October 2013

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on October 31st, 2013

Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray is released from jail on Oct. 28 after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence..... Michael Jackson producer Quincy Jones files a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Jackson estate in connection with Jackson projects released after the singer's death..... The Who's Roger Daltrey confirms that the band are planning a massive world tour in 2015 that will likely be their final one, however they have no plans to retire from live performing altogether..... Two of late legendary soul artist Marvin Gaye's children sue singer Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song "Blurred Lines" on Oct. 30, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging music company EMI failed to protect their father's legacy..... Liver disease is confirmed as the cause of Lou Reed's death on Oct. 27 by Reed's doctor, Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio..... Willie Nelson signs a book deal with publishers Little, Brown for a new autobiography to be released in 2015..... Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will embark on their first ever tour of South Africa in January..... Randy Newman makes a rare live appearance on Oct. 29 on the opening day of the 2013 Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference in Los Angeles..... Kenny Rogers is formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 28 in Nashville, Tenn..... Fleetwood Mac posts on their official Facebook page on Oct. 27 that bassist John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer..... David Bowie shares about half of a new song called "Atomica" that will be featured in his new release "The Next Day Extra" in a new video..... Neil Young holds his annual Bridge School Benefit concert on Oct. 26 at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., with special guests including Crosby, Stills and Nash, Heart, Elvis Costello and Arcade Fire..... "Move Me Brightly," a new documentary by Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Wei f a recent concert that paid tribute to late Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia, hits stores on Oct. 29..... Columbia-Legacy Recordings releases a massive new Paul Simon box set entitled "The Complete Albums Collection" on Oct. 22..... Stevie Wonder announces on Oct. 29 that he will perform his acclaimed 1976 double-LP "Songs in the Key of Life" in its entirety at his 18th annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert, which is set for Dec. 21 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live..... Elvis Costello is on hand at the New England Conservatory in Boston on Oct. 25 to receive an honorary degree from the institution, which is the country's oldest independent school of music..... Ringo Starr hints at the possibility of a future residency in Las Vegas on Oct. 29 during a Hollywood press conference to announce a string of Latin American tour dates for his current project, Ringo and His All Starr Band..... The childhood home of John Lennon on Newcastle Road in the Penny Lane area of Liverpool sells at auction for 480,000 pounds..... Paul McCartney tells the UK paper Daily Star on Oct. 24 that he's stopped writing new songs because he has so many still to finish work on..... Actress Marcia Wallace, the voice of scoffing schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on the animated Fox series"The Simpsons" and who portrayed receptionist Carol Kester on the hit '70s CBS sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show," dies on Oct. 25 due to complications from breast cancer.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on October 26th, 2013

Pete Townshend tells the UK's Evening Standard paper that the Who will quit touring after a final series of live shows in 2015, the year that will mark their 50th anniversary..... Paul McCartney releases an all-star video for "Queenie Eye," the second single from his latest album "New."..... Ringo Starr holds a press conference on Oct. 23 at Hollywood's ArcLight Studios to promote "Photograph," a limited edition book of photos taken by the Fab Four drummer throughout his life and career, many of them never previously published..... A new Jimi Hendrix documentary dubbed "Hear My Train a Comin'" kicks off a short theatrical run in Philadelphia, Penn., on Oct. 25, and is scheduled to premiere on PBS stations across the U.S. on Nov. 5..... A limited-run radio station devoted to David Bowie will be carried on the Sirius XM Radio network from Oct. 30 through Nov. 12..... BBC Radio unearths a rare 13-minute interview by David Bowie promoting his 1973 covers LP, "Pin Ups."..... British actor Tom Hardy of "The Dark Knight Rises" fame is tapped to portray Elton John in "Rocketman," the upcoming biopic of the famous eccentric pop-rock star..... Forbes magazine names Michael Jackson the "Top-Earning Dead Celebrity" in its latest annual list..... An all-star tribute concert honoring Gregg Allman is set for Jan. 10 at Atlanta's Fox Theatre..... Among the finalists in the upcoming Billboard Touring Awards event are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (Top Tour and Top Draw) and the Rolling Stones (Top Boxscore and Shell Rotella Haul of Fame Award)..... Dolly Parton suffers minor injuries in a minor traffic accident in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 21..... Former Mountain guitarist-vocalist Leslie West will release "Still Climbing," the follow-up to his 2011 album "Usual Suspects," on Oct. 29..... Neil Young will release "Live at the Cellar Door" on Dec. 10 as part of his ongoing Archive Performance Series..... Queen guitarist Brian May reveals why actor-comedian Sacha Baron Cohen left the planned biopic of late Queen frontman Freddy Mercury, recently telling Ultimate Classic Rock magazine that he felt "Cohen's presence in the movie would be very distracting."..... The Roseland Ballroom, the historic New York City venue which has been operating in its current location since 1958 and played host to such legendary rock acts as Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, will be closing its doors in April 2014..... A rare Bob Dylan concert film entitled "Hard Rain" that was originally broadcast as a 1976 NBC television special is discovered online..... Classic rockers Boston will release their latest album, "Life, Love and Hope," on Dec. 3 in the US and Dec. 9 in the UK via Frontiers Records..... The classic 1972 Humble Pie live double-LP, "Performance - Rockin' the Filmore," will be reissued in an expanded, re-mastered edition on Oct. 28 in the U.K. via Omnivore Recordings-Universal Music..... British actor Roger Moore, the veteran of several '70s and '80s James Bond 007 movies, has been diagnosed with diabetes..... Trailbazing comedienne Carol Burnett is honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the country's top humor prize, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 20..... Dina Eastwood, the wife of Clint Eastwood, files for divorce from the "Dirty Harry" actor just days after reports surfaced suggesting she wouldn't be ending the marriage..... British actor-musician Noel Harrison, best known for singing the Academy Award-winning ballad "The Windmills of Your Mind" and starring in the American 1966-67 TV series "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.," dies of a heart attack at age 79 after an Oct. 19 performance in Devon, southwest England.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on October 21st, 2013

