June 2012

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on May 26th, 2012

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform one of their trademark marathon three-hour concerts to close out the UK's Isle of Wight Festival on June 24..... Legendary blues-rock artist Janis Joplin will be among 24 entertainers receiving a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 2013, it was announced on June 22..... In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Keith Richards says there's a possibility he'll collaborate with former White Stripes mastermind Jack White, with whom he's been friends for years..... A photography exibition celebrating the work of several famed rock photographers including Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz, Henry Diltz and Alfred Wertheimer opens at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles on June 21..... Barbra Streisand reportedly has her heart set on directing a new movie called "Skinny and the Cat," but a spokesman for the diva says she has had problems raising $20 million to finance the project..... Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash signs a deal with Random House's Crown Archetype imprint to write a memoir that will chronicle his life beginning with his early days as a child in Salford, England..... Country-pop crossover pioneer Glen Campbell performs what was billed as his final Los Angeles concert in the city's legendary Hollywood Bowl on June 24..... Los Angeles auction company Julien's announcesthe crypt in which Elvis Presley was briefly interred after his Aug. 16, 1977, death at age 42 is being pulled from the auction block after fans demanded that it be kept as a shrine to his memory..... The Beach Boys have announced they've added a second show to their London date this fall, at the Wembley Arena on Sept. 28..... Rock troubadour Tom Waits will perform tracks from his most recent album, 2011's "Bad as Me," live for the first time on CBS's "The Late Show with David Letterman" on July 9 and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on July 10..... Blaming "vocal issues," Ozzy Osbourne pulls out of a show in Mannheim, Germany, on on June 20 just minutes before his "Ozzy and Friends" concert was set to begin..... Cher Tweets that she is collaborating with producers on a show based on her life story that will incorporate her lengthy catalog of pop hits..... Olivia Newton-John's 1982 single "Physical" is named "The Sexiest Song of All Time" in a new poll conducted by Billboard magazine..... The former Royal Caribbean employee who threw his own hat into the accusation arena after two masseurs accused John Travolta of sexual misconduct files his own lawsuit against the '70s movie icon, claiming inappropriate behavior during a cruise back in 2009.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on June 21st, 2012

Nearly three years after the death of Michael Jackson as the pop megastar was preparing for his comeback tour, his brothers The Jacksons launch their 2012 Unity tour on June 20 at Rama Casino in Ontario, Canada..... Legendary Toronto pro-rockers Rush are set to debut in the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 200 with their new album "Clockwork Angels."..... Aerosmith kick off their "Global Warming Tour" on June 16 in Minneapolis, playing to a sold-out show at the city's Target Center..... The Rolling Stones are reportedly strongly considering at least one live concert later in 2012 to mark their 50th anniversary as well as a full tour in 2013..... Beatles legend and longtime animal rights advocate Paul McCartney is honored by the UK chapter of PETA on June 18 with a personal 70th birthday greeting at the famous crossing in front of London's Abbey Road Studios..... British actor Victor Spinetti, who became caught up in the frenzy of Beatlemania after appearing in the Fab Four's mid-'60s movies "A Hard Day's Night" and "Help!," dies of cancer in a hospice in Monmouth on June 19 after battling with pancreatic cancer at age 82..... Blondie and Devo will embark on a brief US tour of 13 cities starting Sept. 7..... Elton John is forced to end an outdoor concert in Blackpool, UK, early on June 16 due to inclement weather..... A nephew of Stevie Wonder is facing felony charges of extortion against the Motown legend after being arrested on May 2 when undercover Los Angeles Police Dept. detective conducted a sting operation against him and his girlfriend..... Tape recordings featuring chats of such musical stars as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Tina Turner and Elton John have just been donated to the US Library of Congress by former Capitol Records president Joe Smith..... Canadian-born artist Leonard Cohen's latest album "Old Ideas" is nominated for a 2012 Polaris Award, Canada's album of the year award..... Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack Osbourne reveals he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis..... The '70s British prog-rock troupe Caravan announces it will launch a special 40th anniversary 10-date tour of the UK beginning Jan. 8, 2013, at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's Southbank Centre..... The original lineup of Asia will celebrate their 30th anniversary (1982-2012) on July 2 by releasing their latest studio effort, "XXX."..... Bassist John Harrison, a founding member of the UK prog band Hawkwind, dies on May 26 after a battle with Huntington disease.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on June 16th, 2012

