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Ronnie Wood’s Wife Says Children Could Be in the Couple’s Future

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by

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Mark Robert Milan/GC ImagesThe Rolling StonesRonnie Wood has four grown children and is a grandfather eight times over, but his wife of two years, Sally Humphreys, says she’d like to have her own kids with the 67-year-old rocker.

“There’s no plans but there’s no non-plans, if you see what I mean,” the 36-year-old theater producer tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph.  “As time ticks on, I would like children.  I don’t know if I will but I would like them.”

Asked what Ronnie’s opinion is about becoming a dad again so late in life, Sally explains, “Obviously we’ve spoken about it quite a lot, and you can ask him and his response would be, ‘Well, that would be nice.’  He’s up for it.”

She points out that her husband has many friends in his age group “who have younger children and they all say it’s fantastic and it keeps you young.”  She adds, “I do think that would be wonderful, but I don’t know if it will happen.”

Meanwhile, in marrying Wood, Sally became a step-grandmother to eight children, even though she’s younger than some of Ronnie’s own kids.  As for how the youngsters refer to her, Humphreys tells The Telegraph, “Well, one of them did say to me, ‘What shall we call you?’ and I could see them all sitting there trying to work it out.  I just said, ‘Call me Auntie Sally!’  I thought that was probably better for everyone involved.”

As for whether she ever worried about the 31-year age difference between her and her husband, Sally says, “Well, I know it’s there.  And I wish it wasn’t, but it is.”  She adds, “I think I had to say ‘I can’t do this because of the age’ or I just had to let it go and take it all on board.  At no point, years ago, did I say to myself, ‘I think I’ll go out with someone twice my age,’ but that is what has happened.”

Regardless of the age gap, Humphreys maintains that Ronnie is “on my level completely.  He’s a very nice and caring person…He’s very funny, kind and affectionate and welcoming.”


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Blondie to Be Featured on New Season of Ovation’s “Song by Song” Series

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of F. Scott SchaferBlondie will be one of the music stars whose tunes will be profiled in the upcoming third season of Ovation’s Emmy-nominated documentary series, Song by Song.  

The Song by Song episodes featuring Blondie will premiere in November and will focus on such hits by the influential New Wave band as “One Way or Another,” “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me,” and “Rapture.”  The shows will include interviews with founding frontwoman Deborah Harry, guitarist Chris Stein, and drummer Clem Burke

Other artists who will be profiled during the upcoming season are Sheryl Crow and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling.

Song by Song is a different twist on the music documentary genre,” says Ovation programming executive Scott Woodward.  “This series uses the featured artists’ hit songs to tell the story of what was happening at that time in their lives, what inspired them to write the music and how their songs impacted their careers and popular culture.”

The series premiered in 2012.


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2014 Rock’n’Blues Fest Tour to Continue in Homage to the Late Johnny Winter

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Johnny WinterBefore his sudden death on July 16 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter had been scheduled to hit the road next week with his brother Edgar and other stars for a new edition of the annual Rock’n’Blues Fest tour.  Now, Edgar Winter has announced that the trek will go ahead as planned, as a tribute to Johnny.

The third annual edition of the outing features a total of 12 dates, running from a July 31 show in Clarkston, Michigan, through an August 24 concert in Snoqualmie, Washington.  The other acts on the Rock’n’Blues Fest — A Tribute to Johnny Winter tour lineup are Vanilla Fudge, ex-Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown‘s Kim Simmonds.  In addition, Rick Derringer, who’s famously collaborated with both Johnny and Edgar Winter over the years, will be a special guest at the last two shows of the trek — August 23 in Las Vegas and the aforementioned Snoqualmie gig.

Fans who attend this year’s Rock’n’Blues Fest shows can expect the acts to perform a variety of songs that Johnny used to play, including such classics as “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,” “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “Johnny B. Goode.”

Here is the full itinerary of the 2014 Rock’n’Blues Fest trek:

7/31 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/1 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 — Rockland, ME, Harbor Park
8/8 — Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/10 — Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre  
8/13 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 — Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/22 — Anaheim, CA, City National Civic of Anaheim
8/23 — Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 — Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino


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Whitney Houston’s Mother Reacts to Houston Biopic: “Let Her Rest”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Legacy RecordingsIt’s no secret that Whitney Houston‘s family does not support Lifetime’s upcoming biopic, but the late singer’s mother, Cissy Houston, is now officially expressing her feelings on the matter.

“Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections.  No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown],” Cissy tells Entertainment Tonight.

She continued, “In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her.  I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her.”

After being “exhausted” by the people who did not know her, Cissy has one final request: “Please, please let her rest.”

The Angela Bassett-directed film has recruited R&B singer Deborah Cox to provide vocal tracks, since “music rights and clearances are still being worked out,” a Lifetime rep told E! Online last week.  The movie, starring America’s Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, is set to premiere next year.


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ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill Says He’s Looking Forward to Getting Rid of the “Stones in My Passway”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top announced on Monday that it has to postpone the start of its U.S. summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill needs surgery to remove a pair of kidney stones.  Now, Hill has issued a statement poking a little fun at his ailment.

Referencing to a classic song by late blues legend Robert Johnson, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer quipped, “I got stones in my passway,” then added, “…but my doctor says not for long.”  ZZ Top has canceled six upcoming concerts because of Hill’s condition, which is expected to put him out of action for about two weeks.  The band now will launch its trek with an August 6 headlining show in Sturgis, South Dakota, two days before kicking off a previously announced joint tour with Jeff Beck in Missoula, Montana.

Looking forward to ZZ Top’s forthcoming road trip, Hill again paraphrased Johnson, this time reworking a line from “Terraplane Blues,” saying, “We’re booked and we’re bound to go.”  He added, “I had stones in my passway but you know those old boulders couldn’t last, I had stones in my passway but those stones will soon be in my past.”

You can check out the band’s full confirmed tour schedule at ZZTop.com.

In other news, ZZ Top released its new concert video Live at Montreux 2013 on Tuesday.  The video, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray, features the Texas trio performing such well-known songs as “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “La Grange” and “Tush,” as well as three tunes from the group’s 2012 album, La Futura, and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s “Foxey Lady.”


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One Month In, KISS/Def Leppard Tour Is a Giant Success

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by

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Courtesy of KISS and Def LeppardIt’s a month into KISS‘ 40th anniversary tour — a co-headlining outing with Def Leppard — and a source for the trek tells ABC News Radio, “It’s been an amazing few weeks.”  The sheer magnitude of the stage shows is enormous, requiring dozens of trucks, buses and assorted vehicles to cart around the sets and equipment from amphitheater to amphitheater.

Because it’s a summer tour, the venues are outdoors.  Paul Stanley joked that although KISS tries “to be observant of low-flying planes when we’re outdoors, [being outside] doesn’t change anything because what we do comes from the heart.  What we do comes from who we are.”

The singer said that “being outside in the summer is a terrific dichotomy, contrast between what we do and being outside in the midst of a great summer night with the stars shining,” but he also noted that indoor shows “[have their] pluses [as well].”  In the end, said Stanley, “We’ve been doing this for 40 years.  The reason people still buy tickets…is because you know that we will deliver the goods.”

Here are the rest of the KISS/Def Leppard tour dates:

7/23 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
7/25 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/2 — Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
8/3 — Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/5 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/6 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
8/8 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/9 — Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/10 — Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre
8/12 — Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/13 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/15 — East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater
8/16 — Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/17 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
8/20 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/22 — Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/23 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/24 — Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/26 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/28 — Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/29 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
8/31 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


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Joe Perry Honors Slash at Inaugural “Alternative Press” Music Awards; Joan Jett, Billy Corgan Also Among Winners

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by

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Graham Fielder/Alternative PressAerosmith‘s Joe Perry made a surprise appearance at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where he presented his friend and current tour mate, Slash, with the Guitar Legend Award.

Introducing the former Guns N’ Roses star, Perry noted, “He came up in a generation after mine, but he always had great respect for the musicians who came on before him.  To his own generation he became a superstar, and deservedly so.  Now, to all generations, he’s become a model of great guitar playing and an icon of his own right.”

For his part, Slash thanked Alternative Press magazine, adding, “It’s quite an honor to be included on your list of awards tonight, especially for something like guitar legend, which is very humbling…I loved playing guitar since I was 14 years old and it’s nice to get recognized for it, and it officially means I’ve been doing it a long f**king time.”

