Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sean Penn and Madonna Are Continuing to Grow Closer

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Sean Penn and Madonna are said to be enjoying their reconnection.

The famous pair were married in 1985 for four years, but the romance was mired by violent outbursts to the press by Sean. However the two have recently been spotted out enjoying dinner in California and are said to have stayed in the same hotel during Madonna's Rebel Heart tour.

"They've really enjoyed reconnecting," an insider told Britain's Grazia magazine. "Despite the years that have elapsed since their marriage ended, their connection remains undimmed. Madonna has always carried a torch for Sean. He was her first big love; there's always been a sense of unfinished business. Now that they're both single, they're leaning on each other in a way that they haven't done since they were together. They're both excited to see where it goes."

Since splitting more than 25 years ago, both Madonna and Sean have enjoyed new marriages and romances. Sean was married to actress Robin Wright, while Madonna settled down with director Guy Ritchie. Since their respective marriages ended, Madonna has dated a string of toy boys while Sean got serious with Charlize Theron, with the pair reported to have been engaged before splitting in June.

But it seems Sean and Madonna may be putting their failed romances behind them and trying again. In October rumours surfaced that the double Oscar-winner would be following Madonna to the European leg of her tour. However conflicting reports also suggest he's been reconnecting with Robin, following her split from fiancé Ben Foster in August.

“Sean and Robin are talking every day right now,” an insider previously told Radar. “They’re both going through heartbreaks and they’re leaning on each other for support. It’s very clear he’s making a bid to win her back.”

Almanac: November 24, 2015

  • 1931 - Tommy Allsup (84)
  • 1939 - Jim Yester (Association) (76)
  • 1940 - Johnny Carver (75)
  • 1941 - Donald “Duck” Dunn (d. 2012)
  • 1941 - Pete Best (Beatles) (74)
  • 1942 - Billy Connolly (73)
  • 1943 - Robin Williamson (Incredible String Band) (72)
  • 1943 - Richard Tee (Stuff) (72)
  • 1944 - Bev Beven (Move, Electric Light Orchestra) (71)
  • 1945 - Lee Michaels (70)
  • 1947 - Dave Sinclair (Caravan) (68)
  • 1948 - Tony Bourge (Budgie) (67)
  • 1949 - Anita Louis (Soul Children) (63)
  • 1954 - Clem Burke (Blondie) (61)
  • 1957 - Chris Hayes (Huey Lewis & the News) (58)
  • 1958 - Carmel (born Carmel McCourt) (57)
  • 1960 - Edgar Meyer (bassist) (55)
  • 1962 - John Squire (Stone Roses) (53)
  • 1962 - Gary Stonadge (Big Audio Dynamite) (53)
  • 1964 - Tony Rombola (Godsmack) (51)
  • 1969 - Rob Nicholson (Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne) (46)
  • 1970 - Chad Taylor (Live) (45)

  • 1985 - Big Joe Turner - Heart attack (74)
  • 1991 - Freddie Mercury (Queen) - Bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS (45)
  • 1991 - Eric Carr (KISS) - Brain hemorrhage (41)
  • 1993 - Albert Collins - Lung/Liver cancer (61)
  • 2001 - Melanie Thornton (La Bouche) - Plane crash (34)
  • 2003 - Teddy Wilburn (Wilburn Brothers) - Congestive heart failure (71)
  • 2008 - Kenny MacLean (Platinum Blonde) - Heart related problem (52)
  • 2008 - Michael Lee (Robert Plant and Jimmy Page) - Epileptic seizure (39)

On This Day
  • 1959 - Johnnie Ray spent the night in jail, charged with accosting and soliciting.
  • 1961 - Howlin' Wolf started his first European tour in London.
  • 1964 - The Who played their first show after changing their name from the High Numbers.
  • 1993 - Janet Jackson opened her Janet world tour in Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2003 - Glen Campbell was arrested for drunk driving and hit-and-run.
  • 2003 - The original members of Motley Crue announce they are reforming.
  • 2003 - Time-Warner agreed to sell its Warner Music Group to Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
  • 2005 - Bob Geldof received the Man of Peace Award in Rome from Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • 2007 - The house of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's Flea was destroyed by a wild fire in Malibu, CA.
  • 2008 - Boy George was on trial in Snaresbrook Crown Court on charges that he falsely imprisoned a male escort who he had accused of hacking into his laptop.

