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Archive for November, 2009

RUSH/TOM COCHRANE HONOURED BY SOCAN

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Rush was honored Monday night in Toronto by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada at its 20th annual awards gala. The Canadian trio was recognized with an international achievement honor for their most recent tour and the release of Snakes and Arrows Live.

Tom Cochrane was honored for having five songs played 100-thousand times on Canadian radio in 2008, including “Lunatic Fringe,” which he recorded with Red Rider.

A four-hour highlight reel of last month’s two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts will air Sunday on H-B-O at 8:00 p-m [ET]. The shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden featured Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, U-2, Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, Metallica, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Billy Joel, Ray Davies, John Fogerty, Sting, B-B King, Ozzy Osbourne, Lou Reed, Billy Gibbons and many others. The broadcast will be repeated numerous times throughout December and into January with a D-V-D to be released next year. Net proceeds from the shows will benefit the Rock Hall‘s endowment fund.

…courtesy of YOUTUBE…enjoy Mick w/Bono & Fergie performing “Gimme Shelter”

DOORS, BEACH BOYS, JANIS: GRAMMY HALL OF FAME

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Recordings by The Doors, Beach Boys and Janis Joplin are among the newest additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame, bringing the list to 851 honored titles. The Doors are being recognized for “Riders on the Storm”; The Beach Boys for “California Girls”; and Janis Joplin for her Pearl album. Other inductees include James Brown‘s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” George Carlin‘s Class Clown, Jose Feliciano‘s “Feliz Navidad” and Bob Marley & The WailersCatch a Fire.

BEATLES: HISTORY CHANNEL AIRS SPECIAL TONIGHT!!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

If you’re a Beatles fan, this is the show you’ve got to set your TiVO for. Debuting tonight at 10:00 [ET] on the History Channel, The Beatles on Record is an hour-long chronicle of the Fab Four’s recording career. Using a mix of recent and vintage interview clips from each of the Beatles and producer George Martin, the band and their producer share insight on the songs they created during the ’60s — and as they grew and evolved as artists, turned the music world on its ear. Along with more than 60 songs, there’s rarely seen video footage shot during Beatles sessions, ending with the famous 1969 rooftop concert. While director Bob Smeaton, who also oversaw The Beatles Anthology, re-uses some of the commentary here — especially of John Lennon, for reasons that are obvious — he gives us a more tightly focused program that tracks a great bar band as it becomes rock and roll’s most dominant foursome.

Paul McCartney will star in hour-long A-B-C special on Thanksgiving night at 10:00 [ET]. Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City includes clips from both the Beatles’ historic 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York and his show this past summer that introduced rock and roll to Shea’s replacement, Citi Field. The show will also include interview footage in which he re-traces his emotional journey from being a part of the most famous foursome of all time to his present place as a venerated, solo icon.

BIRTHDAYS TODAY (Tuesday November 24, 2009)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Pete Best
1941 The drummer, whose mother owned the Casbah Cellar in Liverpool, was Ringo Starr‘s predecessor in The Beatles. Producer George Martin recommended he be replaced after signing the band to E-M-I. (Age: 68)

Freddie Mercury will be honored with a star in his U-K hometown of Feltham today, the 18th anniversary of his death. The future Queen singer moved there with his family in 1964 after attending boarding school in India. On hand for today’s ceremony will be Mercury’s mother Jer Bulsara, his sister Kash Cooke and Queen’s Brian May. Mercury died on this day in 1991 from AIDS. He was 45.

Another Bridge School Benefit album is available on I-Tunes today. The Bridge School Collection, Volume 4 features songs recorded mostly from 2005 to 2008 at Neil Young‘s Bridge School Benefit concerts. The 22-song collection includes performances by John Mellencamp, Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor, John Mayer, Norah Jones, Death Cab for Cutie and others.

PAT BENATAR: HER STORY

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Add Pat Benatar‘s name to the list of artists writing their autobiography. Between a Heart and a Rock Place will be published by Harper Collins on June 15th, 2010 to coincide with her summer tour. In addition to writing about her life and career, she talks about how her generation changed music. It is 352 pages long and contains 16 pages of color photos.

BOB SEGER: New release out today

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Bob Seger is back in stores today with Early Seger, Volume One, a collection of 10 songs, four of which were previously unreleased. The rest are taken from his early 1970s albums Smokin’ O-Ps, Back in ’72 and Seven. It is available only at Meijer’s [pr: MY-yers], a Midwest retailer with 190 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. It will go on sale at BobSeger.com on November 30th followed by a wider release early next year.

Wow!  Here’s a little Bob Seger performing his first single from 1968 with the “BOB SEGER SYSTEM”

Joe Perry tells us once he’s done with the 2009 leg of his tour next month, he’ll get together with the other three members of Aerosmith — minus Steven Tyler — to discuss auditioning new singers. He tells us, “There’s a lot of good guys out there. It’s just a matter of seeing how it works… We’ll try some different people out… We’ll know pretty quick once we find him.” Perry’s Have Guitar, Will Travel tour pulls into the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California tonight.

As for Tyler, who has yet to comment on the band’s desire to replace him, he performed at the Michael J. Fox Foundation benefit for Parkinson’s disease Saturday night in New York. Also on the bill were Roger Daltrey, Gregg Allman and Elvis Costello.