In a recent interview with the BBC 6, Robert Plant says that he has discovered some unreleased Led Zeppelin music featuring Zepp bassist John Paul Jones on lead vocals..... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 16 artists for nomination into the Cleveland-based hall and museum's class of 2014 on Oct. 16, and among the first-time nominees are Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Yes, Link Wray, The Zombies, Nirvana and The Replacements..... A new UK museum called the Music Hall of Fame, is set to open in Camden, London next year and will feature interactive holograms of such rock icons as Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Freddie Mercury..... The Producers and Engineers wing of Grammy-sponsors the Recording Academy will honor Neil Young with an all-star tribute concert on Jan. 21 at Village Studios in West Los Angeles..... According to the Detroit News, Aretha Franklin is starting work on a new album with veteran producers Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Don Was..... Although no official announcement has been made, it appears a new Billy Joel arena tour is on the way after the Piano Man's recent surprise gig at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island, on Oct. 16..... Paul McCartney is on course to debut in the top five of Billboard's Hot 200 album chart for the week ending Oct. 22 with his latest release, "New."..... Paul McCartney plays an intimate mid-morning set at the BBC's tiny Maida Vale studios on Oct. 16, where the Beatles recorded several early sessions..... A Connecticut man who was hoping to supply Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards with explosives for his entertainment is arraigned on Oct. 16 on 112 counts of illegal possession of explosives, reckless endangerment, and manufacture of bombs..... Johnny Carson's former lawyer Henry Bushkin releases an engrossing autobiography of the late king of late-night TV..... ELVH Inc., the intellectual property holding company of the rock band Van Halen, files a lawsuit in federal court in California against the ex-wife of VH drummer Alex Van Halen over her use of her name in trade..... Elton John's AIDS Foundation honored former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with its first-ever Founder's Award at the organization's annual benefit in New York on Oct. 15..... Rush will release "Clockwork Angels Tour," a DVD and CD from their recent world tour, on Nov. 19..... Rhino Records announces on Oct. 17 that it will issue 7,500 vinyl copies of a "lost" acoustic Grateful Dead show on Nov. 29 that took place at the Family Dog at the Great Highway in San Francisco on Apr. 18, 1970..... Brian Wilson plays a surprise "Pet Sounds" concert at New York's Beacon Theater on Oct. 15 that includes co-founding BB members David Marks and Al Jardine, former band member Blondie Chaplin, and English guitar legend Jeff Beck..... The celebrity gossip site TMZ.com is reporting Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray is keen to get back to practicing medicine following his imminent release from prison..... Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt says he would like to physically hurt his would-be assassin Joseph Paul Franklin the way he had been damaged by being shot by Franklin in 1978, but does not want him dead..... Dolly Parton tapes an appearance on Queen Latifah's talk show that set to air on Oct. 21 that features the buxom country music legend donning an enormous afro and some enormous gold chains and rapping about pop star Miley Cyrus.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on October 16th, 2013

