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Paul McCartney “Not in Any Hurry” to Write an Autobiography, but Says He’d Consider Doing One

Sunday, March 1st, 2015 by

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MPL/Mary McCartneyA lot of famous musicians have written memoirs recounting the highlights of their careers and personal lives, but Paul McCartney says he currently has no plans to become one of them.

The rock legend explained his feelings about whether he’d ever pen an autobiography in the latest installment of the “You Gave Me the Answer” feature on his official website.

Responding to a question by a Canadian fan, Sir Paul said, “My feeling is that there have been enough books on me done already.  But from time to time I do think of certain little memories that are not published in any books so, who knows?”

He added, “If I ever find the time it could possibly happen.  But I think you can guess from my answer that I’m not in any hurry to be doing it…!”

Perhaps the closest McCartney has come to writing a memoir was the 1998 book Many Years from Now, which was penned by Barry Miles and based on hours of exclusive interviews Sir Paul gave to the author.

Of course, the 72-year-old former Beatle is as busy as ever this year.  He’s enjoying his first top 10 single in nearly 30 years thanks to his collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, “FourFiveSeconds,” he also has a project in the works with Lady Gaga and he’ll begin a series of 2015 tour dates in April with a brief Japan trek.

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Historic 1983 Television Special “Motown 25″ to Air on Public TV This Saturday

Saturday, February 28th, 2015 by

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West Grand MediaThe historic 1983 special that celebrated the 25th anniversary of Motown, which hasn’t been seen on TV since it originally aired, will be rebroadcast on many PBS stations this Saturday, February 28, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT; check local listings. 

The show, titled Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, featured Michael Jackson‘s famous performance of “Billie Jean,” during which he introduced the world to his amazing “moonwalk” dance move, as well as memorable reunions of The Jackson 5, The Supremes and The Miracles.

Among the special’s many other highlights were performances by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and The Four Tops, plus a duet between Smokey Robinson and Linda Ronstadt, and much more.  The event was hosted by the late Richard Pryor and taped in front of a live audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

The show, which originally aired on NBC on May 16, 1983, went on to win an Emmy Award for Best Variety Program.  PBS is showing the special in conjunction with Black History Month as a fundraising event, with plans for encore screenings to take place throughout March.

Suzanne de Passe, the executive producer of the special, says, “Whether you’re discovering that incredible night of music for the very first time, or are huge fan of Motown who’s been eagerly awaiting the show’s return to TV, Motown 25 offers a lifetime of magic and memories for everyone.”

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Aretha Franklin Helps Bid Farewell to Exiting US Attorney General Eric Holder

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by

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Lloyd Bishop/NBCAretha Franklin was a surprise guest at a farewell ceremony for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that was held Friday at the Justice Department.  The Queen of Soul belted out a rendition of “America the Beautiful” that featured some modified lyrics paying tribute to Holder.

During the song, Franklin sang of Holder’s “courageous integrity,” adding that “he’s a warrior, yes he is.”  President Obama, who took the podium to speak at the ceremony, swayed his head while Aretha sang.

Holder announced his resignation this past September, citing personal reasons.

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Aerosmith Announces New Tour Kickoff Date, Band Plans to Shake Up Set List on the Trek

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by

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Credit: Ross Halfin Aerosmith has added a new U.S. concert to its North American summer tour itinerary, a June 24 show at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, which apparently will serve as the trek’s kickoff date.  The performance is the eighth confirmed date of the outing, dubbed the Blue Army Tour 2015, which currently is mapped out through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Tickets for the Evansville concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. CT.  VIP packages and pre-sale tickets for Aero Force One members will be available starting Tuesday, March 3, also at 10 a.m.

Joe Perry and Steven Tyler tell Rolling Stone that they’re hoping to mix up the set list a bit on this tour, and add a few songs they rarely play.

“We’ve gotten too comfortable playing the same stuff,” offers Perry.  “I’m looking at the set list for some of the last couple tours and they’re all the same songs just in different order.  So we’re going to put some time into rehearsal and change it up.”

