transporting a black bear he illegally killed in southeast Alaska in 2009..... Willie Nelson helps unveil a statue of himself in downtown Austin, Tex., on Apr. 20 by singing his new song "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" on the date that has been long reserved to celebrate marijuana use..... Bob Dylan and Van Morrison will be among the headliners for the 46th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival, which is set for June 29-July 14 along the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland..... A new online videogame starring the Grateful Dead called "Grateful Dead Game - The Epic Tour" will go live on Apr. 30..... Veteran soul singer Lionel Richie claims the top spot of the "Billboard" Hot 200 album chart with his new country-flavored album "Tuskegee," which has made a rare climb to No. 1 after only three weeks in release..... Carly Simon is honored with the prestigious ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Founders Award..... Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Leonard Cohen reads an impassioned and sometimes funny statement in a Los Angeles court on Apr. 17, during the sentencing of his former manager and onetime lover, Kelley Lynch..... A newly recorded version of the Beach Boys' 1968 hit "Do It Again" will be featured on a disc that accompanies "The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Commemorative ZinePak," a special product that will be sold exclusively at WalMart..... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers retrieve several valuable guitars that were stolen on Apr. 12 from a sound studio in Culver City, Calif., where they were rehearsing for their upcoming tour..... Paul Simon and his band join forces with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at New York's 1,100-capacity Rose Theater on Apr. 19..... Canadian rockers Rush announce a 33-city tour of the U.S. and Canada will kick off on Sept. 7 in Manchester, N.H..... Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and Metallica will headline the 2012 edition of the Outside Lands festival, to be held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Aug. 10-12..... Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has reportedly recovered consciousness after falling into a coma earlier in April..... Patti Smith announces details of a 2012 UK tour behind her new album "Banga," which hits stores on June 4..... Imprisoned record producer and music mogul Phil Spector is suing officials in the city of Alhambra, Calif., from behind bars for allegedly destroying the home where he was convicted of murdering aspiring actress Lana Clarkson almost a decade ago..... Canadian acto Jonathan Frid, best known for playing Barnabas Collins in the late 1960s/early 1970s vampire soap opera "Dark Shadows," dies on Apr. 20 of natural causes in Hamilton, Ontario, at age 87..... Levon Helm, a founding member of the Band whose voice anchored such classics as "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Up on Cripple Creek," "The Weight" and "Rag Mama Rag," dies on Apr. 19 in New York after a long battle with throat cancer at age 71..... Dick Clark, the American music icon who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream with his long-running "American Bandstand" program, dies at age 82 after suffering a massive heart attack on the morning of Apr. 18 at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.
Favorite Seventies Artists In The News
Posted in Main by Administrator on April 16th, 2012
'70s rockers The Faces are among the six acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Apr. 14 during a 5 1/2 hour ceremony that lasted well into the early morning..... Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood says he was quoted inaccurately in recent reports that had him saying the Stones were preparing to hit the recording studio again later in April..... The official website of co-founding Bee Gees member Robin Gibb posted on Apr. 14 that the 62-year-old singer is in a coma after contracting pneumonia, and UK tabloids report he could only have "days to live."..... Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are reported stolen from a Culver City, Calif., warehouse on Apr. 12, where the band has been rehearsing for an upcoming tour..... "Marley," a new documentary about the life and times of reggae legend Bob Marley, will open in theaters across the US on Apr. 20 and also be available via video-on-demand on the same day..... Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band release dates for their forthcoming late summer eight-city stadium tour which begins in Boston on Aug. 18..... Paul McCartney unveils three new clips for his track "My Valentine" at a star-studded world premiere organized by his daughter Stella McCartney in Los Angeles on Apr. 13..... Former Fleetwood Mac vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Lindsey Buckingham announces he'll be extending his upcoming U.S. tour behind his recent album "Seeds We Sow" to the East Coast due to popular demand..... Despite a petition, several requests, and growing pressure on authorities at the Memphis (Tenn.) International Airport to rename their facility "Elvis Presley Airport," airport authorities say a name switch is not likely to happen..... Tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, who made his mark on hundreds of recordings as half of The Memphis Horns, dies on Apr. 12 in Los Angeles from complications of Alzheimer's disease at age 70.
Favorite Seventies Artists In The News
Posted in Main by Administrator on April 12th, 2012
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb's son Robin-John Gibb confirms on Apr. 11 that his ailing 62-year-old dad has been admitted to a London hospital to undergo treatment for pneumonia, and Gibb's doctors reportedly "fear for him."..... KISS performs on the hit ABC talent series "Dancing With the Stars" on Apr. 9 and 10 as part of the program's "Rock Week."..... Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood says on Apr. 9 that the Stones will gather in a recording studio later in April "to just throw some ideas around" and "to get the feel again."..... "Strummer of Love," a UK music festival that will celebrate the 60th birthday of late Clash frontman Joe Strummer, is set for Somerset, UK, from Aug. 17-19..... Queen, with former "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert on vocals, are set to play four concerts this summer, including a June 30 show in Moscow, Russia, and two early July shows at the London Hammersmith Apollo..... Black Sabbath are set to headline the 2012 Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, which takes place Aug. 3-5 in the Windy City's Grant Park..... Greg Lake says ELP fans probably shouldn't expect another ELP reunion anytime soon, despite their 2010 reunion at the UK's High Voltage Festival and a new ELP back catalog reissue deal for North America with Razor and Tie Records..... The Canadian power trio Rush announce on Apr. 11 that their next album will be called "Clockwork Angels" and drop on June 12 via Roadrunner Records..... A bronze statue of country/pop music singing legend Willie Nelson will be erected in Austin, Tex., and unveiled on Apr. 20..... Leonard Cohen announces a one-off UK outdoor show at Hop Farm Country Park in Kent on Sept. 8..... The Mar. 3 death of famed rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose at his home in Millbrae, Calif., at age 64 is been ruled a suicide -- a self-inflicted gunshot wound -- by the San Mateo County Coroner's Office..... Mike Wallace, an American broadcast TV legend who pioneered the use of "ambush interviews on the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes," dies in a hospice in New Canaan, Conn., on Apr. 7 at the age of 93.
Favorite Seventies Artists In The News
Posted in Main by Administrator on April 7th, 2012
The surviving members of The Jackson 5 -- Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson -- announce the dates of a 27-city U.S. summer trek called The Unity Tour 2012..... Elton John and James Taylor were among the headliners at former Police frontman Sting's benefit concert for South America's Amazon rainforest at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Apr. 3..... Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons reveals on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends" on Apr. 3 that he plans on voting for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the upcoming election..... A new version of the Beatles' iconic cover for their 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has been created by the original artist, Sir Peter Blake, to celebrate Sir Peter's 80th birthday..... Paul McCartney's son James McCartney tells the BBC that a new generation of the Fab Four featuring himself, John Lennon's son Sean Lennon, George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison, and Ringo Starr's son Jason Starkey was not out of the question..... The rights to Bob Dylan's seminal 1975 album "Blood on the Tracks" have been purchased by the Brazilian company RT Features, which hopes to adapt it into an English-speaking film..... Neil Young is developing a high-resolution audio alternative to the MP3 format and has recently filed for trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to protect his invention..... Bee Gees star Robin Gibb tells the UK paper The Daily Mail on Apr. 2 that doctors have told him his cancer is in remission..... John Fogerty's next album will be named after one of his own compositions, "Wrote a Song for Everyone," and see the former Creedence Clearwater Revival principal gathering some of the biggest names in country and rock to record his iconic songs..... Bonnie Raitt releases her new album "Slipstream," her first return to the studio since the death of her brother in 2009, on Apr. 10..... Eagles singer Glenn Frey will return to the music of his childhood on his upcoming album "After Hours," his first solo LP since 1995..... New Orleans R and B legend Dr. John releases "Locked Down," the wildest record that the former Malcolm "Mac" Rebennack has made in many years..... Former "That '70s Show" star Ashton Kutcher is tapped to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic about the late Apple Computer CEO.
Posted by Administrator on March 28th, 2012
Aretha Franklin tells reporters during an interview at her swanky 70th birthday party at New York's Helmsley Park Lane Hotel on Mar. 24 that she's reuniting with music mogul Clive Davis, who helped engineer her comeback in the 1980's, for a new album..... Aerosmith announces on Mar. 26 that they'll launch their 2012 Global Warming Tour in the U.S. this June..... Sony BMG files a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the classic rock band Toto that charged the label deliberately underpayed them for music sold online..... The Allman Brothers Band wrap up their annual residency at New York City's Beacon Theatre on Mar. 25, a 10-date stand that began on Mar. 9..... Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Leonard Cohen announces he'll launch a world tour behind his latest album, "Old Ideas," this fall..... Kenney Jones, the drummer with the U.K. bands Small Faces and later The Faces, reveals in a recent interview that Faces frontman Rod Stewart will be doing a one-off performance with The Faces for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Apr. 14 in Cleveland, Oh..... Veteran R/B performer Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer, according to a Facebook post by his longtime friend, funk bassist Bootsy Collins..... Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who is currently receiving treatment for lymphoma, posts a message on his official website telling fans that he's had "the last dose of chemotherapy so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon."..... Bob Dylan has been confirmed for two major European festivals this summer -- the Hop Farm Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent, U.K., which takes place June 29 through July 1, and the Benicassim Festival in Spain from July 12-15..... Country/pop crossover legend Willie Nelson picks an unlikely collaborator to contribute to his new album "Heroes" -- rapper Snoop Dogg..... In a recent interview with the U.K. paper "The Independent," Queen guitarist Brian May revealed that he would have liked to have joined Australian head-bangers AC/DC, but he felt he was "the wrong sort of size and shape, unfortunately."..... In a new interview with "Playboy" magazine, Fleetwood Mac founding member Mick Fleetwood said the band once "brought a massive dildo onstage" for their first shows in order to spice up their early gigs..... New Orleans music scene staple Dr. John releases "Locked Down," his latest album which has been described as "a gritty brew of New Orleans R/B, psychedelia and voodoo that recalls his greatest LPs..... Former Free and Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers participates at an hour-long celebrity chat and two song acoustic performance at the Canadian Music Week gala at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in British Columbia on Mar. 24..... Several guitars, recording gear, and other memorabilia belonging to late electric guitar pioneer Les Paul are set to be auctioned in June in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Posted in by Administrator on March 23rd, 2012
A digitally restored edition of the Beatles' beloved 1968 animated feature "Yellow Submarine" will hit stores on May 28..... Paul and Linda McCartney's classic 1971 album "Ram" will be reissued across several formats, including a deluxe box set, on May 22..... Kiss and Motley Crue announce they'll be uniting this summer for a 40-plus tour of the U.S..... A secret taping lawsuit brought by celebrity attorney Mark Geragos against the owner of a charter jet company that secretly recorded the men and Michael Jackson as they flew from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara for the pop star to turn himself in on child molestation charges is settled for $2.5 million..... The Nevada Gaming Commission unanimously approves a gambling license for Jimmy Buffett that will allow the singer-songwriter to share in the gambling revenues from his Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas..... Barry Manilow says his hips are "coming back slowly" after major surgery was performed on them last year..... Cher reacts to the controversial slaying of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 with a post on Twitter..... Renowned jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, who was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July, is establishing International Jazz Day to be held on April 30 of every year..... A new Neil Young album with his sometime backing band Crazy Horse is given a June 5 release date..... Stevie Wonder is confirmed as a headliner of the U.K.'s Bestival event in September..... Current British singing sensation Adele's second album, "21," leapfrogs Pink Floyd's 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon" to become the seventh best selling album of all time all-time in the country..... Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler reveals his band will be releasing a "new" song on the soundtrack of the forthcoming film "G.I. Joe - The Retaliation."..... Former Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings says in a celebrity chat at Canadian Music Week at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel that you'll never find him writing his memoirs..... Bob Henry, a pioneering producer and director of television variety shows including "The Flip Wilson Show," dies at his home in Laguna Beach, Calif., on on Mar. 18 at age 92.
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Bruce Springsteen delivers the keynote speech at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Tex., on Mar. 15..... Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley will release her first album in five years on May 15..... "Rolling Stone" magazine is reporting that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards revealed in recent interviews that the band will not tour this year to mark their 50th anniversary, rather a 2013 trek is their new goal..... The Rolling Stones are honored with a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall on Mar. 13, featuring performances by Jackson Browne, Art Garfunkel, Ricke Lee Jones, Marianne Faithful, Ian Hunter, Taj Mahal, Ronnie Spector and others..... John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood homes in Liverpool have been restored and added to England's list of historic sites..... Jimmy Page will release "Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks," an avant garde album of instrumentals recorded in the Seventies, exclusively through his official website..... Elton John finishes what will be his 31st album, titled "The Diving Board," and describes it as "the most exciting solo record I've done in a long, long time."..... "Marley," a documentary about late reggae icon Bob Marley, will be released theatrically, digitally and through video-on-demand on Apr. 20, while a documentary about songwriter Paul Williams will receive a theatrical release in June..... Motown legend Smokey Robinson says he's been studying Spanish for a new album in that language..... The Temptations are the latest act to file a class action lawsuit seeking unpaid royalties on digital downloads..... Todd Rundgren will be hosting his second annual musical retreat, now called "Musical Revival Camp," on July 23 through July 27 at the Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York..... Paul Simon will be performing his classic 1988 album "Graceland" in its entirety at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling festival in the UK's Hyde Park on July 15..... Drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac says in a recent interview with "Playboy" magazine that he doesn't believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again due to singer Stevie Nicks' obsession with her solo career..... Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth stops a Van Halen concert at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., on Mar. 13 to stop a fight which had broken out in the audience..... Michael Hossack, a longtime drummer with the Doobie Brothers, dies after a lengthy battle with cancer at his home in Dubois, Wyoming, on Mar. 12 at age 65.