Among the evening’s many other honorees were Joan Jett and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who were presented respectively with the Icon Award and the Vanguard Award.  Jett also was one of the rockers who performed at the ceremony, playing her classic “Bad Reputation” with The VacanciesBilly Crooked, her new tune “Soulmates to Strangers” with Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace, and a cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Star Star” with some help from Slash.

The event also included performances by The Misfits, Fall Out Boy, rapper Ice-T‘s thrash metal group Body Count, and Korn‘s Jonathan Davis, who teamed up with the band Asking Alexandria for a rendition of Duran Duran‘s “Hungry Like the Wolf.”

You can check out complete coverage of the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards at AltPress.com/APTV.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Best Vocalist — Brendon Urie, Panic! at the Disco
Best Live Band — Pierce the Veil
Breakthrough Band — Crown the Empire
Best Bassist — Jaime Preciado, Pierce the Veil
Best International Band — Bring Me the Horizon
Artist Philanthropic Award — All Time Low
Best Guitarist — Phil Manansala, Of Mice & Men
Vanguard Award — Billy Corgan
Best Drummer — Mike Fuentes, Pierce the Veil
Icon Award — Joan Jett
Most Dedicated Fans — Black Veil Brides
Guitar Legend Award — Slash
Song of the Year — All Time Low with Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil
Album of the Year — Bring Me the Horizon, Sempiternal
Artist of the Year — Fall Out Boy


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Brian Wilson Biopic to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by

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Walt Disney Records/Universal MusicLove & Mercy, the upcoming biopic focusing on troubled Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, will be among the movies that will get their world premieres at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Billboard reports.  The fest is scheduled to run from September 4 to September 14.

As previously reported, Love & Mercy will feature John Cusack as an older Brian, while Paul Dano will portray Wilson as a young man.  The film is described as presenting “an unconventional portrait” of Wilson that will depict various important episodes in his life, including his artistic achievements with The Beach Boys, his struggles with mental illness and substance abuse, his relationship with the Svengali-like therapist Eugene Landy and the new contentment he found after meeting his current wife, Melinda.

Love & Mercy was directed by Bill Pohlad, who has produced such acclaimed films as 12 Years a Slave, The Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain.  The biopic will feature Paul Giamatti as Landy and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda.


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Tree Planted in L.A. Park in Honor of Late Beatle George Harrison Eaten by Beetles

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by

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Jean-Marie Perier/UMeA pine tree that was planted in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park in 2002 in memory of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has met an ironic fate.  L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge revealed recently to the Los Angeles Times‘ “Pop & Hiss” music blog that the tree has died after being infested with, yes, beetles.

The tree, which was only a sapling when it was planted near the Griffith Park Observatory, featured a commemorative plaque at its base acknowledging Harrison’s contributions as a musician and a humanitarian, as well as his love for gardening.  LaBonge tells ABC News Radio that the tree had grown to 12 feet in height before it was felled by the insect infestation.

LaBonge, who attended Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band‘s concert at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, says that plans are in the works for a new tree to be planted in November.

Harrison died in November 2001 at age 59 after a battle with cancer.


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Hall & Oates: “The ’80s Weren’t as Much Fun as You Might Think”

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by

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Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall & John Oates ruled the charts in the early to mid-’80s, scoring a seemingly endless string of hits, appearing on MTV 24/7 and even headlining Live Aid.  But now, looking back, the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inductees say those days weren’t really the endless party that most people assume they were.

“The ’80s weren’t as much fun as you might think,” John Oates tells the British paper The Guardian.  “The demands were so great.  When you’re in a rock band, traveling in a van, you may wish you were in a private plane, but you really don’t know what you’re missing.  I enjoyed the ’70s a whole lot better.”  But why?  They certainly weren’t as popular back then.  Well, John says that’s the point.

“It was a totally freer time.  Then we became pop superstars and we couldn’t go anywhere,” he explains.

Daryl Hall feels the same way, telling the paper, “I didn’t really want to participate in [superstardom].”  But these days, he says he’s OK with his level of fame.

“I’m as popular as I was back then, but it’s a different kind of popularity,” he explains.  “It’s more pleasant.  More fulfilling.  I don’t feel like people are treating me like a Daryl doll.”  Also satisfying, he says, is the fact that, unlike in the past, today’s hippest artists will all readily own up to being Hall & Oates fans.

 “I hear my influence all over the place,” says Daryl.  “It’s pretty widespread.”


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