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Carlos Santana & Son Playing National Anthem at Tonight’s World Series Game

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by

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Maryanne Bilham/RCA RecordsJust a reminder that Carlos Santana will be playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” tonight before Game Four of the 2014 World Series between his hometown San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.  The guitar legend will perform an instrumental version of the national anthem accompanied by his son Salvador.

The game, which will take place at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, will air on Fox starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Santana’s latest studio effort, Corazon, his first Spanish-language album, recently picked up a 2014 Latin Grammy Award nomination in the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album category.  In addition, the guitarist’s Corazón: Live from Mexico — Live It to Believe It concert documentary received a nod for the Best Long Form Music Video.  This year’s ceremony will be held on November 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Area in Las Vegas, and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

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Faces Keyboardist Ian McLagan to Perform at Select Dates on Nick Lowe’s Holiday Tour

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by

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Jim Chapin; Dan Burn-FortiIt looks like Ian McLagan will be a very busy musician for the rest of the year.  The famed Faces and Small Faces keyboardist, who currently is out on a U.S. headlining tour in support of his latest solo album, United States, has been tapped to be a support act for most of the shows on Nick Lowe‘s forthcoming holiday trek.

Lowe’s outing will promote the veteran singer/songwriter’s 2013 Christmas album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family.  The 13-date stateside tour is scheduled to run from a December 3 show Minneapolis through a December 20 concert in Brooklyn, New York.  The gigs will feature Lowe playing a mix of his classic songs alongside various holiday-themed tunes.

So far, McLagan is only confirmed to appear at five of the announced shows, but is expected to join the bill at more stops.  Meanwhile, Ian has eight upcoming concerts of his own. His itinerary runs from a show Saturday night in New Haven, Connecticut, through a November 20 visit to The Woodlands, Texas.  At all of these dates, McLagan will be accompanied by bassist Jon Notarthomas of his longtime backing group The Bump Band.

Here are McLagan’s upcoming headlining dates:

10/25 — New Haven, CT, Cafe Nine
10/27 — Lexington, KY, Woodsongs Radio Hour
10/29 — Newport, KY, Southgate House Revival – Sanctuary
10/30 — Berwyn, IL, Fitzgerald’s Nightclub
10/31 — Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews
11/1 — Oklahoma City, OK, The Blue Door
11/20 — The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe

Here are Nick Lowe’s holiday concerts:

12/3 — Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
*12/4 — Madison, WI, Barrymore Theater
12/6 — Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
12/7 — Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
*12/9 — Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
*12/10 — Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
12/12 — Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
12/13 — Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Theater
12/14 — New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
12/16 — Boston, MA, Paradise
*12/17 — Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
*12/19 — Albany, NY, Swyer Theater at The Egg
12/20 — Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg

* = McLagan also confirmed to perform.

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Chaka Khan Performs Tribute to Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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PAUL BERGEN/AFP/Getty ImagesChaka Khan will perform a tribute to the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White,  tonight during the 13th annual “A Great Night in Harlem” at the Apollo Theater in New York City. The event is a fundraiser for Quincy Jones’ Jazz Foundation of America which assists needy musicians around the country.

White’s brother, Earth, Wind & Fire bass player Verdine White, will participate in the tribute along with Questlove from The Roots and Ray Parker Jr.  EW&F released its first Christmas album, Holiday, on Tuesday.

Jones will also present the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award to jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.

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Ray Davies Says Conflict Between Brother and Drummer Mick Avory Could Quash Kinks Reunion

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Decca Label GroupRecent comments from The KinksRay and Dave Davies have suggested that the contentious siblings are finally close to agreeing on doing a new project together in the coming year. NowRay now has revealed a major roadblock is standing in the way of a band reunion.

The 70-year-old singer/songwriter tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that the obstacle to reunion is Dave’s refusal to play with the group’s founding drummer, Mick Avory.

“I really can’t play with my brother as that name, The Kinks, and not have Mick in,” explains Ray.  “Mick will work with him but Dave doesn’t want to work with Mick.  Sibling rivalry is nothing on their rivalry.  I have no idea what’s wrong with them.”

Ray and Dave’s animosity toward each other has been well documented, but Dave and Mick’s mutual dislike goes way back as well.  They’ve reportedly come to blows on numerous occasions dating at least as far back as 1965.

Asked whether the disagreement was impossible to overcome, Ray answered, “Yeah.  This week it is.”

Meanwhile, Ray’s complicated relationship with his brother is one of the focal points of the stage musical he wrote based on The Kinks’ early years.  Titled Sunny Afternoon, it opened recently on London’s West End.

