Friday, May 31, 2013
A benefit concert Thursday May 30, 2013 for victims of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing featured performances by Aerosmith (above), the Dropkick Murphys, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Carole King and more. Concert proceeds from the sold-out, 5½-hour concert will go to One Fund Boston.
Artist after artist, from different eras and genres came to literally sing the praises of Boston, its citizens, and the first responders and survivors of the attack, many of whom sat in a special section right in front of the stage. MORE HERE
Photos HERE & HERE
Earlier this year (2013), Sly Stone turned 70. In celebration of the milestone and all his groundbreaking work, Epic/Legacy is releasing a career-spanning four-CD box set entitled Higher! on August 27, 2013.
The first such anthology in Stone’s 61-year career, the set features 77 tracks, 17 of which are previously unreleased. Highlighting the tracklists are mono versions of songs selected from Stone’s expansive catalog, and over 30 more.
Also featured are seven pre-Epic Records tracks, including the highly-bootlegged cover of Otis Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose”, from Stone’s time as an A&R-producer for Autumn Records.
The collection is rounded out with rare demos, instrumental tracks, and television and live recordings, including cuts from Stone’s August 1970 gig at the Isle of Wight Festival.
But wait, there’s more: a 104-page booklet, comprised of a liner notes essay, an illustrated timeline of Stone’s career, track-by-track annotations, rare and uncirculated photography, 45 rpm label and picture sleeve reproductions, vintage concert posters and ticket stubs, and much more. source
On July 23, 2013 Shout! Factory will be celebrating Otis Redding with the release of a 3-CD set titled The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection. The set features 70 tracks - every legendary Otis Redding hit and b-side released by Stax, Volt, and Atco in its original, speaker-rattling mono mix - many appearing on CD for the first time in their original mono mix, all housed in a unique die-cut package that brings to mind a stack of 45 rpm singles, in tribute to this timeless music’s original configuration.
As an exclusive for ShoutFactory.com customers, The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection will be available a month early, on June 25, 2013 and customers ordering on the site will also receive a limited edition exclusive 7” vinyl radio promo single of “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember / Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” This special offer is now available for pre-order.
It is more than a year since five members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot wearing brightly coloured balaclava masks staged a short and cacophonous performance in front of the altar of Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral. Their impromptu gig (in February 2012) caused immediate outrage while becoming a worldwide media sensation in the process.
Now, the documentary comes to the public.
PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER shows how the three members of Pussy Riot, Nadia, Masha and Katia battled a system determined to make an example of them, featuring footage of the defendants on trial, where they were placed in a glass cage, as well as visceral performances and rehearsals of Pussy Riot shot in and around Moscow. As they defended themselves inside the courtroom, other Pussy Riot members planned new guerrilla performances and cultivated a protest movement across the globe. Organizations like Amnesty International and celebrities such as Sting, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and Madonna spoke out in support of their cause and freedom of speech worldwide. MORE HERE
The film kicks off the HBO Documentary Films summer series. That series begins JUNE 10, 2013 9pm EDT and only on HBO. MORE HERE
Bee Gees star Barry Gibb is to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at a major music event next month (June 2013).
The last surviving Gibb brother will be celebrated at the O2 Silver Clef Awards for a career in which he and his group are estimated to have sold upwards of 220 million albums.
Barry, 66, has also had huge success as a songwriter and producer working on songs for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, and Dionne Warwick as well as the title track for the film Grease.
He and the Bee Gees won a special achievement award at the Silver Clefs - which raise money for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins - in 1993. MORE HERE
Thursday, May 30, 2013
John Fogerty spent his 68th birthday (May 28, 2013) at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
He spent nearly two hours onstage at the intimate venue, amid chandeliers and elegant red walls hung with blow-ups of Fogerty from his early days in Creedence Clearwater Revival. Wearing blue-and-white flannel and blue jeans, Fogerty unfurled CCR and solo hits one after another. MORE HERE
John has decided that his upcoming tour will feature one of two Creedence albums at each of the stops. Depending on the date, Fogerty will be playing either Bayou Country or Cosmo's Factory in their entirety. MORE HERE
On the heels of John Fogerty's birthday and album release broadcast – that aired on AXS TV – Dawes joins the veteran rocker on Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1972 farewell single "Someday Never Comes" with winning results.
