May 2013

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on May 27th, 2013

"Dazed and Confused" director Richard Linklater says he hopes to start shooting a "spiritual sequel" to his famous '70s-based 1993 film that will take place over the course of a weekend at a college in 1980..... Actor Christopher Lee is planning to release "Charlemagne - The Omens of Death," his second heavy metal album, on May 27, his 91st birthday..... David Lee Roth posts a curious new clip to his YouTube channel in which the Van Halen singer stars as an assassin in a mysterious Japanese short film..... '70s artists Barry Manilow and Heart are among the current top 20 concert tours in North America, with box office grosses of $440,433 and $176,362, respectively..... As Peter Frampton prepares to kick off his summer "Guitar Circus" tour in Nashville, Tenn., on May 28, the singer-guitarist says he'll make downloads of every show available online..... Iconic Memphis musician Booker T. has been reunited with the Memphis label he left 43 years ago when he relocated to Los Angeles and the "Stax sound" he helped to define..... The Rolling Stones are joined by current country music sensation Carrie Underwood at their gig at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on May 25..... Keith Richards admits he owes library fines going back as far as 50 years during a recent interview with the UK's "The Sun" paper..... "Springsteen and I," a fan-generated film about Bruce Springsteen and produced by filmmaker Ridley Scott, will be screened in theaters around the globe on July 22..... Carole King is presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House on May 22 by Pres. Barack Obama, who calls the singer-songwriter a "living legend."..... In a new interview with "Guitar World" magazine, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says the band ended reunion negotiations with the band's original drummer Bill Ward after Iommi was diagnosed with cancer..... Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon Osbourne will return to the U.K. version of "The X Factor" for its 10th season later this year..... Queen guitarist Brian May says he feels the BBC1 talent show "The Voice" is "the ultimate insult to music" and adds he hopes the program "dies very soon."..... Beatles biographer Hunter Davies donates letters and lyrics by John Lennon, including the handwritten lyrics to "Strawberry Fields Forever," to the British Library as part of a new tax relief scheme..... Paul McCartney writes letters to Russian officials supporting Pussy Riot, the Russian all-girl punk band convicted of "hooliganism" that was motivated by religious hatred..... On May 28, a deluxe remastered edition of Paul McCartney and Wings's classic 1976 album "Wings Over America" with new bonus material drops via Apple/EMI..... Nile Rodgers of Chic reveals in a recent interview with the UK's Official Chart Company that he's hoping to release a new album of demos he recorded with members of Chic in the late '70s and had previously thought lost..... Lynyrd Skynyrd teams with the cast of the History Channel's series "Pawn Stars" for a live rendition of Skynyrd's "Winning Isn't Everything," which will serve as the new theme song to the hit series when it returns for a new season on May 30..... The Beach Boys will be among the headliners at the upcoming "A Day At The Park" event in London's Hyde Park on July 7..... Aretha Franklin will take the month of June off and resume her touring schedule in July, according to a spokesman for the 71-year-old soul great..... "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" star Tim Curry is recovering at his Los Angeles home after suffering what's been described as a major stroke in July 2012..... Arrow Video will release the classic "Blaxploitation" film "Foxy Brown" on June 24..... "Omit the Logic," a new Richard Pryor documentary, premieres on cable TV's Showtime channel on May 31 at 9:00 p.m. EDT..... Trevor Bolder, a bassist in David Bowie 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, dies from cancer at the age of 62..... Mack Emerman, the founder of Criteria Recording Studios where acts including the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton and James Brown made some of their most famous records, dies at age 89 after a long illness..... Former "The Tonight Show" drummer Ed Shaughnessy dies of a heart attack at age 84 in Calabasas, Calif., on May 24.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on May 22nd, 2013

