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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

As Facebook shares went on public sale last week a lot of people stood to make a tidy sum, including Bono of U2. Bono’s  investment company “Elevation Partners” bought a 2.3  share of Facebook  for 90 million in 2009. That share has now  grown to 1.5 billion,  jumping Bono to the top of the “World’s Richest Rock Stars” list , but he disputes the title.  “In Elevation, we invest other people’s money — endowments, pension funds,” he explains. “We do get paid of course. But you know, I felt rich when I was 20 years old and my wife was paying my bills. Just being in a band, I’ve always felt blessed.”

This sounds familiar: Aerosmith will perform on the season finale of “American Idol”. We heard the same announcement last year, from the lips of Idol judge and Aerosmith front-man Steven Tyler.  He said it was a done deal, but the band never performed. We were told there were schedule conflicts with some members and Joe Perry made it clear that he thought the show was a waste of time . He went so far as to say ” I don’t want Aerosmith’s name involved with it”.

Something has obviously changed. Tyler and Perry seem to be getting along, the tour is about to start and the new album is in it’s mixing stage.  And  it was Joe Perry himself who just confirmed that the  group will appear on Idol’s  May 23rd season finale to perform their new single “Legendary Child,” which will be on their upcoming  album as well as  the ” G.I. Joe: Retaliation”  soundtrack.


Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Slash will release his new album “Apocalyptic Love” on May 22. On May 21, he’ll appear with his backing band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”.  Then the band will hit the road for an extensive tour that brings them to  numerous Canadian cities. No Ottawa show announced, but you can catch Slash up north in July:

14 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
16 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee
17 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
20 – Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
21 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
23 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
25 – Belleville, ON – Empire Square Live
26 – London, ON – Harris Park
27 – Montreal, QC – Olympia Theater
29 – Quebec City, QC – Salle Albert Rosseau
30 – Moncton, New Brunswick – Centre-Casino Moncton
31 – Halifax, NS – Cunard Events Centre



Friday, May 4th, 2012

Adam Yauch, AKA MCA of the Beastie Boys has died at the age of  48. No official cause has been given but Yauch has battled cancer since 2009 and was too ill to appear at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when the Beastie Boys were inducted last month.


Friday, May 4th, 2012

Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are in town this week, to collect their 2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.  All the winners get a 25k cash prize and a commemorative medallion. While in town, Rush got to do something most of us had to do in school;  attend a session at the House Of Commons to watch the MPs debate.

The awards will be handed out at a gala on Saturday night at the NAC. That gives the band lots of time to scrub up, and you never know- they may turn up at a local watering hole to spend some of that award, so keep your eyes peeled!

The RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest 2012 lineup will be announced tonight. CHEZ Nation members will have a chance to buy tickets before everyone else. Keep checking back for all the details and find out how you could win full festival passes!

Watch for Queen to appear on American Idol tomorrow (Wednesday April 25) night. Brian May and Roger Taylor will perform with the top 6 finalists.

Robert Plant has a new backing band “The Sensational Space Shifters” which will include members of his old band “Strange Sensation” with guitarist Justin Adams. He’ll debut the new outfit May 8 at a concert in Gloucester England.

Rush have announced a tour to support their upcoming release “Clockwork Angels” due June 11. No Ottawa show yet, but lots of room to fit one in!

Canadian Dates include:

9/26 — Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
9/28 — Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
9/30 — Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
10/14 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
10/18 — Montreal, QC, Bell Centre



Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

More than one member of Aerosmith recently confirmed that their new album was due this Spring with a tour to follow. It will be their first album of original material since 2001. Tour dates have been announced but in a recent interview, bassist Tom Hamilton broke the news that the album might now be arriving on schedule. According to Hamilton, the release date has been pushed back to September. That means their tour will run from June to August with no new album to tour behind.  No confirmation yet from the rest of Aerosmith or their management.


Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Levon Helm  died of cancer today (April 19) at the age of  71. Two days earlier,  his family posted this message on their website: ” Dear Friends, Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.”

Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and although the illness took away much of his voice, he continued to record and perform.

His family has made this statement: “Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends and bandmates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul.”
Helm was “a drummer who sang” with The Band. He’s also appeared in a number of movies including “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “The Right Stuff”. Among those who visited him in his last hours was old Band-mate Robbie Robertson.


Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Dick Clark (rt) wih Ryan Seacrest

TV Producer, Host of “American Bandstand” and the man behind The New Year’s Rockin’  Eve specials, Dick Clark has died.  He hosted “American Bandstand” from 1957-1987, bringing many soon-to-become-famous acts to a wider audience. His Dick Clark Productions company started many popular shows like “$25,000 Pyramid”, “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the “American Music Awards”. After suffering a stroke in 2004 he cut back on public appearances but came back to co-host “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve” with Ryan Seacrest.

According to a spokesperson, Clark had been in hospital Tuesday for an “outpatient procedure” and died of a heart attack Wednesday morning (April 18) at the age of 82.


Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Levon Helm, drummer for The Band is reported to be near death after a long battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and although the illness took away much of his voice, he continued to record and perform.

On Tuesday, his family posted a message on his website: ” Dear Friends,
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.”