Culled from Fogerty's new album Wrote a Song for Everyone, the video finds Taylor Goldsmith and his brother, drummer Griffin, harmonizing against a sunny Los Angeles backdrop. Watch it HERE
CMT celebrated Willie Nelson's 80th birthday in Nashville recently with an all-star cast of friends for a special episode of CMT CROSSROADS: WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS FROM THIRD MAN RECORDS.
The performance is set to premiere Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 9:00/10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT.
The unforgettable episode will honor the superstar's milestone birthday as he swaps lyrics on some of his most-loved songs with Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young. A long-time admirer of Nelson, Jack White kicked off the special from his Nashville studio, Third Man Records. Country music icon Nelson turned 80 on April 29, 2013. MORE HERE
Discovered one of the best articles on Willie Nelson ...written by Adam Chimienti. It's HERE
Rare photos of the Rolling Stones have surfaced, and are set to be exhibited in London this summer. The never-before-seen pictures will be part of The Stones and Their Scene, an exhibition showcasing the work of late photographer Eric Swayne at Proud Chelsea from June 13 through July 28, 2013.
The pictures were first discovered by Swayne's son following the photographer's death in 2007. He describes the images, which he had never seen before, as a series of test shots taken for a friend. MORE HERE
Harry Nilsson’s sixteenth and final album, Flash Harry, was never released in the United States, only seeing the light of day in the U.K. and Japan in 1980. Even in the countries where it was released, the album was not promoted by Mercury Records and no single was released, so its sales were anemic at best.
Later that year, John Lennon was killed, an event that strongly affected Nilsson and he went into retirement, even though he occasionally came out to record for movie soundtracks and did lay down tracks for a final, still unreleased album shortly before his death in early 1994.
Flash Harry is finally going to receive a proper U.S. release on August 13, 2013 via Varese Sarabande with both the original album and four bonus tracks from the era. Joining Harry on the album were a lengthy list of guest musicians including Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman, Dr. John, Donald “Duck” Dunn, and Lowell George.
The CD version will include a booklet. A limited edition vinyl version will not include the bonus cuts. MORE HERE
Marvin Junior, the lead singer of The Dells, has passed away.
Junior died from kidney failure on Wednesday afternoon May 29, 2013.
He grew up in suburban Harvey, Illinois and began singing together with the other members of the group while attending Thornton Township High School.
The Dells formed in 1952 under the name The El-Rays. In 1956, they recorded their first hit, "Oh What a Night." MORE HERE
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
On May 28, 2013, the Rolling Stones performed at the United Center in Chicago, where they were joined on stage by guest Taj Mahal for the Dave Dudley song "Six Days on the Road."
Mahal previously performed with the Stones in 1997 on the "Bridges to Babylon" tour. He was also a performer on "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus," an all-star concert that was filmed for television in 1968, but the project was shelved until it was released on home video in 1996. MORE HERE & HERE
Short video HERE
Marshall Lytle, whose spirited, percussive bass work was heard on one of rock ’n’ roll’s seminal recordings, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets, died on Saturday May 25, 2013. He was 79.
Mr. Lytle was a guitar player working at a radio station in Chester, Pa., in the early 1950s, when Bill Haley, who worked at a different station, hired him to replace the stand-up bass player in his band. It was an odd choice; Mr. Lytle, who was still a teenager, didn’t play bass. But as he explained in many interviews, Mr. Haley gave him a 30-minute lesson, showing him the slap-bass technique, in which the strings are smacked against the fingerboard. Such playing was a feature of country music, which is what Mr. Haley’s band, then known as Bill Haley and His Saddlemen, specialized in. MORE HERE
Love This Giant, are sharing the wealth of their creative joining with a free EP of material with two remixes, two live cuts and one song that did not make the original album. The Ep is titled Brass Tactics.
Clarence Burke Jr., the lead singer of the Five Stairsteps, a sibling R&B group once regarded as “the first family of soul” for a string of hits that included “O-o-h Child,” died Sunday May 26, 2013, a day after he turned 64.
