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Noteworthy Now Archives for 2014-03

Black Sabbath headlines July 4 in Hyde Park

The thunderous sounds of Black Sabbath will wrap-up a day long July 4th concert in London's Hyde Park that will include sets from nearly 20 other groups.  Soundgarden and Faith No More top the additional acts list, followed by Motorhead, Wolfmother and Soulfly.
Ozzy Osbourne calls the chance to headline in Hyde Park an honor, noting, 'The first time I came to London I didn't have a pot to piss in.  I spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave. Amost 50 years on, we're doing a bit better for ourselves, so I may even splash on some new aftershave before taking the stage'.



Tom Petty plots summer release

Hypnotic Eye, a new album of material from Tom Petty & The heartbreakers should be out this summer.  The 11 track release has been a work-in-progress since the summer of 2011.  Petty tells Rolling Stone the album marks a return to an edgier sounding time int he band's history, noting, 'We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time.'  While getting Hypnotic Eye out is his top priority, Tom also hopes to release an expanded edition of his 1994 solo release Wildflowers before Christmas.  The song in the group of 10 bonus tracks Petty wants to include on the reissue that has him most excited is one he professes to not even remember writing. He calls it '...uptempo but very unusual' . Also possibly in the works is a live release culled from the group's New York and LA residencies in 2013.



75,000 Stones tickets for Paris concert sell in 51 minutes

A hastily arranged Rolling Stones concert schedule for June 13 went on-sale Friday (3/28) and all 75,000 tickets got snapped-up in under an hour. The 51 minute sell-out of a concert scheduled less than a week ago after the band decided to postpone its entire Down Under tour because of the suicide of Mick Jagger's long-time companion L'Wren Scott is a good indication that the other European dates will fare well.  Concerts are scheduled for Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy.


Designer's estate goes to Jagger


Whatever made L'Wren Scott despondent enough to take her own life, it did not appear to iinvolve her relationship with Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger - at least in-so-far as her will at the time of her death left virtually everything she owned to Jagger.  The bulk of the value was the $8 million Manahattan condo. An addional $1 million in other '...tangible articles of a personal nature' went to Michael Phillip Jagger, according to documents the New York Post revealed Wednesday (3/26).  Scott's company, LS Fashion, LTD, was apparently several million dollars in debt when the designer committed suicide in the apartment on March 17.  Jagger and his children attended the small, private funeral for Scott in LA on Tuesday (3/25).



Ace 'Space Invader' Frehley

The sideshow that's developed as a result of the in-fighting over which KISS members deserve the honor of playing live during the band's Rock Hall Of Fame induction continues, but Ace Frehley has other things on his mind.  The former guitarist in the band has a solo album due June 24th.  Frehley has decided on 9 songs for the album, titled Space Invader, with additional tunes under consideration.  One of the locks is a remake of Steve Miller's The Joker. Talking with Rolling Stone, Ace said, 'I'm really excited about this record because everybody that's heard the tracks just says they think some of the tracks are even better than Anomaly', (his 2009 release).  

Fleetwood Mac announces fall tour

Fleetwood Mac returns this fall with Christine McVie on tour with the band for the first time in 16 years.  The 33 city tour opens September 30th at the Target Center in Minneapolis and wraps-up in Tampa on December 20th. Amex card members get the jump on tickets between 10am March 31 and 10pm April 6. Remaining tickets go on sale the following day.  While LA is the only market out of the gate with two nights booked, off-days between a number of cities should make additional nights possible in ones where ticket demand seems strong enough.


