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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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Alice Cooper’s 2014 Christmas Pudding Show Scheduled for Saturday, Features Nils Lofgren, Night Ranger & More

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by

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Courtesy of Alice Cooper’s Solid RockThe 14th annual edition of Alice Cooper‘s star-studded holiday fundraising event, Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding, will take place on Saturday at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.  In addition to a headlining set by the shock rocker, this year’s show will include performances by Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, Night Ranger, ex-Deep Purple/Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, blues rocker Jonny Lang and hard-rock bands P.O.D. and Thousand Foot Krutch.

For the first time ever at a Christmas Pudding event, Cooper is planning to play the same 60-minute set he’s been featuring on his latest tour dates.  Alice’s daughter Calico Cooper will be on hand as special guest emcee, and the extravaganza also will feature a set of comedy from Gary Mule Deer.

Proceeds from the concert go toward the Solid Rock foundation co-founded by Cooper and its affiliated Rock Teen Center facility in Phoenix, which supports local young people by offering free music lessons.

Visit AliceCooperSolidRock.com for all the details about the event.  The fundraiser is Alice’s last scheduled performance of 2014.  He kicks off a new U.S. leg of his Raise the Dead Tour on February 7 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.



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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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R.E.M. Bassist Mike Mills: “Singles Are What Made Us Love Music”

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by

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Universal Music EnterprisesThis week saw the release of 7IN— 83-88, a reissue collection of the 11 seven-inch vinyl singles that R.E.M. recorded for I.R.S. Records from 1983 through 1988.

While some of those singles were pop hits — like “The One I Love,” which reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987 — bass player Mike Mills tells Rolling Stone hits were almost beside the point.

“Singles for us were just great things in and of themselves, with or without being hits,” he said. “Singles are what we grew up on, singles are what made us love music in the beginning, so being able to make singles felt like we had achieved a connection with the thing that made us love music in the first place.”

Mills says he still collects vinyl singles too.  “Oh man, I’ve got Elvis’ ‘All Shook Up’ backed with ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ that I got really cheap because the woman who ran the store wasn’t there and I think her son undervalued it for me,” he tells the magazine. “I also have a single of Bill Haley doing ‘Yodel Your Blues Away’ that no one’s ever heard of.”

He said R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck also has a passion for vinyl.

“Peter and I were big fans of singles and 45s growing up. We both have hundreds, I’m sure he has thousands of them,” Mills said. “For us, that was a dream realized, to be able to put out singles as much as records.”


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Daryl Hall Hosting “Daryl’s Rock ‘N Soul New Year’s Eve” Live Stream

Friday, December 12th, 2014 by

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Photo Credit: Mark MaglioIf hanging out in New York City’s Times Square freezing your butt off isn’t your idea of a fun New Year’s Eve, Daryl Hall is offering fans an alternative.

Starting at 9:25 p.m. ET on December 31, Hall is hosting Daryl’s Rock ‘N Soul New Year’s Eve, a live-streaming event that you can purchase access to at his website, DarylsHouseClub.com.  Hall himself will perform, of course, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the City of Hope medical research and treatment center. 

“This is the first of what will hopefully be an annual event,” Hall said in a statement. “This will be a very special night and we promise a non-stop party with great music, terrific food and lots of celebration… have you ever known a trip to Daryl’s house to be anything different?”

Tickets go on sale December 12.  Hall’s Live from Daryl’s House concert series begins a new season in March.


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Joe Perry Releases Video for “Run Run Rudolph”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of CBSJust in time for Christmas, Joe Perry has delivered some Christmas cheer with the release of a new video for “Run Run Rudolph.”

The video, which premiered this morning on Billboard, features Perry solo on guitar, while an adorable little girl sets herself up with a sleeping bag by the tree waiting for Santa. Other children appear in the clip, writing letters, eating Santa’s cookies, and of course, jamming along with shiny new instruments.

The song is featured on the Aerosmith guitarist’s new four-song EP, Joe Perry’s Merry Christmas. The music was recorded in Los Angeles at Johnny Depp‘s Studio 1480. Depp contributed rhythm guitar to the track, Perry told Billboard.

