April 2013

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on April 27th, 2013

With a jury comprised of six men and six women that was seated on Apr. 22, and six alternate jurors chosen the next day, the civil trial over the death of Michael Jackson is scheduled to formally begin on Apr. 29 in Los Angeles..... A limited-edition commemorative set of the now legendary U.K. 1970 Bath Festival of Blues featuring such acts as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and the Mothers, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat and Steppenwolf is now available at the Rockmusicmemorabilia.com website..... Bob Dylan announces he'll kick off a 26-date North American tour on June 26 in West Palm Beach, Fla..... In an interview with the syndicated celebrity gossip show "Extra" on Apr. 25, Elton John and his partner David Furnish reveale they've asked Lady Gaga to become the godmother of their 2-year-old son, Zachary..... The reunited Black Sabbath adds 16 more shows to their summer tour of North America after announcing four initial tour dates earlier in April..... Neil Diamond announces he'll donate royalties from his song "Sweet Caroline" to the charity supporting victims of the Apr. 15 Boston Marathon bombings, and that he's working on a new song inspired by the bombing victims..... Queen guitarist Brian May announces plans to release his new animal rights song, "The Badger Song," in protest as the British goverment plans to allow the culling of badgers beginning on June 1 in a bid to to reduce tuberculosis in cattle..... A spokesperson for ailing country-pop star Glen Campbell announces on Apr. 23 that he's planning a new album, "See You There," that will feature "haunting" reimaginations of some of his biggest hits..... Barbra Streisand is honored by a crowd of famous friends including Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Michael Douglas and Kris Kristofferson at the 40th annual Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in Washington, D.C., on Apr. 22..... Co-founding Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir becomes ill and falls onstage during a concert with his band Further at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Apr. 25..... Although David Bowie has made no public statement, yet alone appearance, in the four months since his acclaimed new album "The Next Day" was released, the rocker responds to a request for a "work flow diagram" of the new album by DailyBeast.com writer Rick Moody with 42 separate words..... Legendary New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen and legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger are among 198 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' class of 2013..... Punk pioneer and former Television member Richard Hell's new memoir, "I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp," spares nobody -- including Hell himself..... Billy Joel performs his first full concert in over three years on Apr. 21 at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney, Australia..... Olivia Newton-John announces she's calling off her upcoming Las Vegas residency at the city's Flamingo hotel to spend more time with her older sister Rona, who is battling brain cancer..... Peter Frampton announces he'll play a rare U.K. concert at the London Camden Roundhouse on Nov. 5..... An Elvis Presley impersonator arrested on Apr. 18 for allegedly sending a letter laced with poison to Pres. Barack Obama is released from jail on Apr. 22 after it was determined he had nothing to do with the threat to the president..... Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert marries "Thirtysomething" actor Timothy Busfield on Apr. 24 during a ceremony at the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif..... Actor Allan Arbus, best known for portraying psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the hit '70s/early '80s television series "MASH," passes away on Apr. 19 at age 95 at his home in Los Angeles..... Legendary folk singer Richie Havens, a veteran of the 1969 Woodstock festival and known for such protest songs as ""Handsome Johnny," "No Opportunity Necessary" and "Stop Pulling and Pushing Me," dies on the morning of Apr. 22 at age 72 from a sudden heart attack at his home in New Jersey..... Influential country music singer George Jones, whose career spanned more than six decades and included hits such as "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Window Up Above," dies on the morning of Apr. 26 at age 81 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn..... Cordell 'Boogie' Mosson, a former bassist for George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic collective, dies on Apr. 18 at age 60 of undisclosed causes.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on April 22nd, 2013