 9/30  Minneapolis - Target Center

10/2  Chicago - United Center
10/6  New York
 -  Madison Square Garden
10/10 Boston
 - TD, Garden
10/11 Newark
 - Prudential Center
10/14 Pittsburgh
 - Consol Energy Center
10/15 Philadelphia
 - Wells Fargo Center
10/18 Toronto
 -  Air Canada Centre
10/19 Columbus
 - Nationwide Arena
10/21 Indianapolis
 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/22 Detroit
 - The Palace of Auburn Hills
10/26 Ottawa
 - Canadian Tire Centre
10/31 Washington
 - Verizon Center
11/1 Hartford
 -  XL Center
11/10 Winnipeg
 - MTS Centre
11/12 Saskatoon
 - Credit Union Centre
11/14 Calgary
 - Scotiabank Saddledome
11/15 Edmonton
 - Rexall Place
11/18 Vancouver
 -  Rogers Arena
11/20 Tacoma
 - Tacoma Dome
11/22 Portland
 -  Moda Center
11/24 Sacramento
 - Sleep Train Arena
11/25 San Jose
 - SAP Center at San Jose
11/28 Los Angeles
 - The Forum
11/29 Los Angeles
 - The Forum
12/2 San Diego
 - Viejas Arena at San Diego State University
12/3 Oakland
 - Oracle Arena
12/10 Phoenix
 - US Airways Center
12/12 Denver
 - Pepsi Center
12/14 Dallas
 -  American Airlines Center
12/15 Houston
 - Toyota Center
12/17 Atlanta
 - Philips Arena
12/19 Ft. Lauderdale
 - BB&T Center
12/20 Tampa
 - Tampa Bay Times Forumorum

Trouble brewing (video)

A Baltimore brewer is in trouble for branding one of its beers Ozzy Ale. Meanwhile, a Dutch beer company has produced a commercial with actors portraying departed music and film stars sudsing it up on an after-life tropical island.  The Baltimore brewer has earned a cease and desist notice from Ozzy Osbourne's camp. Given how protective the Presley estate is about licensing, the brewers of Radler Beer will probably be hearing from them about the spot below, unless their elder Elvis got approval. 


KISS row earns band first Rolling Stone cover

The absured internal scrum over which members and former members of KISS should perform when the band is inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame has earned the band its first Rolling Stone magazine cover - and there are probably already compaints flying within the group over the fact the mag opted to use a 1975 photo.  According to RS, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanlley wanted the current lineup to play but invited Ace Frehley and Peter Criss to jam with them.  The RSVP from Criss... 'How can you put me in the Hall Of Fame and then tell me to go sit in the corner while another guy puts on my makeup and plays?'.  He added that having Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer trump him and Frehley in the performing lineup was ' injustice. To the fans, too'

Skynyrd sets sail for last time

The most successful Rock franchise afloat will sail for the last time this November.  Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man Cruise VIII on the Norwegian Pearl will Rock the waters from Miami to Key West with a stopover at Great Stirrup Cay, a private island in the Bahamas. Setting sail November 16 with the host band, Foghat, the Starship, the Devon Allman Band, The Band of Heathens and a dozen other acts, the Pearl will be a floating venue that offers not only a lotta great music, but also sports a bowling alley, a casino, a rock climbing wall and (our favorite), 24 hour room service!
Here's a video sampler of the fun aboard Cruise VII.



Crafting a Fender guitar (video)

Fender remains old-school, at least in California.  Off-shore plants crank-out lesser guitars, but US made Fender guitars continue to be hand-crafted in a manner that makes many of them worth several times over what the mass produced ones can be purchased for.  Here's a look at the process and care that goes into creating the instruments that a lot of the greatest riffs of all time have been and will be played on.



Little Feat '76 concert coming to DVD (video)

They may well qualify as the most under-rated band of any decade, but musicians and fans that value chops over showmanship know that pure talen made Little Feat a band that was second-to-none.   The collective talent of the  lineup was on display in June of 1976 when the Feat hit the stage during the the Pink Pop Festival in Holland.  With Lowell George out front, the band delivered a set in broad day light that was lights-out.  The performance at Burgemeester Damen Sportpark in Geleen, Netherlands is a musical tour-de-force that featured outstanding performances from each member.
Eagle Rock releases the set on CD and DVD on April 22.  Here is an ear and eyefull of the kind of musicianship fans witnessed that afternoon.


Allmans postpone four remaining Beacon Theatre shows

Fans attending Allman Brothers Band shows at the Beacon Theatre over the weekend were disappointed to find founding member Gregg Allman not in the lineup (story).  The prospect of letting down more fans attending the final four dates during the band's annual residency at the Manhattan venue has prompted the band to announce that it is calling off those dates in hopes of being able to reschedule them after Gregg recovers from the bout of bronchitis that forced him out of action. Ticket holders for the Tuesday (3/25) concert as well as the scheduled performances on the 26th, 28th & 29th are being advised that those tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates.  Thoes unable to attend the new dates can obtain refunds at the point of purchase.