Posted by Administrator on March 12th, 2012
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off their 2012 world tour at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem on Mar. 9, their first show in support of Springsteen's new album "Wrecking Ball" and their first show in well over two years..... David Bowie's alien visitor persona "Ziggy Stardust" is commemorated with a plaque on the trendy London shopping district of Heddon Street to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Bowie's 1972 album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."..... Lionel Richie will be among the performers lending their talents to the new ABC talent series "Duets," which is set to premiere this summer..... In an interview on the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" on Mar. 11, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler responds to recent revelations by some of his fellow band members that he used to "torture" them..... A paper in Aspen, Colorado, is reporting that Bob Dylan has been recording material for a new album at a studio in Los Angeles owned by singer/songwriter Jackson Browne..... Sony Music pays $8 million to settle a with a group of musicians including Cheap Trick, the Allman Brothers Band and the Youngbloods, ending a five-year dispute over digital music revenue..... Kiss announces they'll launch a mini putt golf course, "Kiss By Monster Mini Golf at Harmon Square," in Las Vegas on Mar. 15..... In a recent interview with a British paper, Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb states that he believes his recent battle with cancer, as well as the 2003 death of his twin brother Maurice Gibb due complications arising from a twisted intestine, could be payback for he and his brothers' fame and success..... "Strange Fruit," a new documentary about the Beatles' Apple Records, will be released on DVD on Apr. 24..... Bette Midler will be honored with the prestigious Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony on June 14 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City..... Jimmy Ellis, frontman of the '70s funk group The Trammps, dies on Mar. 8 at a nursing home in Rock Hill, S.C., from complications of Alzheimer's disease at age 74..... Robert Temple Ayres, a set illustrator whose burning Ponderosa map opened TV's long-running Western series "Bonanza," dies of heart failure at his home in Riverside, Calif., on Feb. 25 at age 98.
Posted by Administrator on March 8th, 2012
Rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who founded the '70s classic rock group Montrose and was a former member of the Edgar Winter Group, dies of prostate cancer on Mar. 3 at his home in Millbrae, Calif..... Organizers of a performance remembering the victims of the 100-year-old Titanic disaster have announced Bee Gees star Robin Gibb will return to the stage after a serious illness on Apr. 10 to participate in the production..... Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord is undergoing specialist treatment for pancreatic cancer in Israel..... Jethro Tull principal Ian Anderson will release "Thick as a Brick 2," a solo sequel to Tull's classic 1972 concept album "Thick as a Brick," on Apr. 3..... The entire back catalog of Michael Jackson was allegedly stolen from record company Sony Music by computer hackers, sources familiar with the case said on Mar. 5..... A May 1 release date is given to Gregg Allman's new autobiography, "My Cross to Bear."..... A funeral and "low-key burial" for late Monkees singer Davy Jones is held on Mar. 7 in Florida..... Canadian rockers Rush and former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel join in a creative boycott of popular U.S. radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh's talk show after learning their songs were used during Limbaugh's attack on a female student who had testified at a Congressional hearing on contraception..... Yoko Ono is denying claims in a new book by British author Debra Sharon Davis that her late husband John Lennonsuffered from bulimia..... A new study undertaken by the University of Minnesota suggests that listening to mainstream rock music can make people "racist."..... The new Neil Young film "Neil Young Journeys" is given a June 29, 2012 release date..... The Canadian animation company Cuppa Coffee announces it will produce "F'n Osbornes," an animated version of Ozzy Osbourne's family..... Robert Plant will be among the headliners for the 2012 edition of the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, which is set for Clarksdale, Miss., on Aug. 10-12..... Songwriter Robert Sherman, best known for his work for Disney films and attractions and for cowriting the Ringo Starr hit "You're Sixteen," dies on Mar. 5 at age 86..... Conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie, the artist behind director George Lucas' vision of "Star Wars" and credited with creating the look of Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3P0, dies on Mar. 3. He was 82.
Posted by Administrator on March 3rd, 2012
The Rolling Stones announce they'll help celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2012 with a new photo book, "The Rolling Stones - 50."..... Late '70s/early '80s hitmakers Toto file suit against their record label, Sony Music, for allegedly deliberately underpaying them for music sold online..... A spokesperson for the Eagles' Don Henley is claiming that "American Wedding," a song by rising singer Frank Ocean of the British band Odd Future, is an "illegal" copy of Henley's 1976 song "Hotel California."..... Motown legend Smokey Robinson visits the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 2, reaching out to a new generation of performing artists..... An autopsy performed on Davy Jones on Mar. 1 confirms that the late Monkees singer died of a heart attack, and Jones' wife revealed he was stricken by the heart attack in his stable surrounded by his beloved horses..... The Sex Pistols sign a new record deal with Universal Music Catalog UK, part of the world's largest record label Universal..... Reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff will be among the headliners at the 34th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Series Festival, one the nation's longest-running free summer festivals, on June 5 in Brooklyn's Prospect Park..... Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks are reprising their "Heart and Soul" tour in 2012, launching the trek on July 20 in Cleveland..... Carole King reissues four of her classic albums from 1977-1980 including 1977's "Simple Things" and 1978's "Welcome Home."..... Omnivore Recordings will release a live vinyl EP from The Knack, "Live In Los Angeles, 1978," on Record Store Day in 2012, which falls on Apr. 21..... Carlos Santana announces he'll release a new solo instrumental album, "Shape Shifter," on May 15..... Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play what's billed as an "intimate" concert at the South by Southwest Media Conference and Festival at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Tex., on Mar. 15..... An 80th birthday tribute to late country music legend Johnny Cash is scheduled for Apr. 20 at the Austin City Limits Live venue in Austin, Texas..... Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson is denying a claim by the celebrity gossip website TMZ.com that an impersonator sang on her father's posthumous album "Michael."..... The BBC announces on Mar. 2 that '60s/'70s pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck will represent the UK in this year's Eurovision pop music competition..... The money raised by Led Zeppelin's 2007 comeback show at London's O2 Arena has helped to fund a 26 million pound donation to Oxford University..... Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne says Black Sabbath will play one show in their 2012 reunion world tour in the U.S. in August..... Meat Loaf sparks fresh fears for his health after he suddenly takes ill while waiting to be interviewed on the British talk show "Loose Women" on Feb. 29..... R and B great Gladys Knight and former "Little House on the Prairie" actress Melissa Gilbert will be among the lineup of contestants for the new season of the hit ABC talent series "Dancing With the Stars."
Posted by Administrator on February 27th, 2012
A representative for Robin Gibb says the Bee Gees legend has been readmitted to hospital for further cancer treatment..... L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor refuses to release Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray on bail on Feb. 24, saying Murray would be a danger to any community where he might try to practice medicine..... Rock guitar legend Carlos Santana announces he's signed a two-year headlining gig at the Las Vegas House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, a switch from his previous residency at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino..... Bruce Springsteen makes a surprise appearance at the small Asbury Park, N.J. club The Press Room on Feb. 25., and will be the subject of a weeklong tribute on the NBC talk show "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Feb. 27-Mar. 2..... Cher will launch a new tour in Kansas in September and promises set changes for every song, an ambitious development that she says has her "shaking."..... Barbra Streisand re-signs with Columbia Records, her label of 50 years..... Keith Richards joins Eric Clapton onstage at the legendary Apollo Theatre in New York on Feb. 24 during a memorial concert for late blues great Hubert Sumlin..... Ronnie Wood hints to a UK publication that the Rolling Stones "on the verge" of touring in 2012 to celebrate their 50th anniversary..... Former Supertramp principal Roger Hodgson kicks off his first U.S. band tour since 1983 at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula, Calif., on Feb. 25..... A series of never before seen photos of the Beatles on holiday is scheduled to be auctioned off in Stockport on Feb. 26..... George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison releases an app that will allow fans to get up close and personal with George's extensive collection of guitars..... As he prepares to support the release of his new album "Hell in a Handbasket" on Feb. 27, Meat Loaf says he's regularly visited by supernatural spirits..... Robert Plant has been confirmed to to play the U.K.'s WOMAD 2012 festival at Wiltshire's Charlton Park in late July..... Roger Daltrey is added to the lineup for the 2012 Concert for Teenage Cancert Trust charity gigs..... Founding Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri forms a new band called Jimmy Destri and The Sound Grenade..... "Ya Know?," a posthumous release from late Ramones leader Joey Ramone, will hit stores on May 15..... Songwriter and guitarist Billy Strange, who co-wrote several songs with Mac Davis for Elvis Presley including "A Little Less Conversation," dies in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 22 at age 81.
Posted by Administrator on February 22nd, 2012
Bruce Springsteen begins rolling out a new song each day from his 17th studio album "Wrecking Ball" on Feb. 20 on the fansite Backstreets.com..... Stevie Wonder is among the performers at the funeral of '80s/'90s pop singer Whitney Houston in Newark, N.J., on Feb. 18..... Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Meatloaf collaborator Jim Steinman, and "The Gambler" composer Don Schlitz will be among the inductees of the class of 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14 in New York City..... The estate of Michael Jackson files a lawsuit against Jackson's former personal manager, Tohme R. Tohme, in L.A. Superior Court on Feb. 17 for breach of fiduciary duty..... Black Sabbath announces their 2012 reunion tour will be reshuffled in light of guitarist Tony Iommi's battle with lymphoma and called the "Ozzy and Friends" tour instead..... Friends and family of late "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius gather for a private memorial service in Los Angeles on Feb. 16..... Alice Cooper will be among the headliners at the 11th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., set for June 7-10..... The United States Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal by convicted legendary music producer Phil Spector..... Elton John adds a date at the U.K.'s Blackpool Tower Festival Headland in Lancashire to his upcoming summer tour of Britain..... Queen and Kiss will be among the headliners at the U.K.'s Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth Park on July 6-8..... Paul McCartney is added to the line-up for the 2012 series of Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts in the U.K. in March..... A model of Elvis Presley's teeth made for him in 1971 will be auctioned off on Feb. 25..... Former Monkees member Mike Nesmith undergoes successful cataracts surgery to improve his eyesight..... Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates will take his "Live From Daryl's House" nationally televised web show on the road this spring with a seven-city U.S. tour..... The Dire Straits spinoff band The Straits announces it will begin a 2012 tour of Europe in Belfast on Mar. 5..... Michael Davis, the bassist for the Detroit proto-punk band MC5, dies on Feb. 17 of liver failure at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., at age 68.
Posted by Administrator on February 17th, 2012
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12 with the impassioned live debut of their new single, "We Take Care Of Our Own."..... '70s legends Stevie Wonde and Aretha Franklin will sing at the private funeral of late pop superstar Whitney Houston in Newark, N.J., on Feb. 18..... Former The Commodores frontman and '80s solo superstar Lionel Richie will perform selections from his upcoming country-flavored album "Tuskegee" on the inaugural episode of cable TV's HSN new concert series "HSN Live" on Mar. 16..... Kenny Rogers files a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee alleging that his former record label Capital Records has failed to pay him royalties for music sold as digital downloads or ringtones..... Tareq Salahi, the White House crasher whose wife, Michaele Salahi, left him for Journey guitarist Neal Schon in 2011 files a $50 million lawsuit against his former wife and Journey, claiming to have been "emotionally and financially" ruined by her actions..... Paul McCartney tells Rolling Stone magazine that the Beatles had considered getting back together while all four members were still alive but "there was not enough passion behind the idea."..... The recently reunited surviving members of th Beach Boys announce on Feb. 15 that they'll launch a 37-date U.S. tour on Apr. 24 in Tuscon, Ariz..... Bob Seger says "I'm setting myself a deadline of September 24th" to release his first studio album since 2006's "Face the Music."..... Oscar-nominated composer Dory Previn, who wrote the theme song to the classic 1973 Marlon Brando-starred "Last Tango in Paris," dies at her home in Massachusetts on Feb. 14.
Posted by Administrator on February 12th, 2012
Paul McCartney is honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year on Feb. 10 as a bevy of rock/pop stars including Neil Young, James Taylor, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Diana Krall perform some of the Beatles legend's biggest hits at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and on Feb. 9 he becomes the last member of the Beatles to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame..... Nick Mason of Pink Floyd says the band is considering what else can be culled from their vaults as the last scheduled titles of Floyd's "Why Pink Floyd?" archival campaign hits stores on Feb. 28..... Ringo Starr announces on Feb. 8 that his 2012 All-Starr Band lineup for a 24-city North American tour behind his new album "Ringo 2012" will feature ASB vets Todd Rundgren and Richard Page..... The Beach Boys will perform together for the first time in more than 20 years at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 11..... Bruce Springsteen unveils the video for "We Take Care of Our Own," the first single from his forthcoming album with the E Street Band, "Wrecking Ball."..... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces it will make up for past oversights at its 2012 induction ceremony by admitting the backing groups of six previously admitted artists..... Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne denies rumors that she is responsible for preventing founding BS drummer Bill Ward from participating in a planned Black Sabbath reunion tour this summer..... Elton John and Paul McCartney will be among some of the world's biggest pop stars performing in front of Buckingham Palace on June 4 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee..... Speaking on his Absolute Radio show, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood reveals he once was offered a spot in the band that would become Led Zeppelin, but he turned it down because he thought they were a "bunch of farmers."..... The B-52's celebrate their 35th anniversary with a concert in their hometown of Athens, Ga., on Feb. 9..... A new museum dedicated to the life of country music legend Johnny Cash is set to open in Nashville later this year..... Pete Townshend sells his share of the Who's back catalog -- including hits like "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" -- to Spirit Music Group, which owns the rights to 40,000 songs, for an undisclosed payment..... Coroner's office officials in Los Angeles rule on Feb. 7 that the recent death of "Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius was a suicide..... A hot dog eatery in Toledo, Oh., made famous in TV's "M*A*S*H" is sold after a yearlong family feud over ownership..... Actor Philip Brun, best known for playing the father on the 1970s comedy series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," dies on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles of natural causes at age 80..... "The Big Valley" actor Peter Breck dies on Feb. 6 in Vancouver, B.C., at age 82.
