Wednesday, December 31, 2008

May the long sets continue in to the new year!!!

Happy New Years My Fellow EHM Listeners!!!

I will see you in 2009... maybe...

: )

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Am I the only one who doesn't want a Zep Reunion?

Call me today starting at 3pm at 866-955-9290 and tell me if you really want a Zep Reunion...

Robert Plant
is speaking up about his musical plans, and it doesn't sound like it's going to include the rest of Led Zeppelin. In October, bassist John Paul Jones announced he was teaming up with guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer Jason Bonham for a tour. They have been searching for a singer to replace Plant, who had decided not to be involved. Now, months later, Plant maintains that a complete Zeppelin tour probably won't happen, but does say he's still in touch with some of the guys.

According to, Plant told the BBC he's content to continue working with singer and Raising Sand partner Alison Krauss, explaining, "I'm doing very well with Alison and I'm enjoying that. I still see Jimmy quite a lot and he's very complimentary and supportive of what I'm doing. But we are in different places now and you have to go on to do different things." Meanwhile, Page, Jones and Bonham are reportedly looking for another singer. One of the possible contenders could be Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy.

I think if I had my way I'd prefer another Krauss Kolaboration now and a Zep tour 5 years from now....

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Holy S*^# thats good cheesecake!

Best Cheesecake... Holy Mosses Cheesecake

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New for 2009

U2 has set March 3rd, 2009 as the release date for its 12th studio album, with the title confirmed as No Line on the Horizon. The project was written and recorded in various locations, including Morocco, New York, London and the group's own studio in Dublin, Ireland. Production was handled by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, who have previously collaborated on some of U2's most successful earlier albums. No Line on the Horizon follows up 2004's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

A video for the lead single, rumored to be called "Sexy Boots," was shot in London two weeks ago.

The album's release was delayed from this fall to early 2009 because the band wanted to add more songs to the record. Frontman Bono said last September, "I'm always the one who underestimates how easy it is to simply 'put out the songs now.' If it was just up to me they'd be out already!...We want 2009 to be our year, so we're going to start making an impression very early on."

According to, other songs expected to appear on the album include the title track, "Moment of Surrender" and "Unknown Caller." A source told Billboard that the music is "amazing and a little out there."
A five-minute preview of Neil Young's long-awaited 10-disc set, Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 has been posted on You Tube. The collection, which will be sold as both a DVD and Blu-Ray disc will be released on February 24th, and features 128 tracks -- including 43 unreleased recordings, dozens of high definition videos, along with a 236-page hardcover book.

Check it out...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jagger, Jett, and more...

Mick Jagger has teamed up with Ben Affleck to produce a new documentary short which will raise the awareness of Congolese families ripped apart and displaced by a decade of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Reuters reported that the film, called Gimme Shelter after the Rolling Stones' 1969 classic, sheds light on the estimated 1.3 million displaced people in Congo, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

Jagger said in a statement, "I hope this video will help highlight the plight of the... displaced people and also the thousands of innocent people who are needlessly losing their lives there."

Affleck, who directed the film and has traveled to central Africa four times since 2007, explained, "Too much of the world is indifferent or looking the other way. I'm urging people not to look the other way, not to turn off their TV when news of the violence in the DRC comes on."

The film will be distributed online at as well as on TV and the big screen.
Joan Jett revealed that she owes large part of her career to the Who. Jett spoke to Rolling Stone and explained that the band believed in her material enough to set her up with free studio time at their Rampart Studios to record her debut album in 1980.

Jett explained, "We would not have been able to make that record if they hadn't helped us. They basically let us record what became Bad Reputation and (said), 'Pay us when you can.' (My manager) Kenny (Laguna) had been friends with the Who and Bill Curbishley, who was their manager for many years. They let us come into their place and do it."

Along with the classic title track, Jett's Bad Reputation album featured covers of "You Don't Own Me," "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)," "Shout," and "Wooly Bully."

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CB is still going...

The St. Louis house where Chuck Berry lived when he wrote such legendary rock and roll classics as "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Memphis, Tennessee," "Maybellene" and "Sweet Little Sixteen," among many others, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Associated Press reported that Berry and wife Toddy lived in the one-story house in the city's Ville neighborhood from 1950 to 1958.

George Thorogood has been a lifelong fan of Berry's and says that as far as rock artists go, Berry is a complete and unbeatable package, "With Chuck Berry, you've got the all-time four-star player. He's a great performer, a great writer, a great singer, and a great player. Not many people have that, all four things combined. Some can sing great, but they don't write. Some write, but they don't sing. Chuck Berry was the first of that. There's only a handful of them. John Fogerty is one, the Beatles... There's very few that have all that covered. And I'm talking about great writing and great performing. I'm not just talking about, 'Oh, he plays guitar pretty good or he writes pretty good.' (He's) up there on the top with all four things... Arguably, probably the greatest rock and roll star ever."

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Chuck Berry will next perform two New Year's Eve shows on December 31st in the heart of New York's City's Times Square at B.B. King's Blues Club.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Picture Book

Newly released is the deluxe six-disc Kinks box set called Picture Book, which chronicles the band's four-decade career. The collection features over 100 tracks including all of the band's classic hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s.

Picture Book chronicles every era in the band's history and features numerous rare home demos, alternate mixes, live versions, and previously unreleased BBC TV and radio & sessions. Kinks leader Ray Davies had a hand in compiling the set.

Highlights on the Kinks' 138-track Picture Book box set include: "You Really Got Me," "Stop Your Sobbing," "All Day And All Of The Night," "Tired Of Waiting For You," "A Well Respected Man," "Till The End Of The Day," "Sunny Afternoon," "Village Green Sunny Afternoon," "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion," "Waterloo Sunset," "Death Of A Clown," "Picture Book," "The Village Green Preservation Society," "Arthur," "Lola," "Apeman," "Celluloid Heroes," "Father Christmas," "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," "Destroyer," "Come Dancing," "Do It Again," and many, many more.

Dave Davies says that although his guitar work and brother Ray's songs often receive the most credit for the band's success, original bandmates, drummer Mick Avory, and bassist Pete Quiafe, both greatly contributed to the band's legacy.

The Kinks, featuring only the Davies brothers from the original line-up, disbanded in 1996. In 1999 the original foursome took part in some studio sessions for a planned comeback, but none of the songs have been released to date. Ray Davies has expressed interest in reuniting the original lineup for a new album for 2009, but so far no announcement has been made on the Kinks reuniting.

Remember this commercial?

U2 has filmed a video for the first single from its upcoming new album, according to a post at The Irish group was in London last week to shoot the clip, with the post stating, "We are sworn to secrecy on the finer details of the shoot... but there may have been some marching girls involved. With their boots on." The last sentence could be a hint about the song's title, which is rumored to be "Sexy Boots." The new U2 record, tentatively called No Line on the Horizon, is due out sometime in the first half of 2009 after the band bumped it from a late 2008 arrival.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cause great songs will carry you a long way

John Fogerty is prepping a new studio album and concert DVD which also features a look back at his Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) past. Fogerty told Billboard that for the followup to his 2007 Grammy-nominated Revival album, he's recording a sequel to his 1973 one-man band debut The Blue Ridge Rangers. The album, which has become a cult favorite over the years, featured Fogerty tackling country standards from Hank Williams, George Jones, and Jimmy Rodgers.

Fogerty says that he definitely wanted the new collection, titled The Return Of The Blue Ridge Rangers, to appeal to the masses rather than be a vanity project, explaining, "I've known for years that if I ever did a Blue Ridge Rangers album again I sure didn't want to play all the instruments. I had long felt that was probably something that was wrong with the first album."