Ray Manzarek, a co-founder of the legendary L.A.-based classic rock band the Doors, passes away at age 74 on May 20 at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a long battle with bile duct cancer..... On May 20, a corporate attorney for AEG Live testifies that Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray was not the only person working on the singer's ill-fated "This Is It" tour without a fully executed contract, as Jackson's mother Katherine tries to show AEG was negligent in hiring Murray..... Rod Stewart's latest album "Time" debuts at No. 1 on the U.K. pop charts, making it the veteran rock and easy listening artist's first chart-topping studio album in his native country in 37 years..... Rod Stewart tells the British tabloid "The Sun" that his use of steroids in the late 1980's to keep his ravaged voice concert-ready caused his penis to shrink..... Barbra Streisand will be presented with an honorary Ph.D. by a leading Israeli university when she visits the Middle Eastern country in June..... Tom Jones gives a startlingly vital 96-minute performance at New York's Bowery Ballroom on May 18, his first-ever appearance at the beloved NYC venue..... Neil Young is set to headline the inaugural Intelocken Music Festival in Arrington, Va., in September..... '70s "one-hit wonder" and accomplished songwriter Alan O'Day, who scored a U.S. No. 1 with his bouncy 1977 hit "Undercover Angel," succumbs to a battle with cancer at age 72 on May 17..... A customized VOX guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles sells for $408,000 on May 18 during the annual Music Icons Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square..... Paul McCartney kicks off the North American leg of his "Out There" tour with a two-night stand at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on May 18 and 19..... The Beatles' legendary "Sgt. Pepper's Hearts Club Band" album is overtaken by Abba's greatest hits album "Gold" for the No. 2 spot as the best selling album of all time in the UK..... Imprisoned rock drummer Jim Gordon, who was convicted of killing his mother in June 1983 after claiming her voice had tormented him for years, is denied parole until at least 2018 at a hearing this April..... Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne ut their rocky marriage behind them for the time being on May 21 when they walk the red carpet together at a gala to benefit the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center..... Elton John's longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin is arrested the first week in May on suspician of driving under the influence..... Journey and Whitesnake appear onstage together for the first time ever in Glasgow on May 18 as the two classic rock bands kick off an 8-date spring U.K. tour.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on May 17th, 2013

Original Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers says he has not one but two new solo albums in progress as he prepares for a 40th anniversary Bad Company tour this summer..... Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, currently orbiting the globe in the International Space Station, creates an Internet sensation with a video re-imagining of David Bowie's 1969 classic "Space Oddity."..... Bob Dylan is inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 15, marking the first time a musician has been tapped as an honorary member for the prestigious award..... EMI announces on May 16 that the Beatles' 1965 movie "Help!" will be released on Blu-ray with an hour of extra features in late June, nearly 48 years after its original theatrical release..... Yoko Ono says on BBC Radio 4's "Woman Hour" on May 14 that being married to a Beatle was "harder than being the wife of a politician."..... Modern rockers the Dropkick Murphys are releasing a duet with Bruce Springsteen for a special charity EP that will benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing attack on Apr. 15..... Kiss principals Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons announce ambitious expansion plans for their co-owned "Rock and Brews" restaurant franchise in the next few years..... As the Michael Jackson civil trial continues in Los Angeles, a state attorney files court papers on May 14 stating the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray should not be overturned because there were no serious errors made by the judge overseeing his criminal case..... John Fogerty's upcoming duets album "Wrote a Song for Everyone" will include a remake of the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman's 1969 anti-war anthem "Fortunate Son" with the Foo Fighters..... The Rolling Stones are joined onstage by "Teenage Dream" singer Katy Perry during their show at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 11..... Soul legend Aretha Franklin is forced to cancel concerts in Chicago and Connecticut later in May on doctor's recommendation..... Sony Pictures Worldwide strikes a multi-market deal to distribute "Spinning Gold," the upcoming Justin Timberlake-starred biopic of late '70s record mogul Neil Bogart..... Trailblazing broadcast journalist Barbara Walters announces on May 13 she will retire in the summer of 2014..... Popular psychologist, columnist, and television and film personality Dr. Joyce Brothers dies on May 13 at age 85 in New York City.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on May 12th, 2013