Fans of Rush make their presence known as the Canadian power trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a star-studded ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Apr. 18..... Willie Nelson announces on Apr. 18 that he'll turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of an Apr. 17 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Abbott, Tex., not far from where he grew up..... Neil Diamond helps comfort an audience of Bostonians on Apr. 20 after the city was traumatized on Apr. 15 by a bombing during the Boston Marathon by leading a sing-along of his famous 1969 hit "Sweet Caroline" after the third inning of a Boston Red Sox/Kansas City Royals baseball game at Fenway Park..... An Elvis Presley impersonator arrested on Apr. 18 for allegedly sending a letter laced with poison to Pres. Barack Obama could face up to 15 years in jail for posting ricin to the White House as well as to two other government officials..... Black Sabbath are offering fans a free download of their new album "13"'s first single, "God Is Dead?," with a pre-order of the album through Apple's iTunes store..... Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon Osbourne reportedly signs a 2 million pound deal to return to the UK version of "X Factor."..... Cheech and Chong offer fans a green vinyl edition of their classic 1973 single "Earache My Eye" as part of this year's Record Store Day..... The ABBA-based Broadway musical "Mamma Mia!" will leave the Winter Garden Theatre later this year for a smaller venue, the Broadhurst Theatre which is six blocks away..... "Rod Stewart announces he'll perform a rare club show at the legendardy Troubadour Club in Los Angeles on Apr. 25 to promote his forthcoming studio album, "Time."..... Paul McCartney joins popular music icon Tony Bennett's campaign for tightening U.S. gun laws -- Voices Against Violence -- by encouraging his American fans to send a text, which led to the singer's message and connected the caller to their local Senate office after providing a zip code..... Paul McCartney will be among the headliners of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, which is set for San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from Aug. 9-11..... The judge in the upcoming trial of Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson against concert promoter AEG says except for medical emergencies, she won't consider any more excuses from potential jurors to be dismissed from jury duty..... Although Stevie Nicks has said Reese Witherspoon would be her choice to portray her in a biopic, she now seems to be cooling to the idea, telling "Entertainment Tonight Canada" that the 37-year-old Witherspoon is "almost too old."..... Former Oasis principal Noel Gallagher reveals during a radio interview on Apr. 20 that David Bowie could "have another album in the pipeline" to followup his new album, "The Next Day."..... Brian Eno reportedly composes two music scores which will be used to help treat patients in hospital..... Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, a guitarist in Neil Young's backing band Crazy Horse, says Young's upcoming tour of the UK may be his last..... Legendary American TV and movie star Dick Van Dyke says he's seeing doctors for a baffling health problem, and is seeking advice online for a "cranial throbbing" that's causing him to lose sleep as well..... Graphic artist Storm Thorgerson, the English designer of one of the most famous rock music album covers of all time, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, as well as countless other eye-catching album sleeves, dies on Apr. 17 at age 69 after a battle with cancer..... Award-winning country and folk singer Rita MacNeil, beloved in her native Canada for hosting her own variety show in the 1990s and a certified triple-platinum album seller, dies on Apr. 16 at age 68 from post-surgical complications..... Veteran NFL broadcaster and former pro football player Pat Summerall dies of cardiac arrest on Apr. 16 in Dallas, Tex., at age 82.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on April 17th, 2013

