August 2013

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on August 27th, 2013

Posting on his own Facebook page as well as the Palestinian activist website Electronic Intifada on Aug. 20, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd asks his fellow musicians to boycott Israel over their treatment of the Palestinians..... In a recent interview with the official magazine of the American Association of Retired People (AARP), Linda Ronstadt reveals she is battling Parkinson's Disease and says the effects have left her unable to sing..... The Internal Revenue Service presents a new $702 million tax bill to the estate of Michael Jackson, after the estate managed to pay off the late superstar's massive personal debt (totaling nearly half a billion dollars) in Nov. 2012..... In the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial in Los Angeles, Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Gordon tells jurors that Jackson in 2002 seemed to know a lot about propofol, the powerful anesthetic that killed him seven years later..... A black knitted tie worn by John Lennon as the Beatles were climbing to fame in 1962 sells for 3,627 pounds (around $5,600) on Aug. 24 at an annual auction conducted by the Beatles Shop in Liverpool..... A luxury brown-colored 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow that once belonged to late The Who bassist John Entwistle will be auctioned by Bonhams of London in September..... David Crosby says he's working on his first solo album since 1993's "Thousand Roads," and is hoping for a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reunion tour after Young is forced to cancel his world tour with Crazy Horse..... In a new interview with daytime talk show queen Oprah Winfrey that premiered on Winfrey's OWN network on Aug. 24, Tina Turner says if she ever goes back to live performing again, fans may have to embrace a less high-energy show..... Reps for R and B singer Robin Thicke reportedly offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye in order to preempt a copyright infringement showdown, but the family turned it down..... Dolly Parton announces on Aug. 21 that she will be expanding her Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in 2014 to the tune of $300 million..... Cher's upcoming album "Closer To the Truth" will feature of cover of "Dressed to Kill," the debut solo single by Samuel Preston of the Ordinary Boys..... Director Tate Taylor, the filmmaker who helmed the acclaimed 2011 movie "The Help," announces on Aug. 26 that his next project will be a biographical feature film about the late "Godfather of Soul" James Brown..... Acclaimed actress Julie Harris, a five-time Tony Award winner and who appeared in such films as 1955's "East of Eden," 1962's "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and 1963's "The Haunting," died on Aug. 24 at age 87 in West Chatham, Mass..... Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, who worked with some of Hollywood's greats including Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski and George Lucas, passes away at his home on the Isle of Wight on Aug. 23 at the age of 99.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on August 22nd, 2013

The ashes of 1969 Woodstock festival legend Richie Havens are scattered from a plane across the site of the festival in upstate New York during a ceremony on Aug. 18..... '70s teen heartthrob David Cassidy is charged with DWI on Aug. 21 after the "The Partridge Family" star was pulled over the previous day in upstate New York near Albany for failing to dim his headlights..... Although Aretha Franklin announced whe was unable to attend an award ceremony honoring her work with civil rights from Major League Baseball on Aug. 17 in Chicago, the Queen of Soul says on Aug. 20 that she's had a "miraculous" recovery and is looking forward to performing soon..... Aerosmith releases a statement on Aug. 19 apologizing for scrapping a pair of festival dates in the Far East that they said was necessary due to the local promoters' failure to "meet contractual obligations."..... Neil Young and Crazy Horse announce on Aug. 19 that they've cancelled their upcoming four-city North American tour due to an injury to guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro's hand..... A temporary "pop up" store will open in London in September to celebrate the release of The Clash's new 13-disc box set "Sound System" and a remastered version of a Clash compilation, "The Clash Hits Back."..... Drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer says he was approached by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi in 2011 to become the drummer for Black Sabbath after their original drummer Bill Ward refused to be part of the band's reunion tour and album..... In an Aug. 17 interview with the London Sunday Times, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood says his band is still "totally driven by drama," likening it to an "addiction."..... A never-released Bob Dylan recording will appear on the soundtrack of a new movie directed by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, "Inside Llewyn Davis," which will open in the U.S. on Nov. 11..... Glen Campbell's latest (and probably final) studio album "See You There" combines new songs with remakes of his signature singles..... "Songs From St. Somewhere," Jimmy Buffett's 31st album, is full of chill evocations of island life, from "Einstein Was a Surfer" to "Somethin' 'Bout a Boat."..... A Beatles memorabilia collector in Canada launches a website indicating his intention to extract DNA from one of John Lenno's teeth which he bought at auction in 2011 with the lofty goal of cloning the legendary musician..... "The Beatles - Let It Be," a Fab Four inspired Broadway revue that hit Broadway just one month ago, will wrap up its run months early amidst poor ticket sales..... Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein, who brought the band to New York City's Carnegie Hall just as their fame exploded in the U.S., dies in his sleep at age 95 of natural causes on the morning of Aug. 21..... Actor Dick Van Dyke was pulled from his burning sports car on the afternoon of Aug. 19 after it caught fire on the 101 Freeway in Calabasas, Calif..... Olivia Newton-John says she's "in shock" after the body of a 41-year-old man was discovered in her home in Palm Beach County, Florida, on Aug. 19, the victim of an apparent suicide.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on August 17th, 2013