Posted by Administrator on February 7th, 2012
Fans of Don Cornelius and his legendary "Soul Train" TV program descend on New York's Times Square on Feb. 4 in a "flash mob" organized through the Internet..... A new live set from Styx, "The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live," is released on Jan. 31 on DVD, Blu-Ray and DVD/2CD via Eagle Rock Entertainment..... Sony/Legacy reissues the first six original albums by legendary '70s Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher to mark the 40th anniversary of the musician's first album..... Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are added to the lineup of performers at the 2012 Grammy Awards, set for Feb. 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles..... Lou Reed announces on Feb. 2 that he'll be kicking off a 16-date tour of Europe this summer beginning in Luxembourg on June 6..... Former "American Idol" contestant Adam Lambert tells the UK paper "Daily Star" on Feb. 2 that he's singing with Queen now..... Black Sabbath are pledging to carry on with a 2012 reunion tour and album without original drummer Bill Ward, who posted a statement on his official website on Feb. 3 casting doubt he'd participate in the reunion unless he is offered a "signable" contract..... Imprisoned music producer Phil Spector settles a wrongful death lawsuit with Donna Clarkson, the mother of murder victim Lana Clarkson..... Paul McCartney will stream a live performance of songs from his new album "Kisses on The Bottom" on Feb. 9 from the Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where the album was recorded..... George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison is engaged to his long term girlfriend Solveig Karadottir, a former model who now works as a psychologist..... Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons reveals his band is in talks with Sony Games, the team behind the wildly popular computer game "Angry Birds," about starring in their own spin-off..... A set of urinals in a German museum designed in the shape of the pair of lips that comprise the famous Rolling Stones logo draw criticism from feminist campaign groups..... Organizers of the 2012 Super Bowl decide against allowing a cover version of disgraced '70s singer Gary Glitter's 1972 track "Rock and Roll Part II" from being played at the high profile event..... Reg Presley, lead singer of the British band The Troggs, announces on Feb. 2 that he's retiring after being diagnosed with lung cancer..... Interviewd by BBC Radio 2 on Feb. 3, Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb says he's made a spectacular" recovery from a serious illness that was widely reported to be cancer..... Actor Ben Gazzara, a New York-born performer known for his portrayal of brooding tough guys, dies on Feb. 3 at Bellevue Hospital Centre, N.Y., at age 81.
Posted by Administrator on February 2nd, 2012
Don Cornelius, the 75-year-old creator and host of the long-running R-B and soul TV dance show "Soul Train," is found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gounshot wound at his home on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles on the morning of Feb. 1..... Elton John reignites his feud with Madonna on Jan. 30 by telling the Grammy-winning singer that she should "lip-sync good" during her high profile Super Bowl halftime show performance on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis..... A UK tabloid is reporting that Paul McCartney wants to compose tracks for the console market because he thinks it's easier to make money through gamers than it is by selling CDs..... A lost George Harrison solo for the Beatles' 1969 hit single "Here Comes the Sun" is discovered by Dhani Harrison, George Martin and Giles Martin at Abbey Road studios in London after 43 years..... Ringo Starr tells comedian Russell Brand uring a Sirius XM radio interview in Los Angeles on Jan. 30 that he "will never write an autobiography."..... Singer John Legend announces a new program that pays tribute to late R and B icon Marvin Gaye that he hopes will also encourage young artists to confront social issues with their art at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 31..... Attending a conference about digital media in New York on Jan. 31, Neil Young said he's working on a device that can offer digital music without sacrificing quality as iTunes, Amazon and others have done..... Willie Nelson performs a sold-out benefit in Larain, Oh., for Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich on Jan. 29..... Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sign on to perform a special concert at New York's Apollo Theater on Mar. 9 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of satellite radio..... John Fogert confirms he'll tour Australia in the spring..... A new exhibit at Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn., featuring momentos belonging to Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley opens on Feb. 1..... Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice says he's "almost positive" the classic rock veterans will hit the studio n 2012 to cut their 19th studio album..... TV directo John Rich, who won an Emmy Award for the memorable "All in the Family" scene showing Sammy Davis Jr. planting a kiss on Archie Bunker, dies in Los Angeles on Jan. 29 at his Los Angeles home at age 86 after a brief illness.
Posted by Administrator on January 28th, 2012
Universal Music Group announces on Jan. 27 that a special edition of Abba's 1981 album "The Visitors" will drop Apr. 23 with a previously unreleased bonus track, "From a Twinkling Star to a Passing Angel."..... Complaining he felt like he's being used as a "political football," Mick Jagger pulls out of an upcoming event at a Swiss resort to be hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to promote Britain..... The legacy of late pop superstar Michael Jackson is honored on Jan. 26 during a ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood that was attended by Jackson's three children, "Thrille" producer Quincy Jones, and current pop sensation Justin Bieber..... Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announce the dates for the first US leg of their forthcoming 2012 Wrecking Ball World Tour on Jan. 24..... Yoko Ono, Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson are among dozens of artists who will contribute to "Occupy This Album," a new CD that will benefit the Occupy Wall Street movement against economic inequality..... Steven Tyler draws flack over his sometimes off-key and screechy rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" before the Baltimore Ravens/New England Patriots AFC Championship football game on Jan. 22..... Shout Factory releases a vinyl LP edition of the Marshall Tucker Band's "Greatest Hits" album to mark the 40th anniversary of the Southern Rock group..... Glen Campbell will perform at the 2012 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12..... After a video of Pres. Barack Obama singing the opening line of Al Green's 1972 chart-topping hit "Let's Stay Together during a fundraiser at Harlem's Apollo Theater on Jan. 19 went viral, the song experiences a 490% sales increase, according to Nielsen SoundScan..... Disney pulls a Mickey Mouse T-shirt based on the cover of Joy Division's 1979 album "Unknown Pleasures" from shelves on Jan. 25 after fans complain..... The United States Postal Service will honor late jazz great Miles Davis with his very own stamp..... Neil Young reveals he is recording a new album with his sometime backing band Crazy Horse..... Aretha Franklin calls off her engagement to William Wilkerson -- just three weeks after announcing her intention to wed her longtime friend later this year..... Journey drummer Deen Castronova is arrested in Oregon on Jan. 21 after an alleged argument with his girlfriend..... Acclaimed '70s folk singer Richard Thompson says he has "an album's worth" of a new "eletric album" ready, and he plans to begin recording it in May..... Meat Loaf describes his upcoming album "Hell in a Handbasket" as "the most honest record I've ever done..... Cher is the subject of an Internet death hoax after rumours began circulating on Jan. 26 on Twitter.com stating that the "Believe" singer and Oscar-winning actress had died..... Actor Robert Hegyes, best known for his portrayal of the wisecracking Jewish-Puerto Rican Juan Epstein in the 1970s ABC sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," dies on Jan. 26 after suffering an apparent heart attack..... Dick Kniss, a bassist who performed for over 50 years with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, dies on Jan. 25 of pulmonary disease at a hospital near their home in the Hudson Valley town of Saugerties, N.Y., at age 74..... Iggy Pop is named ambassador of Record Store Day 2012.
Posted by Administrator on January 23rd, 2012
A spokesperson for Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb tells the UK paper "Daily Mirror" that Gibb is undergoing chemotherapy treatment in a bid to beat cancer..... "Neil Young Journeys," a new Neil Young concert film directed by Jonathan Demme, premieres at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 21..... US Pres. Barack Obama stuns crowds on Jan. 20 by singing the opening line to Al Green's 1972 soul classic "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser held at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem..... "We Take Care of Our Own," the long awaited first single from Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band's new album "Wrecking Ball," is now available for purchase in MP3 format o Amazon.com..... An exhibit honoring the Grateful Dead will open at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Oh., on Apr. 12..... An autobiography of late Ramones member Johnny Ramone will drop Apr. 2, eight years after he died of prostrate cancer..... Former Pink Floyd co-frontman Roger Waters weds his fiance Laurie Durning on Jan. 14..... A Twitter account claiming to belong to disgraced '70s artist Gary Glitter that announced a "comeback album" was coming later in 2012 is exposed as a hoax..... Ringo Starr will release his 17th studio effort, "Ringo 2012," on Jan. 30..... Kiss vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley marks his milestone 60th birthday on Jan. 20, and his bandmates take to the net to congratulate him..... Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler reveals he and the ailing Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi have started recording at Iommi's home studio on Jan. 19 and they already have written two new songs for Black Sabbath's planned 2012 comeback album and tour..... Pop composer Burt Bacharach signs a book deal with HarperCollins for a memoir that's due in November..... Paul McCartney tells the London Daily Mirror on Jan. 19 that he was in talks about being involved at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London this summer..... Johnny Otis, known as the "godfather of rhythm and blues" who wrote and recorded the R and B classic "Willie and the Hand Jive," dies at this home in the L.A. suburb of Altadena on Jan. 17 at age 90..... Legendary soul and blues singer Etta James dies on Jan. 20 at age 73.
Posted by Administrator on January 18th, 2012
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opes its archives to the public on Jan. 17, giving scholars and fans access to its photos, albums and covers, oral histories and scrap books at a building on the nearby Cuyahoga Community College campus..... Appearing on the syndicated talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on Jan. 17, Steven Tyler says a hair band worn by his fiancee Erin Brady is what attracted him to her..... Elton John's husband David Furnish takes to the Internet on Jan. 16 voice his displeasure with Madonna after the '80s pop superstar snagged a Golden Globe award for her track "Masterpiece" in the Best Song category, in which Elton was also nominated..... Bob Dylan pays tribute to director Martin Scorsese on Jan. 13 by performing his classic track "Blind Willie McTell" in honor of the filmmaker at the Critics Choice Awards in Hollywood..... The website MentalFloss.com puts up an exhaustive list of all of John Lennon's cats, from his childhood through his final days at the Dakota apartment building in Manhattan..... A Canadian newspaper is reporting that Paul McCartney wants to start his own touring service in his beloved hometown of Liverpool, England..... An unreleased Michael Jackson album based on the work of Scottish poet Robert Burns surfaces..... Bruce Springsteen plays a surprise set at a benefit concert to combat Parkinson's disease at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, N.J., on Jan. 14..... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announce a short tour of the UK and Ireland in June..... The fiancee of late Scottish pop singer Gerry Rafferty launches a court battle to win a share of the "Baker Street" singer's estimated $1.9 million fortune..... Funk-soul bandleader Jimmy Castor, leader of the '70s band the Jimmy Castor Bunch which scored the No. 6 hit "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" in May 1972 and "The Bertha Butt Boogie (Part 1)" in Mar. 1975, diesd of apparent heart failure in a Las Vegas hospital on Jan. 16 at age 71.
Posted by Administrator on January 13th, 2012
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyle reacts to the United States Supreme Court's decision to hear a First Amendment case on the regulation of the airwaves beginning on Jan. 10, predicting "it will allow "certain words, and that's that."..... Elton John announces on Jan. 9 that he's writing his first book, a personal account of the AIDS crisis..... A statementis posted on the official Facebook page of Black Sabbath on Jan. 9 revealing that their guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma..... Van Halen releases the first single and video from their forthcoming new album with David Lee Roth on vocals on Jan. 9..... Former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry marries his 29-year-old girlfriend Amanda Sheppard on the luxury Carribean beach resort of Amanyara on the Turks and Caicos Islands on Jan. 4..... John Fogerty makes a guest appearance on the premiere episode of the new Fox TV series "The Finder" on Jan. 12, also providing a theme song for the show..... Paul McCartney reveals the full track list for his new album "Kisses on the Bottom," the Beatles legend's first album since 2007 that's scheduled for release on Feb. 7..... Chris Squire of the iconic prog-rock group Yes says he's preparing to release a new collaboration with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett under the moniker of Squackett..... The Velvet Undergroun files a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts over the iconic banana image found on the cover of their 1967 debut album, "The Velvet Underground and Nico."..... Patti Smith comes under fire for playing a gig in the ballroom of the Hotel Chelsea in New York City, as longterm residents of the hotel accuse her of backing the hotel's new owners and their controversial decision to evict longterm residents..... Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watt talks up chances that the band will be getting together for a 50th anniversary tour in 2012 in a recent intervew with BBC 6 Music..... The first single by AC-DC, an Australia-only release of "Can I Sit Next to You Girl?" that features original lead singer Dave Evans, sells for $1,225 on eBay..... During a recent interview on CNN, Aretha Franklin reveals that it was a tumour that landed her in the hospital in 2010..... Emmylou Harris says she's working on a new duets album with Rodney Crowell, the guitarist of her original backing band the Hot Band, and producer Brian Ahern.
Posted by Administrator on January 8th, 2012
A massive collection of almost 700 unreleased songs by 1970s rockers Thin Lizzy has been discovered and is being prepared for a new box set..... A 1954 Les Paul Custom guitar beloved by Peter Frampton aboart a 1980 cargo plane that crashed and that the British rocker thought he'd lost forever is found..... A spokesperson for Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones guitarist is "doing very well" following eye surgery to correct his vision, which has been deteriorating in recent years..... Van Halen announces on Jan. 6 they'll kick off a 40-date North American arena tour in Louisville, Kentucky, on Feb. 18 with original lead singer David Lee Roth fronting the band..... Elton John says that his forthcoming biopic, dubbed "Rocketman," will end when he turns 43 and enters rehab, and that Justin Timberlake would be his first choice to portray him..... Late Grateful Dead mastermind Jerry Garcia will be the subject of a new feature-length documentary from filmmaker Malcolm Leo..... The world famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., will pay tribute to Michael Jackson on Jan. 26 in a hand and footprints ceremony featuring Jackson's three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket..... Former Journey frontman Steve Perry says he'll begin work in earnest on a new solo album after he finishes a new deluxe recording studio he's building in his southern California home just north of San Diego..... Bonnie Raitt reveals she'll release "Slipstream," her first album in seven years, on Apr. 10..... Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt will appear in a new 8-episode Netflix series entitled "Lilyhammer" that's set in Norway..... The Nielsen SoundScan agency has announced that the Beatles' classic 1969 swansong set "Abbey Road" is the top-selling vinyl album for a third consecutive year..... A rep for Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour is denying a story in the Jan. 3 edition of a London newspaper that the iconic prog-rockers are preparing to play at this summers Olympic Games in London..... Hall and Oates have announced they'll kick off an 8-date tour of Australia and New Zealand on Jan. 28 at the Church Road Winery in Hawke's Bay, N.Z..... Cher's son Chaz Bono tells Rolling Stone that he is ready to take the final step in his transformation from woman to man..... Former UFO guitarist Michael Schenker will kick off a four-date tour of the UK in May 2012..... Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley says the famous shock-rockers will complete their new album, called "Monster," in the first week of January..... Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston dies in London on Jan. 3 of gastric intestinal hemorrhage, cirrhosis of the liver and throat problems at age 64..... Guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, 63 and a former member of the classic psychedelic band Iron Butterfly, dies on Jan. 2 after being admitted to hospital with an infection during the last week of 2011..... Robert Dickey, a member of the '60s duo James and Bobby Purify who were best known for their 1966 hit "I'm Your Puppet," dies in his hometown of Tallahasse, Fla., on Dec. 29 at age 72.
