March 2013

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on March 28th, 2013

The official Glastonbury Festival website posts on Mar. 27 that the Rolling Stones will be among the headliners at the legendary UK festival in late June..... '70s artists John Fogerty and Carole King will be among the presenters at this year's 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which is set for Apr. 18 in Los Angeles..... John Fogerty tells Billboard that his planned autobiography is still in its formative stages, and it won't be a "tawdry, supermarket kind of thing."..... Pop songstress Dionne Warwick files for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey on Mar. 21, citing tax liabilities she has attributed to financial mismanagement..... Although the celebrity privacy bill pushed by and named in honor of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler sailed through the Hawaii state senate early in March, the future for the bill now appears bleak for the time being as the bill is missing deadlines in the state House, and key lawmakers say they won't push it through..... Singer Eric Burdon, the former frontman of the '60s blues-rock group the Animals and later the American funk band War, announces he is writing his memoirs detailing his 50-year career in the music industry..... Pink Floyd invits fans to gather on their official website on Mar. 23 to stream their 1973 space-rock masterpiece "Dark Side of the Moon" and Tweet their "Dark Side" memories, photos and comments..... Actress Karen Black, whose credits include the 1969 counterculture classic "Easy Rider," 1970's "Five Easy Pieces," and "Airport 1975," is reaching out over the Internet to seek money for medical treatment, after battling cancer on and off for more than two years..... Rising British singer Mark Ronson says in an interview on Mar. 21 that he has produced three songs for Paul McCartney that Sir Paul may include in his next album..... A rare set of photos taken at the Fab Four's 1965 concert at Shea Stadium sell at auction for around $46,700, and an upcoming auction for a copy of the band's famous "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album signed by all four Beatles set for Mar. 30 rockets past its predicted selling price of $30,000..... Songwriter-producer Deke Richards, who penned songs for such legendary Motown acts as the Jackson 5 and The Supremes, dies at age 68 in a Washington state hospice on Mar. 24 after a battle with oesophageal cancer..... Derek Watkins, a prolific British trumpeter who played on every James Bond soundtrack -- from "Dr. No" to "Skyfall" -- dies at age 68 at his home in Surrey, England, on Mar. 24 after a two year battle with cancer..... Character actor Malachi Throne, who appeared in such TV series as "It Takes a Thief," dies at age 84 after a battle with cancer on Mar. 13 in Brentwood, Calif.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on March 22nd, 2013

Michael Gracey, a director known more for producing TV commercials than for movies, has been chosen to helm "Rocketman," the upcoming biopic about Elton John..... The Eagles announce they will launch an 11-date North American tour this summer in support of a recent documentary about the band, "The History of the Eagles," which premiered at Sundance in January and aired on Showtime in February..... John Lennon's wido Yoko Ono takes to Twitter to protest against gun violence in America, which claimed the life of her late husband outside the Dakota apartment building in Manhattan in December 1980..... Paul McCartney announces a concert in Warsaw, Poland on June 22 will be his first live date of 2013 that marks the beginning of a new tour dubbed "Out There!"..... John Lennon and George Harrison are honored with a Blue Plaque in London at 94 Baker Street, the site of the Apple Boutique clothing shop..... Simon and Garfunkel's 1966 song "The Sound of Silence" is among 25 recordings that have been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress, the National Recording Registry announced on Mar. 21..... As predicted, David Bowie's new album "The Next Day" has been beaten out for the top spot on Billboard's Hot 200 albums chart by "What About Now," the new LP from New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi..... Journey guitarist Neal Schon files a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis on Mar. 20 that accuses his former mother-in-law, Judy Kozan, of libeling him in her Internet blog posts..... Former Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters is calling for a boycott of Isreal, similar to the one implemented against South Africa during apartheid..... Stevie Nicks tapes an interview with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey in which she talks candidly about her struggles with addiction, her breakup with Lindsey Buckingham, and the recent death of her mother..... According to some concert industry insiders, the Rolling Stones have chosen AEG Live to promote their upcoming North American tour, which is reportedly set to kick off on May 2..... The family of Michael Jackson are seeking $26 billion in compensation from the concert promoter giant after the "Thriller" singer's death in 2009..... As the HBO biopic "Phil Spector" airs on the premium cable channel on Mar. 24, legendary record producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector's wife Rachelle Spector says her husband was convicted more for political reasons than any solid evidence tying him to the 2003 shooting of ana Clarkson..... Blondie announces it will embark on a 17-date tour of the U.K. and Ireland this summer, beginning on June 14 in Nottingham..... Neil Young and Crazy Horse will be among the headlners at Belgium's Pukkelpop festival, which is set for Aug. 15-17..... A treasure trove of rare Beach Boys memorabilia including manuscripts and sheet music for around 150 songs will go up for auction in London in April..... American public television announced a special "Carol Burnett Night" on Apr. 9 that will feature two shows chronicling the longtime success of the beloved TV comedy star..... Trumpet player and singer Kenny Ball, one of the best-known and best-loved names in British jazz for 50 years, dies at the age of 82..... Singer Bobbie Smith, the co-founder and co-lead singer of the Detroit soul group The Spinners, dies on Mar. 16 at age 76 in Orlando, Fla., of complications from pneumonia and influenza..... Porn actor Harry Reems, best known for starring opposite Linda Lovelace in the controversial 1972 X-rated flick "Deep Throat," dies on Mar. 19 at age 65 in a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, after a battling multiple health issues, including pancreatic cancer.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on March 17th, 2013