Joel Rocks-Out with Brian Johnson (video)

You'd have to scroll waaaaay down to find Brian Johnson on a list of likely special guests to join Billy Joel on stage, but the AC/DC front man did, indeed, join the Piano Man at Madison Square Garden Friday (3/21). Not only did Johnson and Joel's band crank out a semi-respectable version of Highway To Hell, but Joel introduced Johnson by saying he was from '...maybe the best band I saw in my life'.



Jagger with family in LA planning Scott's funeral

Other members of the Stones headed back to the UK following the decision to postpone Australian dates after learning L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger's long time companion had committed suicide in New York. Jagger apparently flew to Los Angeles, where the grieving singer is said to be holed-up with his children in the house owned by his oldest daighter, 43 year-old Karis. Also reportedly on the scene with their father are daughters Georgia May, Jade and Elizabeth, along with their brother, James.


Aerosmith & Slash to team on tour

Nothing official yet, but Twitter posts from Joe Perry and Slash make it look like a good bet that Aerosmith and the former Guns 'N Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist will be on the road together on a string of US tour dates before the end of the year.


Gregg absent from Allman's Beacon Show

Friday's (3/21) Allman Brothers Band Beacon Theatre residency concert took place without a key member in residence. Founding Brother Gregg Allman was forced to miss the show with a bout of bronchitis. Keyboard players Kofi Burbridge from the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Rob Barraaco from the Dark Star Orchestra and Phil Lesh & Friends filled-in for Gregg. The 2014 run has featured fewer special guests than past annual stints at the New York venue.



Beatles Help! jackets bring a bundle

Rare Beatle artifacts continue to command top dollar at auction.  The jackets George Harrison and Ringo Starr wore on during the filming of Help! and on the cover of the soundtrack album brought more than $82,000 each. UK collector's paid $89,229 for Harrison's coat and $100,961 for the one worn by Ringo. A grand paino played by Lennon topped-off at $95,000.  The total take for the 200 lot auction was $436,850.



Eddie Money wants to deck Kenny Loggins

Things are not at all alright between Eddie Money and Kenny Loggins from Eddie's perspective.  That came out loud and clear when Money was being interviewed by Kidd Rock on WEBN in Cincinnati.  Money says he got zero credit from Loggins after joining him to sing on his biggest solo hit, I'm Alright.  Money told listeners, 'I sang the bridge on that, we were label mates, you know'.  But he was just getting started on why he says he'd probably punch Loggins out if the two ever cross paths.  He followed-up his diss of Loggins for not giving him a credit on the record by saying, 'Kenny Loggins, I mean, how small can a guy be, that he divorces his wife and marries his therapist. Gimme a break!'  Next, Money brough up another reason he has no respect for Loggins.  Children of both of the singers went up against each other on the MTV Rock The Cradle reality talent competition.  Eddie contends his daughter out-performed Kenny's kid, '...the TV people found out that I was gonna be on the road the last week, so they let Kenny Loggins' kid win it, and that kid was a bum too.' When Kidd Chris suggested a celebrity boxing ring might be a good place for Money & Loggins to meet, Money said, 'I'll knock him out in 20 seconds.'

Heart, Metallica & Green Day members go acoustic against cancer

On May 15, the Fillmore in San Francisco plays host to Sammy Hagar's Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Program at the Benioff Children's Hospital.  The Red Rocker has recruited Heart's Nancy Wilson, James Hetfield of Metallica and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to lend their voices for the cause.  Other participants in the first-time benefit Sammy hopes to turn into an annual event include guitarist Joe Satriani, and Pat Monahan from Train.



Ian Anderson discusses latest project (video)

Gerald Bostock, the inspirational character Ian Anderson first introduced in 1972 with Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick album, makes his return in Homo Erraticus, the album Anderson releases April 14.  Our friends at Prog Rock Magazine got Ian to offer some insights into the release as well as the character in a recent sit-down with the Tull flute playing front man.