Posted by Administrator on January 3rd, 2012
The Allman Brothers Band announces dates for their annual March residency at New York's Beacon Theater, beginning their 10-show run on Mar. 9..... Elton John reveals to the L.A. Times that he'd like rising singer-actor Justin Timberlake to portray him in "Rocketman," the upcoming biopic of his life..... Paul McCartney reveals through his reps that his new album due in Feb. will have a cheeky title -- "Kisses on the Bottom."..... Several John Lennon fans are outraged that singer Cee Lo Green changed the lyrics to Lennon's classic anthem for peace, "Imagine," during a New Year's Eve performance at Times Square in New York City, substituting "and all religion's true" for "and no religion too."..... Aretha Franklin announces on Jan. 1 that she's ready to marry her longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson, possibly this summer on Miami Beach..... A West Hollywood home where legendary late Doors frontman Jim Morrison once lived is damaged by fire in the early morning hours of Dec. 30 during a recent spree by arsonists which has terrorized the city..... Bob Anderson, an Olympic fencer and stand-in for movie sword fight scenes including Darth Vader's light saber battles in two of the three original "Star Wars" films, dies early on Jan. 1 at a hospital in England at age 89..... Singer-actress Kaye Stevens, who sometimes performed with legendary "Rat Pack" "The Tonight Show," dies on Dec. 28 at a central Florida hospital at age 79.
Posted by Administrator on December 29th, 2011
Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson posts an exclusive stream of an original recording of the BB's classic holiday song "Little Saint Nick" on his official website..... On Dec. 26, Van Halen posted on their official website that they'll launch a tour in 2012 with original lead singer David Lee Roth fronting the band..... Aerosmith frontman and "American Idol" co-host Steven Tyler reportedly proposes to his longtime girlfriend, Erin Brady..... Nils Lofgren, a longtime guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, says he has mixed feelings about returning to the road with Springsteen and the band after only six months since the passing of E Street sax player Clarence Clemons..... As the 40th anniversary of Dick Clark's annual New Year's Eve bash "New Year's Rockin' Eve" approaches on Dec. 31, the veteran broadcaster says the most memorable performance was Jennifer Lopez's 2009 appearance in a skintight outfit..... Classic rocker Peter Frampton files suit against Universal Music Group in Los Angeles federal court on Dec. 23, claiming his longtime record label owes him a half-million dollars in unpaid digital music royalties.
Posted by Administrator on December 24th, 2011
The Recording Academy announces Southern rock icons the Allman Brothers Band, Motown legend Diana Ross, and country music greats Glen Campbell and George Jones will be among the next class of Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients at the 2012 Grammy Awards..... Stevie Wonder is among the guest performers on the finale of the hit talent series "The X Factor" on Dec. 22..... Paul McCartney posts "My Valentine," the first single from his forthcoming and as-yet-untitled LP of covers of "songs that inspired the Beatles," online at Soundcloud.com..... "Bat Chain Puller," an album rarity from the late idiosyncratic rocker Captain Beefheart, is set for release in Jan. 2012, some 36 years after its intended release..... Elton John's two compositions from the movie "Gnomeo and Juliet," including his Lady Gaga duet "Hello Hello," make the shortlist of 39-movie related songs eligible for nomination in the Best Original Song category of the Academy Awards..... British pop singer Cliff Richard tells UK reporters that he'd like to record a duet with such younger pop stars as Rihanna or Lady Gaga -- but only if the song is to his liking..... Mike Love of the Beach Boys reveals the legendary '60s band will use "most of Brian Wilson's band" to back them on the forthcoming BB 50th anniversary reunion tour..... "Method Music," a forthcoming double-CD set by London-based composer-mathemetician Lawrence Ball, is being co-produced by Pete Townshend of the Who and is the direct outcome of Townshend's ongoing sci-fi rock opera "Lifehouse" project..... The Songwriters Guild of America announces it is backing Village People frontman Victor Willis in his legal effort to regain control over his share of the copyright credit for dozens of the band's songs..... Ralph McDonald, a highly regarded session musician-songwriter who co-wrote such melodic '70s and '80s hits as "Where Is the Love?" and "Just the Two of Us," dies on Dec. 18 of lung cancer in Connecticut at age 67..... Veteran film and TV actor Dan Frazer, best known for his role as Captain Frank McNeil on the 1970s detective series "Kojak" dies of cardiac arrest at his home in Manhattan on Dec. 16 at age 90.
Posted by Administrator on December 19th, 2011
The contents of Michael Jackson's rented Beverly Hills mansion in Los Angeles, where he lived with his three children just before his death in June 2009, sell for nearly $1 million during a daylong auction on Dec. 17..... The surviving founding members of the iconic American band theBeach Boys -- Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine -- issue a press release on Dec. 16 announcing they are reuniting in 2012 for a new album and 50-date world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary..... Stevie Wonder headlines a four-hour marathon benefit concert on Dec. 17 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles designed to raise money for families in need this holiday..... A lawyer for legendary imprisoned music producer Phil Spector is requesting the U.S. Supreme Court review the conviction, arguing that the 67-year-old's constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge..... Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn., announces three exhibits commemorating the 35th anniversary of his death in 2012 will roll out on Jan. 5..... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announce they'll kick off a major tour of North America in 2012 on Apr. 19 in Denver, Col..... Joe Perry says Aerosmith will work on finishing their next album this winter and spring, with "Toys In the Attic" producer Jack Douglas at the helm..... ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons says his Texas trio will release their first collaboration with producer Rick Rubin in the spring..... Former Pink Floyd co-frontman Roger Waters says he thinks Pres. Barack Obama should start governing the way his supporters "want him to" and "develop bigger cojones."..... Lost footage of David Bowie performing the classic "Aladdin Sane" track "Jean Genie" on the UK music program "Top of the Pops" in 1973 surfaces..... A 24-year-old Connecticut man is arrested and ordered to appear in court after attacking the official website of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons..... The Who posts a special version of their "Quadrophenia" track "5 15" online at We7.com..... Country singer Billie Joe Spears, known for such Country chart-toppers as "Blanket on the Ground," "What I've Got in Mind," and "Misty Blue," dies of cancer on Dec. 14 at her home in Texas..... Movie producer Bert Schneider, best known as the force behind some of the biggest counterculture hits of the late '60s and early '70s including "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," and "The Last Picture Show," dies on Dec. 12 in Los Angeles at age 78..... Actor Graham Brown, who played a high school principal on the 1970s sitcom "Sanford and Son," dies on Dec. 15 in New Jersey at age 87.
Posted by Administrator on December 14th, 2011
Yoko Ono pays tribute to her late husband John Lennon on Dec. 8, the 31st anniversary of his death, by saying the current wave of global activism as a testament to his legacy..... Former Beach Boys membe Al Jardine says the Beach Boys were supposed to be the subject of the Grammy Awards' big reunion announcement in November and he has no idea why the major news wasn't part of the nominations party..... A portrait of Billy Joel is added to a collection of paintings of great pianists at Steiway Hall in New York City, home of the famed piano maker Steinway and Sons..... Barry Manilow is hospitalized on Dec. 12 in preparation for surgery to remove fluid and repair torn muscles in his hips..... Michael Jackson's 13-year-old daughter Paris Jackson has reportedly accepted a role in a new environmental-themed film which she hopes will "take on her dad's legacy."..... Bruce Springsteen makes a surprise appearance at a concert by Gaslight Anthem in Asbury Park, N.J., on Dec. 9..... Previously unreleased Christmas songs by late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons are currently available on iTunes and Amazon.com..... Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is forced to cancel a winter UK tour that was set to kick off on Dec. 8 in Birmingham after his gutiarist injured his back..... "Chimes of Freedom," a new 4-disc, 72-track tribute to Bob Dylan, will hit stores Jan. 24..... English heavy metal rockers Judas Priest announce the first dates on their 2012 "Epitaph" tour..... A biopic about legendary bluesman B.B. King is currently being filmed by British director Jon Brewer..... Rod Stewart says his first album of new material in more than a decade is "ready to go" and features "seven new songs by R.D. Stewart, that's me."..... Dick Sims, a longtime keyboardist in Eric Clapton's backing band, dies on Dec. 10 after battling cancer at age 60..... Don "Bee" Spears, a longtime bassist in Willie Nelson's family band, dies on Dec. 8 after a fall outside his home in Nashville, Tenn., at age 62.
Posted by Administrator on December 8th, 2011
'70s soul-pop singer Dobie Gray, who had a Top 5 hit on the pop charts in March 1973 with "Drift Away" dies in Nashville at age 71..... The inductees into the class of 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced on Dec. 7, and those making the cut include Donovan, The Small Faces and The Faces, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys and Laura Nyro..... Neil Diamond says he's already written "six or seven (songs) that I really love" for his next album, which he plans on releasing after wrapping a greatest hits tour in summer 2012..... There are reports from multiple sources that Bruce Springsteen is putting the finishing touches on a new album that he plans on releasing in the first months of the new year..... Queen is reportedly in discussions with former "American Idol" star Adam Lambert to front the band on a new tour..... Playing his only London show of 2011 at the O2 Arena on Dec. 5, Paul McCartney is joined onstage by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood for a rendition of the Beatles' "Get Back."..... Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will headline their first ever U.K. festival gig in 2012 when they play the Friday night show of the legendary Isle of Wight festival on June 22..... A guitar-shaped Jimi Hendrix theme park is set to open in the late guitar god's hometown of Seattle, Wash., in 2012..... Former Doobie Brothers frontman Michael McDonald says he's working on two new solo projects -- one with guitarist and longtime friend Robben Ford and the other with his son Dylan..... Comedian-actor Alan Sues, best known as a flamboyant cast member on the 1960s-1970s comedy series "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," dies at his home in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 at age 85..... Barbara Orbison, the widow of rock';n' roll pioneer Roy Orbison, dies of pancreatic cancer in a Los Angeles hospital on Dec. 6 at age 60..... Soul singer Howard Tate, who dropped out of music after his now-beloved records were ignored only to reemerge decades later to a cult following, dies of multiple myeloma and leukemia on Dec. 2 at age 72..... Veteran actor Harry Morgan, who appeared in over 50 films and spent 8 years as Colonel Potter on the top-rated CBS wartime sitcom "MASH," dies on Dec. 7 at his home in Los Angeles at age 96.
Posted by Administrator on December 4th, 2011
On Dec. 2, just three days after he was sentenced to four years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray files for an appeal of the decision in Los Angeles Superior Court..... '70s California rock icon Jackson Browne and alternative stars Third Eye Blind serenade a small group of Occupy Wall Street activists, tourists and police on Dec. 1 in the center of New York City's Zuccotti Park..... The South By Southwest Music and Media Conference, which is held annually in Austin, Tex., announces that Bruce Springsteen will be its keynote speaker for next year's event..... Hopes of an imminent Van Halenreunion are dashed on Nov. 30 when a televised Grammy Awards concert came and went without an expected announcement that the veteran American rock band would be getting back together with its original frontman, David Lee Roth..... Posting on his blog, Elvis Costello urges fans not to buy a pricey limited edition box set of his music that drops in December, but says they should purchase some music by jazz legend Louis Armstrong instead..... Rita Marley, the widow of '70s reggae starBob Marley, and nine of Marley's childre file a lawsuit contending Marley's half brother, businessman Richard Booker, and several affiliated companies are violating copyright and trademark laws by using Marley's name and image without authorization..... A Vox UL730 amp and cabinet used by late former Beatles guitarist George Harrison during the Fab Four's recording sessions for the "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper's" albums will be put up for auction in late December in London..... Paul McCartney tells a UK paper that he has definitely been a victim of phone hacking..... Former Commodores member Lionel Richie will be honored with Harvard University's Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award on Dec. 5..... Just one month after Queen guitarist Brian May told a UK music mag that he and Queen drummer Roger Taylor had been going through the band's old material to compile a selection of previously unreleased tracks for a new album, Taylor now says there won't be a new release of such material because there "isn't enough" material..... Influential and respected record producer Don DeVito, best known for his work on the acclaimed '70s Bob Dylan albums "Blood on the Tracks" and "Desire," dies of prostate cancer at age 72.
Posted by Administrator on November 29th, 2011
Representatives for David Bowie are denying a recent report in a UK newspaper that the reclusive rocker has granted permission for the producers of a new Bowie-based stage production, "Heroes: The Musical," to use his songs in their show..... Queen are rumored to be in line to record the theme song for the next James Bond film, which will be called "Skyfall," after its main composer David Arnold said he's a "massive" fan of the band..... Donny Osmond says he's considering starting work on a new solo album, which could be produced by Todd Rundgren, in 2012 to mark the 40th anniversary of his first solo LP..... A Michael Jackson documentary from 1993 featuring previously unseen footage of the late pop superstar's 1993 "Dangerous" world tour filmed in Argentina fails to sell at an auction in the UK on Nov. 26..... English art-rockers 10cc announce they'll be heading out on the road in their native UK in 2012 to celebrate the 40th year of their formation..... The former manager of the Bee Gees's record label tells a British paper on Nov. 26 that once Robin Gibb fully recovers from his recent illness he plans on mounting a Bee Gees tour with his brother Barry Gibb..... A huge online auction of items once belonging to such rock and pop icons as Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Michael Jackson will go on sale in a "Rock and Roll Pop Culture Auction" on Nov. 30..... The Who's Pete Townshend reveals that Johnny Rotten of the irreverent UK punk band the Sex Pistols was his first choice to play the lead role of Jimmy in the 1979 film treatment of "Quadrophenia."..... Iconclastic British filmmaker Ken Russell, who directed the film version of the Who's 1969 rock opera "Tommy" in 1979, dies at age 84 in a British hospital on Nov. 27 after a series of strokes.