“He would stop by once in a while to see how the tracks were doing, and we’re both Chuck Berry fans and [the song] needed another rhythm guitar, so he put on a rhythm track over what I had already laid down,” Perry said. “And he’s a really good guitar player. People don’t know it, but he can hold his own, believe me. And if you listen on headphones you can really hear the two rhythm guitars together, just Chuck Berry-ing out.”


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Rick Springfield Joins Cast of “True Detective”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Cris Toala OlivaresDoes True Detective need a doctor in the house?

Rick Springfield, known to legions of fans at Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital, took to Twitter to announce the news that he will be joining the HBO series for its second season.

“Just finished my 1st day of shooting for season 2 of HBO’s True Detective,” he tweeted on Monday night. “What a great script. Working w/ Colin Farrell & Rachel McAdams!”

Also announced for the cast: Vince Vaughn, Kelly Reilly and Taylor Kitsch.

While no stranger to TV acting — besides his stint on General Hospital, he has played himself on Californication and appeared on Hot in Cleveland and as a cartoon on The Family Guy – Springfield is still rocking out. He has shows beginning in January, with several dates featuring his “Stripped Down” acoustic series. The tour kicks off January 23 at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Springfield is also set to appear in the film, Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep as an aging rock star who gets one final chance to connect with her estranged kids.  Springfield will play one of Meryl’s band mates, who has a crush on her.  Kevin Kline also will appear in the movie.  The film’s script was penned by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody.


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Jeff Beck Documentary Previewed Online

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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Photo: Ross HalfinThe formative years and evolution of Jeff Beck as a guitarist are the focus of a new two-hour documentary due this February.

A clip of the film, entitled A Man for All Seasons: Jeff Beck in the 1960s, was released online, and gives a brief look into the guitarist and the differences between his style and those of the man he replaced in the Yardbirds, Eric Clapton.

The documentary will focus on Beck’s career from his beginnings in The Yardbirds to his his brief, bizarre reinvention by producer Mickie Most as a solo pop star and the first incarnation of The Jeff Beck Group, playing alongside Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart. The film also follows Beck’s rebirth after appearing on American Idol with Kelly Clarkson in 2007.

Directed by Tom O’Dell, the film includes interviews with fellow Yardbirds, Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja, various managers, journalists and commentary by Pamela Des Barres.

The documentary is available for pre-order, and will retail $19.95. The date for release is February 10.


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Original CCR Members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford Fire Back at John Fogerty over Lawsuit

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by

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Vanguard Records; Jeff DowOriginal Creedence Clearwater Revival band members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford are firing back at statements made by John Fogerty regarding their recent lawsuit against him regarding usage of the band’s name.

Cook and Clifford take objection to Fogerty’s assertion that the band was trying to stop him from performing CCR songs, a claim they said was false. The lawsuit, they maintain, is over the usage of the band’s name and the confusion it would cause fans coming to the shows.

“Because of recent inaccurate statements in the media regarding pending litigation, we want to set the record straight,” reads a statement from Cook and Clifford. “We have never objected to John Fogerty performing any song he ever wrote, or performing any song recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  That idea is ridiculous.  Even when he refused to play those songs, and publicly called for a boycott of CCR music, we encouraged him to perform them whenever and wherever he wanted.”

Cook and Clifford, who perform under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and the widow of late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, initiated a suit in Nevada earlier this month claiming that John is in breach of contract with regard to a settlement the band members reached in 2001 and also charging him with trademark violations. The original band members pay Fogerty a fee to use “Creedence Clearwater” as part of the newer band name.

Fogerty shot back an angry retort, saying that “No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs. I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road. Rockin’ all over the world!”

Cook and Clifford said John’s interpretation of the lawsuit was ludicrous.

“The facts are that Mr. Fogerty, while proclaiming joyful rebirth in the press, repeatedly has his lawyers threaten us with lawsuits and demand unreasonable concessions of our rights,” they wrote. “Last week, the threats and demands left us with little doubt that a lawsuit would be filed by him against us for the second time.  This unfortunate situation required us to take unpleasant preemptive legal action.”

Continuing, the bassist and drummer said the legal action “is about the need to defend ourselves and rights, Mr. Fogerty’s failure to perform contractual promises and unlicensed uses of the trademark ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival.’  The trademark is not owned by him, but by the Creedence Clearwater Revival Partnership.”

They concluded: “We have a business relationship with him and, under prevailing circumstances, chose not to be bullied.”


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