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Tickets for Bob Dylan MusiCares Tribute Being Auctioned to Aid Grammy Charities

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of William ClaxtonA new charity auction is offering the chance to attend the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit, which will feature an all-star tribute to Bob Dylan.  The event will be held on February 6 in Los Angeles, and will honor the singer/songwriter’s musical contributions, as well as his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

The winning bidder and a guest will receive two premium tickets to the event, as well as passes to private rehearsals that will be held the day before.  Bidding on the MusiCares Person of the Year package will be open until December 10 at CharityBuzz.com.

Among the many big-name artists scheduled to perform at the gala are Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Tom Jones, Jack White, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson and Beck.

The experience is just one of many VIP packages being offered as part of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares’ second annual holiday auction, which raises money for educational programs and to aid members of the music community who’ve fallen on hard times.


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Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie Among Honorees at “Billboard” Touring Awards

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by

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Rankin; Library of CongressThe Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and Lionel Richie were among the honorees at this year’s Billboard Touring Awards, which recognizes achievements in concert touring business.  The event was held Thursday night at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

The Stones won the Top Boxscore prize, for a three-show engagement at the Tokyo Dome in Japan in February and March of this year.  The British rock legends beat out Paul McCartney and U.K. boy band One Direction for the award, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist.

Joel took home the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award for his ongoing residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  The Rolling Stones’ 50 and Counting Tour won the same award last year.

Richie was on hand to accept the Legend of Live Award, which recognizes his lifetime achievements as a touring act.

The evening’s big winner was One Direction, which was presented with the Top Tour and Top Draw prizes.

The awards are based on numbers reported to Billboard magazine from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014.  You can check out a complete list of winners at Billboard.com.


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Billy Joel Ties Elton John’s Record at the Garden, Considers Return to Broadway

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by

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Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel and Elton John aren’t very close anymore, but the two now have something else in common besides their keyboard, singing and songwriting skills: The Piano Man has just tied the Rocket Man’s all-time record for most shows at Madison Square Garden by one artist.

Joel has just announced another concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for June 20, 2015.  This will be his 64th show overall at the legendary venue, and the 18th as part of his residency at the Garden, which began in January of this year.  Tickets for the June show go on sale November 22 at 10 a.m. ET.

In other Joel news, he says that his pal Sting‘s new Broadway show, The Last Ship, has inspired him to reconsider Broadway.  He won a Tony for the hit Broadway musical Movin’ Out, which was based on his songs, but that show closed in 2007.  Speaking to New York Newsday, Billy says, “It’s always in my head.  People do ask me if I want to write music for other shows they’ve written… But I’d really need to do it right.”

He said of The Last Ship, “I really enjoyed the show.  I was talking to [Sting] about it, but it’s a lot of work.  He worked on it for five years — the songs, the orchestration, the story line.  If I’m going to do it, I’m going have to set aside a lot of free time.  If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it 100 percent.”

That’s why Joel’s Broadway plans might have to wait: In addition to his residency, he’s also doing select concerts around the country.  “I can’t just do one gig a month,” he says.  “We have to do other shows…there’s rehearsals and travel.  Those shows generate a certain amount of work.”

This week marked a milestone in the Piano Man’s career: He received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C., and the ASCAP Centennial Award Monday night in New  York.  “It’s been a helluva year,” he tells Newsday.  “It’s kind of overwhelming — a multitude of blessings.”


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High-Def Audio Version of George Harrison’s “The Apple Years” Box Set to Be Released Next Week

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by

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Universal Music EnterprisesBack in September, a box set titled The Apple Years 1968-75 featuring remastered versions of George Harrison‘s first six solo albums was issued on CD and as a standard digital download.  Now, a high-definition digital version of the compilation is set to be released this Monday, November 24.

The revamped collection has been mastered in 96-kHz/24-bit digital resolution from the album’s original master tapes, and will be available for purchase from all major high-def audio sellers.

The Apple Years 1968-75 includes 1968′s Wonderwall Music, 1969′s Electronic Sound, 1970′s All Things Must Pass, 1973′s Living in the Material World, 1974′s Dark Horse and 1975′s Extra Texture (Read All About It).  Each album includes bonus rare or previously unreleased tracks.  Harrison’s son, Dhani, oversaw the compilation project.