Posted by Administrator on November 24th, 2011
'70s artists Jackson Browne, Devo and Crosby and Nash will be among the musicians contributing to a new album benefitting the Occupy Wall Street protest movement that's due later this winter..... Guitar god Jimi Hendrix is named the greatest guitar player in history in a list compiled by "Rolling Stone" magazine..... As one UK tabloid publishes an unconfirmed report that Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb has been diagnosed with liver cancer, the 61-year-old music icon takes to his blog on Nov. 22 to post an optimistic message..... Bob Seger releases a new 2-CD career retrospective, "Ultimate Hits -- Rock and Roll Never Forgets" on Nov. 21..... A rep for singer-poet Leonard Cohen announces the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will release "Old Ideas," Cohen's first studio album in 8 years, in January..... Country-pop crossover star Kenny Rogers will kick off a 2011 "Christmas and Hits Tour" on Nov. 25 in Columbus, Oh..... Bruce Springsteen's official website announces on Nov. 21 that The Boss and his E Street Band will mount their first world tour in three years in 2012..... Fifteen initial dates of the forthcoming Black Sabbath reunion tour have are announced..... Th Rolling Stones reportedly decide to meet in December to decide how the "world's greatest rock and roll band" will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year..... A British university professor is campaigning to have graffiti drawn by the Sex Pistols on the walls of their former London flat to be declared a national landmark..... Current pop sensation Lady Gaga reveals that she is planning on recording another duet with Elton John..... Roger Waters will wed his longtime girlfriend Laurie Durning before he sets out on his next The Wall Tour in 2012..... '70s disco star Andrea True, best known for her Top 5 disco hit "More, More, More (Pt. 1)," dies earlier in November at a hospital in Kingston, N.Y., at age 68.
Posted by Administrator on November 19th, 2011
Eagles member Joe Walsh says the iconic '70s country-rockers are planning to celebrate their upcoming 40th anniversary in 2012 with a retrospective tour next year..... A previously unseen Michael Jackson documentary featuring footage of the late pop superstar's 1993 "Dangerous" world tour filmed in Argentina will be auctioned in London later in November..... Former Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter says he's getting ready to enter the studio on Jan. 9 to begin recording his next album..... A placard sign made by John Lennon during his famous Montreal "bed in for peace" with wife Yoko Ono in 1969 sells for nearly $160,000 at an auction in London..... Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman begins hosting a new three-part show on Sirius XM Radio on the third week of November..... Patti LaBelle is being sued by a New York woman who claims the singer berated her late last year when her toddler wandered a few feet away in an apartment lobby as the mother struggled with her luggage..... Dapp of the rising band N-Dubz reveals that he is collaborating on a new song wit Queen guitarist Brian May..... Charlie Gilmour, the adopted son of Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour, is released from a UK jail after serving four months of a 16-month prison sentence for violent disorder..... Canadian folk-rock legend Gordon Lightfoot joins his activist daughter Meredith at the ongoing Occupy Toronto demonstration on Nov. 15..... Led Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page is reportedly being supported for knighthood by a female British parliamentarian with close links to the music industry..... Blondie singer Debbie Harry is drawing criticism after she brandished a knife onstage at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Gala in Los Angeles on Nov. 13 and stabbed a life-sized, nude model of herself..... Former the Clash bassist Paul Simonon reveals that he was arrested and jailed in June this year by police in Greenland after he went undercover on behalf of the environmental charity Greenpeace.
Posted by Administrator on November 8th, 2011
Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a seven man and five woman jury on Nov. 7 in Los Angeles, wrapping up a complicated trial that saw of six weeks of testimony and hundreds of pieces of evidence..... Bruce Springsteen performs an epic 32-song concert in Pittsburgh, Penn., on Nov. 4 with his longtime friends, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers..... Aretha Franklin is honored during an American Music Masters Tribute Concert in Cleveland, Oh., on Nov. 5 that was sponsored by the city's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..... The four original members of Black Sabbath will hold a press conference at L.A.'s Whiskey a Go-Go club on Nov. 11 and are expected to announce a reunion project at the legendary venue..... Peter Frampton announces he'll kick off a 35th Anniversary "Frampton Comes Alive!" UK tour in Manchester on Nov. 11..... Former Loggins and Messina member Kenny Loggins will open the CMA awards in Nashville on Nov. 9 with a duet of his soundtrack theme "Footloose" with country star Blake Shelton..... A benefit concert for The Women and Cancer Fund in honor of Linda McCartney is held in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 7..... A tooth belonging to John Lennon that the late rock legend gave to his housekeeper in the '60s to dispose is sold for $31,000 at auction in England on Nov. 5..... An adopted version of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" record sleeve that features pictures of Capitol Records executives instead of the Beatles themselves is declared as "The World's Most Valuable Album Cover" in a new survey by "Record Collector" magazine..... Two iconic rock vocalists of the '70s -- Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey -- team up to launch a teen cancer program at the University of California - Los Angeles..... Britain's "Financial Times" publication is reporting that David Bowie is on the verge of leaving his current record label of 15 years, EMI, for either Universal or Sony Music..... In a recent interview in England, Blondie's Debbie Harry says that the Internet has ruined the music industry and destroyed "everything artists used to work for."..... John Fogerty will perform the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival albums "Cosmo's Factory" and "Green River" in their entirety during shows at New York's Beacon Theatre and Caesars Atlantic City in November..... The UK's National Archives makes available details of Keith Richards' notorious drug bust in 1973, in which the Rolling Stones guitarist claims he was set up by police..... The tumultuous final years of late Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson -- who died in 1983 at 39 -- are the subject of a new movie slated to start production in early spring 2012..... Veteran popular music crooner Andy Williams reveals he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer during a show at his Moon River Theater in Branson, Mo., on Nov. 5..... Andy Rooney, the curmudgeonly commentator from CBS's long-running newsmagazine "60 Minutes," dies on Nov. 4 at the age of 92 of complications from minor surgery.
Posted by Administrator on November 4th, 2011
In closing arguments in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray in Los Angeles on Nov. 3, a prosecutor tells jurors that Murray is responsible for the singer's death on June 25, 2009, and for leaving the pop superstar's children without a father..... Speaking at the inaugural BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture in London on Oct. 31, the Who's Pete Townshend says that Apple's iTunes store "bleeds [artists' works] like a digital vampire."..... Paul McCartney is organizing the restoration of an 1877 Steinway grand piano that was played by several Motown legends during the 1960s and 1970s..... McCartney has reportedly quietly been telling close friends that he's been studying Judaism and has promised his new bride, Nancy Shevell, that he plans on converting to the religion..... John Lennon's first son Julian Lennon accuses Paul McCartney of snubbing him be not inviting him to his latest wedding or acknowledging him at the recent London film premiere of the George Harrison documentary "Living In the Material World."..... In a rare lengthy interview, former Journey frontman Steve Perry tells the AP that a Journey reunion of its classic late 1970s/early 1980s lineup is unlikely..... Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is being sued by his former manager, John Baxter, for $50 million after Baxter was fired this summer..... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform a rare intimate show on Oct. 29 to benefit Cal State University Northridge's noncommercial, public FM public radio station KCSN..... Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood will display some 100 pieces of his artwork at London's The Gallery in Cork Street beginning Nov. 7..... Roger Waters announces dates for the North American leg of his "The Wall" tour, which will resume in Houston, Tex., on May 1, 2012..... Alice Cooper will have a cameo in the upcoming adaptation of the late '60s horror soap opera "Dark Shadows."..... Former cofounding Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley writes in his forthcoming autobiography "No Regrets" that Kiss's Gene Simmons is a "sex addict, much in the same way I am an alcoholic."..... George Rountree, who worked as musical director for Motown legends The Four Tops for more than 30 years, dies on Oct. 30 in a Las Vegas hospital at age 61..... Jimmy Savile, the original host of the legendary BBC radio program "Top of the Pops," dies at his home in Leeds, UK, on Oct. 29 of apparent natural causes at age 84.
Posted by Administrator on October 29th, 2011
A doctor knowledgeable on the topic of addiction testifies on Oct. 27 in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray that Michael Jackson was dependent on regular Demerol shots in the months before his death..... Michael Jackson is named the Top Earning Dead Celebrity for the second year running in';Forbes' magazine's Top Earning Dead Celebrity list..... Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler breaks two of his teeth and and receives stitches to his face following a "nasty fall" in the shower at the Bourbon Hotel in Asuncion, Paraguay on Oct. 25..... Bee Gees star Robin Gibb sparks fresh fears that he could be suffering serious health problems after he cancels a charity gig for the Royal British Legion in London on Oct. 27, citing ill health..... Elvis Costello announces plans to bring his legendary "Spectacular Spinning Songbook" concert theme on his next tour of the U.K. and Ireland, which is due to kick off in May 2012..... Marie Osmond is rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas on Oct. 26 with concerns about her voice after performing a show at the city's Flamingo hotel with her brother Donny Osmond..... Former Commodores member Lionel Richie announces he will perform some ofthe duets from his upcoming country music flavored album "Tuskegee" at the Country Music Association awards on Nov. 9..... Paul Simon tells';Billboard' magazine that he's in a the "very early stages" of creating a reunion tour for his acclaimed 1988 album "Graceland" for the second quarter of 2012..... A rep for Paul Stanley issues a statement on Oct. 26 saying the Kiss singer-guitarist has recently undergone vocal cord surgery to address "recurring issues (that) come with 40 years of preaching rock n' roll."..... Rush frontman Geddy Lee says his band is "almost finished writing" their next album and "hopefully we'll have all of the recording done before Christmas."..... Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour's son Charlie Gilmour loses his appeal against the 16-month jail sentence he was handed by a U.K. court in July after being found guilty of charges of violent disorder..... John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon performs an impromptu set for the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park on Oct. 23..... Queen announces plans to release a new album of old demo recordings featuring their late singer >Freddie Mercury..... .';Rocky' star Sylvester Stallone is being sued in federal court by a screenwriter over his latest action film';The Expendables.'
Posted by Administrator on October 25th, 2011
A recently discovered Rolling Stones track from 1978 titled "No Spare Parts" will be included on the upcoming deluxe reissue editions of the Stones' acclaimed '78 album';Some Girls.'..... Neil Young and his wife Pegi hold the 25th anniversary edition of their annual Bridge School Benefit concert at San Francisco's Shoreline Amphitheatre on Oct. 22 and 23..... Bruce Springsteen performs a private 25-song show at his old stomping grounds, The Stone Pony club in Asbury Park, N.J., on Oct. 22 to benefit Boston College, where his son Evan is a student..... Paul McCartney and his new bride Nancy Shevel stage a second wedding reception at the Bowery Hotel on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on the evening of Oct. 21..... A vinyl singles box set from the Beatles and a 4-LP box set from Janis Joplin will be among the limited edition releases in support of the 2011 Record Store Day on so-called "Black Friday" (Nov. 25)..... Folk rock legend Judy Collins releases her new autobiography,';Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music,' on Oct. 18, and releases her latest album, "Bohemian," on Nov. 8 in the US..... Stevie Nicks entertains and educates high school students and fans during a special presentation at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Oct. 19..... Former Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers says he "would be open" to a reunion with Queen for a performance at the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics in London..... Bob Seger will release his first-ever 2-CD career retrospective,';Ultimate Hits - Rock and Roll Never Forgets,' on Nov. 21..... The celebrity gossip website PerezHilton.com reports that '60s funk-rock legend Sly Stone has entered a rehab to seek treatment for drug addiction..... The bootleg of the legendary "lost album" "SMiLE" by the Beach Boys is voted the "Greatest Bootleg of All Time" in a poll conducted by the UK rock mag Uncut..... A top medical specialist testifies on Oct. 20 that a theory presented by Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team that Michael Jackson self-injected himself with a lethal dose of the sedative propofol is a "crazy scenario."..... Actor Eric Bana is tapped to play Elvis Presley in the forthcoming docudrama,';Elvis and Nixon.'..... Famed rock photographer Barry Feinstein, who shot such iconic album covers as Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changing" and George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass," dies on Oct. 20 in upstate New York of natural causes at age 80.
Posted by Administrator on October 15th, 2011
Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb is admitted to an Oxfordshire, England hospital on Oct. 13 after complaining of acute abdominal pains..... Lou Reed comes out on top in a new "Top Overrated Lyricist" online poll conducted by the website Flavorwire.com..... Bob Dylan takes up playing the bagpipes for his two concerts in Glasgow, Scotland on the third weekend in October..... Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is honored with an Album of the Year award at the 10th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 13..... L.A. County Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Christopher Rogers testifies in the Conrad Murray trial on Oct. 11 that he was unable to immediately determine the cause of Michael Jackson's death when he carried out the autopsy the day after the singer died..... Officials with the Westminster City Council clear Paul McCartney and his new bride Nancy Shevell of noise complaints after infuriated neighbors called authorities to complain about the sound coming from their wedding reception at Sir Paul's St. John's Wood home on Oct. 9..... Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood announces he's "taking a sabbatical" from his latest girlfriend, polo coach Ana Araujo..... The B-52's release a new live CD "With the Wild Crowd! - Live in Athens, GA," on Oct. 11..... Stevie Nicks denies rumours that a biopic of her life is being planned, reportedly with either troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan or Hillary Duff playing her in her younger years..... Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson says he "flipped" when the Disney film studio approached him about doing "In the Key of Disney," his new album of songs from classic Disney movies..... Paul Simon will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his 1987 album "Graceland" next year with a tour that reunites him with several of the musicians who played on the record..... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform a rare intimate show on Oct. 29 to benefit Cal State University Northridge's noncommercial, public FM public radio station KCSN..... Leonard Cohen is currently working on a new album with his son Adam Cohen that will be Cohen Sr.'s first studio album in seven years..... A new biopic dubbed "Spinning Gold" about '70s disco impresario Neil Bogart is in the works, and singer Justin Timberlake has been cast in the lead role..... Former "Dallas" star Larry Hagman is diagnosed with cancer..... The motorcyle "ridden" by "Happy Days" character "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, which was famously played by Henry Winkle in the popular 1970s sitcom, is going up for auction on Nov. 12 at the Bonhams Classic California Sale in Los Angeles..... Joel "Taz" DeGregorio, a longtime keyboardist in th Charlie Daniels Band and co-writer of the group's biggest hit, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," dies on Oct. 12 in a one-car automobile accident on Interstate 40 west of Nashville, Tenn., at age 67.