He says that making a commercial album was important to him: "My prerequisite was that I didn't want to get into the realm of trying to be really hip and obscure. I've seen people get really out there, and it's stuff nobody's heard of or maybe it's stuff nobody wants to hear of. For me it just had to be a good song, a great song, 'cause great songs will carry you a long way."
Pearl Jam will reissue its classic 1991 debut album, Ten, on March 24th, in a deluxe edition that will be available in four different versions. Each version will include a remastered version of the original album along with a completely new remix of the set by longtime Pearl Jam producer Brendan O'Brien. Bassist Jeff Ament also supervised a revamped version of the album artwork. The remixed version of the CD contains six previously unreleased songs from the same period, including early versions of "Breath" and "State of Love and Trust," a vocal version of "Brother," plus "Just a Girl," "Evil Little Goat" and "2,000 Mile Blues."
A human rights organization called Reprieve is launching a campaign called "Stop The Music Torture," aimed at ending the American practice of blasting music at loud levels while "interrogating" prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. According to U.K. publication The Guardian, music from heavy rock acts such as AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica and Nine Inch Nails has been used, as well as less aggressive and somewhat more surprising selections from Britney Spears, David Gray, Eminem, Aerosmith, and even children's shows like Barney and Friends and Sesame Street.
  • Reprieve has listed these songs among the ones used most frequently by U.S. military interrogators:
    Metallica - "Enter Sandman"
    Drowning Pool - "Bodies"
    AC/DC - "Shoot to Thrill" and "Hell's Bells"
    Barney and Friends - "I Love You"
    Bruce Springsteen - "Born in the USA"
    Sesame Street - "Theme Song"
    Nine Inch Nails - "March of the Pigs" and "Mr. Self-Destruct"
    Queen - "We are The Champions"
    Rage Against The Machine - "Killing in the Name Of"

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Viva La Could Fly

Coldplay's Chris Martin has told NME Radio that the similarities between their song 'Viva La Vida' and Joe Satriani's 'If I Could Fly' are entirely coincidental.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Satiani is suing Coldplay for plagiarism over the issue.

Martin said that Coldplay have been left feeling shocked by Satriani's claims.

He said: "When these things happen it's a coincidence and we're as surprised by it as anybody else."

Martin then explained that he hadn't stolen the song and could remember precisely how he wrote it.

"Oh, I know exactly where the song ['Viva La Vida'] came from. It came from in the middle of the night, on a piano. I just get embarrassed about having to talk about these things."

He also admitted feeling hurt by Satriani's allegations, saying: "I do feel a bit upset about it because I wrote the song. But, you know, these things happen. Whatever will be will be."

Despite admitting the band hadn't "had the best of days", due to the discussions about the plagiarism claim, Martin still had some positive words for Satriani, calling him an "amazing" musician.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Afternoon Show's back in the studio today on this rainy New Release Tuesday

Pete Townshend says that the validation that he and Roger Daltrey received at Sunday night's (December 7th) Kennedy Center Honors, may underline the fact that their work on a social level may be done. The Who survivors received honors along with Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman, country music legend George Jones, and choreographer Twyla Tharp.

Townshend spoke with The Washington Post and explained that part of his original mission as the Who's songwriter was to give a voice to their social class, saying, "(The British working class) had never been heard. So we created our own language, which was rock and roll. And this honor is the establishment saying, 'We hear you.' And that's a strange thing, because if they can hear us, maybe we don't need to do this anymore. It's like somebody saying to Tupac Shakur, 'Ah, I understand what you're saying.' Well, you're not supposed to understand what he's saying. You're supposed to be f***ing scared."


Details are slowly emerging about Bruce Springsteen's upcoming album, called Working On A Dream. Billboard reported that the album's opening track, "Outlaw Pete," runs eight minutes long. Other details on the E Street Band album show that a couple of the tracks -- "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "What Love Can Do" -- both fall below the three-minute mark.

The album features the final studio performances of late E Street organist Danny Federici, as well as contributions from his son Jason, who's also a keyboardist.

Working On A Dream, Springsteen's 16th studio set, will be available on January 27th as both a vinyl LP and a deluxe CD version, featuring a DVD with 38 minutes of behind-the-scenes studio footage taped during the album's recording sessions.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform during the half-time show at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida on February 1st, 2009. No other live dates have been announced yet. It's still up in the air whether Nils Lofgren, who's recovering from double hip replacement, will be able to make the Super Bowl gig.

Friday, December 5, 2008

This is our 100th post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just a quick thank you to everyone who has supported this blog!!! 100 posts would not have been possible without the continued support of the greatest listeners in the world visiting it every day. Let your friends know this is the #1 place for music news and the occasional video of a fat guy dancing in a bikini...

Now to the headlines...

Bruce Springsteen
's standout track, "Girls In Their Summer Clothes," from last year's Magic album, snagged two Grammy nominations. In the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category, he'll battle it out against Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder, and John Mayer. For the Best Rock Song Grammy, "The Boss" is up against newer bands Radiohead, Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie, and Kings Of Leon.

At the time of its release, many fans and critics commented on the fact that the track -- and several others -- harkened back to Springsteen's River-era pop sound. Springsteen himself has commented that the tunes on Magic -- and the upcoming Working On A Dream album -- have a lighter, more power-pop approach to them.
Voters for the 2009 Grammy's are facing a tough decision with two of rock's best documentaries going head-to-head in the Best Long Form Music Video. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' four hour Peter Bogdonavich documentary Runnin' Down A Dream is up against the critically acclaimed multidisc set Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who.

Also up for the award is John Mayer's Where The Light Is: Live In Los Angeles, and Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad Live. The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held February 8th, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The presentation will be broadcast live on CBS-TV.
James Taylor's recording of Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman" from his new Covers album has been nominated for the Grammy for best pop male vocal performance. Taylor faces some stiff competition against Paul McCartney, who's also vying for the prize with the live version of his autobiographical songs "That Was Me" which was recorded at L.A.'s Amoeba Records last year.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Mac Attack is Back... and Grammy Noms

Fleetwood Mac announced the initial dates for their first tour in five years, kicking off their Unleashed tour on March 1st at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. Tickets for the shows go on sale on December 15th.

The band, which features Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood, said in a joint statement: "We love our band and think the title of the tour 'UNLEASHED' perfectly describes how we all feel when we get on stage together -- especially in 2009. We're so happy to get back out on the road, perform everyone's favorite songs and see our fans."

In conjunction with the tour, the band's 1977 album Rumours will be re-released as part of a special CD/DVD boxed set including previously unreleased tracks recorded during the making of the album, along with a DVD component with never-before-seen footage of the band. There's been no release date announced for the Rumours box set.

No word on rumors heard earlier in the year about Sheryl Crow joining the band...
  • Fleetwood Mac tour dates:
    March 1 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
    March 3 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
    March 5 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
    March 8 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
    March 10 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
    March 11 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Arena
    March 13 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
    March 14 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
    March 16 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
    March 17 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
    March 19 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
    March 21 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
    March 24 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
    March 25 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
    March 26 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada

Lil Wayne led the field of nominees for the 51st annual Grammy Award nominations, which were announced Wednesday, December 3rd, in Los Angeles. A portion of the nominations were announced during The Recording Academy's first-ever live nominations concert special, dubbed The Grammy Nominations Concert: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, held at the Nokia Theater L.A. live in downtown Los Angeles.

Coldplay also racked up an impressive seven nominations for their work on the Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends CD. The band is mentioned in categories that include record, album and song of the year, best rock album, best rock song, and best pop performance by a group.

Other big nominations-grabbers were Jay-Z, Ne-Yo and Kanye West who each earned six nods. Alison Krauss, John Mayer, Robert Plant, Radiohead, and Jazmine Sullivan received five nominations each, while Adele, Danger Mouse, Eagles, Lupe Fiasco, George Strait, and T.I. each received four nominations.

LL Cool J and Taylor Swift co-hosted the nominations special, which also featured performances by Celine Dion, Foo Fighters, Mariah Carey and B.B. King. The event was immediately followed by a concert by John Mayer.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held February 8th, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The presentation will be broadcast live on CBS-TV.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pretenders Fan In Your Fam? Here's The Perfect Gift...

The Pretenders have announced their first headlining tour in five years, kicking off on January 29th in Albany, New York. The band, which is playing a few select holiday shows this month, will be promoting their latest album, Break Up The Concrete.