  • 1984 - Tommy Lee and Elaine Starchuk (aka Charice)
  • 1991 - Cyndi Lauper and David Thornton

  • 1976 - Donna Summer and Helmuth Sommer
  • 1992 - Billy Wyman and Mandy Smith

  • 1956 - Come Go With Me - Dell-Vikings
  • 1966 - Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles
  • 1958 - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (single)

  • 1994 - MTV Europe Music Awards (first ceremony)
    • Song - 7 Seconds - Youssou N'Dour & Nenah Cherry
    • Director - Mark Pellington for Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe - Wale
    • Female - Mariah Carey
    • Male - Bryan Adams
    • Group - Take That
    • New Act - Crash Test Dummies
    • Dance - Prodigy
    • Rock - Aerosmith
    • Cover - Word Up! - Gun

  • 1972 - In Concert (ABC) (premier episode) - Alice Cooper, Bo Diddley, Seals & Crofts
  • 1991 - Hot Country Nights (NBC) (premier episode) - Alabama, Clint Black, K.T. Oslin, Kenny Rogers, Pam Tillis
  • 2011 - CMT Crossroads - Vince Gill, Sting

Monday, November 23, 2015

Foo Fighters Release Free EP

By Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Foo Fighters have released a free five-track EP ‘Saint Cecilia’ for fans to download.

The songs of ‘Saint Cecilia’ were written but remained unfinished until recently when the band set up in Austin’s Hotel Saint Cecilia to complete the unfinished works.

Foo Fighters set the release of the ‘Saint Cecilia’ EP up with a countdown clock on their website in October but could not have foreseen the tragedy that would unfold in Paris before the release. As a result, the EP has been dedicated to the people of Paris and fans who download the music are encouraged to donate to the victims of the Paris attacks here.

The ‘Saint Cecilia’ EP was accompanied with a letter from Dave Grohl which reads:

Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…

The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.

Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.

Foo Fighters Saint Cecilia EP tracklisting

  • Saint Cecilia
  • Sean
  • Savior Breath
  • Iron Rooster
  • The Neverending Sign

Download the ‘Saint Cecilia’ EP for free at http://www.saintceciliaep.com/.


Listen: Kylie Minogue and James Corden Cover Yazoo's "Only You"

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Kylie Minogue has teamed up with talk-show host James Corden for a Christmas-tinged cover of the Yazoo classic Only You.

The Corden Minogue track is part of Kylie Minogue’s first-ever Christmas album, Christmas. Kylie also sings with her sister Dannii Minogue and the Notorious P.O.P. star Iggy Pop on the album as well as resurrecting the ghost of Christmas past Frank Sinatra for Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

Kylie Christmas Track Listing:
  • It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (featuring Frank Sinatra)
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Christmas Wrapping (with Iggy Pop)
  • Only You (with James Corden)
  • I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter
  • Every Day’s Like Christmas
  • Let It Snow
  • White December
  • 2000 Miles
  • Santa Baby
  • Christmas Isn’t Christmas ‘Til You Get Here
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Oh Santa*
  • 100 Degrees (with Dannii Minogue)*
  • Cried Out Christmas*
  • It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (DVD)*
  • 2000 Miles (DVD)*
  • Christmas Isn’t Christmas ‘Til You Get Here (DVD)*
  • 100 Degrees (with Dannii Minogue) (DVD)*
  • I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter (DVD)*
  • Oh Santa (DVD)*

Alanis Morissette on Writing Jagged Little Pill While in Poverty; Her Struggle to Find a Record Company

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Alanis Morissette didn't have a penny to her name while writing Jagged Little Pill, which she penned in a mouse-infested apartment.