Bob Dylan becomes the first rock musician voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a century-old arts organization that honors artists in music, literature and visual arts..... With around 80,000 copies sold, David Bowie's new album "The Next Day" is on track to be the second best selling album of the week in the U.S. in its first week of release..... According to a Mar. 15 press release, a Carole King tribute is headed to Broadway in the spring of 2014, following a pre-Broadway engagement this fall..... Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart announce they'll hit the road this summer on a 30-date U.S. tour with openers Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, and the two bands will close each show with a 30-minute tribute to Led Zepp..... RRobert Plant sets his first U.S. dates for 2013 and will play the inaugural JamBase Live Festival in Washington state in early July with his band Sensation Space Shifters..... Stevie Nicks appears at the South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Tex., on Mar. 16 to screen "In Your Dreams," a documentary about the making of her latest album of the same name, and perform a set with Dave Grohl's Sound City Players..... Pink Floyd's seminal space-rock album "Dark Side of the Moon" re-enters Billboard's Social 50 chart, which ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram, at No. 29 from buzz generated around the 40th anniversary of the classic album's 1973 release..... Veteran musician, songwriter, arranger, producer, composer and humanitarian Quincy Jones celebrated his milestone 80th birthday on Mar. 14 in Las Vegas, the first in a series of worldwide 80th birthday celebrations in his honor this year..... Michael Jackson's 16-year-old son Prince Jackson will take to the stand at his grandmother Katherine Jackson's civil case against AEG Live, which begins on Apr. 2..... Black Sabbath announces the release date for "13," their first album with Ozzy Osbourne at the helm since 1978's "Never Say Die!," will be June 11..... Recent comments by Van Halen frontma David Lee Roth on a syndicated morning radio show that the band will tour Europe beginning late this year are incorrect, according to Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen manager Irving Azoff..... Eddie Van Halen is rumoured to be appearing on a new studio album by rapper LL Cool J called "Authentic," which is scheduled to hit stores on Apr. 30..... Alice Cooper tells Rolling Stone magazine he plans on recording an album of cover songs inspired by his legendary onetime drinking club "The Hollywood Vampires" -- a group that included John Lennon, Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson and more..... Elton John abruptly cancels a concert set for Mar. 15 in Birmingham, Ala., due to medical reasons..... On Mar. 14 a group of protesters gather around the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to oppose the upcoming HBO biopic "Phil Spector," which they accuse of implying Spector's victim, deceased actress Lana Clarkson, committed suicide..... "Before the End - Jim Morrison Comes of Age," a new Jim Morrison biopic, begins production..... Rounder Records releases a 7-disc limited edition box set spanning the career of legendary guitarist Duane Allman..... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are preparing for a six-week summer tour blitz in May and June that combines arena concerts, festival appearances, and two rare, intimate residencies in New York and Los Angeles..... Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner is released from a Chicago-area hospital on Mar. 14, two days after leaving the stage during a performance and receiving treatment for exhaustion..... Clive Burr, a former drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden, dies in his sleep at age 56 on the evening of Mar. 12 after battling Multiple Sclerosis.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on March 13th, 2013

