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Jeep Signed by Rolling Stones Up for Bid Now in Charity Auction

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of The Rolling StonesAn orange 2014 4×4 Jeep Renegade autographed by The Rolling Stones‘ four members currently is being auctioned off to raise money for charity.  The vehicle was signed by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood this past June when the band was in Rome to perform at Circus Maximus during the European leg of the group’s 14 on Fire Tour.

Bidding on the Jeep will be open at until Tuesday, December 23 at 2 p.m. ET.  Proceeds raised by the sale will benefit Community Links, a U.K. organization based in East London that aids impoverished people in the area with employment, education, housing, recreational activities and more.

The Jeep has an estimated value of $40,000; as of Monday afternoon, the bidding is at $23,000.  According to the rules of the auction, the vehicle can’t be registered or driven legally outside of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

A video featuring footage of The Stones autographing the Jeep has been posted at the band’s official YouTube channel.

In other Stones-related news, Wood joined U.K. boy band One Direction for a performance Sunday on the season finale of the popular British talent-competition show The X Factor.  The 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer lent his guitar talents to a rendition of the group’s new single, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.”

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Bob Seger Performing on “Late Show with David Letterman” Tonight

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by

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Credit: William RummelBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band wind down a 2014 North American tour leg in support of the Michigan rocker’s latest album, Ride Out, this Friday with a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  First up for Seger and his group will be an appearance tonight on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman.

This will mark only the second time ever that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has performed on the Late Show.  The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

Seger also has a concert on Wednesday night in Buffalo, New York.  Bob and the Silver Bullet Band will return to the road next month for another North American trek that currently is mapped out from a January 20 gig in Toledo, Ohio, through a March 7 show in Vancouver, Canada.  Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here are all of Seger’s confirmed upcoming tour dates:

12/17 — Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
12/19 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/20 — Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
1/22 — Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
1/24 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
1/27 — Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
1/29 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
1/31 — Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
2/3 — Ft. Meyers, FL, Germain Arena
2/5 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
2/7 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/10 — Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
2/12 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/14 — Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/17 — Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
2/19 — Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
2/21 — Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
2/25 — San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/27 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum
3/3 — Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
3/5 — San Jose, CA, SAP Center
3/7 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena

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All-Star Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder to Air in February

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by

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UN Photo/JC McIlwaineOn February 10, 2015, two days after the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, a variety of well-known artists will gather to tape Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute.

The special, which is due to air February 16 on CBS, will pay tribute to the Motown legend, who is the only artist ever to have won the Album of the Year Grammy in three out of four straight years.  He won for Innervisions in 1973, Fulfillingness’ First Finale in 1974 and Songs in the Key of Life in 1976.  During the two-hour show, some of today’s top music stars will pay tribute to Wonder by performing his songs, as well as other material.  In addition, celebrity presenters will explain the historical impact of Stevie’s songs on music and culture.

Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, said in a statement, “Stevie Wonder is a beloved icon whose golden songbook remains one of America’s and music’s greatest treasures.  A 25-time Grammy winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, it’s only fitting that Music’s Biggest Night celebrates this legendary musical genius and pays tribute to his enduring music and legacy.”

The Stevie Wonder special is similar to the Beatles Grammy tribute that aired this past February.  That program featured such contemporary stars as Dave Grohl, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Imagine Dragons, as well as Wonder and several other veteran artists, performing classic songs by the Fab Four.  The show also featured perfomances by the surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

If you’d like to attend the taping of the Wonder tribute, tickets go on sale this Thursday at, or by calling 877-234-8425.

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Watch Short Film Featuring Bob Dylan Performing Concert in Front of One Person Online Now

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by

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Columbia RecordsThe recently reported short documentary featuring footage of Bob Dylan playing a brief concert for just one man has debuted online. 

The flick was filmed as part of a Swedish series called Experiment Ensam, which means “Experiment Alone,” and was highlighted by a special performance Dylan and his backing group gave on November 23 at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music that was witnessed by a Swedish TV personality named Fredrik Wikingsson.

The concept behind the series is to capture individuals taking part in events or activities usually experienced by large groups of people.

The film, which runs about 14 minutes, begins with footage of Wikingsson outside of the Academy of Music, as well as clips of him visiting areas of Greenwich Village in New York City that Dylan frequented early in his music career.  He reveals that he’s seen Bob in concert about 20 times, while adding, “But this time, he might notice me.”

About 45 minutes before the concert begins, Wikingsson is shown speaking with a psychologist about how seeing Dylan perform without anyone else in the audience might differ from his usual experience at a show by the folk-rock legend.