Since its release in 1995 the classic rock and roll album, which features songs like Ironic and You Oughta Know, has sold 15 million units in the U.S. alone, and the work is lauded as one of the most culturally iconic records of the '90s. A Jagged Little Pill 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition featuring remixed tracks and bonus material is being offered at select stores currently and Alanis is amazed by how seminal the LP has become over the years because she didn't have very much money or clout when she was recording it.

"Having written my first songs at 9 years old, and produced them at 10 and 11, and having formed my own record company (for the fact that no one would sign a 10-year-old in 1985), I knew that this journey of art-making would be a long one, for how RIGHT it felt," she explained in an essay published via Medium. "I quietly made a promise to myself. In my mouse-infested apartment, I promised myself that I WOULD NOT STOP until I was in a room with someone whose very interaction with me begged the question: 'Who ARE you, Alanis?'"

Even now the star struggles to accept how loved her music is, because at one point her tracks were constantly rejected.

"I remember getting the news that I was being dropped from MCA Records in Canada," she recalled, noting she and writing partner Glen Ballard were determined to move forward. "When the songs You Oughta Know and Perfect were written, we went and visited many record companies, none of which were impressed. Rejection for me, over the 10 years I had been in the music industry at that point, intimated I had not found my 'home' yet…so I persevered."

According to Alanis record executives thought she was being too "intense" in her gritty, raw tunes, and they were worried her approach was too hardcore for a female singer. Although execs wrote her off before she finally landed a deal with Maverick Records, Alanis always knew Jagged Little Pill captured the voice of a generation.

"There was a cultural wave swelling…a readiness, perhaps, for people to hear about the underbelly, the true experience of being a young, sensitive, and brave person in a patriarchal world," she said.

Joan Baez to Celebrate 75th Birthday at Beacon Theater

By Music-News.com Newsdesk

Joan Baez will celebrate her 75th birthday on Saturday, January 27 at the Beacon Theatre.

The special event will honor her legendary 50 plus years in music in an intimate career spanning live performance. Baez will perform alongside fellow artists and friends, including: Jackson Browne, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Damien Rice, Nano Stern and David Bromberg. Additional acts will be announced shortly. The concert is being recorded and produced for television by Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET New York as part of the Great Performances series on PBS.

Looking forward to the event, Mary Chapin Carpenter remarks: "She has been a mentor, an inspiration and a role model for anyone who ever picked up a guitar and wanted to believe they could do more than just sing pretty songs. She has showed multiple generations that music can move and inspire as well as be a force for courage, solidarity, fellowship and justice. To be able to celebrate her 75th birthday with her in New York City is a dream evening, and I think I will feel 17 again for much of it.”

Emmylou Harris adds: “Joan's stunningly beautiful voice stirred an entire generation, and opened our hearts to the plight of so many among us. She truly changed the world for the better. Happy birthday to a great and compassionate artist.”

In other news, Baez was presented with Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience Award” at a ceremony in Berlin on May 21, 2015. The award is the organization’s top honor and recognizes those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights through their life and work.

Baez was further honored this year when Joan Baez, her break-through 1960 debut album, was selected by the Library of Congress as one of its 25 annual recordings to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress stated that the album “preserves for posterity powerful performances from the Harvard Square coffeehouse repertoire that brought Baez to prominence as the folk-revival movement was arriving on the national stage.”


  • January 27 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
  • January 30 Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium
  • February 27 Toronto, ON Koerner Hall
  • February 28 Ithaca, NY State Theater
  • March 1 Concord, NH Capitol Center for the Arts
  • March 3 New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre
  • March 5 Burlington, VT Flynn Center
  • March 6 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC
  • March 8 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
  • March 9 Frederick, MD Weinberg Center for the Arts
  • March 12 Lexington, KY Lexington Opera House
  • March 16 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
  • March 17 Atlanta, GA Atlanta Symphony Hall
  • March 19 Birmingham, AL Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
  • March 20 Durham, NC Page Auditorium at Duke University
  • March 23 Wilmington, DE The Grand
  • March 25 Albany, NY The Egg
  • March 26 Buffalo, NY Asbury Hall