Young shingled his barn with defective lps

In an amusing instance of making the best of a bad situation, Neil Young revealed during a talk at SWSX in Austin, Texas that he shingled the roof of his barn with thousands of defective copies of his 1978 album Comes A Time.  Young told those gathered that the recording intended for the album pressing had apparently been damaged in transit, a discovery not made until thousands of copies of the album had been pressed.  Not satisfied with the quality, Neil pulled them and later decided to use them as shingles on a barn on his property. WENN



Joplin musical returns to New York stage

A Night With Janis Joplin earned rave reviews during its 162 performance run on Broadway (story). The production starring Mary Bridget Davies as the powerfully endearing singer will take-up residence on a stage closer to the one Janis herself knocked-out audiences from during concerts at the famed Lower East Side musical Mecca known as the Fillmore East. The Gramercy Theatre on East 23rd Street is where Davies will be belting out Ball 'n Chain,  Me & Bobby McGee, Cry, Baby, Piece Of My Heart and other Janis classics with all of her heart starting on April 10.


Rare Beatles guitar heading to auction

A studio and stage guitar owned by George Harrison and also played by John Lennon is going up for bids in May.  The 1962 Rickenbacker played during the sessions that produced I Want To Hold Your Hand and in early concerts and TV appearances by the Beatles is the  center piece of a May 16 & 17 auction Julien's Auctions will conduct at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.  Other big ticket items in the online and on-site sale include the first guitar Jimi Hendrix owned, a jump suit Elvis Presley wore on stage and an assortment of items that belonged to Michael Jackson.

Stones postpone Down Under dates

The Rolling Stones have announced their live dates in Australia and New Zealand will be postponed in the aftermath of receiving news that Mick Jagger's close companion L'Wren Scott had died Monday (3/17) (story).

Mick Jagger's close companion commits suicide

L'Wren Scott, a close companion to Mick Jagger for more than a decade, was discovered dead in her New York apartment on Monday (3/17), an apprarent suicide.  Jagger, on tour with the Stones in Australia, was said to be stunned by the news. Scott's assistant reportedly discovered her unconscious body in her Manhattan apartment shortly after 10am.  She evidently had hunge herself. She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving by ambulance at a nearby hospital.  The two met when Wren was contracted as a stylist during a 2001 Stones photo session. The stauesque 6'3" Scott was 23 years younger and 8" taller than Jagger.

Def Leppard & KISS teaming for Vets

Deff Leppard and KISS will combine forces this summer for dates that will raise funds to provide support services to veterans and military families.  the 2014 Heroes Tour announced Monday (3/17) by  Live Nation will ' change the lives of veterans and military families across America', according to a media release.



Monday, June 23

West Valley City, UT

USANA Amphitheater

Wednesday, June 25

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

Friday, June 27

Ridgefield, WA

Sleep Country Amphitheater

Sunday, June 29

Auburn, WA

White River Amphitheatre

Wednesday, July 2

Concord, CA

Concord Pavilion

Thursday, July 3

Wheatland, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 5

Irvine, CA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Sunday, July 6

Chula Vista, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 8

Los Angeles, CA

The Forum

Wednesday, July 9

Phoenix, AZ

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Saturday, July 12

Austin, TX

Austin360 Amphitheater (on sale 3/22)

Sunday, July 13

Dallas, TX

Gexa Energy Pavilion

Tuesday, July 15

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

Wednesday, July 16

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

Friday, July 18

Atlanta, GA

Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood (on sale 3/22)

Saturday, July 19

Charlotte, NC

PNC Music Pavilion

Sunday, July 20

Raleigh, NC

Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 22

West Palm Beach, FL

Cruzan Amphitheatre

Wednesday, July 23

Tampa, FL

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Friday, July 25

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

Saturday, July 26

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center (on sale 3/22)

Friday, August 1

Mansfield, MA

Xfinity Center

Saturday, August 2

Atlantic City, NJ

Boardwalk Hall

Sunday, August 3

Camden, NJ

Susquehanna Bank Center

Tuesday, August 5

Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (on sale 3/22)

Wednesday, August 6

Wantagh, NY

Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre (on sale 3/22)

Friday, August 8

Virginia Beach, VA

Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach (on sale 3/22)

Saturday, August 9

Scranton, PA

Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Sunday, August 10

Hartford, CT

Xfinity Theatre

Tuesday, August 12

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Wednesday, August 13

Darien, NY

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (on sale 3/22)

Friday, August 15

East Troy, WI

Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Saturday, August 16

Tinley Park, IL

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Sunday, August 17

Minneapolis, MN

Target Center

Wednesday, August 20

Des Moines, IA

Wells Fargo Arena

Friday, August 22

Noblesville, IN

Klipsch Music Center

Saturday, August 23

Clarkston, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre (on sale March 22)

