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Ono Blamed McCartney for Beatle Split

Paul McCartney has defended Yoko Ono over the years against the widely assumed opinion that she was responsible for the breakup of the Beatles.  A 1987 interview Ono gave to Joe Smith that is now a part of the archive of the Library of Congress leaves little doubt that Yoko felt McCartney caused the group to split.  During the interview, Ono told Smith that Ringo Starr was the first member of the band to let John and she that he no longer wanted to stay in the BeatlesOno claimed that George Harrison was next, leading John to conclude that breaking up was the right thing to do, and calling the decision something Lennon felt '...very good' about due to the escalating tension among members.  In the end, Ono contends, McCartney was the only one of the four that wanted to continue as a band, leading the others feel that, 'They were getting to be like Paul's band, which they didn't like.'
NME.co.uk  Huffington Post

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Ozzy Airport in the Offing?

2012 draws to a close with proposals in the UK to issue currency featuring members of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and for the Birmingham Airport to be re-named in honor of Ozzy Osbourne.  The bid to rebrand the airport the Ozzy Osbourne International Airport in recognition of the Flying High Again singer probably won't get off the ground - the city recently decided not to follow through on plan for a Black Sabbath Day.  Jim Simpson, the record company head that floated the idea, admits that, 'Ozzy might not always have been a paragon of virtue', but adds, '...he is a genuine flesh and blood Brummie.'  We'd bet a stack of those Beatles & Stones notes that flights won't ever be landing at the O.O. International Airport.
HenneMusic.com   Birminghammail.co.uk

 

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Bon Jovi Shifting Gears

 

Guitarist Richie Sambora says the next Bon Jovi album will have a noticibly different feel to it, but will still be familiar enough to not be off-putting to fans.  Calling What About Now, the album the group will release in the spring, an 'evolution' in its approach to recording, Sambora tells Billboard that the band and co-producer John Shanks sought to change things up by, '...just basically pushing the production a bit more or lessening the production so you're a bit more naked.  It goes both ways on this particular record. We've stripped it down, taken away and added some different elements.'
SleazeBox.com

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Plant Red-Eyed During Zeppelin Tribute (Video)

 Robert Pant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones laughed along with everyone else when President Obama joked,  '' '...it's fitting we're doing this in a room with windows that area about three inches thick - and Secret Service all around' during his remarks about why Led Zeppelin deserved a Kennedy Center Honor during th 12/2 ceremony in DC (full story).  Drummer John Bonham, the real hell raiser of the group, is long departed and the surviving trio of members probably won't be tearing apart hotel rooms again in their careers, but Zeppelin certainly could unleash a lot - on and off stage - in its prime.  The musical tributes to the group were highlighted by Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart's rendition of Stairway To Heaven, which had  Jimmy Page looking particularly elated, but left Robert Plant close to emotionally overwhelmed.

Reuters

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Bono Busks in Dublin Christmas Eve (Video)


As he has on recent Christmas Eves, Bono spent part of his evening singing on a Dublin street corner crooning  to raise money for charity.  A crowd gathered close to harmonize with the U2 front man, Sinead O'Connor and actor/musician Glen Hansard on a combination of U2 songs and traditional holiday tunes.
Mirror.co.uk

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Thin Lizzy Veterans Reunite Under New Name





A May album release is planned for Black Star Riders, the new name former members of Thin Lizzy have reunited under.  Scott Gorham, Ricky Warwick, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Marco Mendoza and Damon Johnson have booked LA studio time in January to work on the new release. Various former members have toured under the name Thin Lizzy following the death of front man Phil Lynott, but fared as poorly as almost every other group that has attempted to soldier on under the same name after the loss of a charismatic leader.  AC/DC is just about the only group that maintained momentum when they recruited Brian Johnson to fill the role created when lead singer Bon Scott died.  While Journey and Yes have managed to do decent tour business after Steve Perry left and Jon Anderson was ousted, neither group has the drawing power they previously enjoyed.
SleazeRoxx.com