The composers of the current hit song by R and B singer Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines," filed a preemptive lawsuit against the owners of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" and Funkadelic's 1974 song "Sexy Ways" in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, asking a California federal court to rule that the chart-topping track does not violate any copyrights..... Pete Townshend of the Who responds to fans of the boy band One Direction who are furious over rumours that the Who are pursuing legal action over their song "Best Song Ever," which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Who's classic 1971 track "Baba O'Riley."..... Parlaphone Records announces on Aug. 16 it will release an extended version of David Bowie's 1977 song "Sound and Vision" that was originally commissioned by Sony in February for their Xperia Z smartphone ad campaign..... Elvis Presley fans from around the world make their annual pilgrimage to Graceland on Aug. 15 to pay their respects to the King of Rock n' Roll with a solemn candlelight vigil on the 36th anniversary of his death..... On Aug. 15, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band confirm their plans to return to Australia and New Zealand for a string of concerts in February and March of 2014..... The ESPN cable network is reporting Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss have bought their own Arena Football League expansion team, the Anaheim-based L.A. Kiss, which will participate in the league's 2014 season..... Paul McCartney is added to the all-star lineup of the iHeartRadio Festival, set for the Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena on Sept. 20 and 21..... A replica of the poster which was the inspiration for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's track "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" is being released as a re-created, limited-edition poster..... The new documentary "Good 'Ol Freda" which profiles the Beatles' former secretary Freda Kelly, will screen at a few film festivals including Birmingham, Ala., Kansas City, Mo., and elsewhere) before opening in the U.S. nationwide on Sept. 6..... "Love to Love You, Donna," a new remix album celebrated the career of '70s disco diva Donna Summer, will be released on Oct. 22 via Verve Records..... In the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial in Los Angeles, Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe breaks into tears on Aug. 14 when she took the witness stand in a civil case and described the singer's fear of pain and reliance on physicians..... Former Van Halen and Montrose vocalist Sammy Hagar announces he is giving about $2,500 to local food banks in each city he visits on his current Four Decades of Rock tour of North Ameirca..... "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical," a new Broadway musical based on the music of Carole King, will start previews Nov. 21 at the Steven Sondheim Theatre..... Appearing at the UK's Edinburgh International Festival, Patti Smith says she's planning a tribute to the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson..... Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, a former cast member the Fox series "That '70s Show," dies on Aug. 14 at age 43 at a Los Angeles addiction treatment facility she had voluntarily entered earlier in the week..... A massive collection of Abba items owned by a private collector sells for 560,000 Swedish kronor ($86,000) over the second weekend in August..... In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun Times, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler hints that the band's current tour will "probably be the last" they play..... The Rolling Stones file a lawsuit via their Netherlands-based lawyers Musidor BV against German clothing company New Yorker Fashion for using their iconic mouth logo on a poster..... Legendary singer Marianne Faithfull cancels a number of live shows after breaking her back in July while vacationing in the U.S..... Leslie West, the legendary guitarist, vocalist and original founding member of Mountain, will release a new studio album entitled "Still Climbing" on Oct. 28..... Allen Lanier, a founding member and multi-instrumentalist with the classic rock band Blue Oyster Cult, died on Aug. 14 at age 67 after a lengthy battle with lung disease..... Country "outlaw" singer Tompall Glaser passes away on the morning of Aug. 13 at age 69 after battling an undisclosed illness.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on August 12th, 2013