Adds Tyler, “We’re gonna do deep.  People want to hear ‘Sweet Emotion,’ ‘Dream On’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ — all that over and over, and there are other songs of the cloth we were cut from.  Being in a band for 40 years, what is the passion, the impetus?  For me, it comes from rehearsing a few songs we used to play great and didn’t give a s**t if other people cared about them.”

Among the tunes Perry would like to work up are some gems from Aerosmith’s first two albums, as well as 1989’s “Monkey on My Back,” 1993’s “Fever” and 2001’s “Beyond Beautiful.”  Tyler, meanwhile, singles out 1976’s “Sick as a Dog.”

In other news, Rolling Stone reports that Tyler recently recorded what he describes as a “dark, smoky backroom rendition” of Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun” for the similarly named film Jane Got a Gun.  The movie, which stars Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, is expected to hit theaters in September.  Steven also has begun work on his first-ever solo album.

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Stevie Wonder Being Sued for Millions by His Late Lawyer’s Widow

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by

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Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder is being sued by Susan Strack — the widow of his longtime entertainment lawyer Johanan Vigoda — who claims that the pop/soul legend owes her millions because of an agreement the singer made with her late husband that allegedly was to have continued after his passing. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Strack says her husband negotiated a contract with Wonder in which Stevie promised to Vigoda or his heirs  a six-percent fee on all revenues he earned.

Vigoda died in 2011 and the suit, which was filed Thursday in Nevada, claims payments to Strack stopped in 2013.  It also says reps for Wonder attempted to renegotiate the agreement in a way that would have greatly decreased the amount of money Susan would receive.  She’s seeking at least $7 million in damages.

The lawsuit also claims that because of Wonder’s blindness, Vigoda devised a unique way to ensure that the singer clearly understood the contracts he would sign.  This included having “a witness read to him the complete terms of each agreement,” and once he found the terms acceptable, he’d affix “his mark to the agreement — usually his fingerprint — and the witness who read the terms to him also [would sign] the agreement below [Wonder’s] mark.”

Vigoda worked for Wonder for four decades, during which time, according to Strack’s suit, Stevie’s “deals with music companies went from oppressive to…among the most lucrative contract terms in the music industry.”

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Brad Paisley Sends His Condolences to William Shatner

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is one of the many celebrities reaching out to his friend William Shatner after the death of his Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy

“Thoughts &prayers with @WilliamShatner today. Sorry for your loss buddy. What a friendship you & Leonard had,” Brad tweeted, including a photo of the two during their Star Trek heyday. Nimoy, best known for playing Mr. Spock, passed away Friday morning. 

Brad and Shatner first combined their comedic talents in 2003, when the man who played Captain Kirk appeared in the video for “Celebrity.” Four years later, he also guested in the clip for “Online.” The “Crushin’ It” hitmaker returned the favor, contributing to Shatner’s 2011 album, and even making a guest appearance in his Broadway show Shatner’s World:  We Just Live In It the following year.

On his official Facebook page, Shatner said of Nimoy: “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”  The two remained close friends throughout their lives, with Shatner commenting that he and Nimoy became even closer following  the 1999 death of Shatner’s third wife. Nimoy was 83.

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David Gilmour’s Upcoming Solo Album “Sounds Fantastic,” Says Collaborator Phil Manzanera

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by

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Credit: Piotr TarasewiczPink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour has been working on a new solo album, and one of his frequent collaborators says the project is coming together nicely.

“It’s going very well,” longtime Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera tells U.K. magazine Uncut.  “I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy.”

Manzanera contributed his guitar and production talents to Gilmour’s previous solo effort, 2006’s On an Island, and also co-produced Pink Floyd’s most recent album, last year’s The Endless River.

Back in October, Gilmour told Rolling Stone he expected to release his new album sometime in 2015.  He also explained that he hoped to support it with “an old man’s tour, not a 200-date sort of thing.”

Manzanera also talked to Uncut about the status of Roxy Music, clarifying comments he’d made last year that were interpreted as an announcement that the band had officially retired.