Ray describes the production as “a song cycle about two lads who didn’t really fit together.” He adds, “I never really had a relationship with my brother in a normal way.  But what’s wonderful is the telepathy we have.  Or did have.”

Sunny Afternoon is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre through January 31, 2015.

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Report: Orchestral Version of The Who’s “Quadrophenia” Due Next Year

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Geffen/Universal MusicPete Townshend is working on an orchestral version of The Who‘s classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia that will be released next year.  Information about the new project was reported on the official website of the London Oriana Choir, which recorded backing vocals for the album Thursday night at London’s AIR Studios.

According to the message, Townshend will be featured on the record alongside famous British tenor Alfie Boe, with accompaniment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Pete’s longtime partner, Rachel Fuller, was responsible for orchestrating the songs, with help from the choir’s Martin Batchelar.

Townshend was in attendance for Thursday’s recording session and reportedly told the choral group that he was “surprisingly pleased” its performance and excited about how the project is coming together.

A note on the choir’s Twitter feed reports that a concert celebrating the orchestral Quadrophenia album’s release is scheduled to be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on July 5, 2015, and that tickets for the show will go on sale early next year.

Incidentally, AIR Studios has been the site of recordings sessions for several of Townshend’s solo albums, including Empty Glass, All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, and White City: A Novel.

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Joan Jett Honored at Little Kids Rock Gala; Performed with Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Billie Joe Armstrong

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Mark Jaworski Studios/Little Kids RockJoan Jett was the woman of the hour Thursday night at the sixth annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala, where she was honored with the organization’s 2014 Rocker of the Year award.  The event, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, was highlighted by a star-packed tribute to Jett that featured several performances by Joan herself.

The show’s lineup included Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and saxophonist Jake Clemons, Social Distortion‘s Mike Ness and the Beastie BoysAdam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.  In addition, students from the Little Kids Rock’s music-education programs took part in the performance.

All of the stars played songs that Jett and her band The Blackhearts recorded over their long career.  During the evening, Joan teamed up with James on a version of his classic hit “Crimson and Clover,” duetted with Armstrong on a rendition “Don’t Abuse Me” and sang “Be My Lover” with Cooper.  For the finale, the concert’s entire lineup hit the stage to sing “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

The gala also included the presentation of the Big Man of the Year award, an honor named after late E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons, which was bestowed on Clarence’s nephew, Jake Clemons.  Jake then played a couple songs, including Clarence’s 1985 solo hit “You’re a Friend of Mine,” with some of the Little Kids Rock students.

The benefit, which also included a memorabilia auction, raised about $1.5 million for the charity.  Little Kids Rock provides musical instruments and music lessons to young people in inner-city schools.

Here’s a list of some of the gala’s performances:

“I Hate Myself for Loving You” — Cheap Trick
“Eye to Eye” — Gary U.S. Bonds and Jake Clemons
“Victim of Circumstance” — Brody Dalle
“Bad Reputation” — Jesse Malin
“Little Liar” — Darlene Love
“Love Is Pain” — Mike Ness
“Crimson and Clover” — Tommy James and Joan Jett
“Fake Friends” — Kathleen Hannah with Ad-Rock
“Don’t Abuse Me” — Billie Joe Armstrong and Joan Jett
“Be My Lover” — Alice Cooper and Joan Jett
“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” — Joan Jett with many others

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Listen to Bette Midler Sing TLC’s “Waterfalls”

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Warner Bros. RecordsThe notion of Bette Midler covering a #1 hit by the ’90s R&B supergroup TLC may not sound like a very good idea…but it turns out the Divine Miss M’s version of “Waterfalls” is a lot better than you’d think.

Midler recorded the song for her upcoming album It’s the Girls!, a tribute to great girl groups.  She’s turned the tune — a cautionary tale about the dangers of both drug dealing and of having casual sex during the height of the AIDS epidemic — into a slow, mournful piano ballad.  She’s also cut out the song’s rap interlude, which was originally performed by the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

“Waterfalls” was #1 for seven weeks in 1995 and received two Grammy nominations.  It’s considered TLC’s signature tune.

On It’s the Girls!, Bette also tackles songs made famous by The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and more.  The album’s due November 4.

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Joan Jett Helps Design Rocking New Hot Topic Apparel Collection

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Business WireJoan Jett is helping Hot Topic celebrate its 25th anniversary by collaborating with the retailer and fashion designer Daang Goodman, founder of the TRIPP NYC company, to create a rockin’ apparel line.  The Joan Jett X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic features clothing items that mix the punk-rock pioneer’s own style and attitude with the gritty styles of downtown New York City.