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Ron Wood Re-Ties The Knot

In a low-profile ceremony with star power, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones married 34 year-old Sally Humphreys at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair, London on Friday (12/21).  Former Faces bandmate Rod Stewart served as best man for the ceremony, which took place before a gathering in the penthouse suite of the swank hotel of family members and close friends that included Paul McCartrneyHumphreys becomes the third woman to say she would to Wood, who was coupled with Krissy Findlay through most of the 1970's and had a 23 year second marriage to Jo Wood that ended soon after the raucous guitarist took up company with a 21 year-old waitress.  That affair had a stormy ending, followed by another fling with a Brazilian model that also crashed and burned. The 65 year-old Wood has been seeing Humphreys for about six months. He asked the bride's fater for permission to propose to his daughter the day after her parents had attended the London premier of the latest Stones documentary.
Mirror.co.uk

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Billy Gibbons Revisits Pre Top Band

Before joining Dusty Hill and Frank Beard to form the Texas trio ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons was the front man for a quartet known as The Moving Sidewalks.   The Houston based group was together for two years before disbanding in 1969 when two of its members were drafted into military service.  The group managed to release just one album, but got to open for the Doors, Jimi Hendrix and the Jeff Beck Group when Rod Stewart was its vocalist  during its brief run.   The Sidewalks will make a one-off appearance at the BB King Blues Club in New York City March 30 as a part of CAVESTOMP! - a festival that mashes up veteran and emerging performers of stripped-down, hard driving music.
BBKingBlues.com

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Nick Mason Rescues Drum Store

Nick Mason is footing the bill to keep Foote's drum store from shutting down.  The shop that the Pink Floyd drummer bought his first kit from has been in business since 1920 and will relocate after Mason offered to come up with the necessary funds to keep it operating.  The shop's most famous customer vows not to involve himself in daily operations of the store, adding, 'I doubt I'll be much help really... I don't think I'm going to be behind the counter on a regular basis.'  Like guitar shops, Mason says drum stores represent more to musicians than just a place to get an instrument or gear, calling them '...the place where information gets passed around. You hear about new things.'
NME.com

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Def Leppard Unplugs (Listen)

Def Leppard doing an acoustic session... what's next? Obama appointing Mitt Romney to a cabinet post?  The British Hard Rockers have released a 7 minute acoustic medley through iTunes. The piece is comprised of portions of 5 DL songs - Where Does Love Go When It Dies, Now, When Love & Hate Collide, Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad and Two Steps Behind.  Def Leppard becomes the latest band to land in Vegas for an extended stay when the it opens a 9 date residency performing the blockbuster Hysteria album in its entirety between March 22 and April 10.
ClassicRockMagazine.com

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Black Crowes End Hiatus

A Crowes sighting on the Capitol Theatre (Portchester, NY) concert schedule for April sent a signal that the year-long split of the Black Crowes will end early in 2013.  A Full line-up of dates has now firmed.The group parted company last December, with Chris Robinson going  on to form the Chris Robinson Brotherhood without his brother, Rich, who did some touring during 2012 as well.
GlideMagazine.com

4/2 – Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theater
4/3 – Port Chester, NY -The Capitol Theater
4/5 – New York City, - Terminal 5
4/6 – New York City, - Terminal 5
4/8 – Washington D.C. - 9:30 Club
4/9 – Washington D.C.- 9:30 Club
4/11 – Boston, MA - House of Blues
4/12 – Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
4/14 – Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
4/16 – Chicago, IL - The Vic
4/17 – Chicago, IL - The Vic
4/19 – St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
4/20 – Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
4/21 – Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
4/23 – Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
4/25 – Dallas, TX - House of Blues
4/27 – Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
4/28 – Houston, TX - House of Blues
4/30 – St. Petersburg, FL - The Mahaffey
4/01 – Lake Buena Vista, FL -House of Blues
4/04 – New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater

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Springsteen Joins Stones in Newark

Tumbling Dice is not the first song that comes to mind as the most likely one for Bruce Springsteen to do with the Rolling Stones, but that is the one tune that fans attending the Stones concert Saturday (12/15) got.  Joking that Springsteen could have walked to the gig, Mick Jagger welcomed the Jersey Rocker to the stage on a night that also included guest appearances by Gary Clark Jr. (I'm Going Down), the Black Keys (Who Do You Love), former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor (Midnight Rambler) and Lady Gaga (Gimme Shelter).  The Prudential Center concert was the final of 5 50th Anniversary concerts staged by the group, although Ron Wood and Keith Richards have suggested more dates in the coming year remain a possibility.