Chrissie Hynde says that the new album wasn't spurred on by any great artistic vision that she needed to get out to the band's fans: "Well, I guess I just had a few songs. It just seemed like the time was right. I'm not any kind of a deadline or anything. These things kind of fall into place when the time's right. You can't really plan them... or I certainly don't. I'd been doing a lot of touring and you can't keep playing the old songs all the time 'cause it's just boring. So it just seemed like the time had come."

  • The Pretenders tour dates:
    December 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
    December 12 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
    December 13 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
    January 29 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
    January 30 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
    January 31 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa/Music Box
    February 2 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
    February 4 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
    February 5 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
    February 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
    February 7 - Mashantucket, CT - Fox Theatre
    February 9 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
    February 10 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
    February 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
    February 13 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
    February 14 - Akron, OH - Akron Civic Center
    February 15 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
    February 17, 18 - Milwaukee, WI - Northern Lights Theater
    February 20 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
    February 21 - Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Hotel & Casino
    February 22 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
    February 24 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
    February 25 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
    February 27 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
    February 28 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
    March 1 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q / Waller Creek Amph.
    March 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
    March 5 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
    March 6 - Pala, CA - Pala Casino
    March 7 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
    March 8 - Anaheim, CA - Grove Of Anaheim
    March 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
    March 13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
    March 14 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino
The Pretenders have just issued their first E.P. of Christmas music. The four-track collection features the band's own holiday standard, "2000 Miles," along with yuletide evergreens "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Blue Christmas," and "Blue Christmas Part 2."
Paul McCartney has ruled out a major world tour -- but says that he may do some select gigs as part of the Fireman. McCartney's latest Fireman collaboration with producer Youth called Electric Arguments is out now and receiving mostly positive reviews. McCartney was asked if he and Youth have any intentions of taking the show on the road. The former Beatle told BBC News, "At the moment we haven't got any plans. But we're kind of anticipating it. Me and Youth have said we'll see how it goes. If suddenly there's a big demand for it, I'd like to try it. It would be quite challenging."

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Bruce Video

Bruce Springsteen's latest single from his upcoming Working On A Dream album, called "My Lucky Day" is available as a digital download and a streaming video on

The video shows Springsteen working through the song with E Streeters Max Weinberg, Roy Bitten, and Garry Tallent. Also featured in the clip, which runs over six minutes long, is Steven Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa, Clarence Clemmons, and Nils Lofgren. Newer members Soozie Tyrell and Charlie Giordano are nowhere to be seen in the low-fi fly-on-the-wall clip.



Paul McCartney defended former bandmate Ringo Starr, who recently posted a message on his website ( saying that he would no longer sign items from fans mailed to him. The message, which showed a slightly unnerved Ringo putting his foot down about signing items, put more than a few fans off. Ringo's representatives explained that the angry video message was due to the fact that numerous fans were selling the autographed items on eBay. reports that McCartney said, "Ringo's always been like that, God bless him. We love Ringo because he just says what he thinks. If he doesn't want to sign anything anymore then he doesn't have to. I don't mind that, I think it's really good; it's his life after all. And yeah, he gets in trouble occasionally, but as anyone who has known Ringo as long as I have knows that's what he's like. I think it's a good quality; it's called honesty actually."

Monday, December 1, 2008

This is too funny...

So Beyonce has a new single out with quite the interesting video... Click below to see it, but even better than that is the re-enactment below by a large portly fella...


Original Video

Hilarious Video

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Welcome back!

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has confirmed that he won't be touring with the band any time soon, although he also indirectly seemed to give his blessing to the possibility of the other Zeppelin members going on the road with a different vocalist. According to the Robert Plant Newswire, Plant told the Birmingham Evening Mail that he'll begin work on a new album in January, which would prevent him from going on tour, although he added, "But I understand that everyone's got to eat." He also said about the new project, "They won't be calling it Led Zeppelin!"

Plant will be working with country singer Alison Krauss again on a follow-up to their successful Raising Sand album.

The other members of Zeppelin -- guitarist Jimmy Page, drummer Jason Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones -- have confirmed that they are thinking about hitting the road, possibly with Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy, although the project has not been officially announced yet.
Bruce Springsteen has made a second song from his upcoming Working On A Dream album available as a digital download, according to Beginning today, the new E Street Band track "Lucky Day," will be available as an exclusive download at Springsteen has already made the album's title track available as a paid download in the iTunes store exclusively through December 9th.
The Who's new double DVD Live At Kilburn 1977 is Number One this week on the Billboard Top Video Charts. The two-disc set features the band's infamous Kilburn State Gaumont gig from December 15th, 1977 -- which was drummer Keith Moon's second-to-last performance with the band prior to his death the following year. The concert was filmed for use in the band's 1978 documentary The Kids Are Alright, but Pete Townshend has not allowed the footage to be released until now.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Today's Music Happenings...

See you tonight at the Southampton Public House, 40 Bowden Square in Southampton Village, from 9-11 for the big THANKSGIVING EVE PARTY!!!!

We always have so much fun at the Publick House... Check out photo's from out Halloween Party at SPH to the right of this post...
Neil Young
says that he feels so comfortable with his current live band that he's able to tackle nearly all of his varied catalog with ease. Young's current tour is a much more "hit friendly" affair, with him tackling some of his most loved songs including, "Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)," "Cinnamon Girl," "Old Man," "Heart Of Gold," among others.

Young told Rolling Stone that working with longtime friends and musicians certainly helps bring the classics to life, explaining, "I haven't done a tour like this in 15 years. With this band, there's no limit to what kind of music I can make. My other bands were always one thing or another. This band can handle anything."

On December 2nd, Young will release his latest archival concert set, called Sugar Mountain Live At Canterbury House 1968. The album was recorded on November 9th, 1968 at the Canterbury House at University of Michigan. Young, who had only left the Buffalo Springfield six months earlier, was still a year away from superstardom and was finding his way as a solo act.

Also in the pipeline is a Crazy Horse album called Toast which was left unreleased back in 2000, that Young has just remixed in 5.1 surround sound. He says that after relistening to it, the project makes sense to him: "I didn't like it when I first made it. It's a mind-blowing record, very moody, kind of jazzy. The whole thing has got a massive sound." There's been no release date set for Toast.
Todd Rundgren will produce the upcoming New York Dolls album featuring group cofounders David Johansen and Syl Sylvain. Rundgren produced the band's classic 1973 self-titled debut, which went on to inspire the burgeoning New York City punk scene. The upcoming untitled album begins production in January, and will be released on the recently relaunched Atco Records. The New York Dolls will support the album with a world tour next year.

Johansen told that he's looking forward to the reunion with Rundgren, saying, "We're really excited to be working with Todd again. We're hoping to recapture the same magic on the forthcoming album."

For those who didn't know:

  • David Johansen and guitarist Syl Sylvain are the two surviving members of the Dolls. Bassist Arthur Kane died at age 55 in 2005 from complications related to leukemia, original drummer Billy Murcia died from substance abuse while on tour in England in 1972, guitarist Johnny Thunders from a drug overdose in 1991, and drummer Jerry Nolan, who replaced Murcia, died from a fatal stroke in 1992.
  • In 2006 the band reunited to record One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This. The album was produced by veteran producer Jack Douglas, best known for his work with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and John Lennon. Douglas worked under Rundgren while engineering the Dolls' debut album.
U2 and the Killers lead a list of top-level artists contributing exclusive songs to RED (WIRE), a new "digital magazine" launching on December 1st, World AIDS Day. According to, other acts slated to make contributions include Coldplay, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, Elvis Costello, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan. The magazine is a publication of the activist organization (RED), a project of U2 singer Bono. All proceeds from subscriptions to (RED)WIRE, which cost five dollars, will benefit HIV-infected people living in Africa.
Subscribers will receive a new issue of the magazine every Wednesday, containing an exclusive song from a well-known artist, a track from an artist that (RED) wants to highlight, multi-media pieces and a look at how the proceeds are helping Africans. Subscribers will get the magazine in a custom player that's automatically loaded into iTunes.

