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.