A musical inspired by the Beatles' 1970 album "Let It Be" is coming to Broadway this summer..... A rare VOX guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison in 1967 arrives in London in early May before it goes under the hammer at auction..... A telegram sent to Paul McCartney by the legendary axman Jimi Hendrix inquiring if McCartney would be interested in joining him in a new "super group" comes to light with the posthumous release of Hendrix's "People Hell and Angels" album, which came out Mar. 5..... Paul McCartney treats fans in Brazil to several Beatles songs that were never or rarely played live during his May 6 show at the 55,000 capacity Mineiro Stadium in Belo Horizone..... The boyhood home of rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard in Macon, Ga., is being moved to spare it from a new highway construction project where I-75 meets Interstate 16 to Savannah..... A high school choir from Henderson, Nev., is set to join the Rolling Stones for an encore of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" on May 11 as the band plays the MGM Grand Garden Arena in nearby Las Vegas..... Peter Frampton and his former Humble Pie bandmate, drummer Jerry Shirley, are working on a new Humble Pie box set culled from the group's four May 1971 shows at New York's Fillmore East which were the source of Humble Pie's legendary "Performance - Rockin' the Fillmore" live album..... Georgia Holt, the 86-year-old grandmother better known as Cher's mom, makes her Billboard Country chart debut in early May with her debut effort, "Honky Tonk Woman."..... Michael Jackson's estate is denying new charges of child molestation against the late pop superstar from Wade Robson, a choreographer and television personality who was a key witness in Jackson's successful defense against child molestation charges..... The Doors now have their own iPad app illustrated by Elektra Records Jack Holzman's son Adam Holzman..... Willie Nelson, Carole King and Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics ae honored at with honarary doctorates by the Berklee College of Music during a Commencement Concert on May 11at Boston University's Agganis Arena..... Almost 40 years after losing his one-of-a-kind bass guitar during a concert riot in Germany, ete Sears of Jefferson Starship is reunited with the instrument..... Fleetwood Mac guitarist-singer Lindsey Buckingham says his band has five more unreleased tracks from the sessions that also produced the three songs on the band's new Extended Play" digital release, "EP," that came out May 6..... Black Sabbath films scenes for a special performance on an upcoming episode of the TV series "CSI - Crime Scene Investigation."..... The Catholic League, a leading Catholic advocacy group, lashes out at David Bowie for his new video his song "The Next Day," which depicts Vatican stereotypes like corrupt cardinals, philandering priests and a Christ-like crooner played by the artist himself..... Nielsen SoundScan reports that during the week of Apr. 21, 244,000 vinyl records were sold -- more than any other week since SoundScan began in 1991..... Abba's Agnetha Faltskog tells the UK's Daily Mail paper that she doesn't think the band "sounded very good" live during their '70s heyday..... Car customizer Dean Jeffries, who designed the "Monkeemobile" for The Monkees' '60s TV show and created the "Black Beauty" for the '60s show "The Green Hornet," dies in his sleep at age 80 on May 4 at his home in Hollywood, Calif.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on May 7th, 2013