Users can also send two free issues to friends and will receive prizes if any of them subscribe.
U2 recorded its track for (RED)WIRE last week, while the Killers' contribution will be their latest Christmas song, "Joseph, Better You Than Me," also featuring Elton John and the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant.

Additional songs and artists will be announced in the weeks ahead, along with other content.
The original cover painting done for Metallica's classic 1986 album Master of Puppets, done by artist Don Brautigam, sold for a final price of $35,000 at an auction held by Christie's in New York City, according to The actual price was $28,000, with buyer's fees totaling another $7,000. The painting was one of many pieces of pop culture art that went up for bids on Monday (November 24th), with many of them coming from the punk and rock genres.
  • The sale, which also featured items from Nirvana, the Beatles, the Ramones and others, netted a total of $750,000.
  • Among the items which sold were:
    - A ring worn by Elvis Presley during one of his final tours for $32,500
    - A trumpet that belonged to Louis Armstrong for $27,500
    - Original tapes from Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland sessions for
    - Proof of smallpox vaccination certificate for Paul McCartney for $5,000
    - A postcard handwritten by Elvis for $7,250
  • Items that did not reach their reserve price and remained unsold included the original album art for the Beastie Boys' 1986 debut Licensed to Ill and Kurt Cobain's childhood bass.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Going Out of Business Sale...

It was 32 Thanksgivings ago (November 25th, 1976) that the Band played its most famous concert. Billed as The Last Waltz, the show at Winterland in San Francisco featured the group, along with an all-star guest list, in what became the farewell performance of the original quintet.

Among the friends on the bill that night were Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, and the Staple Singers.

Shortly before his death in 1999, singer-bassist Rick Danko spoke about the Band's decision to break up, "It seemed that it was time to bring it in. You know, it seemed like it was time to have a kinda going-out-of-business sale. I didn't really believe that we were putting it away like that... thought we'd maybe at least release a record a year, but we didn't."

Robbie Robertson also said that the intent of the show was not to break up the Band -- it was meant as a farewell to the road so the musicians could concentrate on recording projects, "What really happened was after The Last Waltz, people had some projects they'd been wanting to do for a while. Everybody was looking forward to the opportunity of just spreading their wings and experimenting in different areas. And everybody drifted off in these different directions, and what happened was... 'cause that wasn't the idea... what happened was everybody drifted off and never drifted back."

In 2002, remastered and expanded editions of The Last Waltz, overseen by Robertson, were released on CD, DVD, VHS, and as a theatrical film.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Who's coming out with a new album? Exactly. What? Second Base!

Roger Daltrey is eager to hear Pete Townshend's latest work, and hopes that it may lead to the band recording a follow-up to 2006's Endless Wire. Daltrey talked to Rolling Stone and said that he's hopeful for the band's future, explaining, "I love what we're doing now. I always thought Pete's writing will just get better with age. It's that kind of brain. He usually gets inspiration from the road. We'll go back to England and who knows? He's been writing. But we never know what it is until it's done. It might be a book."

Friday, November 21, 2008

Touring Awards... McCain v. Browne

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band snagged the awards for Top Tour and Top Draw for their 2007-2008 Magic tour at the fifth annual Billboard Touring Awards, which were held Thursday night (November 20th) at New York City's Roosevelt Hotel ballroom. Billboard reported that Springsteen's manager Jon Landau won the Top Manager award and Bon Jovi was given the Humanitarian Award for their work with the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation.

The Allman Brothers Band were named "Legend Of Live," and an emotional Gregg Allman accepted the honor on behalf of the band and his late brother Duane Allman, who co-founded the group and died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Allman explained to the audience, "It happens to be today would have been his 62nd birthday and I'm sure he's looking down at this and is really proud of us. We'll keep coming back until we can't come back no more."

Drummer and Allmans' co-founder Butch Trucks added, "We've been able for 40 years now to go out and have fun -- an unbelievable amount of fun and enjoyment and spiritual gratification. The last few years has probably been more fun than ever. I leave the stage every night and say, I'd pay you to let me do that!"
Senator John McCain is fighting Jackson Browne over what Browne has called illegal use of his 1977 song "Running On Empty" during the McCain presidential campaign. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCain is being represented by attorney Lincoln Bandlow at Spillane Shaeffer, who has filed two 20-page motions on behalf of McCain.

The first is a motion to dismiss, stating the Senator's use of Browne's song falls under terms of fair use, "based on the application of the standard four-factor test that includes the purpose and character of the use of the song." McCain's lawyers argue that its usage was "non-commercial and transformative." McCain claims that he only used the song's title and that it is an acknowledged cliche.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Boss and The Wrestler

Bruce Springsteen's title song to forthcoming film The Wrestler was written after actor Mickey Rourke wrote the singer a personal letter.

The Wrestler, directed by Darren Aronofsky, stars Rourke as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a faded professional wrestler attempting a comeback.

Rourke explains how he persuaded Springsteen to write the song, saying: "I wrote Bruce a letter, because we’ve known each other over twenty years, and he knows what I used to be, or whatever. Where I went. What I’d been reduced to. I told him how I felt lucky now and didn’t have to end up being this guy, being Randy.

"A while later I got a call in the middle of the night: he said he’d written a little song, for nothing. It’s fucking beautiful, right? I was honoured he took the time, because he’s a busy cat. I mean, I’m so goddam proud of this magical movie and to have Bruce’s input… ain’t nobody in Hollywood with all their millions can just ring the man and he’ll do a song, y’know?"

The Wrestler is released in the UK on January 16.

Meanwhile, Springsteen’s new album, Working The Dream, is released on January 27. The track “The Wrestler” will appear as a bonus track.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Its gonna be a good holiday season for music fans...

Out now on Blu-ray DVD is The Who: Kilburn 1977. The collection features the band's infamous Kilburn State Gaumont gig from December 15th, 1977 -- which was drummer Keith Moon's second-to-last performance with the band prior to his death the following year.

The setlist for the Kilburn disc is: "I Can't Explain," "Substitute," "Baba O'Riley," "My Wife," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Dreaming From The Waist," "Pinball Wizard," "I'm Free," "Tommy's Holiday Camp," "Summertime Blues," "Shakin' All Over," "My Generation," "Join Together," the live premiere of "Who Are You," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."
Out now on CD is the two-disc set The Doors: Live At The Matrix, San Francisco, March 10, 1967. The collection features the band two months after the release of their self-titled debut and just on the cusp of international stardom.

The eight-track disc includes "Back Door Man," "Light My Fire," "When The Music's Over," "Alabama Song," "Break On Through," "Fever," "People Are Strange," and "The End."
Coming on December 9th will be the Jimi Hendrix DVD At Last... The Beginning: The Making Of Electric Ladyland and the companion CD Electric Ladyland Collector's Edition, which is sold separately and packaged with a DVD. The set commemorates Hendrix's third and final album with the Experience -- the late Noel Redding and recently deceased Mitch Mitchell -- and was the last studio set released during his lifetime.

The Making Of Electric Ladyland, was originally broadcast on VH1 as part of the Classic Albums series, but the new edition includes about 40 additional minutes featuring friends and musicians who contributed to the legendary album's sessions. Among those featured in the documentary are Redding, Mitchell, former Animals bassist and Hendrix manager Chas Chandler, Band Of Gypsies drummer Buddy Miles, Jefferson Airplane's Jack Casady, and Traffic's Steve Winwood and Dave Mason as well as others who participated in the Electric Ladyland sessions that took place at London's Olympic studios and New York City's Record Plant.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Release Tuesday....

Out today is Paul McCartney's third album under the Fireman moniker, Electric Arguments. For the past 15 years, McCartney's Fireman collaborator, DJ/producer Youth, has helped him take his improvised studio pieces and form them into musically diverse and off-beat records.

Electric Arguments, which is the first to feature vocals and lyrics, is much more like a standard commercial McCartney album than the two previous collaborations, 1993's Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest and 1998's Rushes. Critics, fans -- and even McCartney himself -- have stated that the quality of the new set probably would have fared better under the McCartney name, rather than the obscure side project label.
The Pretenders have just issued their first E.P. of Christmas music. The four-track collection features the band's own holiday standard "2000 Miles," along with yuletide evergreens "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Blue Christmas," and "Blue Christmas Part 2."