Blondie Chaplin, the South African-born musician who was hired by the Beach Boys in 1972 as a full member of the group, reunites with BB leader Brian Wilson on Wilson's ongoing tour with Jeff Beck..... Jeff Beck says he's exploring Middle East influences on his next solo album, and much of the impetus for these new styles are coming from his latest band..... In a new interview, Elton John reveals he and John Lennon once hid from Andy Warhol in a New York hotel room because they feared the pop art icon would expose them as cocaine fiends..... Yoko Ono is made an honorary citizen of Reykjavik, Iceland, on Oct. 9, what would have been her late husband John Lennon's 73rd birthday..... Paul McCartney tells Britain's Sky News television on Oct. 14 that he has a soft spot for the UK boy band One Direction, and that Miley Cyrus' recent controversial performance on the VMA awards show "was only mildly shocking."..... . A piece of the floor board from St. Peter's Church in Liverpool where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met in 1957 is being auctioned on eBay..... In a new editorial for the UK paper "The Guardian," former Talking Heads leader David Byrne criticizes online streaming music service and says "our future as a musical culture looks grim."..... Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Sting and Aretha Franklin are among the 11 acts featured on the 2013 edition of "A Very Special Christmas," an annual Christmas-themed compilation CD benefiting the Special Olympics..... Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood tells the UK paper The Sun on Oct. 11 that the Stones will get together in Feb. 2014 for a world tour..... Pattie Labelle will be among the honorees on the "Black Girls Rock!" awards show on cable TV's BET channel in November..... David Bowie is named the "Best Dressed Briton in History" in a new poll conducted by BBC History Magazine..... "Dylan at the Opera," a new concept album from Diva De Lai composed of original Bob Dylan songs rearranged in different rock styles with operatic vocals, will be released on Oct. 22..... The Allman Brothers Band release a 40th anniversary "super deluxe edition" of their No. 1 1973 album, "Brothers and Sisters."..... Country music singer Cal Smith, who enjoyed a rich career with some of the biggest country hits of the 1960s and 1970s, passes away on Oct. 10 at age 81 at his home near Branson, Mo..... Maxine Powell, who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records' artists during the Detroit label's 1960s heyday, dies at age 98 at a Southfield, Mich., hospital on Oct. 14.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on October 11th, 2013

Paul McCartney performsa surprise private concert on Oct. 9 at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, N.Y., and the following day a flash concert in New York's Times Square..... The star of John Lennon on Hollywood's Walk of Fame is defaced by vandals on Oct. 5..... The three adult children of radio host Casey Kasem, who gained fame with his radio music countdown shows "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," and was also the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon "Scooby Doo," file a legal petition to gain control of his health care..... Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson says she is likely to appeal the verdict of her wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live..... The estate of Michael Jackson sues a man and three companies in Japan, alleging they are using the name and likeness of the late pop star on key chains, mugs and other products without permission..... As the U.S. government shutdown enters its second week, Ted Nugent says "the government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power" and describes Pres. Barack Obama as a "monster in the White House" who "wouldn't qualify to drive my tour bus."..... The Grateful Dead are readying the release of a new craft beer named "American Beauty" that the band began developing in 2012 with Delaware brewery Dogfish Head..... The Moody Blues announce they will host their second annual Moody Blues Cruise next April, aboard MSC Cruises' MSC Divina..... Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and the Kinks frontman Ray Davies are among this year's nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame..... The Ramones will release "The Sire Years (1976-1981)," a box set of their first six albums, on Oct. 29..... Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne says New York City is in danger of losing what remains of its creative soul as the wealthiest one percent usurp the cultural resources that once made the city "a repository of ideas and information."..... Former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler will kick off a short run of U.S. concerts in California later in October that will mark the end of a busy year of touring for the singer, songwriter and guitarist..... Former UFO and Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker will release a new studio album entitled "Bridge The Gap" in the UK on Dec. 2..... "The Exorcist" is being released in a 40th anniversary special anniversary edition Blu-ray with two new special featurettes..... Actress Marta Heflin, 68, know for her stage roles in "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Hair," and "Fiddler on the Roof" as well as numerous Robert Altman films, dies after a long illness on Sept. 18..... U.S. astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit Earth, dies from complications after a stroke on Oct. 10 at age 88.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on October 5th, 2013

