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Earth Wind & Fire to Perform on “A Home for the Holidays” Special

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsEarth Wind & Fire is a part of the entertainment lineup for this year’s edition of the CBS special A Home for the Holidays, which airs December 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show also will include performances by Train, Jennifer Hudson, U.K. pop act Rixton and country artists Ashley Monroe and Dan + Shay.

As always, the special will feature uplifting stories about families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care.  Celebrity presenters, some of whom have had their own adoption experiences, or who are involved in children’s issues, will also be part of the show.

Also scheduled to appear on A Home for the Holidays are Katharine McPhee and Jillian Michaels.


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Sammy Hagar Says He “Was Honored” to Be Asked to Appear on “The Simpsons”

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 by

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2014 TCFFC/FoxSammy Hagar will join an illustrious list of fellow rock stars when he appears tonight in cartoon form on The Simpsons.  The Red Rocker’s voice and animated likeness will be featured in an episode titled “Covercraft,” in which Homer — suffering from a mid-life crisis after Moe’s bar closes — becomes the bassist in a cover band with some other local dads.

Hagar says he jumped at the chance when he was asked to take part in the show, which in the past has featured cameos by such music legends as Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, The Who and Michael Jackson.

“I liked the list of people that have done it before me, and I was honored,” Sammy explained during a press teleconference held Thursday.  He added that he also was excited because it gave him the opportunity to do “something new, something different.”

He also noted that he enjoyed doing the show because he got the chance to ham it up. “I liked being a little bit of a caricature of myself,” he said.  “I get to overdo it, and every time I overdo it around the house, you know, I get criticism from my kids and stuff.  So it’s really nice to be able to overdo it and get away with it.”

One thing Hagar wasn’t too pleased with was the way he looked as a cartoon character.

“I don’t think anyone can relate to themselves as a Simpson,” he said with a laugh.  “When I saw it I went, ‘Whoa!  Hey!  Hold on here.’  You know, it’s pretty funny but, like I said, I can’t relate too much to the character except…they got my tennis shoes really right and they got my…flower shirt…my kind of semi-Hawaiian lifestyle look…But [I] couldn’t relate to the body and face look.”

Besides that, Hagar said he was so happy with his Simpsons experience that it made him want to become a full-time cast member.

“It made me want to do voice-overs,” he explained.  “I told the guys after I did it…I said, ‘Hey man, invent a permanent Simpson character for me and I’ll do it.’…I’m telling you, it was really, really fun.”

Sammy revealed that at this stage in his career, he’s very interested in trying things he hasn’t done before, so beyond doing voice-overs he’d like to try his hand at acting in a film.

“I’d love to have a bit part in a movie,” he said.  “Not like a star, but I would love to…try some things like that, where I can be some other character.  I’m tired of being Sammy, you know what I mean?”

You can check out a video featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Hagar recording his Simpsons cameo on RollingStone.comThe Simpsons airs Sundays on Fox at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.


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Katy Perry Slams “Perverted” Australian Paparazzi for Harassing Her

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 by

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ABC/Paul TrantowEarlier this year, Lorde wrote on Twitter that she felt harassed and threatened by a certain photographer in her home country of New Zealand.  Now, Katy Perry’s taken to Twitter to slam the paparazzi in Australia as “perverted” and “disgusting.”

Katy’s Down Under for her Prismatic world tour and according to Entertainmentwise.com, she was visiting a park dressed in a bikini top and shorts when she was harassed by photographers who wouldn’t leave her alone.  She then posted a screen shot of a paragraph she wrote, saying, “Australian PRESS: you should be ashamed of your paparazzi & tabloid culture. Your paparazzi have no respect, no integrity, no character. NO HUMANITY.”

She continued, “I was stalked by many grown men today as I tried to take a quiet walk to the beach. These men would not stop as I pleaded over & over to let me have my space. Many other people stopped to try to help but the paps continued to laugh at me & hold their barrels up and shoot.”

Katy went on to add, “They told me to make a ‘deal’ with them. Give them a bathing suit shot and they would leave me be. This is PERVERTED & disgusting behavior that should NEVER be tolerated, especially by people who do NOT want this. I will NEVER make a deal with paparazzi and I will not befriend anyone who perpetuates this kind of behavior.”

Katy then posted photos of three of the paparazzi in question, writing, “THESE ARE A FEW OF THE STALKERS.”

By the next day, though, Katy seemed to be back to her old self, making jokes on Twitter.