Formed in 1965 in Chicago, the group originally consisted of four young brothers and a sister who played their own instruments as well as sang. They owed their collective name to their mother, who observed they looked like stair steps when they stood by each other in order of age.
The eldest brother, Burke also played guitar, wrote many of the group's songs, served as a producer and choreographed their dance routines. MORE HERE
It captures the two at a Washington show over 50 years ago, at their pop-star heights. Bennett had just released “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” while Brubeck’s combo was still dining out on their three-year-old smash “Take Five.”
While their short, separate sets have snap, greatly aided by a rivetingly crisp recording, it’s the barely rehearsed, four-song tete-a-tete between the stars that really swings. On “That Old Black Magic,” Bennett sails with consummate grace over Brubeck’s piano, while their take on “There Will Never Be Another You” soars saloon singing to the sky.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Paul McCartney left a personalized guitar pick on Elvis Presley's grave Sunday May 26, 2013 during the former Beatles first visit to Graceland, saying it was "...so Elvis can play guitar in heaven."
McCartney met Presley once with the Beatles in Los Angeles in 1965, and the Beatles played a pair of shows in Memphis in 1966. This was McCartney's first visit to the city in 20 years. MORE HERE & HERE
Slate presents Bob Dylan’s World, an interactive map with entries for every place-name in a song written by Dylan and released on some kind of album (including the official Greatest Hits and Bootleg series). Check it out HERE
Nothing about the publicity campaign behind Boards of Canada’s new album Tomorrow’s Harvest has been by the book.
The album was announced following a massive Internet-wide scavenger hunt involving secret vinyl and source code. The album’s first single, “Reach For The Dead”, was premiered via a giant video board in downtown Tokyo. Another track, “Cold Earth”, received its worldwide debut 6,418 miles away in Detroit during this weekend’s Movement Festival (Saturday May 25, 2013).
So, of course, the album’s listening party is being held in the middle of a California desert. Yesterday (Monday May 27, 2013), the band tweeted the coordinates to a location in Yermo, California for something that would be taking place Monday at 5:00pm local time.
According to several people who arrived on the scene and posted on various social media sites, Tomorrow’s Harvest is being played in full from a pair of speakers set up next to a trailer. MORE HERE
The new album will be released June 11, 2013.
Monday, May 27, 2013
The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies. With three songs from their album-length collaboration Buddy and Jim, Miller and Lauderdale perform an endearing set at the NPR Music offices.
The lavish 17-disc set is housed in an LP-sized hardbound slipcase and includes 11 CDs of digitally re-mastered album tracks, previously unreleased mixes and outtakes, and complete concert recordings.
It also includes three DVDs of rare television performances, promotional videos and a previously unreleased concert film; in addition to three DVD-Audio discs of long out-of-print 5.1 album mixes, a 120-page hardback collector’s book, faithful reproductions of Moody Blues memorabilia, and more. The four-CD TIMELESS FLIGHT boxed anthology culls audio highlights from the larger collection, including standout album tracks, singles and B-sides, previously unreleased mixes, and concert and radio performances.
In conjunction with the new collections, the band kicks off a major US tour starting on September 26, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. MORE HERE
17 disc edition HERE
4 disc edition HERE
Tour info HERE
Four generations of the Nelson family sharing the stage for the first time ever! And you have a chance to go for free if you win tickets through this contest! Wouldn't you love to be in NYC with the rest of the family on June 6, 2013? Enter the contest HERE
Ed Shaughnessy, whose deft drumming anchored the “Tonight Show” orchestra for 29 years, died on Friday May 24, 2013. He was 84.
Mr. Shaughnessy was a well-traveled and highly regarded jazz drummer when he was offered the “Tonight” job in 1963, shortly after Johnny Carson had taken over as the show’s host. He had performed or recorded with Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday and numerous others. MORE HERE
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Fleetwood Mac will tour Australia in November (2013).
Their summer run Down Under follows their 40-date sell-out US tour which industry experts say has eclipsed the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary shows.