Sunday, August 24

Burgettstown, PA

First Niagara Pavilion (on sale March 22)

Tuesday, August 26

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Blossom Music Center

Thursday, August 28

Maryland Heights, MO

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (on sale March 22)

Friday, August 29

Tulsa, OK

BOK Center

Sunday, August 31

Woodlands, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion



Fun-filled birthday for Phil Lesh (video)

The Friday (3/14) lineup at Terrapin Crssroads, the live music venue the Grateful Dead and Furthur bass player Phil Lesh opened north of San Francisco, included a number of announced regulars joining Lesh, augmented by Chris Robinson during the second set.  The Black Crowes veteran dropped with a couple of his fellow latter edition Crowes bandmates as a surprise guest to Lesh and spent the majority of the second set on stage with Phil on his birthday. Robinson annouced his arrival by leading a rendition of Happy Birthday to Phil from the bar area during the break between sets. A marathon set two featured Robinson singing lead on Bertha, They Love Each Other, Sugaree, Got My Mojo Working and Comes A Time before exiting during Uncle John's Band, Lady With A Fan>Terrapin Station.  He was back for an encore that included In The Midnight Hour and Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love.




Zep reissues fleshing out

Zeppelin fans considering buying yet another verison of albums they may have already repurchased in many forms over the years will want to know whether it's worth doing again.  Here's some info on what is included in the remastered versions of the first three albums remasterd by Jimmy Page for release this year. 
Each will be issued in CD and on 180 gam vinyl. All include bonus material. The deluxe edition of both includes bot the CD and lp. A Super Box Set throws together the CD, the vinyl in a sleeve based on the original pressing's release, a HD audio card containing all of the content, a hard bound book of rare photos and memorabilia and a limited edition, numbered ultra-quality reprint of the original cover artwork.

Bonus material for the debut album includes nine songs from an October 10, 1969 concert at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.  Led Zeppelin II bonus packages backing tracks for the songs Thank You and Living Loving Maid, and adds the unreleased song La La.  Outtakes of songs on the original album plus unreleased versions of an early versions of Bon-Yr-Stomp titled Jennings Farm Blues and Out On The Tiles titled Bathroom Sound plus versions of Keys To The Highway and Trouble In Mind round out the bonus material added to the Led Zeppelin III reissue.



Tragedy strikes Austin festival

A night of revelry in Austin, Texas ended in chaos and tragedy when South By Southwest Festival goers gathered near a club called The Mohawk found themselves in the path of a car being chased by the police shortly after midnight Thursday morning (3/13).  The vehicle struck and killed two people and nearly two dozen more were transported to hospitals, five of the injuries were classified as critical.  The driver of the Toyota was reportedly traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way street while being pursued for suspicion of drunk driving. The car struck a number of people after crashing through a barricade before plowing into a moped, killing the rider and his passenger.  It then careened into a taxi and a van before coming to a stop.  The driver of the Toyota jumped from the car in an attempt to evade capture but was Tasered by police and taken into custody.  He is expected to face murder charges.



Young's Kickstarter campaign blows past goal

Neil Young's Kickstarter campaign to raise backing bucks for his Pono music player (story) rocketed past its $800,000 goal in just 10 hours Tuesday (3/11), no doubt helped by the slick video (with, ironically, poor audio) featuring testimonials from Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and many others plus perks for people forking over big bucks that included a dinner with Young and invites to a listening party he will stage.  By Wednesday, the campaign had topped $1.5 million.  Donors will receive a price break on the $400 triangular player when it becomes available.



Roger Waters defends position on Palestinans

Roger Waters is no stranger to controversy, but the former Pink Floyd member faces a harsh backlash over his decision to project a Star of David onto an inflated pig floating above the audience and stage during recent concerts. The barrage of criticism resulting from that has prompted Waters to writ to the Daily Telegraph to defend his position on the Palestinian situation and contend that he has nothing against Jews.  The open letter reads, in part, 'Iam vociferous in my support for the Palestinian people's struggle for basic human rights, including their right to self-determination', and adds, 'It is true that I oppose the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the maintenance of the siege of Gaza. It is not, however, true, that I am an anti-Semite or that I am against the Israeli people.'