Almanac: November 23, 2015

  • 1925 - Johnny Mandel (90)
  • 1926 - R.L. Burnside (d. 2005)
  • 1931 - Gloria Lynne (d. 2013)
  • 1939 - Betty Everett (d. 2001)
  • 1945 - Keith Hampshire (70)
  • 1949 - Alan Paul (Manhattan Transfer) (66)
  • 1949 - Sandra Stevens (Brotherhood of Man) (66)
  • 1949 - Marcia Griffiths (66)
  • 1954 - Bruce Hornsby (61)
  • 1957 - Mark Radice (musician, producer, songwriter) (58)
  • 1962 - Chris Bostock (JoBoxers) (53)
  • 1966 - Ken Block (Sister Hazel) (49)
  • 1966 - Charlie Grover (Sponge) (49)
  • 1972 - Kurupt (born Ricardo Brown) (Dogg Pound) (43)
  • 1972 - Charles Adler (Lamb of God) (43)
  • 1992 - Miley Cyrus (23)

  • 1969 - Spade Cooley (born Donnell Cooley) - Heart attack (58)
  • 1992 - Roy Acuff - Congestive heart failure (89)
  • 1994 - Tommy Boyce - Suicide (55)
  • 1995 - Junior Walker (born Autry Mixon, Jr.) (Jr. Walker & the All-Stars) - Cancer (64)
  • 2001 - O.C. Smith (69)
  • 2006 - Anita O'Day - Cardiac arrest (87)

Madonna in Justify My Love Video
On This Day
  • 1899 - The first jukebox was installed in San Francisco.
  • 1950 - Hank Williams wrote Cold, Cold Heart
  • 1956 - A man punched Elvis Presley in Toledo, OH, claiming that his wife's love for the singer had broken up their marriage.
  • 1962 - The Beatles auditioned for the BBC. They were turned down.
  • 1962 - Patsy Cline became the first country female vocalist to headline her own show in Las Vegas at the Mint Casino
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones were banned from the BBC after showing up late for two appearances.
  • 1967 - Jack Greene became the first country artist to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • 1968 - Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin, finalizes the deal signing them to Atlantic Records.
  • 1969 - Spade Cooley was paroled by the state of California after eight years in prison for killing his wife. One of the conditions of release was a benefit show. During the intermission, Cooley collapsed and died. 
  • 1972 - The musical Pippin opened at Broadway Imperial Theater. The Jackson 5 would cover the song Corner of the Sky and Michael Jackson would cover Morning Glow.
  • 1974 - Gary Wright left Spooky Tooth.
  • 1976 - Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested after he showed up at Graceland with a pistol demanding to see “the King.” Ten hours earlier he had been arrested for DUI.
  • 1979 - Marianne Faithfull was arrested at the Oslo, Norway airport for marijuana possession.
  • 1987 - Sly Stone was charged in Santa Monica, CA with cocaine possession.
  • 1989 - Paul McCartney played live in the U.S. for the first time in 13 years at the Los Angeles Forum.
  • 1990 - MTV banned the video for Madonna's Justify My Love.
  • 1995 - Garbage made their U.K. live debut in London.
  • 1996 - Trace Adkins debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2001 - Confederate Railroad debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2002 - The widow of Otis Redding and his former manager filed a lawsuit against the author of a 2001 biography saying it was full of lies. They sought $15 million.
  • 2013 - Willie Nelson postponed part of his tour after a bus crash injured three of his band members. 