Next month the band will perform four holiday shows on the West Coast before heading out on the road for a proper, extended road trek in January.
And Don't forget, right after my show at 9PM, it's New Release Tuesday with Harry Waering... He'll play some tracks off some new albums coming out today and some albums that haven't even been released yet...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Have a Holly Johnny Christmas...

John Paul Jones has signed on to perform at Warren Haynes' 20th annual Christmas Jam. reported that for the first time, the charity shows will expand to two nights at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

Haynes issued a statement which spoke about how he was able to secure the Led Zeppelin bassist for the gig, "John sat in with (Gov't Mule) at Bonnaroo and after seeing him at the Led Zeppelin concert in London, we spoke about him performing at the Christmas Jam and I'm thrilled he can make it."

Also on the bill is the Allman Brothers Band, Del McCoury Band, the Derek Trucks Band, Steve Earle, Ruthie Foster, Michael Franti Acoustic featuring Jay Bowman, Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart, Johnny Winter, Gov't Mule, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, and Joan Osborne, among others.

All proceeds from the concert will again benefit Habitat for Humanity. Throughout the years, the annual concerts have raised over $650,000 for the charity.

For ticket info, log on to Here's to hoping this gets recorded for a CD/DVD release!

Friday, November 14, 2008

When It Rains... It Pours!!! But We Are Grateful

Just when you started to look forward to one Grateful Dead bio pic, a second one creeps in to preproduction.

A new Jerry Garcia biopic focusing on his early life in the Bay Area is currently in preproduction, according to Billboard. The film will shed light on Garcia's pre-Grateful Dead life, including his time in the U.S. Army, "a life-changing car accident, and his first creative encounters with members of the Northern California music scene such as future Dead bassist Phil Lesh."

The production is being based on author Robert Greenfield's book Dark Star, which featured first-person recollections of Garcia by friends and family who knew him best. Music rights to the still unnamed project are still being ironed out. No title or release date has been announced.

Last week it was announced that Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Jefferson Airplane have signed on to provide music for an upcoming Grateful Dead biopic also in preproduction, based on roadie Steve Parish's 2003 memoir Home Before Daylight: My Life On The Road With The Grateful Dead. Bob Weir has signed on to supervise the music for the film.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

God I love HBO!!

A television series based on the early life of Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis is being developed for HBO, according to Variety. The series, which Kiedis is working on with producers Marc Abrams and Michael Benson, is tentatively titled Scar Tissue. Although Kiedis' 2004 memoir had the same title, the series will focus on his childhood while the book was more about his experiences as a successful rock star with the Chili Peppers.

The producers are currently looking for a writer to tackle the pilot script. The series will reportedly be centered around Kiedis' relationship with his father, John, who was allegedly a drug dealer for acts like the Who and Led Zeppelin under his stage name, Blackie Dammett. The show will kick off with Kiedis moving from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lived with his mother, to Los Angeles to join his dad.

Kiedis told Variety about his father, "He introduced me to the arts, to a more culturally magnificent life. But some of it was this heavy, adult matter that I wasn't quite capable of digesting... It was a very rich but kind of challenging period of my life. I was thrust into this adult mentality by age 11."

The show will take place in the West Hollywood and Los Angeles of the early Seventies. Kiedis plans to be heavily involved with the show and has been gathering memories of their life together from his father, who now lives in Portland, Oregon. Kiedis may also make cameos in the show or possibly narrate it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Dylan n' Young

Bob Dylan paid a visit to the childhood home of his good friend Neil Young prior to his November 2nd stop in Winnipeg. John Kiernan, who lives in Young's childhood house, told CBC News that he noticed his wife chatting with two men on his front lawn, and recalled, "I'm looking around and I realize, this guy (wearing a knit cap) has really great boots on, these sort of cowboy, motorcycle boots. And he was wearing really nice leather pants. And I realize I'm staring face-to-face with Bob Dylan."

According to Kiernan, Dylan and his tour manager were invited into the house and asked a lot of questions regarding Young's childhood bedroom: "OK, so this was his view, and this was where he listened to his music -- It suddenly dawned on me, when you're looking at Bob Dylan standing in a hallway, that he had a very parallel experience 200 miles to the south (in Hibbing, Minnesota), sitting in his room, listening to his music, looking out his window."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Springsteen and the Pig Skin

Bruce Springsteen will premiere the studio track to his new song "Workin' On A Dream" during the halftime portion of November 16th's Cowboys/Redskins game on NBC's Sunday Night Football, according to "Workin' On A Dream" will be shown over a montage of NFL highlights, and is from Springsteen's untitled upcoming album, due out early in 2009.

Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa duetted on an acoustic version of the tune last week in Cleveland, at a pre-election rally for Barack Obama.

The airing of the Springsteen song marks the first time he's used the NFL to premiere new music. Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform during the half time slot at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida on February 1st, 2009.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bored at work?

Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are

keep in mind, I think this is funny because of the way it makes fun of CNN... Enjoy!

Mudcrutch Live, McCartney Recorded

Tom Petty's side project Mudcrutch will release a live EP called Extended Play Live tomorrow (November 11th) which was recorded earlier this year at the band's series of intimate club shows.

Petty posted on his official website ( that after years of waiting to release the first album from his pre-Heartbreakers band, he didn't want the live EP to sound too much like the band's 2008 self-titled debut, explaining, "I didn't want to do a live album because I thought it would be too much of a mirror image of what we had done in the studio. But when I heard things like the 15-minute version of 'Crystal River' from (L.A.'s) Troubadour (club), my mind was changed."

Extended Play Live will be released as a CD, digital download as well as on vinyl, and features four songs: "The Wrong Thing To Do," and "Bootleg Flyer" from April 20th Ventura, California's Ventura Theatre; along with "Crystal River" and "High School Confidential" recorded live on May 2nd, 2008 at L.A.'s Troubadour.

In addition to Petty on bass, Mudcrutch includes Heartbreakers' keyboardist Benmont Tench and guitarist Mike Campbell, and Mudcrutch cofounders Randall Marsh on drums and Tom Leadon on guitar. Leadon is the younger brother of former Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon.
Paul McCartney has reportedly signed on to voice one of the characters in the upcoming animated feature Shrek 4, according to The Shrek films are said to be among the favorite of McCartney's five year-old daughter Beatrice with former wife Heather Mills.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Getting your holiday wish list together...

Out on Tuesday (November 11th) is the third and final box set featuring newly remastered and expanded Genesis albums. The seven-disc collection called Genesis 1970-1975, features the band's studio sets Trespass (1970); Nursery Crime (1971); Foxtrot (1972); Selling England By The Pound (1973); and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974). The set is rounded out with a DVD of era-appropriate performances, recently conducted interviews, and other material.

Strangely, the band's 1969 debut album From Genesis To Revelation is not included in the set.

Tony Banks is still hopeful for a string of reunion shows with the band's classic '70s five-man lineup featuring him, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, and former frontman Peter Gabriel. Banks told Billboard, "We've never said never about it. I know Phil would be quite happy with the idea of just playing the drums; it would be quite fun for him. Mike and I are certainly happy to do it. I know Steve is keen as well. I think it'd be down to Peter more than anyone else . . . (I'd like to) do a sort of best-of from that era. You want to do things like 'Supper's Ready,' I think, and 'The Musical Box,' definitely."

Stephen Stills is looking forward to the upcoming released of his 1970 sessions with Jimi Hendrix. The songs and jams that will make up the project were discovered by Graham Nash while archiving Stills' work for a box set.

Stills talked about the joint sessions which took part during the recording of his 1970 self-titled debut, and shed some light on the already bootlegged, legendary unreleased track, "White N-----." He joked to Mojo, "I wasn't sold on the lyric, but it's out there and no one's complained yet, so to hell with it! Jimi thought it was great -- he wanted to call it 'Black Honky!' That was the whole point -- it was a giggle, but also post-racist. Color? Big deal."

