Friday, October 3, 2008

Allmans Honored, Joplin Remembered

The Allman Brothers Band will receive Billboard Legend Of Live award on November 20th at the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards at New York City's Roosevelt Hotel, according to Billboard. Ray Waddell, the magazine's executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment said, "They're an American institution and concert icons, and Billboard is thrilled to honor them as this year's Legend Of Live."

The prestigious Legend Of Live award "recognizes a touring professional who has had a significant and lasting impact on the concert industry." Previous Legend Of Live award winners include Elton John, legendary booking agent Frank Barcelona, and Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl, among others.

Gregg Allman says that after being sidelined for most of this year by Hepatitis C, he's feeling great being back behind the keyboard leading the band.

It was 38 years ago tomorrow (October 4th, 1970) that Janis Joplin was found dead. After a long night of partying, Joplin's body was discovered in her room at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood with fresh needle marks in her arm, and her death was ruled an accidental overdose. Joplin was 27 years old.

At the time of her death, Joplin was working on what became her final album, Pearl. Actress Zooey Deschanel has signed on to portray Joplin in the upcoming biopic titled The Gospel According To Janis. The film is currently in production and expected to be released in 2010.

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