  • 2005 - Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson (announced split)

  • 1936 - Ramblin' On My Mind (and other tracks) - Robert Johnson (first recording session)

  • 2012 - Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses

  • 1995 - MTV Europe Music Awards
    • Song - Zombie - Cranberries
    • Director - Michael Gondry for Protection - Massive Attack
    • Female - Bjork
    • Male - Michael Jackson
    • Group - U2
    • New Act - Dog Eat Dog
    • Dance - East 17
    • Rock - Bon Jovi
    • Live Act - Take That

  • 1965 - Five O'Clock Funfair (U.K.) - Marc Bolan
  • 2000 - Grand Ole Opry: A Celebration (CBS) - Vince Gill, Dolly Parton (hosts)
  • 2012 - CMT Crossroads - Randy Travis, Avett Brothers

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Almanac: November 22, 2015

  • 1899 - Hoagy Carmichael (d. 1981)
  • 1941 - Jesse Colin Young (born Perry Miller) (74)
  • 1941 - Ron McClure (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (74)
  • 1942 - Floyd Sneed (Three Dog Night) (73)
  • 1942 - Jamie Troy (Classics) (73)
  • 1942 - Steven Caldwell (Orlons) (73)
  • 1946 - Aston Barrett (Wailers) (69)
  • 1947 - Rod Price (Foghat) (d. 2005)
  • 1950 - Steven Van Zandt (E-Street Band) (65)
  • 1950 - Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club) (65)
  • 1956 - Lawrence Gowan (Styx) (59)
  • 1957 - Sharon Bailey (Amazulu) (58)
  • 1958 - Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers) (57)
  • 1960 - Jim Bob (born James Morrison) (Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine) (55)
  • 1962 - Neil Fraser (Tindersticks) (53)
  • 1966 - Charlie Colin (Train) (49)
  • 1966 - Eg White (songwriter, producer) (49)
  • 1968 - Rasadon (born Don Norris) (Arrested Development) (47)
  • 1978 - Karen O (born Karen Orzolek) (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) (37)
  • 1979 - Scott Robinson (Five) (36)
  • 1981 - Ben Adams (A1) (34)
  • 1983 - Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) (32)

  • 1994 - L. V. Johnson (47)
  • 1997 - Michael Hutchence (INXS) - Suicide (37)
  • 2003 - Dick Thomas (born Richard Goldhahn) (88)

On This Day
  • 1969 - Johnny Cash appeared on the cover of Life magazine.
  • 1976 - Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested for DUI after driving his car into a ditch.
  • 1982 - Japan announced that they were splitting up.
  • 1986 - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble opened a North American and European tour in Towson, MD.
  • 1987 - Jim Reid of the Jesus & Mary Chain was arrested in Canada for allegedly assaulting people in the crowd with his microphone stand.
  • 1992 - Paul Simon played his first concert ever in South America in support of Rhythm of the Saints.
  • 2000 - Ted Gardner, former manager of Tool, sues the band for breach of contract and fraud.
  • 2002 - Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger announced they were reforming the Doors with Ian Astbury (Cult) fronting the band and Stewart Copeland (Police) on drums.
  • 2004 - Ozzy Osbourne tried to thwart a burglary in his house by holding one of the robbers in a headlock. The perpetrator eventually got loose and escaped with over £2m in jewelry.
  • 2011 - Keith Urban underwent surgery for a growth on a vocal cord. 

  • 1965 - Bob Dylan and Sara Lowndes
  • 1986 - Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan
  • 2003 - Wynonna Judd and D.R. Roach
  • 2003 - Dave Novarro and Carmen Electra

  • 1990 - Bill Wyman and Mandy Smith (announced marriage was over)
  • 2011 - Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and Ashlee Simpson

  • 1963 - With the Beatles - Beatles
  • 1968 - The Beatles (White Album) - Beatles

  • 2005 - American Music Awards
    • Pop/Rock Male - Will Smith
    • Pop/Rock Female - Gwen Stefani
    • Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group, Rap/Hip-Hop Band, Duo or Group - Black Eyed Peas
    • Pop/Rock Album - American Idiot - Green Day
    • Soul/R&B Male - R. Kelly
    • Soul/R&B Female - Mariah Carey
    • Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group - Destiny's Child
    • Soul/R&B Album - Destiny Fulfilled - Destiny's Child
    • Country Male - Tim McGraw
    • Country Female - Gretchen Wilson
    • Country Band, Duo or Group - Brooks & Dunn
    • Country Album - Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Male - Eminem
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Female - Missy Elliott
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Album - The Massacre - 50 Cent
    • Adult Contemporary - Kelly Clarkson
    • Latin - Shakira
    • Alternative - Green Day
    • Contemporary Inspirational - Mary Mary
    • Breakthrough - Sugarland

