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Noteworthy Now Archives for 2022-06

Roger Waters previews tour for Colbert audience

 

Pink Floyd veteran Roger Waters delivered a pre-tour performance of The Happiest Days of Our Lives and Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 2 & 3) for the audience and viewers of The Late Show on Tuesday night (6/21).

Steve Miller honored with Songwriters Hall Of Fame induction

Steve Miller was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame Thursday night 6/16) in New York City, an honor the guitarist and band leader considers more momentous than his induction into the Rock Hall Of Fame. Miller performed Fly Like an Eagle following his induction, a song is proudest of because of its message and how meaningful it has become to people throughout the world.

 

Queen and Rush veterans join Taylor Hawkins Tribute

 

Members of two of the late Foo Fighters drummer's favorite bands will perform to honor him. Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor and Rush veterans Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have accepted the Foo Fighters invitation to join them at a September 3rd tribute concert to Taylor Hawkins being staged at Wembley Stadium in London. A second concert will take place in Los Angeles on September 27th at the KIA Forum.

Mick Jagger contracts COVID

Tonight's Rolling Stones concert in Amsterdam was postponed on short notice after Mick Jagger tested positive for COVID-19. The lead singer came down with unspecified symptoms, promoting the test and the decision to cancel the performance followed. Mick took to his Twitter account to confirm the diagnosis and let fans know the band will reschedule tonight's show and others should that prove necessary.

Definitive Creedence Clearwater Revival book due

Few bands in their prime could match the pace at which Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded and released albums. Between 1969 and 1972, the group had a constant presence on the album and singles charts and even released three albums in in 1969 alone. The success was largely a result of the prolific song writing of John Fogerty, who penned all of the bands biggest songs. That fact fostered some resentment on the part of other members of the group.  John contends that he wanted the others to write material, but very little was offered. When he discontinued his early practice of sharing some writing credits with the other members on some tunes, the band began to unravel, starting with the decision by his own brother, Tom, to quit the group.

Author John Linigan delved deeply into the band's emergence as one of America's most distinguished groups and the internal dynamics that contributed to its success but ultimately caused its demise in his forthcoming book A Song for Everyone: The Story of Creedence Clearwater Revival, due out August 9th.

Clapton Tribute album details

The lineup of musicians on the upcoming Tribute to Eric Clapton album has some undoubtedly good musicians, but leaves us suspecting that the people behind it set out to enlist more universally known ones than they ended up with on it. The album covering songs from EC's time in the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos and his solo career is due out Friday, June 17th and includes these songs and artists:

Cocaine - Brian Auger and Kirk Fletcher

Lay Down Sally - Albert Lee and Sammy Kershaw

Sunshine of Your Love - Eric Gales and Dug Pinnick

Let it Rain - Sonny Landreth and Jack Russell

Wonderful Tonight - Oli Brown

Layla - Molly Hatchet

I Shot the Sheriff - Pat Travers, Artimus Powell and David Sancious

For Your Love - Rick Nielsen and Mark Lindsay

Tears in Heaven - Ana Popovic

White Room - Graham Bonnet and Snowy White

Can't Find My Way Home - Martin Barre and Shirley King

New Prog Collective release slated for July 1

 

Yes and Asia bassist Billy Sherwood convened a number of highly regarded musicians for Volume 4 from in the Prog Collective series. Songs We Were Taught, an album due out July 1, features keyboardists Geoff Downes of Yes and Zombies, Argent's Rod Argent, early E Street Band member David Sancious and Yes, Moody Blues veteran Patrick Moraz, guitarists Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter from the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, Jethro Tull veteran Martin Barre, Deep Purple and Dixie Dregs Steve Morse, Guns N' Roses alum Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Dweezil Zappa, an singers David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears fame and current Yes front man Jon Davison. The 10 tracks on the release are versions of The Sound of Silence, Year of the Cat, House of the Rising Sun, Summer Breeze, Fire and Rain, Wild World, It's Too Late and The Times They Are A-Changin'.

Black Crowes plan to extend their reunion

The Black Crowes reunion that saw the Robinson brothers set aside their differences in order to do a Shake Your Money Maker anniversary tour will get extended into 2023. The tour and the group's recently released EP of 1972 songs Chris and Rich Robinson liked got the brothers working together on some new songs. At this point, both an album of new material and another tour look like a lock for next year.

Todd Rundgren joins David Bowie tribute tour

The always musically adventurous Todd Rundgren is at it again. The recently inducted Rock Hall Of Fame member will participate in a David Bowie tribute tour with a band that includes King Crimson and Bowie band veteran (1978-79 and 1990) Adrian Belew, Royston Langdon from the group Spacehog, and Jeffrey Gaines.

 

Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp releasing album in July

Jeff Beck and actor/rocker Johnny Depp have recorded a new album together. The announcement came when the two recently shared the stage on a few songs as Beck opened a European tour. Fans weren't the only ones surprised by the news. Beck himself seems to be. In revealing the project, the guitar great reportedly said "I'm gonna take this opportunity to tell you I met this guy five years ago and we haven't stopped laughing since." He then added, "We actually made an album. I don't know how it happened. It will be out in July".

Peter Gabriel recording new material

The 20 year gap between Peter Gabriel solo albums may be coming to an end. French drummer Manu Katche says he and bassist Tony Levin and guitarist David Rhodes have been recording with the former Genesis member. He also indicated that a 2023 tour is likely, with dates in both the U.S. and Europe.

 

 

An inside look at a concert promoter's life

Consolidation has reached the point that the vast majority of medium to large scale concerts and tours are produced by just a couple of giant corporations that are also in the business of venue management and ownership. Some independent promoters have forged strong enough relationships and track records with artists, agents and managers to keep operating.

 

One of the foremost among them is Peter Shapiro. At 50, Shapiro remains involved in concerts and festivals, films (Tie Died: Rock n' Roll's Most Deadicated Fans and American Road), venue operation (The Brooklyn Bowl, Wetland Preserve, and Capitol Theatre), publishes Relix Magazine, founded FANS, an online forum for live music fans, and chairs HeadCount, a not-for-profit alliance with musicians to offer and encourages voter registration at concerts.

 

Even with all that going on, Shapiro found the time to write a book that's bound to be a fascinating read. The Music Never Stops: What Putting on 10,000 Shows Has Taught Me about Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Magic comes out in hardcover on August 2.

 

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