Fleetwood Mac will perform in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. MORE HERE
Last night (Saturday May 25, 2013) found the foursome at the Hollywood Bowl in California. MORE HERE
Celebrating a half-century of music, the Rolling Stones defied their age with an energetic, lengthy performance at a roaring Air Canada Centre last night (Saturday May 25, 2013) led by the frenetic antics of nearly 70-year-old frontman Mick Jagger.
Over the course of a roughly two-hour, 15-minute performance, Jagger swiveled his hips furiously as he paced the stage back and forth, strutting and punctuating most every word with his waving index finger extended to the crowd, rarely taking even a brief break from pin-balling about the elaborate stage.
He eventually welcomed former "American Idol" Carrie Underwood for a duet on "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)." At times, the grinning country starlet seemed just as interested in watching Jagger hop and slither about the stage as the thousands of fans packing the stands, just smiling and staring and trying to keep up with his herky-jerky dance moves.
She bowed to each member of the band before departing, and as she left the stage looked to the sky in a gesture of apparent amazement. MORE HERE
Some photos HERE
Even though Prince has some half a billion songs of his own, he enjoys a good cover. In fact, many fans would argue he’s just as likely to pop off a classic FM jam on a whim.
Recently, the Twin Cities royalty has turned his head to the Pacific Northwest with a silky rendition of Pearl Jam’s classic hit, “Even Flow”. Listen below. source
Patti Smith was the angry, androgynous runaway who got chatted up by Allen Ginsberg and had a grand affair with Robert Mapplethorpe. And at 66 Patti Smith shows no sign of mellowing. The Guardian spent a gothic afternoon at home with the punk legend. Interview HERE
BBC Radio 6 Music's Mary Anne Hobbs spent some quality time with Patti Smith. Listen HERE
Patti also joined Paul McCartney and Peter Gabriel in sending letters to a court in Mordovia (Russia) last month, asking the judge to release the two members of Pussy Riot serving a 2-year sentence in jail. MORE HERE
Billy Joel hasn’t put out an album of new songs in decades, but the last few years have brought about a burnishing of his musical legacy. Most recently, he stole the show at the 12-12-12 Sandy relief concert, no trifling feat considering he shared the stage with the Who, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.
What he lacks in output, he more than makes up for in opinions — about his legacy, his mistakes, a rock-star life lived hard and the heroes and villains he met along the way. MORE HERE
An enjoyable aspect about Facebook are the connections we make with the passions we enjoy.
Obviously, music is a passion and the Michael Bloomfield Documentary Film Project Facebook Page fits easily into it.
Bob Sarles and the team at Ravin’ Films are focused on delivering this very important documentary.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina has been denied parole, following a similar decision for fellow incarcerated band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
Alyokhina, who had embarked on a hunger strike after being barred by the court from attending her parole hearing, had her request turned down after the court ruled she had disobeyed authorities at the prison in which she was jailed and had not repented for her crime.
Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were jailed in August 2012 for two years after being convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. The duo and other members of the Russian punk rock collective staged an infamous "punk prayer" at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral in protest of Vladimir Putin.
The case has received international attention, and earlier this week, Paul McCartney announced he had sent letters to Russian officials in support of the jailed band members. MORE HERE & HERE
The veteran actor, best known as Dracula in the Hammer horror films and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will release Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, on May 27, 2013, his 91st birthday. Preview HERE
The album, which was recorded with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, is the followup to 2010's Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.
Video preview HERE
Tim Curry, the star of the Rocky Horror Show, is recovering after having a stroke at his home in Los Angeles.
The British actor, 67, is said to be ‘doing great’ following the collapse.
Curry rose to fame as Dr Frank-N-Furter and sang "Sweet Transvestite" in the cult musical (and subsequent film) then moving on to a successful stage and film career.
Few details were available about the stroke, but sources close to the actor denied suggestions that the stroke had made it difficult for him to speak. MORE HERE
A short film has been released that was written by and stars Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth. While it is called a "movie trailer", many are speculating that it is actually a short film that Roth made as an experiment.
Roth plays the lead role of the Hitman in the movie. He is credited with creating the “Original Story”. MORE HERE
Friday, May 24, 2013
Prince and 3rd Eye Girl release a bold cry for individuality with the new visual for "Fix Ur Life Up" (above). Prince has been making his rounds after performing at the Billboard Music Awards and a three-hour set at SXSW in March (2013). Now that's what you call a comeback. MORE HERE
A growing roster of Oklahoma-tied musicians and others are planning benefit concerts, television broadcasts and other events to help raise money for recovery efforts after this week's storms tore through many parts of the Sooner State.