  • 1957 - American Bandstand - Tom & Jerry (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • 1995 - Party of Five (Fox) - Sophie B. Hawkins (acting debut)
  • 2008 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Tim McGraw (host)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Almanac: November 21, 2015

  • 1904 - Coleman Hawkins (d. 1969)
  • 1907 - Buck Ram (songwriter) (d. 1991)
  • 1933 - Jean Shepard (82)
  • 1940 - Dr. John (born Mac Rebennack, Jr.) (75)
  • 1941 - David Porter (songwriter, producer) (74)
  • 1942 - Andrew Love (Memphis Horns, Doobie Brothers) (71)
  • 1948 - Lonnie Jordan (War) (67)
  • 1949 - Randy Zehringer (McCoys) (66)
  • 1950 - Livingston Taylor (65)
  • 1960 - Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes) (55)
  • 1962 - Stephen Curtis Chapman (53)
  • 1965 - Björk (born Björk Guðmundsdóttir) (50)
  • 1966 - Lisa McCarter (McCarters) (49)
  • 1966 - Teresa McCarter (McCarters) (49)
  • 1967 - Örnólfsdóttir (Sugarcubes) (48)
  • 1968 - Alex James (Blur) (47)
  • 1970 - Francis MacDonald (Teenage Fanclub) (45)
  • 1971 - Pretty Lou (Lost Boyz) (44)
  • 1974 - Kelsi Osborn (SHeDAISY) (41)
  • 1977 - Myles Heskett (Wolfmother) (38)
  • 1985 - Carly Rae Jepsen (30)

  • 1965 - Cecil Brower (session fiddler, considered one of best in Western Swing) - Perforated Ulcer (51)
  • 1995 - Peter Grant (manager, Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company) - Heart attack (60)
  • 1995 - Matthew Ashman (Adam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow) - Complications of diabetes (35)
  • 2002 - Hadda Brooks (Queen of the Boogie) - After open-heart surgery (86)
  • 2006 - Robert Lockwood, Jr. - Cerebral aneurysm and stroke (91)

On This Day
  • 1877 - Thomas Edison announced he had invented the phonograph.
  • 1955 - RCA Records bought out Elvis Presley's contract from Sun Records for $35,000.
  • 1955 - Jean Shepard joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1960 - The Beatles were forced to play a show in Hamburg, Germany without George Harrison who had been deported for being underage and ineligible to play in a bar.
  • 1963 - Elvis Presley's film Fun in Acapulco premiers.
  • 1968 - Yoko Ono had a miscarriage. She and John Lennon name the baby John Ono Lennon II.
  • 1974 - Wilson Picket was arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon in New York City.
  • 1974 - The Jefferson Starship and Marty Balin reunite at the Winterland in San Francisco.
  • 1975 - Elton John received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1980 - Don Henley was arrested for having a naked underage girl who was suffering from an overdose in his home.
  • 1980 - The documentary Van Morrison in Ireland premiered in London.
  • 1983 - Michael Jackson's long-form video for Thriller premiered in Los Angeles.
  • 1988 - Jimmy Page kicked off his first solo tour in Birmingham, England.
  • 1995 - Bruce Springsteen opened his Ghost of Tom Joad tour in New Brunswick, NJ.
  • 1995 - Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day was arrested in Milwaukee, WI for dropping his pants during the group's show.
  • 1997 - Coolio and members of his band are arrested in Boblingen, Germany for theft and assault in a boutique.
  • 2001 - Jonathan King was sentenced to seven years in prison for having sex with five boys.
  • 2003 - Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit was hit by something thrown on stage and required seven stitches.
  • 2005 - Gunshots were fired at Poison's tour bus in Chicopee, MA.
  • 2007 - The Red Hot Chili Peppers sued the Showtime network over the name of their series Californication.
  • 2009 - Shortly after getting out of a prison sentence, Pete Doherty was arrested for suspected drug possession.
  • 2011 - Rodney Atkins was arrested for domestic violence against his wife. 
  • 2011 - Kris Kristofferson, the Band Perry, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett and Lauren Alaina played at the White House for President Obama. 