Posted by Administrator on October 15th, 2011
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces it will release some of its finest Rock Hall archive performances from 1986-2009 on CD and online on Nov. 1..... Director Ron Howard's production company snaps up the rights to Steven Tyler's 2011 autobiography "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?," meaning the Aerosmith frontman likely will see his life turned into a bigscreen biopic..... Cable TV's HBO channel is reportedly close to sealing a deal for a new series about a fictional record executive in the late '70s that is being developed by Mick Jagger, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, and former "The Sopranos" write Terence Winter..... Paul McCartney and his new bride Nancy Shevell honeymoon for four days at Mick Jagger's private Carribean island hideaway on the Carribean island of Mustique after their Oct. 9 marriage in London..... One of John Lennon's teeth, which was presented by Lennon to his housekeeper in the 1960s, is set to be auctioned in England on Nov. 5..... Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, who recently released an album called "In the Key of Disney," says he's ready to work on a new solo album..... Bette Midler has announced she'll be selling a collection of her costumes, jewelry, art and other belongings at a benefit auction in November to benefit the New York Restoration Project..... The trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray is delayed again on Oct. 17 to give the defense time to study new lab test results that the prosecution claims to be proof that Jackson did not ingest a fatal overdose of the sedative propofol..... Tom Waits will stream his latest album "Bad As Me" on his official website ahead if its official release date on Oct. 25..... Alice Cooper tells a British tabloid that he's been substitute teaching bible classes to kids in the US..... Wayne Newton says his yearlong effort to turn his sprawling Las Vegas estate, Casa de Shenandoah, into a tourist destination is almost complete..... Bee Gees legend Robin Gibb is discharged from an Oxford, England hospital after receiving treatment for stomach problems..... Pete Rugolo, a Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer and arranger who worked with greats such as Miles Davis and the writer of such '60s TV themes as "The Fugitive" and "Run For Your Life," dies on Oct. 16 at his home in Los Angeles at age 95.
Posted by Administrator on October 10th, 2011
Paul McCartney and his longtime girlfriend Nancy Shevell are married in an intimate ceremony in London on Oct. 9 at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, the same location at which Sir Paul wed his first beloved wife, Linda McCartney, in 1969..... A bevy of musicians and celebrities including Christina Aguilera, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson and Jamie Foxx gather in Cardiff, Wales, on Oct. 8 for a four-hour "Michael Jackson Forever" tribute concert to the late pop superstar..... Rod Stewart is the latest classic rocker to jump on the memoir-writing bandwagon, promising he'll "hold nothing back" in detailing his legendary music career in an autobiography that's due in Nov. 2012..... Yoko Ono marks what would have been the 71st birthday of her late husband John Lennon on Oct. 9 by switching on a light on the "Imagine Peace Tower" on Iceland's Vioey Island, near Reykjavik..... Aan original drawing by John Lennon is part of the more than 120 lots of Beatles memorabilia that will be auctioned in October in Argentina by a South American Beatles collector..... Two concerts are announced for Liverpool in November to mark the upcoming tenth anniversary of George Harrison's death..... New music from The Doors will be featured in a new documentary entitled "RE GENERATION" that's set to premiere during next year's Grammy Week in Los Angeles..... Ozzy Osbourne tells Billboard that there's a "very, very strong possibility" that he and his old band Black Sabbath will get back together in 2012..... On Oct. 6, an eclectic group of musicians, actors and comedians pay tribute to Tom Petty during the fifth annual Petty Fest at New York's Bowery Ballroom..... Lawyers representing The Partridge Family sta David Cassidy file a lawsuit against Sony Music on Oct. 5 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging that the iconic '70s sitcom has generated more than $500 million in profits from ancillary merchandise and that the former teen idol has not received his fair share of profits..... The classic '70s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" will return to Broadway early next year in a revival of the 1971 musical by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival..... RCA Record announces it is shutting down the Arista Records label, which was founded by pop music legend Clive Davis in 1974, as well as its Jive Records imprint..... Classic photos of Led Zeppelin, the Clash and David Bowie, among others, go on display on Oct. 5 at London's Royal Albert Hall..... Legendary art-rockers Queen are honored on Oct. 4 at the BMI Songwriting Awards in London..... British folk legend Bert Jansch dies of lung cancer on Oct. 5 at age 67..... Marv Tarplin, a former guitarist with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, dies on Sept. 30 at his Las Vegas home at age 70..... Apple Computer co-founde Steve Jobs, who revolutionized the way music lovers listen to music, passes oway on Oct. 5 from complications from pancreatic cancer at age 56..... Keyboardist extraordinaire Roger Williams, known as "the Pianist to the Presidents," dies on Oct. 8 at age 87 in his California home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Posted by Administrator on October 5th, 2011
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the Oct. 3 London premiere of director Martin Scorsese's new George Harrison documentary "George Harrison - Living In the Material World."..... The Beatles' earliest recordings with singer Tony Sheridan will be released in a double-CD set entitled "The Beatles With Tony Sheridan - First Recordings" on Nov. 8 in the US..... A rep for Gene Simmons tells People magazine that the Kiss singer-bassist married his longtime girlfriend, former "Playboy" model Shannon Tweed, on Oct. 1 after 28 years of dating..... On Oct. 3, doctors from UCLA Medical Center testified in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray hat the physician never mentioned that the singer had used Propofol, the sedative that would kill eventually him..... A posthumous MJ album dubbed "Immortal" featuring newly discovered outtakes and redesigned versions of some of his biggest hits will drop Nov. 21 via Epic Records..... Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Lady Gaga help former Police frontman Sting celebrate his 60th birthday at a bash held at New York's Beacon Theater on Oct. 1..... A dubious press release has been circulating on the Internet that has Bruce Springsteen releasing a new album called "Arcade at Night" on Nov. 8..... Speaking to the British Press Association on Oct. 3, the Who's Roger Daltrey said he believes that today's music is "lacking lead singers" that are comparable to such accomplished vocalists as Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Eddie Vedder and put the blame squarely on the shoulders of TV reality shows..... Queen's 1977 hit "We Are the Champions" is named the "catchiest" song of all time by scientists at the UK's Goldsmiths University..... Todd Rundgren kicks off a UK tour in Manchester on Oct. 1, the first of several UK concerts billed as "An Evening With Todd Rundgren."..... Actor-musician Steve Martin is honored as the Entertainer of the Year at the 22nd Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 29..... Robert Plant is among the headliners at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, held over the first weekend in October at the city's Golden Gate Park.
Posted by Administrator on September 30th, 2011
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its 15 nominees for the class of 2012 inductees on Sept. 27, and making the list for the first time are Guns N' Roses, Eric B. and Rakim, The Cure, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Freddie King, The Small Face and The Faces, The Spinners and Rufus with Chaka Khan..... Funk-rock legend Sly Stone, the former leader of Sly and the Family Stone, is reportedly homeless and living out of a van parked in the rough L.A. neighborhood of Crenshaw..... After a series of delays, the trial of Michael Jackson's docto Conrad Murray finally gets underway on Sept. 27 in Los Angeles..... Elton John opens his new 3-year Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Sept. 29, playing an elaborate Yamaha grand piano he affectionately nicknamed Blossom..... An Alice Cooper-themed attraction, "Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare," is the newest addition to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Universal City, Calif..... Roger Daltrey kicks off a Canadian leg of his "Tommy" tour on Sept. 27 in Montreal..... The Beach Boys will be reuniting to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012 in a major way, with new archival releases and a likely world tour next year..... Peter Gabriel says he won't dismiss all talk of a full Genesis reunion tour depending on the health of singer-drummer Phil Collins..... Paintings by Bob Dylan that recently went on display at the Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan's Upper East Side draw skepticism over their source material..... Mick Jagger will be co-producing and co-starring in a new movie thriller called "Tabloid."..... Sony Music announces it will put out 12 albums produced by jailed record producer Phil Spector, including four re-mastered "best of" compilations, a seven-disc box set, and his seminal Christmas album..... The Foo Fighters perform the Pink Floyd track "In the Flesh" alongside PF principal Roger Waters on the late-night NBC gabfest "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Sept. 27..... Veteran popular music crooner Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living performer ever to top the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with his new album "Duets II."..... A new Ozzy Osbourn documentary produced by Ozzy's son Jack Osbourne will drop on DVD and Blu-ray in November..... Early reaction from critics is less than favorable to Paul McCartney's new ballet "Ocean Kingdom," which officially opened at the New York City Ballet on Sept. 22..... Grammy-winning singer Roberta Flack is putting the finishing touches on her first album in more than eight years which will be a collection of Fab Four classics..... Reggae pioneer Leonard Dillon, the leader of the reggae band The Ethiopians, dies of lung and prostrate cancer on Sept. 28 at age 68..... Rap pioneer Sylvia Robinson, who began her career as half of the duo Mickey and Sylvia in the late 1950s and scored a hit on her own in 1973 with "Pillow Talk," dies on the morning of Sept. 29 from congestive heart failure at age 75.
Posted by Administrator on September 24th, 2011
The inflatable pig famously depicted on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album "Animals" is set to fly above Britain's Battersea Power Station once again, this time to promote the launch of a new series of remastered PF albums..... Steven Van Zandt, a longtime guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, tells the concert publication Pollstar that the band will be gathering in the next few weeks to decide their future following the June death of E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons from complications of a stroke..... With both sides in the upcoming Los Angeles-based trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray having used eight of their ten allowed challenges for potential jurors by Sept. 23, the court appears close to seating a jury to hear Murray's involuntary manslaughter case..... Elton John is reportedly the subject of a planned biopic named after one of his biggest hits, "Rocketman."..... Paul McCartney's first ever foray into the world of ballet debuts to a warm reception from a packed house at the New York City Ballet on Sept. 22..... A 1965 Beatles concert contract that stipulated the Fab Four must not play before a segregated audience sells for $23,000 on Sept. 20 -- more than four times its pre-auction estimate of between $3,000-$5,000..... Journey guitarist Neal Schon tells the website DailyBeast.com that his romance with reality TV star Michaele Salahi is "like a fairy tale" and that he's "very happy after waiting for her for 15 years."..... "Songwriter," a new 2-disc best-of collection from Paul Simon's 50-year career, will drop on Oct. 24, 11 days after the acclaimed singer-songwriter turns 70..... Hall and Oates principal Daryl Hall's award-winning music and conversation program "Live From Daryl's House" is coming to broadcast TV, after nearly four years as a Net sensation..... Van Halen is reportedly close to signing a new record deal with Columbia Records for what would be the band's first album with original frontman David Lee Roth since 1984..... Sting announces he'll celebrate his forthcoming 60th birthday with a benefit concert at New Yorks' Beacon Theater on Oct. 1..... The late-'70s hardcore punk band the Misfits will release a new album, "The Devil's Rain," on Nov. 7..... The Valley Region Elementary School No. 12 in Los Angeles votes to rename itself The Carlos Santana Arts Academy, after the Grammy-winning axeman..... Neil Young announces he'll release his memoir,"Waging Heavy Peace," in the fall of 2012..... R-B singer Vesta Williams, known for such 1980s hits as "Don't Blow A Good Thing" and "Congratulations," is found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room on Sept. 23 at age 53.
Posted by Administrator on September 20th, 2011
"Europe '72 Vol. 2," a follow-up of the Grateful Dead's seminal 1972 live album "Europe '72" will drop on Sept. 20, some 39 years after the original album was released..... A contract for a 1965 Beatles concert performance in California that will soon be auctioned reveals the Fab Four took a firm stand in support of that era's civil rights movement..... Journey guitarist Neil Schon has found himself in the middle of a divorce battle after reportedly having an affair with former "Real Housewives of D.C." reality TV star and Celebrity White House gate crasher Michaele Salahi..... In a new interview with the UK paper "The Sun," Mick Jagger quashes any hope that the Rolling Stones are planning to play a special 50th anniversary gig in 2012..... Rolling Stone reports that Queen may reform with former Bad Company and Free vocalist Paul Rodgers for some live shows, including a gig at the 2012 summer Olympics..... A beach hut on the East Sussex, England seafront mansion owned by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is orded to be removed by the Brighton and Hove City Council, or Gilmour could face prosecution..... Stevie Wonder delivers a rousing performance at the Austin City Limits Festival on Sept. 17..... Jonathan Demme says "Neil Young Journeys," his latest documentary on Neil Young, is a "more emotional version of Young's live shows..... Stevie Nicks reveals that Prince once asked her to write the lyrics for his classic rock track "Purple Rain," but she turned him down because she was "scared."..... Alice Cooper is joined onstage by rising singer Ke$ha at L.A.'s legendary Whisky a Go-Go on Sept. 15 as he launched his latest album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare."..... The former publicist for late Godfather of Soul James Brown is claming the late soul legend was "murdered" and has hired a private detective to investigate his death..... Former Abba member Benny Andersson reveals that he once sought help for his alcoholism after hitting a low point and realizing he would "lose everything" unless he gave up drinking.
Posted by Administrator on September 15th, 2011
Paul Simon delivers a touching memorial to the tenth anniversary of the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 by performing the Simon and Garfunkel hit "Sound of Silence" at the 9-11 Memorial at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan..... American celebrity gossip magazine Us Weekly is reporting Paul McCartney will wed his fiancee Nancy Shevell on the third weekend in September at a farmhouse in Sussex, England..... The Recording Academy announces that Paul McCartney will be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week in 2012..... The Beatles' 2000 greatest hits set "1" re-enters Billboard's Hot 200 album chart at No. 4 after the album made its digital debut in the iTunes Store earlier in September..... The executors of Michael Jackson's estate ask a Los Angeles judge to allow them to put $30 million in a trust fund for Jackson's mother and his three children, who are the designated beneficiaries..... A new Ozzy Osbourne tribute album is announced featuring contributions from members of Osbourne's former group Black Sabbath, Motley Crue and Kiss, among others..... Mick Jagger tells the music mag Spinner that the Rolling Stones will reissue a remastered edition f their classic 1978 album "Some Girls" on Nov. 21..... A massive new box set from Crosby, Stills and Nash member Stephen Stills is being prepared by CSN's Graham Nash and photographer Joel Bernstein..... In a recent interview, Queen guitarist Brian May says the combination of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's death in 1991 and the passing of his own father soon afterward sent him spiralling into a depression that caused him to contemplate suicide..... Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is currently mourning the loss of his father, 95-year-old Victor Tallarico, who passed away of natural causes on Sept. 10..... Former Mountain guitarist Leslie West releases his new solo album, "Unusual Suspects," via Provogue Records on Sept. 20..... Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band finally make their live albums available on the iTunes Store after years of holding out on making their music available online..... Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson dies of natural causes on Sept. 10 at Stony Brook University Medical Center on Long Island at age 88..... Richard Hamilton, a pioneer in the culture-heavy pop art movement of the second half of the twentieth century and the designer of the cover jacket of the Beatles' 1968 "White Album," dies on Sept. 13 in Britain of undisclosed causes at age 89.
