Thursday, October 27, 2016

Jon Bon Jovi Has Little Hope For Rock Hall Induction, Says Two Members Have it Out For Him

by VVN Music

There is little doubt that Bon Jovi is one of the biggest rock acts of the last thirty-plus years but a few of the powers that be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may be actively trying to keep the group out.

Jon Bon Jovi recently appeared on The Howard Stern Show, telling the host "There’s guys on that thing that have made it their personal mission to f–k with me. And that’s okay. I get it. I’ve sold more records than their artists. I called him a few choice words, and I’m never shy, when I see him, to call him a few more choice words. The criteria is that your music had an influence on generations that came after you, and that it’s still out and very present. We have every criteria."

Bon Jovi became eligible for the hall in 2008 for the 2009 induction and were actually nominated in 2011 but didn't get enough votes in a year that saw the induction of Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Dr. John, Neil Diamond and Tom Waits.

IF (and that is a big "If") Jon didn't do damage to his chances with his statements to Stern, there have been a number of recent cases of artists who were seen as being blocked from the Hall actually getting in including Rush, KISS and Chicago.

Bon Jovi's new album, This House is Not For Sale, is due on November 4.

Watch: Matthew & Gunner Nelson and Carnie & Wendy Wilson Release New Christmas Single

by VVN Music

The children of two of rock's biggest acts, Rick Nelson and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, have come together to release a new Christmas single.

Not that the four don't have their own musical legacy.  Twins Matthew and Gunner Nelson have been playing together since the 80's and began recording as Nelson in 1990 when they scored the hits (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection, After the Rain and More Than Ever.

Carnie and Wendy Wilson, along with Chynna Phillips, were known as Wilson Phillips, who had three number ones (Hold On, Release Me, You're in Love) during the same early-90's time period.

Their new single is This Christmas, a song that Nelson had recorded alone in 2015, was recorded separately. According to Billboard, the two pair met for the first time in 26 years when they got together to shoot this video just one week ago.

Nelson has a new album, This Christmas, Too, set for release on December 9.

Our apologies for the video size. Click the bottom right corner of the video to make it full screen.

Rumor Mill: Mariah Carey and Fiance James Packer Split

Update: According to TMZ, the relationship is definitely over and there is quite a bit of animosity on both sides.

by Newsdesk

Mariah Carey's representatives are remaining quiet over rumors the superstar has split from her billionaire fiance James Packer.

Multiple reports suggest the Hero hitmaker, 46, parted ways with Australian businessman Packer, 49, earlier this month, although they are still said to be in contact as they consider their future together.

"They are not together right now. They split a couple of weeks ago," a source close to Packer tells "It's possible they will get back together. They are still talking, but James needed a break."

Insiders claim the couple's very different lifestyles and Mariah's upcoming reality TV show contributed to the separation.

"James is all about business and making money," the source explains. "Some of Mariah's eccentric ways, especially her spending habits, caused drama."

The insider adds, "James is very private, and doesn't need the media to be successful. He doesn't want to be a part of Mariah's reality show."

Australian tabloid Woman's Day first broke the news of the split late on Wednesday.

Mariah has yet to address the reports, while her representatives have also not responded to requests for comments.

The couple, which was last photographed together in Los Angeles in May, began dating in June, 2015 and Packer proposed to Carey with a massive 35-carat diamond ring during a private dinner in New York in January.

In June, Mariah admitted their wedding plans were starting to take shape, although a date for the nuptials had not been set.

The singer is still technically married to second husband Nick Cannon, the father of her five-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan. They called it quits in 2014, but have yet to finalise their divorce.

She and Cannon have remained on good terms since their split, and reunited last Saturday (22Oct16) to celebrate Halloween a little early at a costume party with their kids.

Mariah stunned in a figure-hugging red Latex devil costume, complete with feathered wings and horns, while Nick dressed up as Super Mario Bros. video game character Luigi, alongside Moroccan as Mario, and Monroe turned up as Rapunzel from Disney's 2010 film, Tangled.

Roger Daltrey Thinks Rock is Dead and the Future is Hip-Hop

by VVN Music

Roger Daltrey recently made a fairly big, controversial statement. Rock is dead, long live Hip-Hop.

The Who were playing the second weekend of the Desert Trip Festival in Indio, CA when Roger sat down to talk with The Times of London.

He stated "The sadness for me is that rock has reached a dead end. The only people saying things that matter are the rappers and most pop is meaningless and forgettable. You watch these people and you can’t remember a bloody thing."