Wikingsson is then shown entering the empty theater, and taking a seat in the middle of the sixth row.  Soon, Dylan and his group take the stage and proceed to perform several songs, all covers, including Buddy Holly‘s “Heartbeat”; a melancholy, minor-key version of Fats Domino‘s “Blueberry Hill”; and Chuck Willis‘ “It’s Too Late (She’s Gone).” 

Interspersed with scenes of Dylan’s performance and reaction shots of Wikingsson are interview clips of Fredrik explaining how he felt watching the show.  He discusses how he initially felt apprehensive about responding to the show, but eventually called out, “You guys sound great!” eliciting a chuckle from Bob.  Wikingsson also explains how he began to get emotional when Dylan played a harmonica solo during “It’s Too Late.”  As Bob and his band finished their set, Fredrik called out, “Thank you very much,” while Dylan responded, “Thank you for coming.  You can come anytime.”

After the show, Wikingsson is interviewed and discusses how he feels about the experience, declaring, “I feel like a kid…It was a perfect moment.”  At the end of the documentary, Fredrik is interviewed again by the psychologist two weeks after the unique event.

“I had a feeling of almost being high for several days,” he explains, “but now I’ve found a cozy little space inside of me that’s my Bob space.”  Fredrik is then asked if he’d if he thought he would have had more fun if more people were at the concert with him.

He concludes, “I’m both grateful and happy that I was the only one there…but once I stepped out of the theater, all confused and dizzy, it could have been more intense if I had someone to share it with.”

You can watch the Dylan episode of Experiment Ensam now at the NJN Network’s official YouTube channel.

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Marty Balin to Perform with Hot Tuna at Jack Casady’s 70th Birthday Bash in NYC on Saturday

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 by

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Metropolitan EntertainmentHot Tuna‘s Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen will reunite with their former Jefferson Airplane band mate Marty Balin on Saturday at a special concert celebrating Casady’s 70th birthday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.  Hot Tuna will perform with its “Electric” incarnation at the show, dubbed Jack’s 70th Birthday Bash, while Balin and acclaimed session guitarist G.E. Smith will appear as special guests.

Hot Tuna’s lineup for the concert also will feature multi-instrumentalists Barry Mitterhoff and Larry Campbell, singer Teresa Williams, and drummer Justin Guip.  Casady and Kaukonen formed the folk-blues outfit in 1969 while still members of Jefferson Airplane, and the duo has performed under the moniker ever since.

“I can’t remember having so much fun, but also musically being so in touch and in the moment with the music as I am now; where every minute, every note counts on stage, says Casady, who actually turned 70 April 13.  “And I find it really unique that I have a situation with a partner over 50 years now where we can just really enjoy the craft of making music together.”

Playing the Beacon around the holidays has become a tradition for Hot Tuna.  Meanwhile, the “Acoustic” version of the group, featuring just Jack and Jorma, has a trio of West Coast shows lined up in the coming weeks, including a New Year’s Eve concert at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon.

Here are all of Hot Tuna’s upcoming tour dates:

12/13 — New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
12/31 — Portland, OR, The Aladdin Theater
1/3/15 — San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
1/4 — Grass Valley, CA, The Center for the Arts

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Aretha Franklin Accepts Icon Honor, Sings “Happy Birthday” to Taylor Swift at “Billboard” Women in Music Awards

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by

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Credit: Matthew Jordan SmithAretha Franklin was paid some significant R-E-S-P-E-C-T on Friday in New York City at the Billboard Women in Music Awards ceremony, where she received the prestigious Icon of the Year prize. 

Billboard reports that The Queen of Soul was introduced by her longtime collaborator Clive Davis, who acknowledged that this year Franklin had become the first women to score 100 tunes on the magazine’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

During his introduction, Davis also remembered the first time he met Aretha, noting, “In 1980, she cooked dinner with me and we spent hours in her kitchen, trading music experiences and exploring whether we could collaborate to make future recordings.  We hit it off, and we’ve been making records ever since.”

In accepting the honor, Franklin gave a brief speech in which she pointed out, “I don’t get the opportunity to be with industry people as much as I’d like to.  I want to thank Billboard and their staff personnel for this.”

In celebration of Franklin’s award, a video from her friend Stevie Wonder was played in which he sent in his regards and crooned a congratulatory tune set to his classic “My Cherie Amour.”

Aretha also delivered a special performance for one of the event’s other honorees, Billboard‘s 2014 Woman of the Year, Taylor Swift.  Franklin sang “Happy Birthday” to the young pop superstar, who turns 25 on Saturday.