British tabloids are reporting Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have separated following a financial strain placed on the couple by a huge tax bill..... Keith Richards makes a surprise appearance in the second and final night of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at New York's Madison Square Garden on Apr. 13..... Elton John performs three songs from his upcoming album "The Diving Board" before and invited audience of music and entertainment execs at the famed Capitol Studio inside the label's tower building in Hollywood on Apr. 12..... Paul McCartney once again tops the list of richest musicians in the UK and Ireland with a fortune estimated at 680 million pounds ($1.04 billion)..... The front door from Paul McCartney's childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road, Allerton, Liverpool fetches the top estimate of 5,000 pounds in an auction in Gloucestershire, UK..... "Ain't In It for My Health," a documentary that captures late the Band drummer-singer Levon Helm's late career Renaissance before his 2012 death, will be released on DVD this summer..... Brian Wilson issues a press release on Apr. 14 announcing he's been working on his autobiography, which is set for release in 2015..... Iggy Pop and the Stooges' new album, "Ready to Die," will hit shelves on Apr. 30 and is the band's first record in 30 years with veteran Stooges guitarist James Williamson..... Photographer Neal Preston, who was granted unprecedented access to Led Zeppelin during the band's '70s heyday, releases a digital book titled "Led Zeppelin - Sound and Fury" featuring hundreds of photos, including more than 100 never before published..... The jury pool for the Michael Jackson civil trial is trimmed as the case moves ahead in Los Angeles..... Meat Loaf postpones a show in Nottingham, England, on Apr. 14, citing "medical reasons afflicting several members of the band" on his Facebook page..... Yes guitarist Steve Howe says the current Yes tour in which the iconic prog-rock band is playing three of its classic albums -- "The Yes Album," "Close to the Edge" and "Going For the One" -- in their entirety is going well..... Abba's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have written the theme for this year's Eurovision Song Contest, organizers announce on Apr. 15..... In a new interview with USA Today, Mick Jagger says fans don't like it when the Rolling Stones play new material in concert..... Musician Don Blackman, an American jazz-funk pianist, singer and songwriter who played with such acts as Earth, Wind and Fire and Roy Ayers, dies on Apr. 11 at age 65 after losing a battle with cancer..... Songwriter George Jackson, co-author of the famous Bob Seger hit "Old Time Rock and Roll" as well as hundreds of other southern soul, rock and R and B tunes, dies at age 68 on Apr. 14 in Jackson, Miss., suburb of Ridgeland..... Chicago blues guitarist Jimmy "Fast Fingers" Dawkins, who became renowned as part of the "West Side Sound" of the Chicago blues scene, dies at age 76 on Apr. 10 of undisclosed causes..... Jonathan Winters, the burly, moon-faced manic comic who was a major influence on contemporary comedians like Robin Williams and Steve Martin, dies on Apr. 11 of natural causes at age 87 at his home in Montecito, Calif..... Actor Frank Bank, best known for playing Lumpy Rutherford in the 1957-1963 ABC sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," passes away at age 71, according to multiple reports.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on April 11th, 2013

"Wings Over America," Paul McCartney and Wings' chart-topping 1976 live album that captured the famous former Beatle's band in its prime, will be reissued in a variety of formats on May 27..... Randall Miller and Jody Savin, the filmmakers behind the upcoming film about New York's legendary CBGB club, obtain the rights to Gregg Allman's best-selling 2012 autobiography "My Cross to Bear" and are planning to make a film out of it as well..... Black Sabbath announce they'll debut their upcoming single "End of the Beginning" on the May 15th season finale of the hit TV detective series "CSI - Crime Scene Investigation."..... In an interview with the UK paper The Express on Apr. 7, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman reveals he turned down an offer to join the Stones onstage for their US dates in Dec. 2012..... Original Eagles member Bernie Leadon will join the group on their upcoming History of the Eagles Tour, his fellow guitarist and current Eagles member Joe Walsh has announced..... Rare original sheet music from over 150 Beach Boys songs are expected to bring at least $7 million when they're sold at auction in May..... The Who announce a charity gig at London's Wembley Arena on July 8 to help support the Double O group, which distributes funds to aid such problems as drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence and sexual abuse..... A city council in London relaxes the time curfew for upcoming summer festivals at east London's Olympic Park, where Bruce Springsteen famously had the plugged pulled on him last summer during an onstage collaboration with Paul McCartney after they overran the curfew..... A Los Angeles judge rules that the upcoming Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live will not be televised..... Country-pop crossover artist Kenny Rogers is among three new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn., organizers announced on Apr. 10..... Lindsay Buckingham says onstage during a Fleetwood Mac show on Apr. 6 in Philadelphia that FM will releease an EP of brand new material "in a few days."..... Former "Mickey Mouse Club" star and '60s beach movie veteran Annette Funicello dies on Apr. 8 at age 70 from complications from multiple sclerosis at a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital..... Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in postwar British and world politics and the only woman to become British prime minister, dies on Apr. 8 at age 87 at the Ritz Hotel in London after suffering a stroke..... Andy Johns, a veteran producer and sound engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Mott the Hoople, Jethro Tull and many more, dies at age 60 on Apr. 7 after being hospitalized for liver trouble a week earlier.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on April 7th, 2013