Hendrix Forever Stamp

The official unveiling of the Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp being issued by the US Postal service takes place Thursday (3/12) at the South By Southwest conclave in Austin, Texas during a presentation that will include an appearance by Slash.  The acrylic and colored pencil original artwork by Rudy Guttierez depicts the Master Of the Stratocaster in performance.  Each sheet of stamps resembles a 45 rpm record sleeve that includes vibrant colored icons with lyrics or tidbits about Jimi's life.  The 16 stamps on each sheet are arranged in blocks of 4 that create a kaleidoscope effect.



Hendrix bopic preview (video)

How convincingly Andre Benjamin is captures the performing experience of Jimi Hendrix remains to be seen (Waddy Wachtel does the actual playing that's heard in the soundtrack), but some of the scenes being released of Andre 3000 as Jimi interacting with others indicate that he does a remarkable job coming off like Hendrix in conversation. A scene in which Animals bass player Chas Chandler (also well portrayed) talks Hendrix into going to London to play for Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Keith Richards is particularly convincing. Some scenes, including the one below, make us wonder how deeply researched the conversations were - a nagging issue with most of these projects, but it appears 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley did his homework before writing Jimi: All Is By My Side.  Benjamin worked six hours a day to be able to appear as natural and convincing as possible playing left-handed on an inverted guitar. Unfortunately, songs in the film and on the soundtrack will not be Hendrix originals.  His estate declined to grant use of them in the project.  Songs by the Beatles, Muddy Waters and others that Hendrix covered during the years the movie depicts will be used in their place. The film was previewed at the Toronto Film Festival last fall and will gets a screening Wednesday (3/12) for a more musically versed audience at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.




Ted Nugent replaces knees


Hard Rocker Ted Nugent has a new pair of knees to punish.  A recent post by the Nuge on his facebook page apologized for the unusual lapse in chatter from him and said the double knee replacemet '...knocked me on my ass royal!' but added, 'I should be up and dancing like a full bluntal Nugity Motown guitar animal real soon.' The Motor City Madman is scheduled to be on stage next in Sweden on June 7. For now, Nugent says, ''s all about pain management and retraining my new knees to ROCK!!'


Rock Hall induction in Cleveland... virtually

The almost annual snub of the museum's host city continues this year when the Rock Hall Of Fame induction takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but fans in Cleveland can venture to the Hall to watch Peter Gabriel, KISS, Nirvana, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens get inducted via a live simulcast.

Springsteen documentary coming to HBO (video)

High Hopes, a documentary about the making of Bruce Springsteen's album of the same title, bows on HBO next month. Shot under the direction of Thom Zimny who also directed the documentary about the recording of 1978's Darkness On The Edge Of Town, the film about Springsteen's 18th studio album includes insights into the added dynamic Tom Morello brings to the E Street Band and the recording process, with Springsteen calling the Rage Against The Machine veteran 'the glue' of the recent album. In addition to behind the scenes studio footage, the doc includes some concert and rehearsal clips.  HBO debuts the film at 9:30pm (Eastern) on April 4.


Buffet does free set for the surf set (video)

Jimmy Buffett is a big favorite with the surfers and their fans, so where better for him to pop-up unexpectedly to play than at a world-class big wave event?  Flanked by world surfing champs Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore, Buffett played to a lucky crowd of about 1,000 Friday afternoon (3/7) at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast of Australia.





Neil Young to Kickstart new music format

Neil Young is turning to Kickstarter to supplement funding to launch his ultra fidelity music format and player, both of which are named Pono.  The March 15 launch of the online campaign will offer people kicking-in some bucks a special discount on the reported $399 price of the player when it becomes available.  Young says the superior to mp3 and wav format he has developed is '...about the music, real music' and adds that the PonoPlayer will be '...the world's greatest sounding, user-friendly music player' available. The player is expected to sport 128GB of on-board storage augmented by a memory card slot that can boost that capacity significantly. It is not yet clear how much larger than high sample rate mp3 or wav files the Pono file of the same song will be or whether Young is overstating the degree of difference the average user will experience when he says tat hearing a song of Pono for the first time will be ' that blast of daylight when you leave a movie theater on a sun-filled day'.  