'70s artists Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Steinman are among the inductees into the class of 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on June 15..... Bob Seger tells Billboard that he has "five songs that I really, really like" for his next solo album, and he's "sifting through the other 70 that I've got in the can."..... The Beach Boys set a new Billboard Hot 200 albums chart record by becoming the act with the longest span of Top 10 albums among groups in the history of the chart..... Eddie Van Halen tells USA Today on June 13 that his veteran hard rock band "bit off more than we could chew" when they planned their extensive North American spring/summer 2012 reunion tour..... Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn., celebrates its 30th anniversary in June 2012..... A Gibson guitar once played onstage by David Bowie that has been appraised at $40,000 is among more than 650 pieces of rock and roll memorabilia that will hit the auction block in Beverly Hills during the Julien's Auctions Music Icons sale on June 23 and 24..... Elton John will headline an event at London's Wembley Arena this fall for the Peace One Day charity..... John Fogerty will be re-recording the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Proud Mary" as a duet with Jennifer Hudson for his upcoming collaborative album, "Wrote a Song for Everyone."..... ZZ Top is forced to cancel a June 9 show in Atmore, Ala., over safety concerns with the stage..... Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr hook up in England over the second weekend in June to attend the secret wedding of George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison to former model-turned-psychologist Solveig Karadottir. The birthplace of Ringo Starr is saved from demolition, to the delight of many Beatles fans..... Paul McCartney will celebrate his milestone 70th birthday on June 18, and British musician Paul Weller announces he'll release a new cover of the Beatles' 1968 song "Birthday" on that date to help celebrate the occasion..... Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and the rising band St. Vincent will release a collaborative album called "Love This Giant" on Sept. 11..... Kiss announce they'll play a one-off show in London at the city's HMV Forum on July 4..... Alice Cooper announces a large-scale UK tour beginning Oct. 24 in Cardiff..... Controversial Michigan rocker Ted Nugen blasts immigration reform and gun control at a biker rally in Austin, Tex., on June 9..... Joe Walsh says he won't be supporting the Republican Illinois congressman who shares his exact same name in the upcoming election, but Rep. Walsh's opponent, Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth..... The June 6 premiere of the new "Dallas" series on cable TV's TNT channel struck it rich with TV fans, pulling in 6,863,000 viewers to rank as the #1 scripted series premiere on all of cable for the year-to-date..... Tommy Chong of the '70s doper duo Cheech and Chong announces on June 9 that he has prostate cancer..... Character actor Frank Cady, who played Hooterville general store proprietor Sam Drucker on the '60s sitcom "Green Acres," dies on June 8 at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., of undisclosed causes at age 96.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on June 11th, 2012

Last surviving Bee Gees member Barry Gibb leads a heartfelt tribute to his brother Robin Gibb at Robin's funeral in Thame, Oxfordshire, England, on June 8, telling mourners that he would miss his brother's "magnificent mind and his beautiful heart."..... The Canadian power trio Rush re-embraces their early long-form conceptual work on their latest album, "Clockwork Angels," which hits stores June 12..... Just days after their new folk songs covers collaboration "Americana" was released, guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro of Neil Young's sometime backing band Crazy Horse says another Young-Crazy Horse album is expected this year..... The Beach Boys could have their highest charting album in 37 years as their new release "That's Why God Made The Radio" seems poised to hit the #3 spot of the Billboard Hot 200 for the week ending June 10..... Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart announce they'll release their 13th studio album, named "Fanatic," this fall..... The Beatlemania Museum in Hamburg, Germany announces it will close at the end of June due to lack of interest..... The same hi-tech company which created the "holographic" Tupac Shakur at this year's Coachella festival announces it has signed an exclusive deal with the parent company of Elvis Presley Enterprises to jointly produce a series of "virtual" Elvis Presley likenesses for a range of entertainment projects..... Johnny Marr of the alternative band the Smiths delights thousands of fans in his home city of Manchester, England, on June 9 by joining Nile Rodgers of Chic onstage for a performance of Chic's 1979 chart-topping hit, "Le Freak."..... The reunited Black Sabbath is among the headliners of the final day of the UK's Download Festival on June 10..... A California woman is suing the estate of Michael Jackson for $1 billion, claiming she inspired many of his biggest hits..... Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tina Turner is alive and well, despite being the latest victim of a death hoax on Twitter..... An updated "Dallas" anchored by the beloved old guard of Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray premieres on TNT on June 13 and will be part of their Wednesday night lineup at 9:00 p.m. EDT..... TimeLife.com announces it will be releasing new multiple DVD configurations of the beloved '70s comedy-variety series "The Carol Burnett Show," featuring 50 classic episodes picked by Carol herself..... Legendary science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury, author of such classic novels as"Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," dies on June 5 in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness at age 91.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on June 6th, 2012