Posted by Administrator on September 10th, 2011
"The Love We Make,"a film featuring Paul McCartney, makes its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 9, the day before it begins airing on the premium cable network Showtime..... An art exhibition featuring 18 drawings and paintings by Bob Dylan in 2009-2010 will go on display at the pestigious Gagosian Gallery in New York City from Sept. 20 to Oct. 22..... Blondie's ninth studio album, "Panic of Girls," drops in the US on Sept. 13 on the group's own imprint and will be sold on CD and digital download exclusively on Amazon.com..... Cher's publicist issues a statement on Sept. 7 saying the singer-actress will not be at any of the tapings of the ABC talent show "Dancing With the Stars" as her transgendered son Chaz Bono competes on the upcoming 13th season, which premieres Sept. 19..... Jury selection in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray begins in Los Angeles on Sept. 8..... A group of loyal Michael Jackson fans are up in arms over reports that promoters of a planned MJ tribute concert had slashed ticket prices and apparently offered 2-for-1 ticket deals to the October event..... Neil Diamond uses the popular site Twitter.com on Sept. 7 to announce his engagement to his 40-year-old manager, Katie McNeil..... Billboard is reporting that all 17 of the Rolling Stones' performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be released Nov. 1 via Universal-Sofa Entertainment..... "Fame and Fortune," a new feature film based on the life of Elvis Presley, is being planned by documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld, who has also produced films on such famous rock stars as John Lennon and Harry Nilsson, among others..... Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band announce dates for a second leg of their 2011 North American Tour, which gets underway Nov. 2 in Ypsilanti, Mich..... Stevie Nicks, Graham Nash and Michelle Branch are among the headliners of a Buddy Holly tribute concert at the Music Box in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 7..... Reggae mainstay Jimmy Cliff will release a new EP in November, with a full album coming sometime in 2012..... Ted Nugent says he thinks he's "too devisive" to be given an authorized position in the presidential campaign of his personal friend, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas..... Two new Jimi Hendrix live releases drop via Experience Hendrix-Legacy..... Fleetwood Mac guitarist-vocalist Lindsey Buckingham announces details of a 7-date UK tour this December..... Iconic '60s and '70s TV actress Mary Tyler Moore will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild during a ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.
Posted by Administrator on September 5th, 2011
Numerous '70s musicians, including Eagles frontman and Recording Artists' Coalition founder Don Henley, are taking steps to get back their master recordings from their labels thanks to a provision of a 1978 copyright law that allows artists to file for "termination rights" and reclaim sole possession of their original works..... Elvis Presley Enterprises recruits a German litigation-finance firm called Calunius Capital to sue Arista Music in Germany for unpaid royalties on the late iconic singer's music..... Cher takes to her Twitter.com account to defend her transgendered son Chaz Bono, who has been attacked since the announcement that he would be among the contenders on the new season of the hit ABC talent series "Dancing With the Stars."..... A representative for Gene Simmons announces on Sept. 1 that the Kiss member and reality TV show star will marry his girlfriend of 28 years, actress-model Shannon Tweed, on Oct. 1 in Los Angeles..... Journey will release a second greatest-hits album, "Greatest Hits Vol. 2," on Nov. 1..... David Bowie's classic 1969 single "Space Oddity" is turned into a children's book by graphic designer Andrew Kolb..... Jack Douglas, the producer of Aerosmith's new album, reveals the Boston rockers' new CD will be "nasty" and "raw" and "should be out around May 2012."..... Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards donates 3,000 pounds to help repair the Angel Radio radio transmitter on the Isle of Wight, which was knocked out by a lightning strike in July..... Mick Jagger becomes the first artist in Billboard history to have topped the Hot 100 pop singles chart and also be name-checked in the title of a No. 1 song by another act, as the new Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera single "Moves Like Jagger" reaches the top of Billboard pop chart..... Rush signs with Roadrunner Records after years of being doggedly pursued by the rock-heavy record label..... The BBC is reporting that Beatles biographer Hunter Davies has uncovered more than 250 letters and cards written by John Lennon to his family and friends, which will be published in an upcoming book by Davies..... Lawyers for Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray file an emergency 11th hour appeal on Sept. 1 before the long Labor Day weekend seeking to overturn a ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor that jurors did not need to be sequestered in Murray's upcoming trial..... Nov. 1 U.S. and Oct. 31 U.K. release dates have been given to the legendary "lost" Beach Boys album "SMiLE."..... Randy Bachman and Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive fame will launch a 14-city tour of their native Canada on Sept. 3..... Former Police frontman Sting is preparing a new NYC stage musical based on his 1991 album "The Soul Cages."..... Kinks frontman Ray Davies pens "Child's Play," a school musical tracing the last 60 years of cultural and political life in the UK.
Posted by Administrator on August 31st, 2011
Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham releases his latest solo effort, "Seeds We Sow," on Sept. 6 via his own label..... Tom Jones issues a statement on Aug. 28 saying he was forced to cancel a concert in Monte Carlo, Monaco the previous evening due to "severe dehydration" and denied reports he was suffering heart problems..... Patti Smith accepts the prestigious prestigious 2011 Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf during a ceremony in Stockholm on Aug. 30..... Veteran British hard rockers Def Leppard announce they'll launch a joint tour of UK arenas this winter with Motley Crue at the Birmingham LG Arena on Dec. 6..... Jackson Browne is celebrating the 100th anniversary of revered folk singer Woody Guthrie's birth by releasing a new epic love sang called "You Know the Night."..... Cher's son Chaz Bono and actor Ryan O'Neal are among the '70s-connected artists expected to be among the celebrities taking part in the upcoming season of ABC's hit talent series "Dancing With the Stars."..... The judge in the upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson';s doctor Conrad Murray rules on Aug. 29 that Jackson's dermatologist Arnold Klein will not be allowed to testify, delivering a blow to Murray's defense who hoped to portray the late pop superstar as a drug addict who may have given himself the substance that caused his death..... Aretha Franklin puts to rest all those reports of her allegedly dire health for the past eight months on Aug. 25 by delivering an energetic performance before a hometown crowd at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in suburban Detroit on Aug. 25..... Keith Richards' autobiography "Life" is certified as selling over one million copies since its release in 2010, making it one of the best-selling rock memoirs of all time..... Alice Cooper admits that his new single, "I'll Bite Your Face Off," is a tribute to the early work of the Rolling Stones..... Former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones joins rising UK singer Seasick Steve onstage at the Reading Festival in England on Aug. 27..... Boomtown Rats frontman and political campaigner Bob Geldof announces on Aug. 29 that a private equity fund he agreed to chair in 2010 to invest in poverty programs for Africa has was nearing its first close after raising nearly $200 million..... Stephen Stills and Neil Young protege Josh Hisle will mount a 16-city US tour this fall beginning on Oct. 10 in Alexandria, Va..... Hall and Oates announce they'll tour Australia in early 2012..... Grammy-winning Blues musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards, believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman, dies on Aug. 29 in his Chicago home at age 96.
Posted by Administrator on August 26th, 2011
A group of die-hard Michael Jackson followers representing 35 of his fan clubs from all over the world band together to lobby for the cancellation of the upcoming MJ tribute concert scheduled for October..... Former Michael Jackson manager Frank Dileo, who managed the pop superstar's career at the height of his power in the 1980s, dies in Los Angeles on Aug. 24 at age 63..... Nearly 50 years after Decca Records passed on signing the Beatles to a recording contract in what has been called one of the music industry's biggest blunders, the label is now teaming up with Paul McCartney to release his upcoming ballet "Ocean's Kingdom," on CD on Oct. 3..... The trailer for the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed George Harrison documentary, "George Harrison - Living In A Material World," is released on the official George Harrison website..... Aretha Franklin says her representatives are "still hammering things out" on her new film biopic, but it's "still moving, and we're moving towards closing."..... Nickolas Ashford, who penned such famous Motown hits as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I'm Every Woman" with his wife Valerie Simpson, dies on Aug. 22 at a New York City hospital at age 70..... Author Andy Neill's new Rod Stewart and the Faces biography, "Had Me a Real Good Time," serves up plenty of anecdotes about the boozy, freewheeling blues-rock band of the '70s..... Metallica and Lou Reed announce that their forthcoming collaborative album will be titled "Lulu."..... Redmond O'Neal, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal and the late actress Farrah Fawcett, pleads no contest on Aug. 24 to heroin possession in Los Angeles Superior Court..... Jerry Leiber, the celebrated songwriter who penned global hits for the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, BB King, the Drifters and Peggy Lee, passes away as a result of heart failure on Aug. 22 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 78..... Esther Gordy Edwards, who founded the Motown Museum in Detroit to preserve the legacy of the iconic record label founded by her brother Berry Gordy, Jr., dies of natural causes at age 91.
Posted by Administrator on August 21st, 2011
Attorneys representing Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray file a motion on Aug. 18 requesting that jurors in Murray's upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial be sequestered..... Former Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is denying a recent report in a UK paper that claims Iommi and his cofounding Sabbath members had begun rehearsing for a tour and a new studio album for release next year..... Over 200,000 Bob Marley fans are expected to attend a 10-day festival in the Spanish resort of Benicassim beginning Aug. 18 to mark the 30th anniversary of the reggae icon's death..... AC-DC teams with a winery in their native Australia to produce a collection of AC-DC-endorsed wines based on some of their biggest hits, including "Highway to Hell" Cabernet Sauvignon and "You Shook Me All Night Long" Mostcato..... Thousands of Elvis Presley devotees hold a candlelight vigil on Aug. 16 at Presley's grave at Graceland in Memphis to remember the 34th anniversary of his untimely 1977 death..... Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart unveils his latest project, a band dubbed the Mickey Hart Band that features local San Francisco-area musicians..... An appeal filed by imprisoned "Wall of Sound" producer Phil Spector for a review of his 2009 murder conviction is rejected by the California Supreme Court on Aug. 17..... Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Patti Smith is collaborating with playwright John Logan on the screenplay for a film adaptation of her National Book Award-winning memoir "Just Kids."..... Tom Waits is preparing to release his first new material in seven years on Aug. 23..... Dweezil Zappa, son of the late Frank Zappa, will play songs composed by his dad on an upcoming 13-date fall tour of the UK..... Betty White is voted both the Most Popular and Most Trusted Celebrity among Americans in a recent poll conducted by Reuters-Ipsos..... Burt Reynolds is facing foreclosure on his longtime southeast Florida home, according to a lawsuit filed on Aug. 9 by a mortgage firm..... Director Richard Linklater's beloved slacker classic from 1993, "Dazed and Confused," makes its bow on Blu-ray.
Posted by Administrator on August 16th, 2011
Yoko Ono posts a message on her imaginepeace.com site announcing she's extending the site's free screening of the John Lennon and Ono documentary "Bed Peace" about the couple's famous 1969 "Bed-In" campaign for peace..... Thousands of Elvis Presley's most devoted descend on the King of Rock and Roll's hometown of Memphis, Tenn., for a candlelight vigil to honor the anniversary of the singer's Aug. 17, 1977 death, just as they have done for the past 34 years..... Peter Gabriel announces his next album will be titled "New Blood" and feature orchestral reworkings of twelve of the former Genesis frontman's most popular solo songs..... Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Leonard Cohen issues a statement saying he'll probably release a new studio album sometime in early 2012..... Aretha Franklin will be honored with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's Founder's Award at the organization's 25th anniversary event in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12..... Nancy Wilson of Heart says she and sister Ann Wilson already have most of their follow-up to 2010's "Red Velvet Car" written..... The Dire Straits tribute band the Strait announces a special one-off "warm-up" concert at the U.K.'s Brighton Concorde2 on Sept. 20..... Original Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord reveals that he is suffering from cancer..... Veteran U.K. pop singe Cliff Richard announces he'll release "Soulicious," a new album of soul duets with such legends as the Temptations, Roberta Flack, Billy Paul, Freda Payne, Percy Sledge and Valerie Simpson, on Oct. 7..... Country star Merle Haggard cancels a club performance in Fort Worth, Tex., on Aug. 13 after not feeling well and checking into a local hospital..... Grand Ole Opry legend Billy Grammer, best known for his 1959 hit "Gotta Travel On," passes away on Aug. 10 in his hometown of Benton, Ill., at age 85..... Actress Annette Charles, 63, who famously portrayed Cha Cha DiGregorio in 1978's "Grease," dies on Aug. 4 from a nonsmoker's lung cancer.
Posted by Administrator on August 6th, 2011
Michael Jackson's three children make a rare joint appearance on Aug. 8 to donate artwork by their late father to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles..... Queen and Pink Floyd are the only pop or rock acts making the Top 10 of a new "Desert Island Discs" poll conducted by the BBC Radio 4..... A short film featuring "High Tide or Low Tide," a song by '70s reggae legends Bob Marley and the Wailers, is the centerpiece of a new campaign to help the current crisis in Somalia and East Africa, which is currently experiencing a famine due to a blistering drought..... Soul legend Aretha Franklin reportedly sings her way out of parking ticket in New York on Aug. 8..... Motown legend Smokey Robinson will be honored with the prestigious ELLA Award during an invitation-only ceremony will take place on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles..... Representatives for Gregg Allman announce on Aug. 8 that the Southern Rock legend has been forced to cancel a series of summer concerts due to a lingering upper respiratory condition..... Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton undergoes "radical" but successful surgery to combat his long-running battle with tongue cancer..... Van Halen pulls out of a five-date mini-tour of Australia set to kick off in September due to poor ticket sales and the organizers' inability to secure a second headliner..... Olivia Newton-John pens an open letter to the people of her native country condemning the practice of "fracking" for natural gas..... Kiss member Paul Stanley becames a father for the fourth time on Aug. 9 when his attorney wife Erin gave birth to a baby daughter at a Los Angeles hospital..... Marshall Gran, the bassist for Johnny Cash's backing band The Tennessee Two from 1954 to 1980, passes away at age 83.
