The Yardbirds, The Zombies and The Animals will tour Britain next year, according The Yardbirds website. There is some question regarding which Animals is on this tour, the Animals fronted by Eric Burdon or John Steel's Animals, the group that plays in Britain and is fronted by Animals founding drummer. The 28-show tour kicks off Jan. 23 at the 1,200-seat Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury, England, about 40 miles northwest of London that opened in 2010. The jaunt wraps in Leicester on March 7 at the 2,200-seat De Montfort Hall. There has been no word on whether the bands will be touring the U.S. together after this British tour.
For the second straight year, Taylor Swift was the Most Charitable Celebrity, according to the nonprofit organization DoSomething.org's “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good” list, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Among her donations was one that took place earlier this year on her 24th birthday when she quietly donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony.
Coming in second were the heartthrobs that comprise the English vocal group, One Direction, who started 2013 by performing volunteer work in Ghana under the banner of Comic Relief and following it up by raising more than $3 million for the organization from sales of their cover of Blondie's 1979 hit, “One Way or Another.”
In third place was Beyoncé, partly for her headlining role in the women's rights benefit “Chimes For Change” concert.
Other musical artists on the list included Carrie Underwood at No. 10; Miley Cyrus at No. 14; Demi Lovato at No. 15.; Blake Shelton at No. 16 and Justin Bieber at No. 20.
Paul McCartney topped the Billboard's 2013 Hot Tours list by racking up $40.6 million in ticket sales for the last six gigs of his “Out There Tour.” Three of those six shows took place in Japan, marking his first concerts there in 11 years.
Also included on the list was Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez, Justin Bieber, British rockers Muse, Alicia Keys, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Zac Brown Band, John Meyer and Hong Kong singing superstar Eason Chan, known as the “King of Asian Pop.”
Garth Brooks' new single, his first in five years, “The Call,” draws on the real-life relationship he has with wife Trisha Yearwood, who also appears on the record.
“It's about that point in a relationship when you make the decision whether what you have is worth fighting for, or is it just easier to call it (the relationship) ‘friends' and live life from there? Everybody goes through this. Miss Yearwood and I were in the middle of it in 2002-2003,” he tells Country Aircheck.
The 51-year-old Brooks was married to his college sweetheart from 1986 until they divorced in 2001. He and Yearwood, 49, who was a longtime friend, began dating after the divorce. They married in 2005.
The single is a live solo performance recorded during Brooks' five-year residency at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas that recently ended. Brooks announced that he'll spend a good portion of 2014 on tour and in the recording studio.
Barry Manilow announced on his website that “Night Songs,” the album of cover songs he's been working on, has been completed. His last two studio albums, 2010's “The Greatest Love Songs of All Time” and 2011's “15 Minutes” both went Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 pop album chart. The 70-year-old performer that Radio & Records named as the No. 1 Adult Contemporary Artist, wrote, “The album is filled with my favorite standards that haven't been over performed, written by some of the greatest songwriters of the century.” He added that he can't wait until the first single is released because, “it represents the style of the entire album.” The album is sparse, featuring Manilow singing and playing piano, accompanied only by a bassist. Manilow will perform eight concerts in Florida and Louisiana during the last two weeks in January. He'll tour Great Britain in May.
The 12th Annual Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding Concert at the 5,000-seat Comerica Theatre in his lifelong hometown, Phoenix, reports AZCentral.com.
The concert benefits a couple charities established and run by the 65-year-old Grand Ghoul of Rock and his wife of 37 years, Sheryl, the Rock Teen Center, that is an outlet where area teens could learn and equip themselves for their future, and also the Solid Rock Foundation, that raises money for music and arts programs n the Phoenix vicinity. The concert raised approximately $100,000.
Joining Cooper and his band in concert were Joan Jett and two of her Blackhearts, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Rob Zombie, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy, Cinderella singer-guitarist Tom Keifer and Kip Winger (who was joined by unannounced guest Robert Mason, current singer for Warrant). Hosting the show was former “Seinfeld” star and “Family Feud” host (2006-2010) John O'Hurley.
Headliner Cooper's set included his classics “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “I'm Eighteen” and “Under My Wheels” and a cover of The Doors' “Break on Through (To the Other Side).” He created an education-themed medley by hooking his 1972 biggie, “School's Out” with Pink Floyd's 1980 staple, “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.”