Ada-raised Blake Shelton said he wants to host a telethon-like concert on NBC. Moore-raised Toby Keith told CNN's Piers Morgan that he's been contacted by folks at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Arena and even stadium officials at the University of Oklahoma about a fundraising concert.
It all struck home for Kenny Wayne Shepherd. With a concert already scheduled for June 7, 2013 at the Diamond Ballroom, Shepherd felt the only way to go was to give all he could. Now, his concert will be a benefit show, “We Can Help Moore,” with all proceeds going to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s tornado relief efforts. MORE HERE & HERE
Just what is it about Bruce Springsteen that means so much to his fans? The upcoming documentary Springsteen and I examines the relationship Springsteen's loyal listeners have with their hero and his music.
The documentary demonstrates how a performer can make a concert played in front of 25,000 strangers feel like an intimate experience among close friends.
The film opens July 22, 2013.
Tickets for the screenings will go on sale from June 4, 2013. To celebrate the cinema release, fans around the world are being given the opportunity to star on the official 'SPRINGSTEEN & I' movie poster with details on how to enter available HERE
More information including locations of the film screenings and other exciting reveals will be released in the coming weeks via the official website and on the official Facebook & Twitter #SpringsteenAndI channels. MORE HERE & HERE
She And Him have unveiled the video for their new single, 'I Could've Been Your Girl' which was directed by Zooey Deschanel of the band and inspired by 1960s musicals.
Of the video, Deschanel has said: "After seven years and four albums with She & Him, I figured it was about time I took a crack at making a video for a song I wrote. The process was so much fun, and gave me a chance to give a nod to some of my favorite '60s musicals."
The single is due for release on July 15, 2013. MORE HERE & HERE
Thursday, May 23, 2013
John Fogerty played his new single "Mystic Highway" Tuesday night (May 21, 2013) on the Late Show With David Letterman (above). MORE HERE
John Fogerty returned to the Late Show With David Letterman yesterday (Wednesday May 22, 2013) for a second straight night, this time with Dawes in tow. Fogerty led the Dawes through "Someday Never Comes" (above), which the California rockers performed with him on his forthcoming album of duets, Wrote a Song for Everyone. MORE HERE
NPR's On Point featured the premiere of a new version of the song “Rhinestone Cowboy” off of country legend Glen Campbell’s upcoming album: “See You There.” Campbell has retired from touring after revealing that he is living with Alzheimer’s disease. It really sounds great!
At a White House concert held in her honor Wednesday night (May 22, 2013), Carole King kept busy. The opening act? Carole King. The headliner? Carole King. The cheering section? Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Carole King giving it up for Carole King.
In town to receive the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the 71-year-old songwriting pioneer was the first singer to take the stage in the East Dining Room. MORE HERE
Bolts of electricity shot about the center of the stage, always in time with the music. Voices harmonized, while laptops hummed. A harp was plucked elegantly and beats, both synthetic and organic, thumped pretty much nonstop. A pipe organ played on its own and huge pendulums swung to the earth's gravitational pull.
Then there was the star of the show herself. Bjork. Who else would ever dream up such a spectacle and then dare to take it on the road?
The Icelandic alt-rock legend is still pushing boundaries. Her current Biophilia Tour is one of the most wildly adventurous shows in rock 'n' roll history.
On Wednesday May 22, 2013, the multimedia spectacular reached the Bay Area — setting up shop at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. MORE HERE
Video HERE & HERE
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tore a page out of The Allman Brothers playbook.
They appeared at a theater far smaller than the sort they can easily fill (The Beacon). They began a residency there for multiple nights (five in all, including Tuesday (5/21, Thursday 5/23, Saturday 5/25 and Sunday 5/26/2013). And they used the show to sate their most hard-core fans by going deep into album cuts, playing obscure material in between the inevitable hits. MORE HERE & HERE
The 71-year-old singer-songwriter was awarded the nation's highest prize for popular music in a concert Tuesday May 21, 2013. She received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the Library of Congress and will be honored Wednesday (May 22, 2013) by President Barack Obama at the White House. MORE HERE
She introduced a new song during the Gershwin Prize concert that she wrote with Hal David, entitled "I Believe in Loving You." Available exclusively on iTunes.