In a June 5 interview with the BBC, Paul McCartney says he will be participating in the London Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27..... Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey are among a glittering parade of artists who perform at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace on June 4..... Elton John returns to the stage on June 3 in Taunton, England for the first time since his recent health scare which landed him in hospital..... A statement posted on the official website of Robin Gibb on May 30 says the late Bee Gees singer will be given a private funeral in Britain on June 8..... Neil Young announces he and his reunited band "Crazy Horse" will embark on a 23-city North American tour in early October behind their latest album, "Americana."..... Taylor Hawkins, the drummer of the Foo Fighters, lands the role of Iggy Pop in the upcoming film "CBGB," a movie about New York's punk rock scene that is centered on the legendary NYC club of the same name..... Ozzy Osbourne says Black Sabbath has written 15 new songs since reuniting in 2011, though he's not sure if all the new songs will appear on an upcoming album..... Playing to a sold-out crowd at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on May 30, Bruce Springsteen lashes out at financiers and bankers by railing against them as "greedy thieves" and "robber barons."..... The Beatles are named the biggest selling singles act in the United Kingdom since charts first began being compiled 60 years ago in 1952..... "Rolling Stones 50," a 50th anniversary Rolling Stones photography exhibition, will open at London's Somerset House on July 13 in the venue's East Wing Galleries..... The Beach Boys announce they will play five dates in Australia this August..... Recording engineer George Marino, who did mastering work on such classic albums as Stevie Wonder's "Innervisions," AC/DC's "Black in Black," and Don McLean's "American Pie," dies in New York on June 4 after a long battle with cancer..... Herb Reed, the last of the founding members of 1950s RB crooners The Platters, dies in Boston on June 4 at age 83 after battling chronic heart disease..... Richard Dawson, a British-born entertainer known for hosting the TV game show "Family Feud" and for his stint in the 1960s sitcom hit "Hogan's Heroes," dies from complications related to esophageal cancer on June 2 at age 79 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles..... On June 5 a Los Angeles judge denies a motion by the makers of the '50s-themed 1970s sitcom "Happy Days" to dismiss claims by several former cast members that they are owed royalties on DVD sales.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on June 1st, 2012

Robin Gibb's son Robin-John Gibb opens up with details about the death of his beloved father on May 20 at the age 62, saying he actually died of kidney failure..... Album sales by the Bee Gees jump 339% following the death of Robin Gibb..... Neil Young and Crazy Horse release "Americana," featuring their furious, feedback-drenched takes on folk standards from "Oh Susanna" to Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," on June 5..... The original tomb in which Elvis Presley was laid to rest in a Memphis, Tenn., cemetery will go up for auction on May 23..... Elton John's civil partner David Furnish says on May 29 that Elton is on the mend after a serious respiratory infection sidelined him and sent him to a Los Angeles hospital on May 23..... Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will be heard alongside such younger music stars as Beyonce and Pitbull in "Epic," a new animated film being produced by 20th Century Fox..... Joe Walsh releases "Analog Man," his first solo record in 20 years..... "Backbeat," a musical that details the birth of the Beatles that is adapted from the 1994 film of the same name, will make its final pre-Broadway stop at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 2013..... Jimmy Buffett tells Billboard that he has a backlog of new songs and that he plans on recording the follow-up to his 2009 release "Buffett Hotel" in 2012..... A supergroup known as the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue featuring Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, blue-eyed soul man Boz Scaggs, and former Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald will kick off a 40-show US tour on June 20 in St. Louis..... The Beach Boys unveil another song, "From There to Back Again," from their forthcoming studio album "That's Why God Made The Radio," which drops on June 5..... A 40th anniversary deluxe vinyl-DVD package of David Bowie's seminal 1972 album "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" will be released on June 4 and contain remastered audio of all 11 of the album's tracks..... A 2011 concert by Robert Plant and the Band of Joy at Nashville, Tenn.'s War Memorial Auditorium that was filmed for the PBS TV series "The Artist's Den" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 10..... Nils Lofgren's "Old School" album gets a vinyl LP release on July 12..... Priestess of Punk Patti Smith releases her 11th album "Banga," her most energized in years, if not decades..... Seven-time Grammy-winning U.S. guitarist and folk singer Doc Watson dies in a Winston-Salem, N.C., hospital on May 29 following abdominal surgery the previous week at age 89.

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