  • 1982 - Joni Mitchell and Larry Klein
  • 1990 - Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall
  • 2002 - Iris Dement and Greg Brown

  • 1960 - I Wanna Love My Life Away - Gene Pitney (single, first under his own name)
  • 1967 - The Who Sell Out - Who
  • 1988 - Delicate Sound of Thunder - Pink Floyd
  • 1995 - Beatles Anthology 1 - Beatles
  • 1995 - Fresh Horses - Garth Brooks

  • 2006 - American Music Awards
    • Pop Male - Sean Paul
    • Pop Female - Kelly Clarkson
    • Pop Band, Duo or Group; Alternative - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Country Male - Toby Keith
    • Country Female - Faith Hill
    • Country Band, Duo or Group - Rascal Flatts
    • Country Album - Tim McGraw Reflected: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 - Tim McGraw
    • Soul/R&B Male - Jamie Foxx
    • Soul/R&B Female - Mary J. Blige
    • Soul/R&B Band, Duo or Group; Rap/Hip-Hop Band, Duo or Group - Black Eyed Peas
    • Soul/R&B Album - The Breakthrough - Mary. J. Blige
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Male - Eminem
    • Rap/Hip-Hop Album - Monkey Business - Black Eyed Peas
    • Adult Contemporary - Kelly Clarkson
    • Latin - Shakira
    • Contemporary Inspirational Artist - Kirk Franklin
    • Contemporary Inspirational Breakthrough Artist - Carrie Underwood

  • 1991 - The Simpsons (Fox) - Aerosmith

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Soundcheck - Leslie West

by Andy Snipper, Music-News.com

Leslie West these days is an icon of the Blues but his history as an out and out rocker stays with him as well. He has suffered ill health lately but come through (albeit without one leg due to diabetic complications) and released his album Still Climbing in 2013.

This is a monster of an album, fully in tune with his history but there is a feeling that runs all through the album that he is going to play what he wants and with some notable assists (Peter Frampton, Brian May, Max Middleton, Bonnie Bramlett and a live performance with the late Jack Bruce – a longtime friend and collaborator – he achieves it.

What is surprising about this album is how varied the music is. He kicks off with Left By The Roadside to Die which has a huge power and anger in what is a straight Blues. The playing is superb with West’s trademark guitar ‘tone’ shrieking like a banshee and some delightful resonator underneath. It leads into a cover of Tracy Chapman’s Give Me One Reason and I would guess that Ms Chapman never expected it to sound like this – the guitar and that voice – somewhere between a bellow and a growl – taking the plaintive note away from the song and making it affirming and positive. After that you get a ZZ-Top inspired rocker Here For The Party which is a real belter.

It is actually the covers that grab the ear more; from You Are My Sunshine played in a minor key with strings and utterly desolate (apparently West heard the track played in a lower key on Sons of Anarchy and heard something that he could work with) and with a guitar break that echoes of a man walking away down the long road – you would have to have a hard heart not to be affected by it.

Then there is his version of Going Down featuring Brian May, Bonnie Bramlett and Max Middleton as well as the legendary Bobby Whitlock on keys – the song is awesome, all power and braggadocio as well as some innate funk that really sets it off.

West recorded Stand By Me as a tribute to Ben E King who lived near him in Teaneck NJ and features Bonnie Bramlett duetting with West.

Finally you get a live version of Willy Dixon’s Spoonful done in the style of Cream and featuring Jack Bruce. It was recorded on a small portable deck but it still works and again it is West celebrating one of his lost friends.

It isn’t a perfect album – I really can’t get my head around his version of Eleanor Rigby – but it cooks like a 3 star restaurant.