Eleven years after the Queen musical "We Will Rock You" debuted in London and spawned tours in Australia, Japan, Spain, Russia, South Africa and Italy, its first North American tour is set to kick off in Baltimore on Oct. 15..... The five-month Michael Jackson wrongful death trial comes to a conclusion on Oct. 2 when a California jury decided that Jackson's final concert promoter, AEG Live LLC, was not responsible for the pop star's death at age 50 in Los Angeles in 2009..... A Russian Islamic religious leader slams Elton John as "the devil's work in the shape of a pederast" and calls for a boycott of the openly homosexual rock star and AIDS relief advocate's concerts in Moscow and Kazan in early December..... American network PBS will premiere a new Jimi Hendrix documentary called "Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train a-Comin'" as part of its "American Masters" series on Nov. 5..... Following its use in the finale episode of the TV series "Breaking Bad"on Sept. 29, global streams of "Baby Blue" by Badfinger increase by a staggering 9000%, according to Spotify..... Paul McCartney takes to Twitter on the morning of Oct.3 for a Q and A session with fans about his upcoming studio effort, "New."..... . The childhood home of John Lennon will go up for auction at Liverpool's Cavern Club on Oct. 29..... Yoko Ono and her Plastic Ono Band team with the Flaming Lips to deliver a message of peace on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Oct. 2..... Cher earns her highest-charting solo album ever on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with her new studio album, "Closer to the Truth."..... Ray Davies of the Kinks confirms that he is in negotiations with his brother Dave Davies over a potential Kinks reunion, but stressed that he is only interested in pursuing the venture if they make new music together..... Neil Young is added to the lineup of an upcoming benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, set for Oct. 30 in Silverlake, Calif..... Rhino Records announces the release of a video and audio collection of Eric Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Festival on Nov. 19..... The Doors will release a Blu-ray and DVD of rare footage dubbed "R-Evolution" on Dec. 3..... Mick Jones of the Clash reveals in a recent interview with the UK's BBC 6 that he was writing songs with Joe Strummer shortly before the frontman's death in 2002..... The Velvet Underground will reissue their masterful second album, "White Light-White Heat," in a deluxe vinyl edition n Dec. 3 to celebrate the LP's 45th anniversary..... A list of David Bowie's 100 favourite books has been revealed by curators of the "David Bowie..... Is" exhibition in Ontario, Canada..... The Grateful Dead has officially released "Sunshine Daydream," a long-bootlegged concert from a 1972 show in rural Veneta, Ore.

Favorite Seventies Artists In The News

Posted in Main by Administrator on October 1st, 2013

Two Beatles fans in England are pleasantly surprised to receive a reply from Paul McCartney to their taped message to the pop star in 1963, some 50 years after they recorded it..... Ringo Starr is honored by France not for his drumming but for his artwork, appointed a Commander of France's Order of Arts and Letters on Sept. 24 by ambassador Hugues Moret..... "Baby Blue," a U.S. Top 20 hit from the British power pop quartet Badfinger, is featured in the final moments of the highly anticipated series finale of AMC's hit show "Breaking Bad" on Sept. 29..... Stevie Wonder is among the headliners of a free benefit concert to end world poverty in New York City's Central Park on Sept. 28..... British music fans tap the "Star Wars Theme" by composer John Williams as their all-time favorite movie soundtrack in a new BBC poll..... New albums from '70s artists Cher and Elton John are on track to make the Top Five in "Billboard"'s Hot 200 albums chart in their initial week of release..... David Bowie announces on his official website he'll release a 3-disc reissue of his latest album "The Next Day" on Nov. 4..... David Bowie reportedly signs on to be the newest face of fashion house Louis Vuitton..... After a bitterly fought five-month trial, a negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother Katherine Jackson against his concert promoter AEG Live LLC is placed in the hands of a jury on Sept. 26..... '70s reggae legend Bob Marley reaches a new peak in "Billboard"'s Social 50 chart, which ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram..... Rumours of a Christine McVie reunion with her old Fleetwood Mac bandmates are confirmed on Sept. 25 when the singer-songwriter assists Fleetwood Mac on a rendition of their smash hit "Don't Stop" at London's O2 Arena..... Nick Mason of Pink Floyd reveals that he would be interested in a Pink Floyd reunion -- although he cautioned that the members were unlikely to reunite unless it was for a modern "equivalent of Live Aid."..... . Extracts from Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon Osbourne's new book "Unbreakable" are published in the U.K. pape "The Sun" on Sept. 29, and among the revelations are Sharon once hurling a hot cup of coffee at Ozzy, pulling his hair and demanding a divorce after discovering his recent drink and drugs relapse..... As the time for the annual announcement of the new nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame approaches, fans of the veteran heavy metal band Motorhead take to Twitter and other social media to express their desire to see Lemmy Kilmister and Co. inducted into the musical institution.

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