Bassist Trevor Bolder, who played with David Bowie's Spiders From Mars, Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash, died yesterday Tuesday May 21, 2013. He was 62.
Bolder joined Bowie's backing band in 1971, replacing Tony Visconti on bass in time to play on four of Bowie's studio albums, including Hunky Dory in 1971, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars in 1972 and Aladdin Sane in 1973. MORE HERE
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Instead of welcoming the cavalcade of special guests like Gwen Stefani, John Mayer and Dave Grohl which they had at previous 50 and Counting Tour performances, The Stones made good use of the guest that’s been there all along – Mick Taylor.
Taylor first emerged seven songs into the show last night (Monday May 20, 2013) in Los Angeles for a tour debut version of the Sticky Fingers track Sway, which was played by request.
Mick (Taylor) came back three tunes later for what was once his signature song – Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’. Both Sticky Fingers tracks were tour debuts and were the first versions Taylor played on since he parted ways with The Rolling Stones in 1974. The guitarist returned later in the show for both Midnight Rambler and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. MORE HERE
The Clash are to release two new compilations in September (2013) – including a box set designed by bassist Paul Simonon to replicate an 80s boombox. Sound System will contain remasters of the band's first five albums, from The Clash to Combat Rock, plus three CDs of singles, rarities and demos, and a DVD containing previously unseen footage, plus reprints and a new edition of the band's Armagideon Time fanzine.
Sound System is accompanied by The Clash Hits Back, a 33-track, two-CD best-of sequenced to copy the set played by the band at the Brixton Fair Deal – now the Academy – on 19 July 1982, rounded out with big numbers that failed to make the set that night.
Both sets will be released on September 9, 2013. MORE HERE
Monterey is set to go pop again.
The Monterey County Fairgrounds, which hosted the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, will hold the inaugural First City Festival on August 24 and 25, 2013.
The First City Festival features several notable indie-pop and rock acts, including Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Neko Case and Beach House. In all, some 30 acts are expected to perform on three stages during the weekend-long event.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. pdt May 31, 2013.
Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who started The Doors with Jim Morrison after they were film students at UCLA, died Monday night May 20, 2013 in Rosenheim, Germany.
Manzarek grew up in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles in 1962 to study film at UCLA. It was there he first met Doors singer Jim Morrison, though they didn't talk about forming a band until they bumped into each other on a beach in Venice, California, in the summer of 1965 and Morrison told Manzarek that he had been working on some music.
They quickly teamed up with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger and began playing gigs around Los Angeles. About a year later, the Doors recorded their debut album for Elektra Records.
The Doors didn't have a bassist, so Manzarek often played the bass parts on his Fender Rhodes piano. He also played a Vox Continental organ, which can be heard on the famous intro to "Light My Fire" and numerous other Doors classics. The group shared credit on most songs and split all profits evenly.
The group carried on for two more albums after Jim Morrison died in July of 1971, but they split in 1973. Manzarek remained extremely busy, producing albums for X and playing with Iggy Pop, Echo and the Bunnymen and others. MORE HERE
Monday, May 20, 2013
Prince took to the stage for a highly anticipated performance at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday (May 19, 2013) in Las Vegas.
The 54-year-old performer took home the Icon Award during the evening and celebrated his honor with a performance medley of his classic "Let's Go Crazy," Edgar Winter's instrumental "Frankenstein" and "Fix Ur Life Up". MORE HERE, HERE & HERE
Tim McGraw hosted his Academy of Country Music: ‘Superstar Summer Night‘ special with Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean. But Tim said his favorite part was when John Fogerty got up and sang ‘Born on a Bayou.’ Tim, Keith, Jason, and Luke Bryan all sang along. source
Alan O'Day, who crafted popular songs for artists like the Righteous Brothers and Helen Reddy before scoring a No. 1 of his own with the bouncy 1977 hit "Undercover Angel" (above), lost his battle with cancer on Friday (May 17, 2013). He was 72.