Currently touring Southeast Asia for the first time ever, Aerosmith won't be playing a May 11 gig in Jakarta, Indonesia after the show's promoter canceled the show when news broke that two suspected terrorists with explosives have been arrested by Indonesian authorities..... As a permanent Abba exhibition within Sweden's Pop Music Hall of Fame in Stockholm is set to open in early May, former Abba member Bjorn Ulvaeus says on May 6 that rumours that the exhibit could presage an Abba reunion are false..... Fleetwood Mac caps a soggy second week of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 4, the biggest day of the fest..... During a CBS "60 Minutes Overtime" Webcast on May 6, it was revealed former president Bill Clinton once unsuccessfully tried to broker a Led Zeppelin reunion in 2012 for a Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York City..... Cult singer-songwriter and sometime Robert Plant collaborator Patty Griffin puts to rest Internet rumors that she and the former Led Zep singer are married..... The Rolling Stones kick off their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 3..... Former Van Halen and Montrose frontman Sammy Hagar says he's pleased that a defamation lawsuit filed against him by a former Playboy bunny who claims he fathered her child has been dismissed..... Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm's new autobiography "Juke Box Hero - My Five Decades in Rock 'N' Roll" chronicles the singer's successes, especially Foreigner's multi-platinum track record and his early solo albums "Ready Or Not" and "Long Hard Look."..... Elton John delivers a dazzling set during a benefit to combat Multiple Sclerosis at the 20th annual Race to Erase MS event on May 3 in Los Angeles..... A hand-typed lyric sheet for an apparently unrecorded Bob Dylan protest song is expected to fetch as much as $35,000 when it is put up for auction in June..... Tom Jones releases his latest CD, "Spirit in the Room," which sees the Welsh crooner delivering his interpretations of songs by such artists as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Paul McCartney, and others..... The Eagles release their 2013 documentary, "History of the Eagles," on DVD and Blu-ray..... A new book from authour Leslie Woodhead, "How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin - The Untold Story of a Noisy Revolution," is an inspiring account of what various Soviet citizens would risk to listen to their favorite band.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on May 2nd, 2013

Billy Joel performs a captivating set before several thousand fans at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Music Festival on Apr. 27..... Rod Stewart plays a crowd-pleasing if unpredictable 10-song set before a hand-picked audience of around 300 at Los Angeles' legendary Troubadour club on Apr. 25..... The Rolling Stones perform a surprise 90-minute gig at the 700-capacity Echoplex in the city's hip Echo Park neighborhood on Apr. 27..... As the Michael Jackson civil trial formally got underway in Los Angeles on Apr. 29, a Los Angeles paramedic told a jury that Jackson looked pale, thin and like a hospice patient on the day he died in 2009..... Fleetwood Mac releases their first new music in a decade -- an EP titled "Extended Play" that is now available exclusively on iTunes..... Cheap Trick celebrates the 35th anniversary of their legendary April 1978 performance at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan which resulted in their classic 1979 album "Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan" with a show on Apr. 28 at the tiny John Varvatos boutique on New York's Bowery..... Former Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Bob Weir's band Furthur cancelsits headlining slot at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival in California after Weir fell onstage during a concert in Port Chester, N.Y., on Apr. 25..... Def Leppard announce plans to sponsor a Welsh youth rugby team, the Rhiwbina under-10s, despite originally mistaking them for a football team..... A Minnesota man who admitted himself to St. Cloud Hospital on Apr. 20 is accused of pretending to be Pink Floyd singer-guitarist Dave Gilmour and racking up as much as 100,000 in unpaid medical bills..... "Beware of Mr. Baker," a documentary about Cream drummer Ginger Baker, will be released in cinemas in the UK on May 17..... Rising Scottish singer Emeli Sande breaks a U.K. chart record for longest album in the Top 10 that was held by the Beatles for almost 50 years..... Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown is about to hit the road on a 12-city Canadian tour..... The Monkees announce a 24-show summer tour of the U.S. that will kick off July 15 in Port Chester, N.Y..... Sylvester Stallone says he hopes a musical based on his beloved 1976 boxing film "Rocky" that's been a hit in Germany will also be a hit when it is presented on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in Feb. 2014..... Entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong releases a new book, "Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted," which examines the Emmy-winning 1970-77 sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."..... TV director Jack Shea, who helmed such series as "The Jeffersons," "Sanford and Son" and "Silver Spoons," passes away at age 84 on Apr. 28 in Los Angeles from complications of Alzheimer's disease..... Renowned feminist and former women's magazine "Ms." editor Mary Thom is killed in a motorcycle crash on Apr. 27 on the Saw Mill Parkway in Yonkers, N.Y.

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