Posted by Administrator on August 6th, 2011
Cheap Trick announces they're cancelling a show set for Vancouver on Sept. 1 over concerns about the structural integrity of the stage..... A new attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood inspired by Alice Cooper's upcoming album "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" is set to open on Sept. 23 and run on select nights through Halloween..... Paul McCartney reveals that he too apparently is a victim of Britain's infamous phone-hacking scandal and plans on contacting authorities about the matter..... A cowboy hat and a pair of sunglasses worn by John Lennon in the mid-1960s will be auctioned in the UK on Aug. 9 in Berkshire..... Meat Loaf posts a video online disputing reports that he passed out for the second time in four days during an appearance at the New Jersey Balloon Festival on July 31..... An embarrassing video made by Bruce Springsteen in 1984 for his smash hit "Dancing in the Dark" surfaces online..... Bob Dylan is among the contributors to a new tribute album for country music icon Hank Williams dubbed "The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams."..... The family of late T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan opens a school for orphaned children in Sierra Leone called the Marc Bolan School of Music and Film..... "Miracle Worker," the debut single from the new Mick Jagger-fronted supergroup SuperHeavy, is made available for download on Apple's iTunes Store..... Ozzy Osbourne callshis manager wife Sharon Osbourne on Aug. 1 to tell her that two of his front teeth had fallen out before he was scheduled to do a concert on Aug. 4..... Island Records announces the last five albums from British art-rock legends Queen will be reissued on Sept. 5, the date that would have been late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday..... Redmond O'Neal, the troubled son of late actress Farrah Fawcett and actor Ryan O'Neal, pleads not guilty on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles to felony heroin possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm after he was arrested after a search of his apartment on Aug. 2..... '60s and '70s soul songwriter Gene McDaniels, best known for composing Roberta Flack's hit "Feel Like Makin' Love" and for writing and recording his own soul-pop gem "Tower of Strength," dies on July 29 at his home in Maine after a short illness at age 76..... NFL legend Bubba Smith, a former defensive lineman with the 1971 Super Bowl champions Baltimore Colts who went on to portray a police officer in all five "Police Academy" movies, dies in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 at his home in Los Angeles at age 66.
Posted by Administrator on August 1st, 2011
Paul McCartney tours the Motown Historical Museum on Detroit's West Grand Boulevard for the first time on July 24, and by all accounts the former Beatle was extremely impressed..... A rumoured reunion of the two surviving Fab Four members at next year's London 2012 Olympic Games in Stratford won't be happening due to Ringo Starr's touring schedule..... Publisher "Heart Like a Wheel," which borrows the title of the Grammy Award-winning singer's 1974 critically acclaimed album..... Carole King reveals she'll release her first ever holiday album, "A Holiday Carole," on Nov. 1 via Hear Music-Concord Music Group..... A new Mick Jagger biography being shopped to potential publishers paints the Rolling Stones frontman as a "closet conservative" who once brought his parents flowers during dinner visits..... Ronnie Wood lands his own British television program, named after his award-winning U.K. radio show..... Foreigner will celebrate their upcoming 35th anniversary on Sept. 13 with an ambitious CD-DVD package named "Feels Like the First Time" and marketed exclusively via Walmart..... Graham Nash and David Crosby make a surprise appearance at an Allman Brothers Band Hepatitis C awareness benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on July 27..... Beach Boys singer Mike Love says his iconic American band will commemorate the group's 50th anniversary with a new album involving all of the surviving BB members, although it's more in the planning stages at this juncture..... Meat Loaf has a scare during his performance on July 28 at Pittsburgh's Trib Amphitheatre when, just four songs into his set, he tumbled to the floor of the stage and lost consciousness..... Cheap Trick manager says the band is demanding answers as to why the stage collapsed during their set at Canada's Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest on July 17..... The Australian government awards funding to a biopic of late AC-DC frontman Bon Scott..... A statue of rock and roll legend Chuck Berry is dedicated on July 29 in Berry's hometown of St. Louis, Mo., before a cheering crowd of about 500 people..... Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks joins the hot contemporary band Maroon 5 on July 25 at a concert at L.A.'s legendary Hollywood Bowl..... A deadly shooting eruptsnear an outdoor concert in Cleveland, Oh., by '70s funk legend George Clinton and his band Parliament-Funkadelic..... Steely character actor G.D. Spradlin, best known for playing authority figures in such films as "The Godfather, Part II" and "One on One," passes away on July 24 at his ranch in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was 90.
Posted by Administrator on July 27th, 2011
A digital version of George Harrison's historic 1971 "Concert of Bangladesh" album is made available exclusively on Apple's iTunes Store on July 26, in conjunction the upcoming 40th anniversary of the seminal two-day benefit concert on Aug. 1..... Touring her native Japan on July 22, Yoko Ono said she wants to give the disaster-stricken country a big hug and that she felt it was her duty to show her support for Japanese tourism..... Several members of Michael Jackson's family, including Michael's mother Katherine Jackson, unveil plans for a "Michael Forever - The Tribute Concert" at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, UK on Oct. 8..... Gene Simmons of Kiss proposes to his longtime lov Shannon Tweed during July 25 episode of the AE reality series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels."..... A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling shows that if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faced off against New Jersey's most famous musical son, Bruce Springsteen, they would start out tied at 42 percent of the vote each..... Bob Dylan announces he'll tour the U.K. in October, playing six arena dates beginning with two Glasgow gigs on Oct. 8 and 9..... Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant plays a surprise show before a tiny crowd at a 200-capacity community hall in Monmouth, south Wales, on July 9..... In an interview with the London Daily Telegraph, former Genesis drummer-vocalist Phil Collins reveals that he doesn't like today's music and rarely listens to any songs any more..... The Who's Pete Townshend blogs that the Who will stage another "Quadrophenia" tour in 2012 and that his hearing "is better than ever."..... The Faces dedicate their gig in Surrey, U.K. on July 23 to the late singer Amy Winehouse, whose dead body was found in her London flat earlier in the day..... Rod Stewart announces he'll tour Australia in 2012 for an "all-hit show" beginning in Perth on Feb. 2..... Former Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. singer John Lydon reveals that he has lost some of the new songs he has written for a new PIL album after his house burned down..... The new Anglo-American supergroup Black Country Communion kicks off a nationwide U.K. tour on July 23 at the Llandudno Cymru Arena in North Wales..... Rhino Records reissues the first four albums from New York City punk-rockers the Ramones on vinyl..... Two classic movies by the late legendary "Saturday Night Live" comic John Belushi are reissued on Blu-ray for the first time.
Posted by Administrator on July 22nd, 2011
Bob Seger releases a statement on July 21 saying he and his Silver Bullet Band will resume their 2011 American tour this fall and confirmed the cities they'll be stopping..... Fifty rare photos of the Beatles' first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 1964 are auctioned by the Christie's auction house on July 20 for $361,938..... Paul McCartney is joined onstage by a surprise guest, piano man Billy Joel, on the final night of his two-night stand at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 16..... Attorneys representing Michael Jackson personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray ask Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor to consider sequestering the jury when the case goes to trial on Sept. 8..... A famed red-and-black calfskin jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his groundbreaking "Thriller" music video is going on tour..... Bruce Springsteen plays a 45-minute tribute to his late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons on July 17 at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J..... Cher recently Tweets that she's ready to hit the road for her first tour since 2005..... American power pop vets Cheap Trick escape serious injury during their performance at the Ottowa Bluesfest in Canada July 17 when a storm suddenly sweeps over the area..... Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon Osbourne announces she's taking a break from her CBS daytime talk show "The Talk" at the end of September so she can spend more time with Ozzy..... Motown legend Stevie Wonder will headline the inaugural Global Soul Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 23..... Thin Lizzy announces a 12-city tour of the U.K. in 2012 that will get underway in Glasgow on Jan. 19..... Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is hoping to appeal the 16-month violent disorder prison sentence recently handed down to his 21-year-old son Charlie for his participation in a riot on the streets of London last December..... Carlos Santana buys into the tequila company Casa Noble Tequila, as well as becoming a member of its board..... Queen drummer Roger Taylor is rereleasing "Dear Mr. Murdoch," his 1994 protest song about media mogul Rupert Murdoch..... Soul songwriter Jerry Ragovoy, the author of such rock classics as the Rolling Stones' "Time Is on My Side" and Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart," died of complications from a stroke at a New York Hospital on July 20 at age 80.
Posted by Administrator on July 17th, 2011
Paul McCartney tells an American TV interviewer on July 11 that he may put together a new version of the Beatles for the 2012 Olympic games in London..... Cable TV's HBO channel announces a new George Harrison documentary featuring home movies, interviews and never before seen material will make its in October on the premium cable channel..... A new David Mamet-penned HBO documentary about controversial "Wall of Sound" producer Phil Spector is under fire from friends of the aspiring actress Lana Clarkson, whom Spector is convicted of killing..... Former The Police frontman Sting performs an energetic show before a sell-out audience of 3,300 at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival on July 11..... Charlie Gilmour, the 21-year-old son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, is given a 16-month jail sentence on July 15 for his participation in a student fees protest in London last December..... Roger Daltrey blasts Irish rocker U2 in an interview with the UK's "Daily Star" paper on July 16 for the band's decision to base part of their business operations in Holland, allegedly to avoid paying taxes in their native Ireland..... Former Mountain frontman Leslie West returns to his New Jersey apartment in mid-July after undergoing daily therapy sessions following surgery to amputate the bottom half of his right leg in June..... Cher tweets on July 13 that she's just recorded "The Greatest Thing," a song written by Lady Gaga and RedOne, for her upcoming album..... In a recent post on his Twitter page, David Bowie denied that he has collaborated on a song with New Orleans rap star Jay Electronica..... Patti Smith will release a new 18-track greatest hits compilation on Aug. 23 in the U.S. and Sept. 12 in the U.K. titled "Outside Society."..... Mark Evans, the bass player for AC-DC during their formative years, will release a book of his memoirs with the band, "Dirty Deeds - My Life Inside and Outside of AC/DC."..... Rob Grill, the longtime frontman of late '60s hitmakers The Grass Roots, dies on July 11 from complications of a head injury he sustained in a fall in June at age 67..... Alphonso "Fonce" Mizell, a member of the Motown hitmaking team "The Corporation," which produced several Jackson 5 hits, dies at the age of 68..... Legendary Hollywood TV producerSherwood Schwartz, best known for masterminding such iconic '60s and '70s sitcoms as "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," dies of natural causes on July 12 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 94.
Posted by Administrator on July 12th, 2011
Roger Waters adds more shows to his upcoming early 2012 tour of Australia..... Bob Dylan rolls out his aptly-named Never Ending Tour, which he began back in 1988, for yet another summer on July 14..... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announces it has just compiled "the most comprehensive, artifact-driven Beatles exhibit in the world" as a result of new relationships with the surviving bandmates and members of their family..... Yoko Ono allegedly threatens to sue the owner of a Scottish bar which is dedicated to her late husband John Lennon..... Ringo Starr tells the Austrian magazine "News" that although he still loves performing after more than 50 years in the music business, he has a "nervousness" every time he is due to play..... Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer Tweets on July 6 that the Boston-based rockers entered the studio on that day to begin work on their long-awaited 14th studio album..... Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw says a reunion between former frontman Dennis DeYoung and the rest of the band "isn't realistic."..... Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson says he's still bitter about the way he was dismissed from the band and that nobody in Yes called him to tell him that singer Benoit David had been hired to replace him after a four-year illness forced him to keep off the road..... Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood tells the U.K. paper Daily Mail that his now been sober for 16 months..... The U.K.'s University of Gloucestershire announces it will bestow an honorary doctorate on Blondie drummer Clem Burke during graduation ceremonies on July 30 for what the university says is his "groundbreaking work with students."..... Hundreds of AC-DC fans descend on the Scottish town of Kirriemuir on July 9 to pay tribute to the Aussie headbangers' late frontman, Bon Scott..... In a recent interview with a Canadian newspaper, Creedence Clearwater Revival mastermind John Fogerty says he's frustrated that his former CCR bandmates Stu Cook and Doug Clifford are touring under the moniker Creedence Clearwater Revisited..... Late '60s-early '70s crooner Engelbert Humperdinck will be honored with his own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars during a ceremony on July 20..... Rick Springfield says his recent arrest for DUI in California is playing havoc with his ongoing battle with depression..... A Sept. 19 release date is given to ex-Mountain frontman Leslie West's new solo album "Unusual Suspects."..... The University of Texas and actor Ryan O'Neal are feuding in court over a valuable portrait of O'Neal's late wife, iconic '70s actress Farrah Fawcett, that was painted by the legendary pop artist Andy Warhol..... Cable TV's TNT channel says it's moving ahead with an updated version of the prime-time soap "Dallas" that aired on CBS from 1978 to 1991..... Former First Lady Betty Ford, the wife of late mid-1970's Pres. Gerald R. Ford, passes away on July 8 at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 93..... Jane Scott, the woman dubbed as the "world's oldest rock critic," dies from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 92 in Ohio..... Sam Denoff, an Emmy-winning TV writer who wrote for such classic sitcoms as "The Dick Van Dyke Show and "That Girl," dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease on July 8 at age 83.
Posted by Administrator on July 7th, 2011
As the new Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart-fronted supergroup SuperHeavy prepares to release its debut album in September, Jagger said in a recent interview that SuperHeavy "hasn't planned to do a tour or anything, but if people really like it maybe we will."..... The 40th anniversary of the July 3, 1971, death of Doors frontman Jim Morrison was remembered on July 3 by Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger as the two surviving Doors members visited Morrison's gravesite in Paris, France..... Van Halen announce they'll tour Australia this fall, the first time they've played Oz with original and now current lead singer David Lee Roth in tow..... A Texas judge says she's changed her mind about signing off on a plea deal that would allow country-pop crossover star Willie Nelson to reduce a misdemeanor drug charge to the same level as a speeding ticket..... Guitarists extraordinaire Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin headline the opening night of 45th edition of Switzerland's three-day Montreux Jazz Festival on July 1..... Alice Cooper joins rising singer Ke$ha onstage in Oslo, Norway, on July 5 as she and her band tor into a cover of Cooper's 1972 hit, "School's Out."..... Sly Stone will release "I'm Back - Family and Friends," the soul-funk legend's first album in almost 30 years, on Aug. 16 via Cleopatra Records..... Ex-The Police frontman Sting cancels a concert in Kazakhstan after learning that the Central Asian nation's oil workers have been on strike over alleged human rights violations..... Singer Aaron Carter vehemently denies recent reports that Michael Jackson once offered him cocaine when he was a teenager..... Southern rock legend Gregg Allman attends a news conference in London on July 4 as his Gregg Allman Band kicks off a European mini-tour at London's Barbican Center the following evening..... John Lennon's son Julian Lennon signs with Graham Stokes' Conehead label for the release of his new album, "Everything Changes."..... An attorney for Rick Springfield enters a plea of not guilty on the '80s pop star's behalf on July 5 in Malibu, Calif., after Springfield was arrested on May 1 for speeding and subsequently charged with DUI.