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No U2 album until next year

Running business ventures, hob-nobbing with the rich and famous and being political and social activists apparently has not left the members of U2 enough time to work on music.  Billboard has confirmed that the album from the Irish Rockers expected this spring is being pushed all the way into 2015.  In addition to making fans wait several more months for the next release, the delay puts a tour that was slated to open in September on-hold for almost a year.


Keith Richards has new Manhattan digs

Keith Richards, who has a country home in rural part of Connecticut, will now have a posh penthouse apartment when he wants to hang in the city.  Richards and Patti Hanson have reportedly bought a top floor apartment at 1 Fifth Avenue.  The spread merges three perviously separate apartments intp a spacious, terraced duplex that the couple picked up for $10.5 million.


Slash joining Ozzy for special performance

Seeing Ozzy Osbourne in a club setting is an intense prospect.  Seeing him in a club with Slash on guitar puts it totally over-the-top.  That's what happens in LA when Ozzy receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work on behalf of the MusiCares MAP Fund that assists musicians in the fight against substance abuse.  The Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver veteran will tear through riffs made famous by Randy Rhodes and Zakk Wylde on stage at Club Nokia with Ozzy on May 12.


Springsteen doing free Dallas show during NCAA Tourney

The site of a former arena in Dallas will host a free concert by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band during the Texas City's NCAA College Basketball Tournament week.  The April 6 appearance during the March Madness Music Festival adds Bruce to a lineup that also features performances by Tim McGraw,Jason Aldean amd the Killers. The open-air concert portion of the festival is being staged on the site of the former Reunion Arena, the building that hosted the Final Four the last time it was played in Dallas (1986).  Organizers expect between 30 & 40,000 people to attend.  The Sunday event that closes with the Springsteen set starts at 2pm and is expected to wrap-up with a full set by Bruce and his band starting close to 7pm. The logistics of the event are being complicated by the fact there is a shortage of parking in the area.  Robust shuttle service from other sites will be provided.



Bizarre honor for Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was just twisted enough to consider it a compliment that Italian researchers have chosen to name an acne-causing bacteria for him. The grapevine dwelling strain of bacteria discovered at the Italy Centre for Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems and Bioresources is  P Acnes Zappae. It is causing a stir because it is the first case of a strain of plant based bacteria that's been found that developed from a human one - an occurance that probably happened about 8,000 years before its namesake wrote and recorded Call Any Vegetable.   The scientists involved in the discovery credit the Mothers of Invention founding guitarist, singer and songwriter because his approach to music inspired them to think outside the box when doing their research.  Zappa's widow also considers it a fitting honor that a bacteria shares the family name. Speaking with USA Today, Gail Zappa said, 'For me this is just an extension of Frank's means of gluing things together, making sense of the universe.  It's strickly conceptual continuity.'

Allman Brothers join Mountain Jam lineup

The Allman Brothers Band has been added to the already solid lineup for the 2014 edition of Mountain Jam, the annual festival staged at the base of Hunter Mountain in the Hudson Valley of New York.  The full band joins a roster that already included two of its members in their own groups; Derek Trucks will also appear with his wife in the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Warren Haynes, who has helped organize the festival in recent years, will play with both the ABB and his other outfit, Gov't Mule.  Sets the Allmans plan to do will include the seminal Southern Rock institution's first two albums in their entirety.  Other artists on the 40+ act bill for the June 5-8 festival include Bob Weir & Ratdog,the Avett Brothers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Damian Marley, Umprey's McGee, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and the Dark Star Orchestra.



U2 strips down at the Oscars (video)

Whatever soul or conviction was behind Ordinary Love, the song U2 wrote in tribute to the last Nelson Mandela, got lost in the over produced slog the band delivered for the movie soundtrack. The version the Irish Rockers did during the Academy Awards Show Sunday (3/3) was very basic and far more compelling.



Sour note for Steely Dan

David Palmer, a vocalist that appears on Can't Buy A Thrill and Countdown To Ecstacy albums by Steely Dan , claims that he is owed unpaid royalties for his contribution to the pair of releases.  A lawsuit reportedly filed in Los Angeles on Friday (2/28) seeks payment for the digital sale of tracks he appears on under a contract he signed in 1972 stipulating he would receive 1/6 of the revenue from the sale of songs he sang on for the band. VVN Music




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