Also recognized during the ceremony were Ariana Grande with the Rising Star award, Paramore‘s Hayley Williams with the Trailblazer prize, Iggy Azalea with the Chart-Topper honor, Idina Menzel with the Breakthrough Artist award, Charli XCX with the Hitmaker trophy and Jessie J with the Powerhouse award.

On the red carpet prior to the big event, Franklin talked to ABC News Radio about what the Icon award, and the event, means to her. “It’s wonderful,” she said.  “It’s a first, as they said, and I’m an avid reader of Billboard and have been for many years now, checking my records and other records.”

She added, “I don’t get a chance to come to New York that often, so it’s really nice to be with other [music] industry people and spend some time with them.”  She also said she was a fan of the other honorees, and named Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” and Swift’s “Shake It Off” as two of her current favorite hits.

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The Temptations and Four Tops Give Surprise Performance During Visit to the White House on Friday

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by

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Courtesy of Polk & Co.A pair of famous Motown acts, The Temptations and The Four Tops, brought some soulful holiday cheer to the Oval Office on Friday afternoon.  The two groups were on a holiday tour of the White House and while there, stopped in to visit with President Obama.

The Temptations and The Four Tops also treated some people who also were touring the White House’s East Room to a surprise musical performance that included abridged versions of “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got.”  In addition, the Motown legends joined a group of White House carolers for a rendition of “Winter Wonderland.” You can watch a video clip of the performance at the White House’s official YouTube channel.

As previously reported, The Temptations and The Four Tops will team up for a week-long series of shows at the Palace Theatre in New York City’s Times Square that will run from December 29 through January 4.

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Mick Fleetwood Talks Photography and “Little Green Magic Mushrooms”

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by

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Fleetwood Mac/Live NationStevie Nicks isn’t the only photographer in Fleetwood Mac.

This fall Nicks has been showing exhibits of photographic self-portraits, and now band co-founder Mick Fleetwood also is showcasing his photography in an exhibit — Reflections: An Exhibition of Original Photographs by Mick Fleetwood — while the group is on tour.

Fleetwood is scheduled to appear alongside his photos at Fort Lauderdale’s Wentworth Gallery on December 18, the night before Fleetwood Mac’s concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

His passion for photography, he said, comes from his childhood. His father was in Britain’s Royal Air Force, and the family lived all over England, the south of France, and the Mediterranean coast.

“My dad was just one of those people who took loads of pictures. It was the curse of the family,” Fleetwood told the Florida Sun Sentinel. “So it was just muscle memory, I think, that it became a natural fit for me. It was just me trying to capture where I was going, and being in a rock ‘n’ roll band, it was almost like getting posted here, there and everywhere, probably even more than my dad ever was in the Forces.”

While on tour, Fleetwood along with bassist John McVie took many pictures of landscapes, dirt roads, hills, mountains — and a “patch of little green magic mushrooms” in a photo he simply titled: “Shrooms.”

But no, it’s not a drug reference, as he said mushrooms is one drug he never used.

“I was sitting in the studio one night recording Rumours when we decided to figure out how much coke I had done over the years. We figured if we laid it out end to end, it would be about 7 miles long,” Fleetwood says with a laugh. “But no, there’s no reference to shrooms in the book.”

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AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Metallica Among Most Played Jukebox Artists of 2014

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of James MinchinRock and roll ain’t noise pollution, at least not for folks playing music on jukeboxes.  TouchTunes, the company that maintains a network of more than 60,000 jukeboxes at bars and restaurants across the nation, is out with its list of the most played artist of 2014, and AC/DC is in at #2.

Other classic rockers got a lot of spins on TouchTunes machines this year too.  Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd take the#5 position, followed by Detroit rocker Kid Rock at #6. The Rolling Stones come in at #8, with Metallica rounding out the top 10.  From coast to coast, rock music continued to be the most played genre in 2014, said the company, although country superstar Luke Bryan was the single most played artist of the year.

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The Who Gives a Behind-the-Scenes Look into World Tour

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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AEG LiveFans clamoring for a sneak peek of the forthcoming The Who Hits 50! tour can take a look at a new video released by the band.

The video gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the group’s  tour launch, including Pete Townsend showing off his famed windmill moves, Roger Daltrey whipping the mic into a frenzy, and a tight performance of “Who Are You.”  An added bonus is a quick glimpse of a typed set list which includes the songs “Squeeze Box,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Eminence Front,” “Magic Bus” and “Baba O’Riley.” The tour kicked off on November 30 at at the Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

The tour will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, Florida, and include 20 stops throughout the East before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, New York.  The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, California, and continue with dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The band will performing many of the songs from the just released Who Hits 50! collection.

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