Coop also held another 12th annual event, a Christmas party for area kids at his Alice Cooperstown BBQ eatery-sports bar-baseball and rock and roll museum in Downtown Phoenix. Of the kids at the party, he said, “I've seen so many of these kids grow right in front of me. How can you not take care of these kids? You realize that kids are all alike everywhere in the world. They love the idea of Christmas, music and everybody dressed up silly — and it's the one day they could get anything the wanted. I am lucky to be in this position.”
Carlos Santana was reunited with an original Santana bandmate, now homeless. San Francisco TV station KRON news reporter Stanley Roberts was working on a story about illegal dumping when he came across Marcus Malone, who was a percussionist nicknamed “Marcus the Magnificent.”
Malone told Roberts that he was a founding Santana band member and that The Santana Blues Band got its start practicing in his mother's garage in 1966. Malone left the band in 1969 just before the band played its historic set at Woodstock that made them overnight worldwide sensations, and pretty much disappeared. Malone and Santana have not seen each other since Malone left the group more than 44 years ago.
Roberts was skeptical, but he checked out Malone's claim and it was proven true. Malone, who Santana credited as being an important influence in the creation of the Afro-Latin rock sound the band pioneered, played congas on Santana's self-titled 1969 2x platinum debut LP, “Santana,” that hit No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200.
Roberts contacted Santana and drove him to the camper where Malone has been staying. The two old friends embraced and Malone told the guitar legend: “You don't know how afraid I am to let you see me.”
“We cherish you,” Santana replied.
He added, paying tribute to Malone's impact on him, “It's an honor to be in your presence.”
“You and your family were always so gracious to us. Your mom is in my heart and your heart, and she's watching out for both of us,” Santana continued.
Santana promised to bring Malone a set of congas and to help him get back on his feet. After seeing Roberts' story on KRON, expressing a desire to reunite with Malone was Rod Harper, who was another original percussionist in the Santana Blues Band.
Earlier this year, Santana reunited his most famous late ‘60s lineup that played at Woodstock for a few concerts.
Britain's Sun says that country icon Dolly Parton, who will turn 68 on Jan. 19, will make her debut on the Glastonbury music fest's famed pyramid stage on June 29.
“Dolly is perfect for the Sunday Legends slot. It didn't take any convincing. She's always wanted to play Glastonbury,” said the source. “It (the Sunday date) is being kept free deliberately. She'll get a helicopter straight down on Sunday, or maybe even Saturday night after the (second O2) show.”
Parton and her “Blue Smoke Tour” will be in London that weekend. She is expected to play the 20,000-seat O2 Arena on June 27 and June 28, and she would be off until July 2, when the tour hits the 7,500-seat Capitol FM Arena in Nottingham.
Drummer Ricky Lawson, a founding member in 1981 of jazz fusion group, The Yellowjackets and session musician with extensive credits, died at 59 at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Lawson was taken off life support 10 days after becoming disoriented while performing at Spaghettini's Italian restaurant in Seal Beach. It turned out that he was suffering a massive brain hemorrhage.
Among his long list of recording sessions was on Whitney Houston's 1992 all-time classic take on Dolly Parton's “I Will Always Love You.” He took up drums as a 16-year-old and left college after one year when he was invited to play for Stevie Wonder. During the ‘80s and ‘90s he did considerable recording with Michael Jackson and Houston. He also recorded with Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Phil Collins, Bette Midler, George Benson, Al Jarreau and many others.
He and The Yellowjackets won the Best R&B Instrumental Performance Grammy for their 1986 song, “And You Know That” from their LP, “Shades.” He left The Yellowjackets after that album to tour with Lionel Ritchie.
Among the recently released albums, digital reissues, MP3 downloads and deluxe box sets are an import, “Higgs Boson Blues Live KCRW” that was recorded at the L.A. public radio station in Santa Monica in April of this year by Aussie rock vets Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds that formed in Melbourne in 1983; and also as imports, Cave & The Bad Seeds' back catalog has been re-issued; also re-issued as imports is the back catalogue from English superstar band Blur that formed in London in 1988 and in 2012 received a prestigious Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music; and Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle's back catalog is also getting the import re-release treatment.
A 10-song budget series, “The 60's,” is out starring the likes of Dean Martin that includes “Houston” and “Everybody Loves Somebody, and Janis Joplin that features “Piece Of My Heart” and “Me And Bobby McGee”; and a Japanese import, “Live in Japan” from Leon Russell.
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