“Last year, I said, ‘I think our job is done.’  Everyone thought, ‘Roxy’s split — again.’  Not at all!” he explained.  “If we fancied having another go, there’s no rules…That’s what’s great about Roxy.  It’s not over ’til you’re 10 feet under.”

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Aretha Franklin to Mentor Contestants on Next Week’s “American Idol” Episodes

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by

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Credit: Matthew Jordan SmithDetroit has been hosting the early performance rounds of season 14 of American Idol, and now a Motown legend will pay a visit to the show to help guide the new crop of contestants.  Billboard reports that Aretha Franklin will appear as a guest mentor on both episodes of the Fox singing competition next week.

The shows, which will air Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, appropriately will feature the hopefuls singing classic Motown tunes.  The Queen of Soul also will be performing on the program, which is taking place at Detroit’s Fillmore Theater.

The coming week will see the top 16 American Idol contestants singing for a chance to be part of the final 12.

Franklin previously appeared on American Idol on the season 12 finale, during which she performed live via satellite.

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Doobie Brothers Join Tortuga Music Festival Lineup; Add More Dates with Don Felder

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by

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Jim O’Shea/Courtesy Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers are set to bring some classic rock to the third annual Tortuga Music Festival, a country music-themed event scheduled to take place April 11-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The festival, which benefits the Rock the Ocean Foundation, also will feature headliners Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, as well as The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins and a number other popular country acts.

The Doobies’ appearance at the event could set the stage for an onstage reunion with one of the contributors to their recent duets album, Southbound, which features the band collaborating with various country stars on new versions of their classic songs.  Zac Brown Band was featured on the album’s lead track, “Black Water.”

Tickets for the event are available at TortugaMusicFestival.com.  The Rock the Ocean Foundation seeks to raise awareness about a various of ocean-related environmental concerns while providing support to various conservation initiatives.

Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers have added several other dates to their busy 2015 U.S. tour itinerary, which now is scheduled through a September 19 appearance at the Ocean City Bikefest in Ocean City, Maryland.  Among the new shows are some additions to the recently announced series of spring performances that feature an opening set by ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder.

Here is The Doobie Brothers’ full confirmed itinerary, according to the group’s official website:

2/27 — St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
2/28 — Lakewood Ranch, FL, Winter Fest
3/1 — Cocoa, FL, Party in the Park
4/11-12 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tortuga Music Festival
+4/22 — Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
+4/24 — San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
+4/25 — Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
+4/26 — The Woodlands, TX, Woodlands Pavilion
+4/27 — Austin, TX, ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
+5/1 — Simpsonville, SC, Charter Spectrum Amphitheatre
+5/2 — Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
+5/3 — Charleston, SC, Family Circle Stadium
5/6 — Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
5/9 — Nashville, TN, The Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel
5/22 — Charlestown, WV, Hollywood Casino Event Center
6/4 — Lemoore, CA, Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
6/12 — Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
6/14 — San Francisco, CA, Sigmund Stern Grove
6/16 — Bend, OR, Lee Schwab Amphitheatre
6/20 — Troutdale, OR, Edgefield
7/3 — Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/4 — Blue Ash, OH, Red, White & Blue Ash
7/10 — Detroit, MI, Rockin’ on the Riverfront Fest
7/17 — Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/18 — Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
7/19 — Norfolk, NE, Divot’s Conference Center
8/25 — Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/26 — Rhinebeck, NY, Dutchess County Fair
9/10 — Arrington, VA, Lockn’ Festival
9/19 — Ocean, City, MD, Ocean City Bikefest

+ = with Don Felder

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Glam-Rocker Gary Glitter Sentenced to 16 Years for Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls

Friday, February 27th, 2015 by

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty ImagesGary Glitter’s going to prison.  The 1970s glam-rock star was sentenced Friday in a British court to 16 years for sexually abusing three underage girls between 1975 and 1980.

Glitter, whose birth name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of having sex with a girl under 13.  He could have faced life in prison.

The 70-year-old was jailed for child sex offenses in Vietnam in 2006 and was released in August, 2008.

Glitter is best-known for his anthems “Rock and Roll Part 1” and “Rock and Roll Part 2,” as well as “Do Ya Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah),” which was a 1982 top-20 hit for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

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