Ringo’s cameo on the new Powerpuff Girls special, which premieres on January 29th on Cartoon Central
Ringo Starr will be honored on January 20th at L.A.’s El Rey Theater when the David Lynch Foundation will present him with the “Lifetime of Peace and Love Award.” Rolling Stone reported that the evening “is tied to Lynch’s new performance arts initiative called DLF Live” and will include a star studded Ringo tribute show featuring Ringo’s brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Ben Folds, Brendan Benson, Ben Harper, Bettye LaVette, and Dave Stewart, with producer/bassist — and frequent Ringo collaborator — Don Was serving as the musical director.
It was 45 years ago today that Elvis Presley began his second most famous recording sessions. On the heels of his triumphant 1968 NBC “comeback special” he entered American Studios in Memphis to leave behind the artistic malaise that permeated most of his ’60s soundtrack work. Alongside his 1953 to 1955 Sun Records recordings, and legendary ’50s RCA Victor singles, Presley’s “Memphis” tracks have become known as his most important work, resulting in his massive comeback hit, “Suspicious Minds.” Continue reading
Plans are currently in the works for surviving Beatles — Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – to return to The Ed Sullivan Theatre for the 50th anniversary of the group’s 1964 Ed Sullivan Show appearance. In an exclusive report, Showbiz411.com posted that for the week of February 3rd to the 7th, The Late Show With David Letterman will be spotlighting the band, with McCartney and Ringo in talks with David Letterman‘s producers about playing on Friday February 7th — a half-century to the day of the Beatles invading America.
The first performers have been announced for CBS’ upcoming Beatles tribute, The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles. The Eurythmics — Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart – will reunite for one night only, with the show also featuring appearances by Alicia Keys with John Legend, Maroon 5, and a special team-up of John Mayer and Keith Urban. Other performers are expected to be announced soon.
The Night That Changed America, celebrates the Beatles’ career and the 50th anniversary of landing in America and first appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. The show will tape on Monday, January 27th, the day after The 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, February 9th at 8 p.m. ET/PT — exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the “Fab Four’s” original Sullivan Show appearance.
Styx is wasting no time before kicking off its 2014 tour dates, and will hit the ground running on Saturday, January 11th in Fort Worth, Texas at Billy Bob’s Texas. As of now, the band’s winter/spring run will hit New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Idaho, Washington, Wisconsin, Florida, and Mississippi.
Linda Ronstadt says that Jim Morrison probably held the Doors back. Ronstadt, who’ll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, recalled her days as the frontwoman of the Stone Poneys in L.A. during the ’60s, when the band played the same circuit as the Doors, and eventually served as their opening act on the road..”
Happy Birthday wishes to the Monkees‘ Mike Nesmith who celebrates his 71st birthday today. Sadly, today also would’ve been the late Davy Jones‘ birthday as well. Jones died of a sudden heart attack on February 29th, 2012 at age 66.
Last July, the other surviving Monkees — Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork — kicked off their second tour with Nesmith back in the fold after shying away from most of the group’s road treks since 1986. Prior to his initial December 2012 reunion gigs, Nesmith hadn’t played with the Monkees since 1997, when he performed on handful of European gigs before calling it quits.
Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the drowning death of the Beach Boys‘ drummer and co-founder Dennis Wilson at age 39. For most of his life, Dennis was overshadowed by his older brother Brian, who wrote most of the group’s hits, and by his younger brother Carl, who sang lead on songs such as “God Only Knows” and “Good Vibrations.” As a youngster, Dennis was considered the least musical of the Wilson brothers, but it was his idea for Brian and cousin Mike Love to first write about surfing which resulted in their 1961 debut single “Surfin’.” It was the Wilson’s mother Audree who urged the group to include Dennis, who was then forced to play drums because, according to legend, he couldn’t play anything else.