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Asia Drummer Sidelined by Infection

Emerson Lake & Palmer and Asia veteran Carl Palmer experienced a painful first this week when the drummer was stricken with an E. Coli infection that forced him to cancel concerts for the first time in his long career. In apologizing to fans for Asia having to call off the UK tour, Palmer wrote, 'On Thursday afternoon I had lost my battle and under strict instructions from my Doctors i was told that I had to cancel.'  He added, 'I have always been proud of the fact that I have never cancelled a tour in my professional career, in 47 years as a musician.  It had always been a goal of mine to maintain this feat, now sadly lost.'
ProgRockMag.com

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12-12-12... the Auction

The multiple millions the 121212 Hurricane Sandy relief benefit concert at Madison Square Garden raised for the Robin Hood Fund continues to swell, thanks to musicians that autographed instruments and equipment used during the historic event. CharityBuzz.com is collecting online bids for a number of one-of-a-kind items, including autographed guitars, clothing worn by some of the participating musicians and other items.  Leading the way (as of 12/14) in the auction that ends Thursday (12/20) at 5pm (Eastern) were a Fender Bass autographed by Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl, Michael Stipe and others that had a top bid of $38,600. A Fender guitar signed by McCartney, Springsteen, Joel, Clapton, Grohl, Stipe and  Eddie Vedder was just $100 behind the bass and a very close third was a Les Paul with the names of most of the above. Several other autographed guitars were being valued by bidders in the $7,500 - $10,000 range.  Other items doing well included the shirt Bruce Springsteen wore during his set ($9,500), a saxophone signed by former president Bill Clinton ($12,000) and a meet & greet with Jon Stewart and 4 tickets to his Daily Show stood at $4,000 - a grand over its estimated value.  The most over estimated value placed on a item in our estimation (and apparently that of bidders, too) was the $10,000 assigned to the personal backstage pass worn by Chris Martin of Cold Play and signed by him and Michaedl Stipe, which had received only 4 bids and was stalled at $1,600.

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Epic Night at the Garden



The logistics had to be daunting, but organizers, crew members and performers managed to pull off the greatest single night of live music from what could well be forever acknowledged to be strongest lineup of musical heavy weights ever assembled Wednesday, and they did it without an outwardly apparent hitch.  There were uneven moments, but given the complications and risks of trying to stage a concert with full production values in as little time as they had to work with, the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden was a monumental achievement.   With a worldwide online, cable and satellite audience viewing the event in real time, getting bands on and off the stage in as little time as the change overs took was amazing. Still and inevitably, the night ran late.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened with a cathartic set punctuated with The Boss soulfully imploring fans in the house and around the globe to help lift the spirits of those still struggling in the aftermath of the devastating storm.  Jersey's other best known Rocker, Jon Bon Jovi, joined Bruce on Born To Run and Springsteen returned to the stage during Jon's set.  Roger Waters was welcomed to the stage with the announcement that Eddie Vedder was joining him - and arrived on stage with a guy that looked so much like the Pearl Jam front man a lot of people must have assumed he was.  There was no mistaking the real Eddie Vedder when he later emerged and sang Comfortably Numb so much more conviction than Waters that we wish he'd been there from the start. 


Eric Clapton did a masterful but low key set that started with a solo acoustic version of Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out before shifting into electric mode for a couple of songs, including Crossroads.  The Rolling Stones, looking to avoid eroding the pay-for-view potential of their Saturday concert, limited themselves to two songs.  While Mick and Co. came and went too fast for some, the Who played longer than seemed necessary.  In addition to Who Are You and Pinball Wizard, they worked in the quirky Bellboy, with the late Keith Moon doing the lead vocal via video.  Billy Joel didn't hit the stage until just before midnight, opening with Miami 2017, Moving Out and doing a verse from Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas before sliding into New York State Of Mind, which was followed by In The Middle Of The Night as Wednesday night turned into Thursday morning.  Chris Martin of Coldplay, up against diminishing patience, did just three songs, joined on the middle one by Michael Stipe for a rendition of REM's Losing My Religion.
It was approaching 1am before McCartney emerged, jolting the weary crowd to attention with a roaring version of Helter Skelter, followed by Let Me Roll It, 1985, My Valentine (with Diana Krall on piano), Blackbird. He then shifting gears by welcoming Dave Grohl for a hard rocking jam before returning to the Beatle catalog for I've Got A Feeling and trading his bass for a place at the piano for Live & let Die.
Those expecting the evening to end with many of the stars on stage for a finale got only Alicia Keys returning to do a rather shrill song about New York as McCartney welcomed a number of police, fire and EMTs to share the stage with him as she sang.