Stills says that he and Hendrix were always trading licks and guitar tips with each other, and recalls that Hendrix turned him on to restringing lefty guitars for righties for a better sound.

Hendrix author and expert Brad Tolinski told that fans of both artists are in for a special treat once the album is released: "In 1970, both Jimi and Stephen were in their creative prime, so there is every possibility that these recordings could be quite good and historically significant. There is no doubt that anyone interested in either Hendrix or Stills, or great guitar playing in general, will want to hear this collaboration."

There has been no release date for the untitled Stills-Hendrix album, which is being released with the full cooperation of the Hendrix estate.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Grateful Movie

Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Jefferson Airplane have signed on to provide music for the upcoming Grateful Dead biopic, according to Rolling Stone. The film, which is still in preproduction, is based on roadie Steve Parish's 2003 memoir Home Before Daylight: My Life On The Road With The Grateful Dead. Bob Weir has signed on to supervise the music for the film, and the shortlist of directors for the film include Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Jonathan Demme and Larry Charles.

Parish says that close friend Jerry Garcia would absolutely approve of the band's story being told on the big screen: "Jerry always talked about movie making. We always talked about doing projects. Jerry was really into movies. He loved films, old ones, strange ones."

Producer Stephen Emory shed some light on the film, saying, "It was a great time for the band and the country. It goes from 1967, when Steve signed on with the band, and runs through the next ten years. It has all the pain, love, and the brotherhood. I don't want to get into the heroin problems and darker responsibilities that happened later."

Parish says that he and Weir are playing the standard waiting game filmmakers always endure before a film gets 'greenlit': "Bob and I are waiting. It's like standing on ice blocks."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Ray's back with the Kinks

Ray Davies has revealed that The Kinks are working on a new album.

Despite persistent rumours that the band were unlikely to record or play together again, Davies told BBC News that the band are currently writing new material.

"We've started a little bit of this and that," he said. "But it is too early to judge the quality. It depends if there's good music. We want good new music. I'd like to do it as a more collaborative thing than we used to do."

Davies said that he would have to fit a full Kinks reunion around his solo projects, which include a US tour, an album with a choir and a collaborations album.

Speaking of the collaborations project, Davies said he was interested in working with Johnny Borrell, Chuck Berry and Snow Patrol, as well as unsigned bands: "I'd love to do something with Johnny, but I'd like to find new bands. Unsigned even. I usually like the underdogs.

"We'll see how it works out - a mixture of Snow Patrol and Chuck Berry. It should be an interesting record."

The Kinks are now one of the few British bands of the 1960s whose founder members are all still alive.

The band last performed live together in 1996.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween 08

Check out the Slide Show (to the right just under my links) from the EHM Halloween party at Southampton Publick House!

Lennon and Jagger duet release???

Bruce Springsteen will release his next album sooner than many fans hoped. reported that "Workin' On A Dream," which Springsteen premiered as an acoustic duet with wife Patti Scialfa on Sunday (November 1st) at a rally for Sen. Barack Obama in Cleveland, will be included his upcoming album which is "expected to see release around the time of the Presidential Inauguration in January 2009." Springsteen is said to have been recording the still-untitled collection throughout the fall.

The album is being called the follow-up to Springsteen's last studio album Magic, suggesting that the set will be a proper E Street Band album rather than a solo Springsteen project. No release date has been set for the record.
Details of a tape made by author Terry Southern featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger jamming together in the mid-'70s has been made public by one of the few people to have heard it.

Musician Jim Ratts posted an essay on about helping Southern's son Nile archive his father's tapes from the '60s and the '70s when he stumbled upon an undated tape which featured Lennon, possibly with Donovan. The session started with them jamming on "Rock Island Line", and Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue." That was followed by Lennon discussing how Dylan "borrowed" from old folk tunes before running through old skiffle favorites "Railroad Bill" and "Liverpool Lou." At one point Lennon broke into a Howard Cosell impression.

The other side of the tape features Lennon and Jagger performing Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe", the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb", the Beatles' "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", Elvis Presley's "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care", Ben E. King's "Stand By Me", the Drifters' "There Goes My Baby," Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover," and several Buddy Holly classics, including "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Listen To Me", "Words Of Love", "Everyday," "Rave On," "Tell Me How," and "Maybe Baby."

The tape is owned by Nile Southern and according to the article, "... until he chooses to release it, it will remain unavailable."

Terry Southern was particularly close to the Beatles in the late '60s and early '70s, having written the story and/or scripts to two movies starring Ringo Starr -- 1968's Candy and 1969's The Magic Christian. Southern also wrote such '60s classics as Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider.

Monday, November 3, 2008

U2 Tower??? Seriously, you can't make this up...

It was 34 years ago this week that George Harrison launched his "George Harrison & Friends North American Tour" becoming the first solo Beatle to tour North America. Harrison opened the tour on November 2nd, 1974 at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver,

The 30-date tour was particularly grueling for Harrison, who had blown out his voice in the rush to complete his Dark Horse album, resulting in some reporters mockingly referring to the dates as the "Dark Hoarse" tour. To make matters worse, Harrison and his band were often playing two shows a day, with some dates not selling out. The show, which had already had pacing problems due to Harrison's choice of material, featured guest spots by saxophonist Tom Scott and Billy Preston, as well as two long Indian music sets by sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar interspersed within the concerts, which all but wrecked any momentum the "rock" aspects of the show had gained.

Although Harrison and the press liked to portray the concert audiences as hostile toward his performances, underground recordings of concerts taped in such cities as Fort Worth, Long Beach, and Baton Rouge show boisterous fans cheering the show -- including the songs from Harrison's soon-to-be critically bashed Dark Horse album, which didn't hit the stores until the tour was halfway over.
U2's plans to build a nearly 400-foot skyscraper in the heart of Dublin's docklands area have been suspended due to the ongoing global financial crisis. According to, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) said on Friday (October 31st) that it had "suspended negotiations" over the tower for up to 12 months "due to uncertainty in the property and financial markets." The members of U2 were principal investors in the tower, which was slated to house the band's brand new recording studio in a giant futuristic pod suspended at the top.

The tower, which would have been Ireland's tallest building, would have also housed a hotel, residences, shops and a public viewing platform.

The DDDA said in a statement, "The objective is to see this landmark project completed. However, given the current unfavorable economic environment, more time is needed at this juncture."

The planned project has also drawn protests in the area for its potential effect on the local area and Dublin skyline.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!

There won't be any outdoor Halloween decorations at Bruce Springsteen's house this year. According to a post on, the Boss and his wife Patti Scialfa won't be decorating their New Jersey home because the crowds have gotten just too big. Springsteen wanted to give his neighbors and friends a heads up with a note on his website, writing, "So as not to inconvenience you this Halloween, due to 'catastrophic success' (read: too many visitors for the neighborhood to handle) and concern for the safety of kids and parents! we won't be having our usual Halloween display this year in Rumson. We wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!"
Peter Frampton
is so furious at having his Obama-Biden signs stolen off his front yard, that he's installed a surveillance camera to trap the thieves entering his property. Frampton, who lives in the predominantly Republican Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that his signs supporting Sen. Barack Obama are constantly being removed from his property, explaining, "They are frustrating my attempt to use my First Amendment right to speech and political speech is supposedly the most protected. It bugs me that people are breaking the law because it bugs them so much."

Frampton, who became a U.S. citizen in 2004, said that he was so upset by the sign situation that he called the paper offering an interview -- the first time he's ever done so. He explained that the first Obama sign he put on his property lasted about three days and the second lasted a week before again disappearing from his lawn. During the course of his chat with the paper, the Obama signs were stolen again. He explained, "The reason I became a citizen is because I wanted to be able to vote and be part of being an American."

I wonder what Pete's reaction is gonna be when he realizes he's done all this to catch a group of teenagers...

Neil Young cancelled his concert last night at L.A.'s Inglewood Forum, rather than risk crossing a picket line of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). reported that the IATSE has a long history of labor disputes against the Forum and had threatened to picket during last night's show.