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Jackson Browne, Robert Plant Featured on Season Finale of PBS’ “Austin City Limits”

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 by

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Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana MusicThe season finale of the long-running PBS performance series Austin City Limits will premiere Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.  The show will feature highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Association’s 13th annual Honors and Awards ceremony, which took place this past September at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The event included performances by Jackson Browne, Robert Plant, Rosanne Cash, folk-blues veteran Taj Mahal and country legend Loretta Lynn.  Browne was honored with the Spirit of Americana Award at the ceremony, and during his appearance he performed “The Long Way Around,” a song from his new album, Standing in the Breach.  Plant, meanwhile, joined his one-time musical and romantic partner Patty Griffin for a rendition of her tune “Ohio.”

You can watch a video preview of Browne’s performance now at RollingStone.com.

Here’s a complete set list for Saturday’s Austin City Limits episode:

“Feather’s Not a Bird” — Rosanne Cash
“Truck Stop Gospel” — Parker Millsap
“Coal Miner’s Daughter”– Loretta Lynn
“Snake Eyes” — The Milk Carton Kids
“You Can’t Judge a Book” — Americana All-Star Band
“Ingrato Amor” — Flaco Jimenez
“The Long Way Around” — Jackson Browne
“Grass Is Greener” — St. Paul & the Broken Bones
“You Can’t Be Told” — Valerie June
“Ohio” — Patty Griffin & Robert Plant
“Statesboro Blues” — Taj Mahal
“Cover Me Up” — Jason Isbell
“Life of Sin” — Sturgill Simpson



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R.E.M. Documentary Making Television Debut on Saturday

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of REMHQ.comR.E.M. by MTV, the new documentary exploring the relationship between the legendary band and the music network, will be making its television debut on Saturday.  The documentary will air at 9 p.m. ET on VH1 Classic and Palladia.

R.E.M. and MTV have been linked since they both began — the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released their first album in 1981 just weeks before MTV premiered its first video.  Directed by Alexander Young, R.E.M. by MTV exclusively uses archival footage to trace the history between the two rising stars.

“It occurred to us that there’s all this footage of some of the band’s absolute career highlights sitting in some MTV vaults in London and New York — and thanks to a lot of effort and digging and arranging, this is our chance to share that music with various generations of R.E.M. fans in a pretty unique release,” says longtime R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs.  “And Alexander Young’s documentary is a fine way to tell the story of R.E.M. through its various twists and turns, as captured in real time by MTV’s cameras — it has some great funny bits too!”

R.E.M. by MTV is part of a six-DVD collection entitled REMTV, which includes more than 14 hours of material.  REMTV will be released on Monday, November 24.


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Paul McCartney Loves Dylan’s Contribution to Tribute Album, but Isn’t Sure If Everyone Will

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by

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MPL/Mary McCartneyThe star-studded Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney was released this past week, featuring renditions of the rock legend’s songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey and many many more.  During a BBC Radio interview Wednesday, McCartney himself chatted about the compilation, marveling about the “amazing people” the producers got to take part in the project.

One star McCartney said he was particularly glad contributed to the record was Dylan, although he admitted that the lauded singer/songwriter’s weathered vocals might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

“[With] his croaky old voice…he’s doing one of my songs called ‘Things We Said Today,’” Sir Paul pointed out in the interview, before proceeding to imitate Bob’s rendition.  Macca added, “I think I was saying…’If I started singing like that they’d shoot me.’  Bob’s great, you know.  I love it…It’s just, you’re either a fan or you’re not, and I’m a big fan of his.”

McCartney also revealed that The Art of McCartney producer Ralph Sall had asked him to take part in the recording, but he didn’t think it was a good idea.

“I said, ‘Well, I can’t, ’cause if it’s a tribute I’ve got to just sort of be thankful they’re doing it.  I can’t get involved in my own tribute,’” he recalls.  “So I just let them get on with it.  He’s done a good job, really.”

Meanwhile, McCartney reported that the next project he’s focusing on is an animated feature film based on a 2005 children’s book he co-wrote called High in the Clouds.  Sir Paul said his “main job is to do the music,” but he also will voice one of the characters in the movie.

The former Beatle also talked a little bit about “Hope for the Future,” the theme song he wrote for the recently released video game Destiny that’s expected to be issued as a single soon.

McCartney’s BBC Radio interview is streaming now at BBC.co.uk.  His segment begins at about the 37-minute mark.


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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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