British prog-rock musician Peter Banks, best known as the original guitarist of Yes and also a member of the '70s prog-rock band Flash, died on Mar. 7 at age 65 of heart failure..... David Bowie's latest album, "The Next Day," hits stores in Britain and the U.S. on Mar. 11 and 12 respectively, and industry watchers are confident it will top the album charts in both countries..... A beach bar in Atlantic City, N.J. owned by former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar and damaged by Superstorm Sandy will not be rebuilt anytime soon after the "Red Rocker" is unable to reach a deal with casino company Caesars Entertainment to rebuild and operate the bar this summer..... Van Halen singer David Lee Roth says the band will play "probably 50, 60 shows" in the U.K. and Europe starting at the end of the year..... Eric Clapton releases his 21st studio LP, "Old Sock," via his own Bushbranch label on Mar. 12..... A source in the concert industry says the Rolling Stones are planning 18 concerts in North America this year..... Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA releases a new single, "When You Really Loved Someone," on Mar. 11, ahead of her new solo album, "A," which is due May 13..... Motown Records founder and songwriter Berry Gordy Jr. will be honored with the Pioneer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame at its 44th annual induction and awards dinner, scheduled for June 13 in New York..... Steven Tyler of Aerosmith says he "cracked open a bottle of nonalcoholic champagne and celebrated" upon hearing news on Mar. 5 that the state of Hawaii had passed a new law known as "The Steven Tyler Act," which protects celebrities from paparazzi..... Crosby, Stills and Nash will headline an all-star benefit for victims of Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, that is set for April 13 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles..... Rod Stewart previews his next album, "Time," for music industry insiders on Mar. 7 and describes it as "just a good, old-fashioned Rod Stewart album (with) a lot of mandolin and acoustic (guitar) and fiddles and good storytelling."..... Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain says his band is skeptical of making a new album after the lukewarm response to 2011's "Eclipse," but adds an EP of some sort could be possible..... "Good Ol' Freda," a documentary profiling former Beatles secretary-fan club manager Freda Kelly, premieres on Mar. 9 at the SXSW Film Festival and Conference in Austin, Texas..... Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon recruit friends Susan Sarandon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the new video to their anti-fracking song "Don't Frack My Mother."..... Linda Ramone, the widow of late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone, is in talks for a new biopic on the seminal NYC punk band..... Jimi Hendrix's new album of archival songs, "People, Hell and Angels," is on track to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart, according to industry sources..... Veteran British rockers Status Quo have re-recorded and re-worked their classic 1979 song "Whatever You Want" for the Coles supermarket group of Australia..... Olivia Newton-John, who was born in England, is touring there for the first time in 35 years in March..... Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson announces he'll play two live shows in the U.S. in July with exiled BB members Al Jardine and David Marks..... British blues-rock guitarist Alvin Lee, who was best known for his performance with rock band Ten Years After at Woodstock in 1969, dies on Mar. 6 at age 68 from complications following a routine surgical procedure.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on March 8th, 2013

Bruce Springsteen will be among the headliners at the 2013 U.K. Hard Rock Calling festival, set for June 29 and 30 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London..... A documentary profiling unknown Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who rose to become the lead singer of Journey in 2007 after the group saw him on YouTube, will open in selected theaters in the U.S. on Mar. 8..... Paul McCartney's decision to leave the Beatles and embark on a solo career is the subject of "Paul McCartney - Carry that Weight," a new 24-page comic book to be published by U.S.-based Bluewater Productions..... A new Ringo Starr exhibit is set to open at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on July 12..... Yoko Ono signs off on the use of John Lennon's 1980 song "Beautiful Boy" in the season finale of the NBC sitcom "The New Normal."..... The BBC reports Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has contributed a rock ballad called "Lonely Planet" recorded by the Armenian group Dorians to the Eurovision Song Contest..... Boz Scaggs releases "Memphis," his new sublime, mostly covers album of songs by Tyron Davis, Tony Joe White, Steely Dan and others..... Serge Pizzorno of the band Kasabian says the Rolling Stones will be playing at the U.K.'s legendary Glastonbury Festival this June..... The Hawaii state Senate passes the so-called "Steven Tyler Act" on Mar. 5, a bill that seeks to protect celebrities from over-eager paparazzi..... Yes kicks off their 2013 North American tour at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Mar. 6..... Iggy and the Stooges are booked for the South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Tex., on Mar. 13..... A rep for Elton John denies a story in the UK paper The Daily Telegraph that claimed the Rocket Man had asked for another suite in the five-star Ouro Minas hotel in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to store his collection of glasses..... A video of Heart performing a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway of Heaven" at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., last December leads to more than six million YouTube hits and an iTunes version went to No. 1 on the rock singles charts..... A plaque dedicated to Freddie Mercury in a London cemetery that marks the rumoured resting of the late Queen frontman is stolen..... Deceased British actor Richard Burton finally receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to that of his two-time wife, Elizabeth Taylor, nearly 30 years after his death..... The original cast of the original 1977 "Star Wars" movie are all confirmed to appear in director JJ Abrams' new "Star Wars - Episode 7" film..... RB singer Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the hit-making Motown group The Miracles along with Smokey Robinson, dies on Mar. 3 at age 73 in suburban Detroit after a lengthy illness..... Actress Valerie Harper, best known as wise-cracking neighbor Rhoda Morgenstern on the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and told she has as little as three months to live..... Country music singer Claude King, who is best remembered for his 1962 classic "Wolverton Mountain," dies on the morning of Mar. 7 at age 90 at his home in Shreveport, LA..... '60s singer Jewel Akens, an R and B crooner whose song "The Birds and the Bees" vaulted him into short-lived fame in the mid-1960s, died on Mar. 1 at age 79 of complications from back surgery at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif..... Canadian country-folk singer Stompin' Tom Connors, whose toe-tapping musical spirit and fierce patriotism established him as one of Canada's biggest cultural icons, dies of natural causes at age 77 at his home on Mar. 6..... Actress-singer Bonnie Franklin, best known for playing a single mom to two teenage daughters on the 1975-84 CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time," dies on the morning of March 1 at age 69 at her home in Los Angeles after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on March 3rd, 2013