O'Day signed with Warner Bros. in 1971, later writing "Train of Thought" for Cher, "Rock and Roll Heaven" for the Righteous Brothers, and the 1974 No. 1 "Angie Baby" by Helen Reddy. MORE HERE
A vodka bottle thrown onto the stage during a Toots and the Maytals concert in Richmond, Virginia sent lead singer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert to the hospital Saturday night (May 18, 2013) and forced the reggae pioneers to cut short their performance.
A video of the incident shows Hibbert, 70, being struck hard on the head, dropping his mike and staggering off the stage. A rep for the concert organizers said the singer was released a few hours later in good spirits; unknown is whether he’ll continue an acoustic tour as planned.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a 19-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” Tour has included special guests at every stop. The likes of Tom Waits, Gwen Stefani, Bonnie Raitt, Katy Perry, and John Fogerty have already joined the band on stage, and last night (Saturday May 18, 2013) in Anaheim, California, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl took his turn. Watch him rock the guitar and plaid on “Bitch” (above).
About 7,000 people were on hand at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre last month when Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Class of 2013, along with Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Heart, Albert King, Quincy Jones and Lou Adler.
Those who attended would testify that there were times when it felt as if roughly 6,950 of those in the audience were solely fans of the Canadian prog-rock trio.
In any case, last night May 18, 2013 the rest of the world was able to judge for itself as HBO premiered three hours’ worth of highlights from the 5½-hour marathon of music and testimonials to this year’s inductees. MORE HERE
A custom-made electric guitar played by the late John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles sold at a New York auction yesterday (Saturday May 18, 2013) for $408,000 (€318,000).
The semi-hollow-body guitar, manufactured by the VOX company, was sold to an unidentified US buyer.
The auctioneers expected the guitar, which was the centerpiece of Saturday’s sale, to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.
Harrison can be seen rehearsing with the guitar on I Am The Walrus during the Magical Mystery Tour of September 1967.
Lennon also played it in the promotional video for Hello, Goodbye, but it did not make it in the final cut. MORE HERE
Denmark has won this year's Eurovision Song Contest in the Swedish city of Malmo with the song Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest.
The 20-year-old singer performed the winning entry barefoot - as has been her trademark since she began performing in her early teens - against a flaming backdrop. Watch it HERE
Denmark, widely tipped to win the annual music competition, took the honors on Sunday May 19, 2013 ahead of the 25 other finalists in a glittering ceremony watched by millions across Europe. MORE HERE
An estimated 100 million TV viewers saw Finland’s Krista Siegfrids kiss one of her female dancers at the end of her Eurovision performance (left). MORE HERE
ABBA’s Gold: Greatest Hits has surpassed lifetime sales of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to become the UK’s second biggest selling album of all time.
According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data, both albums have now sold over 5.1 million copies in the UK - but the Swedish band’s 1992 Best Of collection has nudged ahead of The Beatles’ iconic 1967 album by nearly 15,000 copies.
Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album remains the UK’s biggest selling album of all-time with 5.9 million sales. MORE HERE
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The video above doesn't really capture the full horror of the brief time Michael Hann had with Ginger Baker. It was an onstage Q&A at the Curzon Soho cinema in London, after a screening of the excellent documentary Beware of Mr Baker, and the best that can be said is that – having already seen the film – he should have known what to expect.
Sir Tom Jones wows the US in an 'extraordinary performance' at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California.
The Welsh singing legend played a two-hour set in the 400-seater West Hollywood nightclub May 11, 2013 (second show added May 12, 2013) as part of a tour of small venues.
During the first show he paid homage “to another Jones,” the late George Jones, by singing the country classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (above).
More video HERE
A new Lana Del Rey track, 'Queen Of Disaster' has leaked online.
The sixties-influenced track is likely to be an unused demo from her debut album, Born To Die, or recorded during her days as Lizzie Grant - the star's real name. Unlike the gloomy Americana sounds she has pioneered, 'Queen Of Disaster' has the star in upbeat mood, in what is the most up tempo track heard from the star to date. source
Listen to the track HERE