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Bruce Opens 12-12-12 Benefit

Coin toss? Draw Straws? Paper, Scissors, Rock? How do you decide who the 'opening act' is for a lineup that includes a lot of the biggest names in Rock?  We have no idea. But we do know that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will deliver the opening set of the Wednesday (12/12) mega benefit to raise money the Robin Hood Foundation will use to help people still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Closing honors go to Paul McCartney - and it's a safe bet that just about all of the big name's on the bill will share the stage when Sir Paul concludes his set.  All You Need Is Love, Hey Jude, Come Together or Let It Be would seem likely numbers to end the night on - but the all-star lineup could also rip into something more raucous.  One thing is for sure, not many people will arrive late.  The E Street Band is scheduled to start promptly at 7:30.  Bruce has also been confirmed as a special guest when the Stones play the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ Saturday (12/15).  The Black Keys and Gary Clark Jr. also got guest invites to appear at the only Rolling Stones dates scheduled so far for the group's 50th anniversary.

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Weiland ousted by Stone Temple Pilots?

A Velvet Revolver reunion could be ahead if reports prove true that Scott Weiland has gotten the boot from Stone Temple Pilots.  Speaking with a Minneapolis radio station, Slash said he'd picked up on talk that Stone Temple Pilots had parted ways with Weiland, so he decided to '...inquire within' and says the lead singer '...got fired from STP'.  Weiland had recently said he was 'completely open' to getting back together with Velvet Revolver.
HenneMusic.com

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Jimmy Page plans tour

While prospects remain dim for Led Zeppelin members performing together in the future, fans should soon get info on live dates by a group being put together by guitarist Jimmy Page.  Page, who hoped he would be able to do some solo touring this year, said commitments to promotiong Celebration Day, the DVD-CD of Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert, and work he has been putting in remastering and developing box sets for each Zeppelin catalog album prevented him from doing concerts.  He hopes to put tour dates in place for concerts toward the end of 2013.  No word yet on who else will be featured in the band.
CastaNet.net  bangShowBiz.com

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Roger Waters' Wife Robbed

A pause to text while walking the family dogs recently cost the wife of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason her iPhone. Annette Mason lost her phone to a peddle-by thief in the Hempstead Heath neighborhood of NW London.  The Labradors and others in the area were no help as the bicyclist rode off laughing with her hollering 'Knock him off his bike, he's stolen my phone.'  Two-wheeling thieves account for a significant number of the 170 iPhones that are reported stolen on a daily basis in London.  Mason's wife (seen below in a 1984 UK television show), who acts under the stage name Annette Lynton, borrowed the phone of another woman to call her husband, who then notified police of the incident.
DailyMail.com

 

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Stones Enlist in 12-12-12 Benefit

The Rolling Stones have added their name to the December 12 benefit concert being staged at Madison Square Garden to raise Hurricane Sandy relief funds.  Even before they volunteered, the line-up in a position to go down as the greatest collection of Rock talent to appear the same night on a single stage in history.  Mick, Keith, Charlie, Woody and the touring members of the Stones join Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, the Who, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl and Coldplay's Chris Martin in a lineup that also includes Kanye West and Alicia Keys.
The Stones will be on stage in Brooklyn's Barclays Center Saturday and the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on December 13 & 15, with the second night available as a pay-for-view through a number of cable, satellite and online services.