Paul McCartney headlines the final night of the Outside Lands 2013 music festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park's Polo Field on Aug. 10..... A pair of leather trousers that once belonged to Paul McCartney during the Beatles' early Liverpool days are discovered in Bridlington, UK..... The Who's Roger Daltrey plays a special gig on Aug. 10 at Southern California's O.C. Fair to raise money for one of his favorite charities, teen cancer..... Doors guitarist Robby Krieger says although he has plenty on his creative plate these days, he still misses Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died of bile duct cancer on May 20 at the age of 74..... As the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial continues in Los Angeles, jurors watch the videotaped testimony of Jackson's younger brother, Randy Jackson, who described more than half a dozen intervention attempts by the singer's family to try to get the superstar to stop taking prescription medications..... Robert Plant enters the world of social media on Aug. 8 by opening up his own Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus accounts..... Neil Young and Crazy Horse announce on Aug. 8 that they have canceled their remaining dates of their tour of Europe and the British isles due to Crazy Horse guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro breaking his hand..... The ashes of 1969 Woodstock festival veteran Richie Havens will be scattered across the Woodstock site in New York's Sullivan County on Aug. 18 after a musical tribute to the late folk singer-guitarist..... A press release from the Bruce Springsteen camp announces the "final" dates on Springsteen and the E Street Band's Wrecking Ball tour will be four South American dates in September, including a show in Buenos Aires on Sept. 14 and a date at the Rock in Rio fest in Brazil on Sept. 24..... Meat Loaf announces plans to perform at the UK's Newbury's Ladies Day Party In The Paddock later in August..... In a new interview Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler says the band's 1975 single "Walk This Way" was written while they were waiting for a new supply of cocaine to arrive..... A new Journey documentary, "Don't Stop Believin' - Everyman's Journey," will premiere on many PBS stations across America on Sept. 30 and showcase the resurgence of the famous classic rock band through their discovery of a new lead singer, Arnel Pineda..... The Beach Boys will cap a celebration of their 50 years as a group on Aug. 27 with "Made in California," a massive six-CD box set of previously unreleased music..... Devo releases "Hardcore," a new CD of demos from 1974-1977..... Sammy Hagar releases a new video for "Knockdown Dragout," the first single from his upcoming rock collaborations album, "Sammy Hagar and Friends."..... A spokesperson for actor Dustin Hoffman announces on Aug. 6 that the "The Graduate" actor has successfully undergone treatment for cancer..... In his new book "Nilsson - The Life of a Singer-Songwriter," U.K. academic Alyn Shipton balances Harry Nilsson's tragic story with exacting analysis of his musical talents..... Tim Wright, the bassist in the pioneering punk-era bands Pere Ubu and DNA, dies on Aug. 3 of as yet undisclosed causes..... Jody Payne, a guitarist who toured with Willie Nelson for more than three decades, dies on Aug. 10 at age 77 in an Alabama hospital from cardiac problems..... "Cowboy" Jack Clement, a country music legend who inspired classic country musicians as well as pioneering rock 'n' rollers, dies at age 82 on Aug. 8 at his home in Nashville after a long bout with liver cancer..... Popular music singer Eydie Gorme, who was nominated for a Grammy for her 1963 hit "Blame It on the Bossa Nova," dies at Sunrise Hospital on Aug. 10 at age 84 following an "undisclosed illness."