On Feb. 28, a Los Angeles judge dismisses all but one count in a civil lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson against concert giant AEG Live, which hired Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death..... David Bowie begins streaming his new album, "The Next Day," on iTunes on Feb. 28..... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announce on Feb. 28 that they'll commence a summer tour of North America on May 16 in Evansville, Indiana..... On Feb. 27, the South Carolina Supreme Court overturns a settlement divvying up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn't follow the late soul singer's wishes in putting together the deal..... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces on Feb. 27 that it will host a major Rolling Stones retrospective beginning in May at the Cleveland, Oh.-based hall and museum to help mark the band's 50th anniversary..... Speaking a UK paper in late February, Queen guitarist, astrophysicist, animal rights activist Brian May expresses concern over the imminent badger culls that are set to take place in his native Britain this summer, despite overwhelming disapproval from the public, Parliament and scientific community..... Queen fans believe they may have discovered the final resting place of late frontman Freddie Mercury after discovering a plaque in Kensal Rise cemetery and is dedicated to a Farrokh Bulsara (Mercury's birth name)..... In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine that hit newsstands on Mar. 1, Eric Clapton reveals that he intends to stop touring when hit hits age 70..... Jeff Beck will join Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson as the star attractions for the upcoming Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, which takes place from Apr. 18-21 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino..... Ace Frehley, the former Kiss guitarist who was one of the band's founding members, may lose his house in Yorktown, N.Y. after the U.S. Bank National Association accused him of not paying his mortgage for almost two years..... Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band kick off their 2013 U.S. tour in Toledo, Oh., on Feb. 27 blistering 24-song set that featured all of the Michigan rocker's big hits as well as many gems unheard on previous outings..... Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Annie Clark of St Vincent announce a trio of headline UK shows in August as partof a wider European tour..... Pete Townshend of the Who apologizes for reportedly mouthing "f--- off" to a dad with a seven-year-old daughter during a Who performance at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton on Feb. 19..... Veteran music producer Phil Ramone, a 14-time Grammy winner best known for his work with such top-tier artists as Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and others, is admitted to the critical care unit of a New York City hospital in late February after suffering an aortic aneurysm..... Actress Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame in the role of Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, is briefly hospitalized due in late February to her bipolar disorder..... A complete orchestral version of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels" will receive its world premiere on Oct. 23 at Walt Disney Concert Hall as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 10th anniversary season in the venue..... Guitarist Dan Toler, a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1979 to 1982, dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at his home in Sarasota, Fla., on Feb. 25..... Richard Street, a former member of The Temptations for 25 years, dies on Feb. 27 at age 70 in a Las Vegas hospital after a short illness..... American pianist Van Cliburn dies on Feb. 27 at age 78 at his home in Forth Worth, Tex., after suffering from advanced bone cancer..... Actor Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre's heyday, dies on Feb. 26 at age 89 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness.

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