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Justin Hayward Solo Project

Moody Blues guitarist Justin Hayward is wrapping up work on a solo album that he plans to release in 2013.  Hayward says the project includes material he developed a number of years ago that recently '...gathered momentum' and has been enjoyable to get ready for release.  Hayward's last solo effort came out in 1996. As for the Moody Blues, he says the group may release future concert DVDs, but has no plans to write or record new material at this time.  Asked about the group being left off the Rock Hall of Fame ballot for the umpteenth time, Hayward says he feels bad for fans about the annual snub, but notes, 'It's an American thing. If you really want to run a hall of fame and get people coming through and it's a great tourist attraction, that's fine, but it doesn't impact me at all.'
Billboard.com

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Spirit Drummer Passes On

Ed Cassidy, who formed the group Spirit with his step-son, Randy California, in the Sunshine State in 1967, passed away Thursday (12/6) in California.  The group's I Got A Line On You, Nature's Way and Mr. Skin were staples on early FM rock radio. In addition to his role in Spirit, Cassidy also provided percussion for Jazz greats Cannnonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan and Art Pepper, and briefly was in a band known as Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.
TheMusicsOver.com

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Keys Collect 6 Grammy Nods

We are heartened to see a strong representation for a truly great rock album in this year's Grammy nominations.  El Camino from the Black Keys is, song for song, an awesome body of work from a band that has created a unique sound by combining gritty blues, a dose of funk and elements of Glam Rock.  The group picked up Album of the Year, and Best Rock Album nods for El Camino, Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song nominations for Lonely Boy. Bruce Springsteen's We take Care of Our Own was nominated for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song and also picked up a Best Rock Album nomination for Wrecking Ball. The hardware gets given out February 10 in LA.

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Johnny Depp Rocks Again

Just days after spending a night on stage with Alice Cooper's band (video), actor Johnny Depp joined Aerosmith during the Boston band's LA concert Monday (12/3)Depp, who also joined Tyler, Perry & Co. during the group's Hollywood Bowl concert earlier this year, hit the stage this time to play guitar on Stop Messin 'Round and the Aerosmith cover of Come Together from Abbey RoadDepp is a good bet to be ready and willing to take the stage anytime Rockers he likes hit SoCal.  He was also a participant in the west coast version of Petty Fest, the tribute to Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers.

We have also gotten word that Depp is putting together a compilation of sea chanteys titled Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys for release on Anti Records, Tom Waits' label.  In addition to Depp and Waits, the album will have contributions from Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Todd Rundgren, Sean Lennon, Michael Stipe of REM and Shane MacGowan of the Pogues.
EOnline.com   Music-News.com

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Springsteen Fan Casting Call

If you can come up with a compelling enough account of what Bruce Springsteen's music means to you, it could end up getting used in Springsteen & I, a Rockumentary being produced by Ridley Scott. Co-producer Svana Gisla says testimonials should be '...captured in the most visually exciting way you can think of, whether you've been a hardcore Tramp since '73 or have heard one of his songs for the first time today!'  The Baille Walsh directed project should be in theaters next year. The deadline for submitting footage is Thursday (12/6).  Submissions should be <5 minutes and can be uploaded at www.Springsteenandi.com
Gibson.com

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Ted Nugent Fires Back at Bob Costas

Ted Nugent's love for firearms and the right of every law abiding citizen to have as many as they want is well known. So is his anger toward anyone that suggests that the country might be safer with more stringent gun laws.  NBC Sports announcer Bob Costas is the latest figure to get Nugent aggravated enough to fire off a volley of harsh criticism.  Recent remarks by Costas about the murder-suicide involving a member of the Kansas City Chiefs triggered an angry response by Ted on his Twitter account.  During halftime of the Sunday Night Football telecast on NBC, Costas voiced agreement with a FoxSports.com post by Jason Whitlock that contended that the presence of a handgun too often turns a verbal disagreement into a deadly confrontation.  Nugent responded to the Costas comments by tweeting, 'We thought Bob Costas was smarter than that. Only fools blame tools instead of human failings. Shame Bob...', and added '#BobCostas has clearly lost his mind. Inanimate objects are the problem not murderers. Brilliant.'
UltimateClassicRock.com   NoiseCreep.com

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Fleetwood Mac 2013 Tour Firms Up


The rumored 2013 Fleetwood Mac tour now has actual dates.  The group has confirmed 34 shows,opening April 4 in Columbus, Ohio and continuing through mid June.  The North American dates will include five stops north of the border and is just the first leg of a trek that will take the band to Europe for festival appearances during the summer, with a dozen or more dates expected to follow in Australia & New Zealand.  Stevie Nicks has indicated that she and Lindsey Buckingham have worked up a couple of new songs she anticipates will be released in the Spring.
AnitMusic.com

