David Crosby is releasing his first new solo album in over 20 years on January 28th, called, Croz. The album was co-produced by Crosby’s son keyboardist James Raymond and Daniel Garcia. That same day, Crosby will kick off a five city, dozen date tour over three nights on January 28th at Manhattan’s City Winery. The tour — which will take in stops in Vienna, Virginia; Chicago; and San Francisco — wraps on February 25th during the third night of Crosby’s stand at L.A.’s legendary Troubadour club — the same venue he first met his Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark back in 1964. Crosby’s setlist will reach back to his Byrds days up through the present.
Following the massive success of Stevie Nicks‘ 1983 hit “Stand Back” — featuring Prince on keyboards — Nicks says he offered her “Purple Rain” to record. Nicks, who scored a Top Five hit with “Stand Back,” was actually inspired by Prince’s 1983 smash “Little Red Corvette.” Coincidently, it was Prince’s dynamic keyboard work that helped “Stand Back” become an instant classic. Nicks spoke about the “Purple Rain” demo Prince offered her: “I’ve still got it — with the whole instrumental track and a little bit of Prince singing, ‘Can’t get over that feeling,’ or something. I told him, ‘Prince, I’ve listened to this a hundred times but I wouldn’t know where to start. It’s a movie, it’s epic. The olive branch of him giving me that cassette was huge, but I think he would have liked a romance with me, too.” Although no romance bloomed between the diminutive pair, Nicks remained, “flattered” by his efforts.
Cher has admitted that she doesn’t think she’s qualified to be a judge on Dancing with the Stars. According to E!, Cher said, “I’m so not qualified to be judging on a technical basis because I don’t know anything about ballroom dancing. I just don’t want to be responsible for someone getting a different mark than a professional would give them. So I am a little worried about that part.”
She went on reveal that she may shy away from competing on DWTS because of a long-term foot injury. Cher added, “I took [the cast] off after two weeks and started dancing on it immediately because I had to be in Las Vegas. I’ve just been dancing on it all these years, but year by year, it’s gotten worse.”
Bearded men across the world have gathered to celebrate their facial hair. 300 men participated at the bi-annual World Beard and Moustache Championships in Germany. The contestants came from 20 countries around the globe. The event was started in 1990 and is currently headed up by Juergen Burkhardt.
It was 37 years ago today that Elvis Presley last recorded professionally. Elvis, who was finishing up his latest round of sessions, recorded in the Jungle Room of his Graceland mansion in Memphis. He taped his vocal for a cover of “He’ll Have To Go,” which had been a Number Two hit in 1960 for the late Jim Reeves.
Stevie Wonder has announced that he will perform his Grammy Award winning 1976 album, Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety in December. Wonder will perform the opus on December 21st in Los Angeles at the 18th annual House Full of Toys benefit at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Pollstar reported that during Wonder’s press conference yesterday (October 29th) at the venue, he explained, “This is my celebration of song, life and love. What is amazing to me is how relevant this album is today. After all, I could never write all the songs in the key of life; but there will be others who will carry on the message of song, love and life.”