Friday, March 13, 2009

REM Trib, Police Wine, and Bruce in 3D

R.E.M. took the stage at their own tribute show Wednesday night (March 11th) at New York City's Carnegie Hall. According to, the band made a surprise performance at the concert, which featured 20 different artists doing songs from R.E.M.'s catalog. To close out the show, R.E.M. played "E-Bow The Letter" off 1996's New Adventures In Hi-Fi. Patti Smith joined Michael Stipe on vocals, while R.E.M's Peter Buck and Mike Mills played in the background.

Other performers included Marshall Crenshaw, Guster, Calexico, Bob Mould and others. The tribute show is part of a series that helps raise money for various organizations.
Sting has plans to sell wine from his very own country estate in Tuscany, Italy. According to the Associated Press, the Police frontman plans to produce 30,000 bottles of wine which will go on sale in the United States and Britain. Although the name of the wine hasn't been revealed, it's expected to be a 2007 vintage based on the Sangiovese grape with hints of Cabernet and Merlot.

Sting bought the 16th-century villa in 1997 and has since turned about 860 acres of its acres into an organic farm that also produces honey, olive oil, fruit, vegetables and Tuscan salami. The 57-year-old singer says he initially just wanted to feed his family, explaining, "I also wanted to use agriculture with practices that would nourish the land and not deplete the land, and so we went to traditional methods with farming, we got rid of pesticides, we shunned mono culture, and it works. The farm is also a garden."


Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band started tour rehearsals this week at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey. According to, Springsteen went over a batch of songs from the new Working On A Dream album, including the title track, "Outlaw Pete," "My Lucky Day," "What Love Can Do" and "This Life." Springsteen's tour launches April 1st in San Jose, California.

Meanwhile, director Bruce Hendricks, who produced 3D feature films for pop acts the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, is setting his sights on the Boss. He tells he'd love to produce a 3D concert film starring Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, explaining, "I saw Springsteen at the Super Bowl. I'd love to do him....[I'd love to do it] in 3D. He'd be great." Hendricks hasn't approached Springsteen yet about his idea, adding, "But I think concert films in 3D are going to catch on, so we are going to see a lot of artists do them."

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