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on August 7th, 2013

Tom Petty says he's nearly done with his 13th studio album with the Heartbreakers, which he expects to put out early in 2014..... In a recent Facebook post, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is defending his latest "The Wall Live" tour from accusations of anti-semitism..... RCA-Legacy Recordings releases a new Elvis Presley box set, "Elvis at Stax: Deluxe Edition," on Aug. 6..... Elton John is reportedly recovering at home after an operation in late July to remove his appendix..... Motown legend Diana Ross performs a relatively short (about 75 min.) concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 that also included performances by Ross' daughters, Rhonda and Evan Ross..... In the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial in Los Angeles, a former security employee of Jackson's told a jury on Aug. 1 that he was concerned the singer would overdose on prescription medications in the early 2000s but didn't see signs of impairment in the singer later that decade..... Twelve never-before-seen portrait artworks by Bob Dylan will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London later in August..... Stuart Sutcliffe, the late artist and early bassist for the Beatles, will receive an art exhibition sponsored by Harper's Books in East Hampton, N.Y., beginning Aug. 10..... A collaboration by Yoko Ono and punk rock icon Iggy Pop recorded onstage in 2010 at the Orpheum in Los Angeles will be released as a single to benefit an animal rescue organization..... Beach Boys mastermin Brian Wilson will kick off a month-long North American tour this fall with British guitar legend Jeff Beck..... A 20-song soundtrack of the new documentary about the legendary New York nightclub CBGB will drop via Omnivore Recordings in October..... In a new interview with the New York Daily News, Ozzy Osbourne says that original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was too "overweight" to join Sabbath on their 2013 reunion tour..... "All In the Family" actress Sally Struthers has a trial date set for September on a criminal charge of driving under the influence in Maine..... George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, RB and soul in a 40-year-plus career, dies on Aug. 5 at age 67 in Los Angeles after a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia..... Mike Shipley, a Grammy-winning engineer and producer best known for his 1980's-associated hard rock and heavy metal bands like Aerosmith, Van Halen, Scorpions, Ratt, Winger and Whitesake, dies of undisclosed causes..... Michael Ansara, the rugged character actor who played Klingon commander Kang on three different "Star Trek" TV series and appeared in numerous other TV shows and movies over a lengthy career, died at age 91 on July 31 at his home in Calabasas, Calif..... John Palmer, a longtime correspondent for NBC News, dies on Aug. 3 at age 77 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., after a brief battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on August 2nd, 2013

Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers says he received news in late July that he is now "all clear" of prostate cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2010..... The Eagles hold a press conference on July 30 announcing that they will reopen The Forum in the Inglewood section of Los Angeles with a three-night stand beginning on Jan. 15, 2014..... Ted Nugent is among the native Detroit musicians voicing optimism about the future of Detroit after the city announced it was being forced to declare bankruptcy in July, saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger..... God bless the Detroit survivors."..... David Bowie has never been known for political vociferations, but his video for his new single "Valentine's Day" suggests he's concerned about school shootings in the US..... Celebrating the 50th performance of his "Rod Stewart: The Hits" revue at Las Vegas' The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on July 29, Rod Stewart announces he will extend his contract there for two more years..... Three duets recorded by Michael Jackson and the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury will be released later this year, exactly three decades after they were recorded in Jackson's home studio in Encino, California..... On Sept. 24, folk singer-instrumentalist-composer David Bromberg will release his latest album, "Only Slightly Mad."..... Current country-pop sensation Taylor Swift treats her legion of fans to a special surprise on July 24 during a show in Foxborough, Mass., by bringing out Carly Simon to join her in a rendition of Simon's chart-topping 1972 hit, "You're So Vain."..... Blondie posts a message on their official Facebook page on July 29 disputing rumours that the band is considering retirement after Blondie drummer Clem Burke says earlier in the week that he thought singer Debbie Harry may be considering bringing the band to an end after 40 years..... In a recent interview with, Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon Osbourne says she ordered Ozzy to leave home earlier this year and not come back until he had addressed his addiction issues..... Actress Valerie Harper, a cast member of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and her own spin-off series "Rhoda," starts work on a new TV movie that will be filmed in Canada and shown on the UP network..... Actress Eileen Brennan, best known for her role as an Army Captain in "Private Benjamin" and the rambling Mrs. Peacock in "Clue," dies on July 28 at age 80 at home in Burbank, Calif., after a battle with bladder cancer.

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