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2013 North American Tour
4/04 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
4/06 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
4/08 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
4/09 – Washington, DC Verizon Center
4/11 – Louisville, KY. – KFC Yum! Center
4/13 – Chicago, IL – United Center
4/16 – Toronto, ONT – The Air Canada Centre
4/18 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
4/20 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
4/23 – Ottawa, ONT – Scotiabank Place
4/24 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
4/26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
4/28 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Center
4/30 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
5/1 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
5/3 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
5/12 – Winnepeg, MB – MTS Centre
5/14 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
5/15 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
5/17 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
5/19 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
5/20 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
5/22 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion at San Jose
5/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
5/26 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Arena
5/28 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
5/30 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
6/1 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
6/4 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
6/5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
6/7 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
6/8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
6/10 – Atlanta, GA – Phillips Arena
6/12 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena

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12-12-12 Concert Adds Clapton

What was already one of the most impressive lineups ever for a single concert just keeps getting stronger.  The December 12 Hurricane Sandy relief benefit at Madison Square Garden has added Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Coldplay's Chris Martin to a roster of performers that includes the Who, Buce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel.  in addition, Neil Young has announced that proceeds from his concert Thursday (12/6) in Atlantic City, NJ will be turned over to the cause.  The Rolling Stones have yet to announce whether they will donate some money to the cause from the windfall the band will rake in when it plays three concerts in the storm ravaged region this month.  Time for Mick to put some money where his lips are.

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Plant, Page, Jones & Buddy Guy Honored in DC

Individual and collective honors were bestowed on the surviving members of Led Zeppelin Sunday (12/2) at the Kennedy Center.  Robert Pant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined blues great Buddy Guy, Late Night host David Letterman, actor Dustin Hoffman and ballerina Natalia Marakova in receiving Kennedy Center Honors during the ceremony at the performing arts center named in honor of the former president.  There were plenty of laughs during the evening, including a few for President Obama, who joked, 'I worked with the speech writers - there is no smooth transition from ballet to Led Zeppelin.'  The President saluted Zeppelin's contribution to music and culture but added, '...these guys also redefined the rock & roll lifestyle' - and noted, '...it's fitting we're doing this in a room with windows that area about three inches thick - and Secret Service all around', adding, 'So, guys, just settle down.Bonnie Raitt, a life long admirer of Buddy Guy, was joined by Jeff Beck on guitar in her musical salute to Guy, who actor Morgan Freeman credited as having, '...mastered the soul of gut bucket.'  Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart brought the night to a close with their take on Stairway To Heaven.  Highlights from the ceremony will be televised December 26.
Plant, Page and Jones will be featured in a special edition of The Late Show with David Letterman Monday from DC.

Reuters

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Alice Cooper & Johnny Depp (Video)

Johnny Depp has been spending almost as much time making music as movies these days.  The actor-guitarist has put in guest appearances with plenty of Rockers in recent months. Thursday (11/29) he spent the better part of a full set jamming with Alice Cooper during his concert at the Orpheum in Los Angeles.  Depp helped Cooper's band crank out versions of Eighteen, School's Out and covers of songs by Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Who.
HenneMusic.com

 

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Frampton & Son


Peter Frampton
has begun work on a new album that finds the legendary guitarist collaborating with his son, Julian.  Plans call for the pair to spend the Christmas holiday moving Julian's recording studio from Cincinnati to Nashville, where the younger Frampton recently moved.  Peter calls the chance to write and record with Julian something he has difficulty coming up with words to describe.  Julian co-wrote one of the songs on his father's 2010 album Thank You Mr. Churchill.  His father says Julian is '...a great writer, singer, musician and keeps me on my toes.'
Music-News.com

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Zeppelin Members on Letterman (Video)



David Letterman and Paul Schaffer probably did everything possible to get the members of Led Zeppelin to plug in during a special Late Show originating from Washington, DC Monday (12/3), but  Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones stuck to answering questions from Dave - some quite amusing.  Letterman, the surviving Zep members, Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman and ballerina Natalia Makarova were on the receiving end of Kennedy Center Honors in the nation's capitol.  While the band members have made appearances together to promote Celebration Day, the DVD+CD of their last public performance together, each has dismissed the possibility of future concerts as Led Zeppelin.
HenneMusic.com

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