The collection features eight pieces, among them a skinny jean with pleather laces and metal zippers, a belted twill jacket with lace-up sleeves, a pleather jacket with metal zippers, and a red-and-black sweater featuring a heart design.  Each item also includes a specially designed label — a heart with lightning bolts inside it — that combines the logos of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts logo and TRIPP NYC.

Joan can be seen modeling some of the clothes in a new YouTube video promoting the collection.  Jett and the Blackhearts’ classic song “Bad Reputation” plays throughout the clip.

“Working with Daang and TRIPP NYC was effortless, as we approached this collection from the same fashion sensibility and DIY spirit,” Jett says in a statement.  “I’m blown away by how the collection turned out — these clothes are some of my favorite new additions to my closet.”

Adds Goodman, “When I finally met Joan, I felt as if I’d known her forever, and was so excited to be working with her…I’ve been designing for a girl like Joan all of my life!  And I know the Hot Topic girl is going to love it!”

The new clothing line will go on sale starting November 4 at Hot Topic stores and via   Hot Topic also is launching a contest offering the chance to win the entire collection.

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Glen Campbell’s Musical Legacy and Alzheimer’s Disease Chronicled in New Film, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of PCH FilmsGlen Campbell‘s Goodbye Tour is captured in the new documentary film, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, opening in select theaters Friday.  The movie chronicles Campbell’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 and the 151 shows he played until the disease made it impossible for him to go on performing last year.

I’ll Be Me doesn’t shy away from showing the renowned singer/guitarist’s descent into dementia, but it also serves as a reminder of the multi-platinum career that put Campbell in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Scenes from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour variety show on CBS and his acting role in the Western True Grit alongside John Wayne are included in the movie along with vintage performances of his signature hits “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and many more. The film also shines a light on Glen’s role as a session guitarist on classic songs from The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many more acts.

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and country stars Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton are among the celebrities singing Campbell’s praises in I’ll Be Me.  Footage of Glen’s performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards is also included.

Glen’s children, Ashley and Shannon, played in their father’s band on The Goodbye Tour. Even though they knew their dad was a living legend, meeting his fans on the road made a huge impression on them.

Ashley tells ABC News Radio, “Just [to] hear their own stories of what the show meant to them, and what Glen Campbell means to them.  It was just so inspiring to know that my dad had inspired so many people. “

Campbell’s wife, Kim, meanwhile, hopes I’ll Be Me introduces Glen’s music and legacy to an entirely new generation of fans.

She says, “A lot of people aren’t even aware that he’s one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived, and that he’s played on so many hits before — as part of the Wrecking Crew — before he was ever a solo artist himself. He maybe didn’t get the credit that he deserved for so many years. Now, I hope that this film will help people really understand how great of an artist he was.”

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Author: “Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography” Will Show Piano Man “Really Is That Good Guy Everybody Wants Him to Be”

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Crown Archetype/Random HouseIn 2011, Billy Joel pulled the plug on his planned autobiography, The Book of Joel, citing concerns that it was being marketed as a “salacious tell-all.”  But much of the material destined for that memoir is being released on Tuesday, in the form of a new book called Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography.  The author, Fred Schruers, is the same guy who worked with Joel on the scrapped book, and he says this new one will confirm what the public already knows about the Piano Man: He’s a decent guy.

Speaking to Newsday — Billy’s hometown paper — Shruers says, “There’s a reason he’s…very well loved.  I don’t think the public really wants to know the bad stuff, though it’s in there.  They have their imaginings about Billy, and some of them are reflected by the reality.  He’s had his bumps.  It’s very hard to say this without sounding too Pollyanna-ish, but he really is that good guy that everyone wants him to be.”

Schruers says the idea to write a Joel biography came about in 2012, when he ran into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and the two came to a “handshake agreement” that the author could proceed.  Not only that, but Billy gave Schruers permission to use all the material that he’d gathered for The Book of Joel for the project.  “‘I’ll help you out’ was his phrase,” Schruers tells Newsday.  The writer ended up using nearly 100 hours of interviews he’d done with Joel, as well as interviews he’d done with members of his inner circle over the years.

As for why Billy scrapped The Book of Joel in the first place — even returning a seven-figure advance — Schruers says the project simply came at a bad time in the singer’s life.

“I don’t think he hated what we had done together,” says Schruers.  “But when your dad dies and you’re going through a divorce, you’re in hip pain and you’re pretty emotionally battered, it’s not something you want to talk about all the time in interviews.  You want more of a peak moment to put that book out.”

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