Young, who along with his wife Pegi are honorary lifetime members of the IATSE issued a statement saying, "I am extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the IATSE. I will miss playing in Los Angeles and apologize to my fans for the inconvenience this has caused."

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Quick Hits Today

The Pretenders are currently promoting their first album in six years, Break Up The Concrete, which was released October 7th. Although only two concerts are currently booked for December, lead singer Chrissie Hynde recently said she hopes to tour as much as possible...
MTV is expected to announce today that they have partnered with the rights holder of the Beatles' music to integrate the group's songs into the popular Rock Band video game. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. where Apple Corps and MTV will announce "an exclusive agreement to develop a global music product." According to Gamasutra, earlier media reports indicated that Apple Corps and EMI, who represent the Beatles' business interests, were in discussions with both Activision, responsible for the competing Guitar Hero series of games, and MTV...
A framed poster of the cover artwork for Nirvana's iconic 1991 album Nevermind, signed by all three members of the group, is one of the many items going up for auction at Christie's in New York on November 24th. According to the Associated Press, the auction of mostly punk rock memorabilia will also include relics like a handwritten flier for one of the Clash's first shows, publicity photos signed by the Sex Pistols, a rare 1976 Ramones concert poster and a press kit featuring one of the earliest mentions of singer David Jones' then-new name, David Bowie.

The Nirvana poster is signed by late frontman Kurt Cobain, as well as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic.

More than 120 items are going on the block, including mementos from artists like Patti Smith, the Velvet Underground, Blondie and the Cure. The various items are all expected to fetch between $300 and $6,000 each.

Perhaps the most collectible item on the list is a portable organ that John Lennon played during the Beatles' legendary 1965 concert at Shea Stadium. Although the organ was broken at the show, it was obtained and repaired by an Atlanta music shop owner. The now working keyboard could go for $150,000 to $200,000.

And now an awesome video of a cat stealing peanuts...
peanut stealing cat

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

L'ed Zeplyn??? And Billy/Bob Touring

Bob Dylan and his band will perform a special show for readers of on November 21st at the United Palace Theatre in New York. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (Friday, October 30th) at 10 a.m. ET. All purchases will require a password and there will be no general public on-sale tickets. More information is available at . Dylan is currently on tour in Canada. He released the new archival collection, Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8, earlier this month.
British promoter Harvey Goldsmith, who organized Led Zeppelin's reunion concert in London last December, has called the notion of the group touring without singer Robert Plant "pointless" in a new interview with BBC News. Guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham have been rehearsing with several different singers recently and Jones said earlier this week that they planned to go on the road. But Goldsmith said, "I certainly don't think they should do a big tour because I can't see the point of it," adding that if the threesome do go out with a different frontman, "I doubt it will be called Led Zeppelin."
Billy Joel revealed that he's going out on tour again with Elton John. According to Newsday, Joel broke the news this week at a special charity concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. The rumor has been circulating for months, but now it looks like a co-headlining tour will happen next year. The pair has teamed on the road in the past on a series of Face to Face tours.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I'll have the Led Zepplin please... medium rare, and hold the Plant

John Paul Jones has confirmed that he, Jimmy Page, and Jason Bonham will hit the road with another vocalist replacing Robert Plant. Rolling Stone reported that Jones appeared last weekend in Britain at a Manson's Guitar Show and said that Led Zeppelin's backline is planning an upcoming road trek with a yet-to-be named vocalist stepping in for Plant. He told the press, "As soon as we know who it is, we'll let you know who it is." Jones didn't say when the tour would begin.

Among the vocalists rumored to have been rehearsing with the band are Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy and, most recently, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. There has been no word as to whether Page, Jones, and Bonham will bill themselves as Led Zeppelin.

Robert Plant has been the lone holdout on signing on for a Zep reunion since their one-off reunion show last December in London. Following the recent wrap-up of his tour with Alison Krauss, Plant said that he would be holding off from any live performances for "a couple of years."

Friday, October 24, 2008

Do You Remember...? and Free Dr. Pepper

It was 44 years ago tomorrow night (October 25th, 1964) that the Rolling Stones made their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Stones' debut was nothing like the Beatles' celebrated first appearance the previous February, when they performed five songs. The Stones, who were on their second U.S. tour of the year, performed two songs in under seven minutes -- their latest hit "Time Is On My Side," and a cover of Chuck Berry's "Around And Around."

The Ed Sullivan Show wasn't the Stones' first U.S. TV performance. They had performed on Dean Martin's Hollywood Palace and The Mike Douglas Show during their first swing through the States the previous June. But it was during the Stones' 1964 Ed Sullivan Show performance that the majority of America got their first glimpse of the unruly Stones -- with Mick Jagger dressing down in a ragged sweatshirt and unwashed hair, and guitarist Brian Jones glaring menacingly toward the cameras.

The Rolling Stones eventually played The Ed Sullivan Show five more times, returning again in 1965, twice in 1966, once in 1967, and once in 1969.
The manufacturer of the Dr. Pepper soft drink is making good on an offer to provide a free can of soda to every person in the U.S. if the new Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy, were to come out before the end of 2008. With the disc now scheduled to arrive on November 23rd, the soda company has issued details of its offer. According to, fans who visit on the date of the record's release can register online and receive a coupon good for one 20-ounce Dr. Pepper, good wherever the drink is sold. The coupon will only be available for 24 hours and will expire on February 28th.

The first single off the album also titled, Chinese Democracy was released early this week. To be frank... it stinks on ice! I'm not gonna lie, if the rest of the album is this bad, then my official stands on the new Guns N' Roses will be that their career is "in the toilet..."

Judge for yourself... Check out the new tune here...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Beatles and Bloomies!!!

Sorry for the late update today, but I had such a great time hosting ladies night at the Publick House last night that I decided to sleep in....

Here's the latest happenings in our music world...

The new official Beatles iPods are now available exclusively at Bloomingdales, according to The iPods, which contain no Beatles music, comes in a $795 collectors box which includes the 13 original Beatles CDs, the two catch-all Past Masters CD collections, The Beatles LOVE CD and an engraved guitar pick. Only 2,500 units are available of the 120-GB iPod classic, which features "a laser-etched Beatles logo on the front and a silhouette of the Abbey Road album cover on the back." There has been no word on the rumored "Yellow Submarine" iPod which was believed to the model being sold this holiday season.
U2's Bono has added a new gig to his already-busy schedule: writing for the New York Times. According to Radar Online, New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal said Bono will write between six and 10 pieces for the newspaper next year on various topics ranging from poverty to Frank Sinatra. As for pay, there won't be any. The U2 frontman is doing it for free. The editor also expressed an interest in having Queen guitarist Brian May contribute some columns.
Roger Daltrey credits Michael J. Fox for the Who's current North American tour. The band had promised to perform at a benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research back in 2004, but couldn't coordinate their schedules until now. The Who will perform at the A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's -- a special private benefit for the Foundation on November 5th at New York City's Waldorf Astoria.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Attention Ryan Adams Fans

Click here to listen to some new tracks off the album, "Cardinology"

Oasis covers, Michael moves...

Oasis plan to rope in a 50-piece choir to cover a song by The Rolling Stones at BBC Electric Proms this weekend.

The Manchester rockers headline the Camden Roundhouse on Sunday (October 26) for the third year of the London-wide celebrations.

Traditionally rock bands have hooked up with classical musicians for the shows. And Noel Gallagher has revealed that the band are planning to cover the Stones' classic 'We Love You' with the Crouch End Festival Chorus.

The guitarist told BBC 6Music that the plans sprang from aborted sessions for new album 'Dig Out Your Soul'.

"Out of all the songs on the album, there's two that didn't make it that have got a 50-piece choir," he said. "The original idea for this album was to record it with this choir in Abbey Road and for whatever reason it didn't happen.

"When we got offered the Proms, we called them up and said, 'I know we let you down last time but do you fancy getting up and doing a few tunes?' I think they're going to sing on a third of the set and we're hoping to do 'We Love You'."