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The Beach Boys’ Mike Love to Write Memoir, “Good Vibrations”

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of MelecoBeach Boys co-founder Mike Love has inked a deal to write a memoir about his time in the group.

Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy.  The book will discuss the singer’s childhood growing up in the Los Angeles area, the many ups and downs he experienced as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, his spiritual journey and long devotion to transcendental meditation, and his “complex” relationship with cousin and fellow Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson.

“I’ve had an incredible life with a lot of triumphs, my share of heartbreak and some pretty amazing experiences,” says Love in a statement.  “There are a lot of things I haven’t shared before, and I’m looking forward to opening up about my life and my work in this book.  It’s a story about family, music, a country in transition, and audiences all over the world coming together in harmony.”

Good Vibrations — named after the 1966 Beach Boys hit of the same name — is due out in the summer of 2016.


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Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel Pay Tribute to “Graduate” Director Mike Nichols

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Columbia MasterworksMike Nichols, one of the most celebrated and successful film and stage directors in American history, died Wednesday night at age 83.  Nichols directed some of American cinema’s classic films, including 1968′s The Graduate, for which he won the Academy Award for best director.

Many of the acclaimed director’s celebrity friends and colleagues have written messages paying tribute to Nichols, including Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, whose music, including the hit “Mrs. Robinson,” made up the majority of The Graduate‘s soundtrack.

Simon issued a brief statement that reads, “My dear friend of 47 years. I love and admire Mike Nichols.”

Garfunkel, meanwhile, had a more extensive professional relationship with Nichols, having acted in two films directed by Mike — 1970′s Catch-22 and 1971′s Carnal Knowledge.

In his heartfelt homage, the singer wrote, “Aahhhh how I loved Mike. Truly. Deeply. He was the most sparkling man among us. Life will be different for us now. Earth will be a little duller. Mike Nichols is not alive.”

Garfunkel’s tribute continues, “The self is a creation. Mike created an extraordinary star — so bright, so extremely clever — himself. When you were with him, he brought you up to your best smart self, and kept it light with humor. To act for him on camera was to glide on a liquid film of intelligence.”

“Before each scene, Mike gave his actors a brilliant and subversive insight,” Garfunkel continued. “As you were stirred, he then got you with something really funny. In this state of transcendence, he walked away and said ‘roll camera.’ Now that he has truly ‘walked away’ the act of life is, for me, forever charmed.”

Nichols is one of a select group of entertainers who have won the Academy Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award, and received numerous other significant honors.  His other directing credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Silkwood, Working Girl, Postcards from the Edge, The Birdcage and Charlie Wilson’s War.  Nichols was married to ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer, whom he wed in 1988.


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Watch Paul Rodgers on Season Finale of “Later…With Jools Holland” on Thursday

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Paul MoscowPaul Rodgers will appear on the season finale of the popular BBC performance show Later…With Jools Holland, which will premiere in the U.S. on the Palladia channel tonight at 10 p.m. ET.  The famed frontman of Bad Company and Free will be featured performing songs from his latest album, The Royal Sessions, along with most of the respected Memphis studio musicians who accompanied him on the recording.

Rodgers sang three tunes from The Royal Sessions during his Later appearance: covers of the Sam and Dave classic “I Thank You,” Otis Redding‘s “That’s How Strong My Love Is” and Albert King‘s “Down Don’t Bother Me.”  The singer’s visit to the TV program was taped earlier this month shortly after he played a concert with the same Memphis musicians at London’s Royal Albert Hall.  That show helped raise money for a charity Rodgers supports, the Willows Animal Sanctuary & Animal Assisted Therapy Unit in Scotland.

In other news, Rodgers and some of his Royal Sessions collaborators are featured in a new episode of the public television series Front and Center that premiered on select stations this week.  The show still is scheduled to debut on various public TV stations in the coming weeks; visit FrontandCenter.com for a list of stations and air dates.