Black Sabbath posts a tease of their upcoming studio album "13" on YouTube on Apr. 5..... Eric Clapton announces his Crossroads Guitar Festival will take place at New York's Madison Square Garden on Apr. 12 and 13..... Motown legend Stevie Wonder s scheduled to perform with country artist Hunter Hayes on Hayes' new single, "I Want Crazy," during the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Apr. 7 in Las Vegas..... On Apr. 3, the Rolling Stones finally release the first nine dates for their 50th anniversary tour of North America..... The Beatles release their stripped-back, Phil Spector-free version of their final 1970 album release "Let It Be" to Apple's iTunes store n Apr. 3, a decade after its physical release..... Paul McCartney announces the first night of his "Out There" world tour will be Boston's Fenway Park on July 9..... Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Boy George and Thurston Moore are among the artists confirmed to appear at the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown festival in London in June..... Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler cancels a pair of performances in Russia -- a June 7 show in Moscow and a June 8 gig in St. Petersburg -- over what he called a "crackdown" on human rights groups..... A documentary profiling late the Band drummer-vocalist Levon Helm will make its U.S. theatrical debut on Apr. 19, the first anniversary of Helm's death..... Meat Loaf announces his in-progress UK tour will truly be his last due to health issues..... Todd Rundgren's new album, "State," is a characteristically one-man-band project that incorporates contemporary electronic and industrial elements throughout its 10 tracks..... A newly unearthed Jim Morrison interview from 1969 reveals the late Doors frontman thought "fat is beautiful."..... Queen is voted the band Brits most want to spend 15 minutes with in a new survey conducted by Virgin Media..... Lawyers for Michael Jackson say they are planning to to call such celebrities as Diana Ross, Spike Lee, Quincy Jones and Lisa Marie Presley to the witness stand during April as they prepare to battle concert giants AEG Live over the King of Pop's death..... John Travolta's lawyer lashes out at the celebrity gossip site Gawker.com over a report suggesting that the "Saturday Night Fever" star shelled out more than $84,000 to settle sexual assault claims, calling the story "outrageous" and "false."..... Cheap Trick are planning a pair of U.S. shows to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their concerts in Tokyo that spawned the classic 1979 live album "Cheap Trick at Budokan."..... Terminally ill actress Valerie Harper reunites with her co-stars from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" on Apr. 5 for a taping of the hit comedy sitcom "Hot In Cleveland."..... Influential film critic Roger Ebert, whose thumb could make or break a movie, dies on Apr. 4 at age 70 after a long battle with cancer..... Jane Nebel Henson, the former wife of Muppets creator Jim Henson who was influential in the creation of the popular U.S. TV puppet program, dies at age 78 on Apr. 2 following a long bout with cancer.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on April 2nd, 2013

The Rolling Stones are expected to announce details of their long-rumored North American summer tour on Apr. 3..... Kiss bassist-vocalist Gene Simmons makes a surprise appearance at a Sioux Falls, Ia., benefit concert on Mar. 30, where he spoke of music's power to positively shape children's lives..... In a recent interview with ABC News Radio, Billy Joel says he's considering retiring from performing if concerts in Australia and the U.S. later this year fail to inspire him..... The Motown Historical Museum in Detroit announces on Apr. 1 that an 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown greats during the label's 1960s heyday, and restored thanks to Paul McCartney, is back in its original home..... A signed copy of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album sells at auction for $290,500 on Mar. 30..... A court date of Apr. 2 is set in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Jackson against concert promoters AEG..... The new Stevie Nicks documentary "In Your Dreams" is set to be shown for one nightly only on Apr. 2 in North American theaters..... Southern rocker Charlie Daniels is recovering after having a pacemaker implanted on Mar. 28 at a Nashville-area hospital..... A new autobiography from British '80s comedienne Cleo Roco reveals that late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury once smuggled the late Princess Diana into a London gay club by dressing her up as a male model..... In a recent interview with huffingtonpost.com, Van Halen singer David Lee Roth claims he had his penis insured before going out on the road with the band..... German electronic icons Kraftwerk are banned from playing live in China because of their planned involvement with the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, D.C. 15 years ago..... Willie Nelson weighs in on the current controversy in the U.S. over legalizing same-sex marriage as the Supreme Court holds hearings on the issue for an upcoming decision, saying "I've known straight and gay people all my life and I can't tell the difference."..... Guitarist Hugh McCracken, a renowned session musician who played on albums by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Paul Simon and many others, loses his battle with leukemia on Mar. 28..... Rock music journalist and publisher Paul Williams, best known as the founder of "Crawdaddy!" magazine, died on Mar. 28 at age 64 from complications related to a 1994 bike accident.

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