Gallagher did not reveal whether the abandoned album tracks will get an airing at the show.
And from the "You've got to be kidding me file..."

Michael Jackson has moved into a new house opposite a school in Las Vegas. Apparently several parents of students attending the school have complained. "They say he can see the kids getting on the school bus from his house," one is quoted as saying.

However, locals say the singer keeps a low profile and is continuously surrounded by bodyguards.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Down Economy Effecting U2??? Not so much...

U2 will get an estimated $19 million worth of Live Nation shares as part of a 12-year contract it signed with Live Nation in March. According to Billboard, the touring company registered 1.56 million shares to U2 in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The deal includes touring, merchandise and U2's website. The band's music will still be released through Universal Music.

U2's 2005-2007 Vertigo tour brought in close to $400 million.

U2 plans to release a new album early next year.

U2's Bono and The Edge are set to honor BB King and Paul Allen of Microsoft at the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles on October 28th.

Amy Winehouse has dropped plans for a third album, according to British tabloid reports.

The Rehab hitmaker, 25, went to a country cottage earlier this year to shut herself away while she penned new tracks for the album - the follow up to her multi-award winning Back to Black.

But she has now decided to put the plans on hold - as she has failed to write any songs.

A source tells the Sunday People, "Amy doesn't seem to be able to get her head down and do some work." Apparently she's only been able to get her head down and snort some coke... Allegedly!!

"The last album was released 18 months ago and she hasn't done any writing since. The talk is that there might not be another album."

A spokesperson for Winehouse was unavailable for comment.

Monday, October 20, 2008

We could all use some more Grammy Coverage

Grammy Award organisers have announced that they will reveal 2009 nominees during a primetime US television special for the very first time this year.

The 'Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!' will take place on December 3 at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles and feature performances from past Grammy winners as well as nominee announcements.

The event will also celebrate the grand opening of the Grammy Museum at the downtown Los Angeles entertainment complex that houses the Nokia Theatre, Club Nokia and the Staples Center, where the Grammy Awards are held each year.

In addition to watching the Grammy nominations telecast on CBS television, fans can buy tickets to attend the event via Ticketmaster beginning October 27. Performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is set to take place in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bruce, Billy, and Barack Last Night....

In a dream-come-true pairing for East Coast fans, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen joined forces last night (October 16th) at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom for the "Change Rocks" fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama. The show marked the first time that Springsteen and Joel have performed together since March 15th, 1999 when they both were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

According to fan reports, John Legend with special guest India.Arie opened the show, with Springsteen and Patti Scialfa joining them for a song. Springsteen then performed "The Promised Land" and "This Hard Land" solo on acoustic guitar. Joel performed "Miami 2017 (See The Lights Go Out On Broadway) and then duetted with daughter Alexa Joel on "Baby Grand." Springsteen and Joel -- along with Joel's band -- then tore through a joint set, featuring the two of them often trading off vocals to each other's classic hits -- even playing a good natured bit of "Hail To The Chief."

Among the songs performed were, "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" -- with Springsteen changing the song's key line to "The piano man joined the band," "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," "Thunder Road," "A Matter Of Trust," "Spirit In The Night" -- with Springsteen and Joel trading verses," "Allentown," "The Rising," "New York State Of Mind," "Glory Days," "River Of Dreams" featuring a bit of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" squeezed in, "Born To Run," and Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)."

Last night's show marked Joel's first benefit for Obama. Earlier this month Springsteen played acoustically at rallies for Obama in Philadelphia, Columbus Ohio, and Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen have both been labelmates on Columbia Records since 1973.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I Said Peace and Love Damnit!!!

Ringo Starr's publicist issued a formal response explaining his gruff video message on which angrily told fans that he would no longer accept fan mail or autograph memorabilia after October 20th.

The statement explained, in part, that, "This was in direct response to an inordinate amount of items which have recently appeared for sale on e-bay, and to those that repeatedly send cards and items to be signed. (The) message was not aimed at 'real fans' and after over 45 years of signing we know they will understand. Ringo has always signed items and is in fact the only Beatle to have been doing so."

The message went on to say, "Ringo also feels strongly that it is a waste of paper and we all should be mindful of our carbon footprint. At the end of the day Ringo wanted to make a message that was clear and to the point and is confident his real fans understand that.

Starr added a personal message to the press releases saying, "How amazed am I to the reaction to my video update. I hope this statement gets as much. Please read this in a mellow way. Peace and love, Ringo."

Check out the video:

And just to clarify I will continue to sign anything that is sent to me... And if you're not interested in an Anthony autograph, I have no problem signing Ringo's name on any Beatles item.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mid-Show update!!

Thanks To Tiffany of East Hampton for this...

Economy so bad we're turning to Mick for help!

Mick Jagger will be putting some of his London School of Economics training to good use when he helps draw up an e-commerce report for the European Commission. The Guardian reported that Jagger will work on the report with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, EMI's Roger Faxon, and representatives from eBay and Fiat. Jagger recently met with other members of the Online Commerce Roundtable in Brussels.

The group's report "will be concerned with the cross-border frustrations of European e-shoppers, such as problems with guarantees, after-sales service and the finer points of online music copyright." Jagger spoke at the meeting about music retailing and "the intricacies of intellectual property law and digital rights management."

European Union's competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes explained the need for the report, which will be published this month: "Consumers often find the products they are looking for are not available to them. I want to know why."

Jagger has been recording with the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart on a new, still-unnamed project.
Paul McCartney says that the lyrics to his latest experimental album under the Fireman moniker are literally happy accidents. McCartney, who usually writes his own lyrics, chose a more avant garde approach for the third Fireman album, Electric Arguments, which is the first to feature vocals and lyrics.

McCartney explained to The Telegraph how the lyrics came about: "It was sort of a William Burroughs, cut-up approach," he says. "I'd get out poetry books and just kind of scour them and find phrases, then stick them to a phrase from another book, so I wasn't nicking somebody's whole poem. And I'd go on like that until I had enough to sing. I still don't know the lyrics myself."

For the past 15 years, McCartney's Fireman collaborator, DJ/producer Youth, has helped McCartney take his improvised studio pieces and form them into musically diverse and off-beat records. The former Beatle says he welcomes the teamwork in the studio: "I like having a collaborator. Otherwise, I get the feeling of being an absent-minded professor alone in his laboratory all day. I did the first solo McCartney record all on my own. It seemed a bit lonely. There's a track on there that's about 10 minutes long. Try playing maracas for 10 minutes in a row on your own. I was standing in the room thinking, 'That's it -- I've really lost the plot.' So, after that, I thought it was probably nice to have someone in the room with me."
Rolling Stone magazine will be shrinking the size of its future issues beginning with its October 30th issue, which is due out this week. The Associated Press reported that the new size, which is more in line with other magazines on the market, will reduce production costs -- although Rolling Stone says that any savings will be offset to the magazine being able to print on thicker, glossier paper with additional pages.

The October 30th premiere of the "new" Rolling Stone will feature Senator Barack Obama on the cover. Editor and publisher Jann Wenner wrote in the new issue, "Like the man we are featuring on the cover for the third time in seven months... we embrace the idea of change. Not change for the sake of change, but change as evolution and growth and renewal, change as the kind of cultural renaissance that gave birth to Rolling Stone more than four decades ago."

Publisher Will Schenck told AP: "The size is a nostalgic element but not the iconic part of the magazine. Evolution and change is part of our DNA... We're expecting to get better placement (on the magazine stands). Right now, because of the size, it tends to be placed on the floor."

The original issues of the magazine starting in 1967 were printed as a tabloid-style newspaper, before switching in 1973 to a four-color press. In 1981 the magazine shrank to the now abandoned 10-by-12-inch size.
A source has squashed rumors that White Stripes and Raconteurs frontman Jack White was approached to tour with Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham. White had reportedly been mentioned as a fill-in for Robert Plant, who has no plans to tour with Zeppelin despite the band's massively successful reunion gig last December in London. However, the source told the U.K.'s Daily Star that White was not involved, adding, "I do not believe you can have a band called Led Zeppelin, singing Zeppelin songs, without Plant."