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3-D Paul McCartney Concert Performance Viewable Now with New Virtual Reality App

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsA newly launched app is giving fans the chance to experience a recent Paul McCartney performance in a completely immersive 3-D environment.  Through the Jaunt VR app, viewers can watch footage of the rock legend playing his hit “Live and Let Die” during the historic final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park this past August from every imaginable angle and viewpoint.

The program and the McCartney video can be downloaded for free via Google Play for use with the Google Cardboard viewer and Android devices.  The 3-D content is being made available to celebrate the launch of Jaunt.  The performance was captured using 360-degree stereoscopic cameras and three-dimensional sound-field microphones.

“The concert at Candlestick put Sir Paul McCartney in front of 70,000 live fans, and with our technology and the launch of our app, we’re opening up this access to many more,” says Jaunt CEO Jens Christensen in a statement.  “We’re creating a completely new medium for entertainment.  This is just the first step of our broader mission to bring viewers immersive access to the latest concerts, movies, sporting events and more through virtual reality.”

The immersive McCartney video also will be available soon for the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift virtual-reality devices.



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Rod Stewart’s New Album Coming in Spring, May Feature Reggae, Ska & Celtic Sounds

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart‘s 2013 album Time was a success, and featured his first new, original songs in years.  Now Stewart says he’s going to release another new album this spring, but what it’s going to sound like may surprise you.

Vegas Player magazine reports that the singer’s forthcoming record will feature a lot of “Celtic melodies” — perhaps reflecting his Scottish heritage — and that he’s also been experimenting with ska and reggae sounds.  “Believe it or not, I’ve got 10 tracks ready for the new album,” he tells the magazine.  “I’ve got songs coming out of my bum at the moment,” he says with a laugh.  “I just wish I could have had this 25 or 30 years ago.  I was enjoying myself too much then.”

Meanwhile, Rod is currently performing in Las Vegas at his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and he’ll be back in January and February for more shows there before he heads to Australia on tour.  Asked how much longer he plans to record and tour, Stewart tells the magazine, “As long as the voice is there, I’ll keep going.  I’ve been really lucky with my voice.  It’s stayed in pretty good shape.  It gets a bit of a battering now and then — four shows in six days — but I look after it as if it were the crown jewels.”

Adds the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, “It’s all about being comfortable with what you do, who you are, what you wear, what you say and who you mix with.  I’m very comfortable in the suit I’m wearing at the moment.  When I do feel uncomfortable, I will step aside and there’s no doubt that day will come. We all know nothing can last forever.”


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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Says Band Is “About Halfway” Finished with Next Album

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

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Press Here PublicityIt’s been more than six years since Def Leppard released its last studio album, 2008′s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, but frontman Joe Elliott says the band is well on its way to finishing a new record.  Speaking at the recent Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony, Elliott revealed that the veteran British group is “about halfway through” with the album.

“With a bit of luck, we should have it done by springtime,” he told ABC News Radio, pointing out that he would be getting back to work on the project this month.

Elliott said Def Leppard has written 15 songs for the album, and doesn’t think he and his band mates will write any more for it, since “we’re kinda happy with the [ones] we’ve got.”

He added, “It’s a good record…It’s the kind of record that we should be making at this stage of our career.  And that’s about as much as I’m going to say about it.”

Elliott performed with the star-studded supergroup Kings of Chaos at the 2014 Classic Rock Roll of Honour, but he told ABC News Radio that he won’t be joining the band when it heads to South Africa for three concerts in late November and early December.  He explained that the trek overlaps with a December U.K. tour he has lined up with his Down ‘n’ Outz side project.

“I can’t do both,” he insisted.  “I’ve tried.  Doesn’t work.”

Down ‘n’ Outz pays homage to the music of Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter and other 1970s glam-rock acts.

In other Def Leppard news, guitarist Vivian Campbell recently underwent a stem cell transplant as he continues to battle lymphoma.  Last week, he posted a message on his Facebook page announcing that he’d returned home from the hospital.

“So glad that’s over,” he wrote.  “Time to recover/recuperate and grow some hair…Thanks for all the love you’ve sent — much appreciated!…Normal service will be resumed shortly.”



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