Roger went on to talk about the fact that the Who have been stuck in a rut for forty years, referencing the 1976 Day on the Green Festival which he considers his career high point. "Since then it seems we’ve been stuck in a cycle. Day on the Green happened 40 years ago yesterday. At Desert Trip we played the same set."

We got curious as to whether Roger's recollection of the forty year old set was correct or not, so we compared the two set lists:

The Who @ Day on the Green, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA (October 9, 1976)
  1. I Can't Explain
  2. Substitute
  3. My Wife
  4. Baba O'Riley
  5. Squeeze Box
  6. Behind Blue Eyes 
  7. Dreaming From the Waist
  8. Magic Bus
  9. Amazing Journey
  10. Sparks 
  11. The Acid Queen 
  12. Fiddle About
  13. Pinball Wizard 
  14. I'm Free
  15. Tommy's Holiday Camp
  16. We're Not Gonna Take It
  17. See Me, Feel Me 
  18. Summertime Blues
  19. My Generation
  20. Join Together 
  21. My Generation Blues 
  22. Won't Get Fooled Again 
The Who @ Desert Trip, Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, CA (October 9, 2016)
  1. I Can't Explain
  2. The Seeker
  3. Who Are You
  4. The Kids Are Alright
  5. I Can See for Miles
  6. My Generation
  7. Behind Blue Eyes
  8. Bargain
  9. Join Together
  10. You Better You Bet
  11. 5:15
  12. I'm One
  13. The Rock
  14. Love, Reign O'er Me
  15. Eminence Front
  16. Amazing Journey
  17. Sparks
  18. The Acid Queen
  19. Pinball Wizard
  20. See Me, Feel Me
  21. Baba O'Riley
  22. Won't Get Fooled Again
Same length (22 songs), same opener (I Can't Explain), same closer (Won't Get Fooled Again) but, overall, only half of the songs played in 1976 were also played in 2016.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Set North American Dates For Next Summer

by VVN Music

The always interesting and innovative Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are going out on the road next year with dates in Australia, New Zealand and North America already announced.

Traveling in support of their latest albums, Skeleton Tree, the band has twelve dates mapped out for January in Australia and New Zealand before a sixteen show leg in June with cities such as Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Tickets for Australia and New Zealand go on sale today (Thursday) while North America opens tomorrow at 10 AM local time.

The dates:
  • 01/13 – Glenorchy, Australia - Derwent Entertainment Centre
  • 01/15 – Ballarat, Australia - North Gardens
  • 01/17 – Wellington, New Zealand - TSB Bank Arena
  • 01/18 – Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
  • 01/20 – Sydney, Australia - Sydney Theatre
  • 01/21 – Sydney, Australia - Sydney Theatre
  • 01/22 – Newcastle, Australia - Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • 01/25 – Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Riverstage
  • 01/27 – Melbourne, Australia - Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • 01/28 – Melbourne, Australia - Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • 01/29 – Hindmarsh, Australia - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • 01/31 – Perth, Australia - Perth Arena
  • 05/26 – Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
  • 05/29 – Montreal, QB - Metropolis
  • 05/31 – Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
  • 06/01 – Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
  • 06/03 – Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
  • 06/05 – Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
  • 06/07 – Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
  • 06/08 – Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall
  • 06/10 – Boston, MA - Wang Theatre - Citi Performing Arts Center
  • 06/13 – New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
  • 06/14 – New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
  • 06/16 – Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre
  • 06/18 – Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
  • 06/19 – Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
  • 06/21 – Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
  • 06/22 – Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 06/24 – Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre At UC Berkeley
  • 06/26 – San Diego, CA - San Diego Civic Theatre
  • 06/29 – Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

Prince Reps Say There is No Jay-Z Bid For Archives

by Newsdesk

Prince's camp has denied claims Jay Z made a $40 million (£32.7 million) bid to buy the rights to the late pop icon's unreleased music.

On Wednesday, reported that the rapper recently flew Prince's sister Tyka Nelson and her husband, Maurice Phillips, to New York for a meeting to discuss the idea, and put an official offer on the table; however, attorney L. Londell McMillan, one of the advisers to Prince's estate, has since hit back at the story, telling he has "no knowledge of any discussions in that report".

He added: "There is no sale (of Prince’s music assets), and those responsible for the assets are not in discussions with anyone regarding a sale."

The Purple Rain hitmaker died in April, leaving behind a treasure trove of songs at his Paisley Park compound, which have never been shared with the public.

There has been much speculation about what will happen to the music, which includes tracks such as Extraloveable, Electric Intercourse and Rebirth of the Flesh, all of which have been bootlegged but never officially released.

It was also recently claimed that the contents of the vault are being shopped to the three major record labels in America - Sony, Universal and Warner.

The three labels are apparently desperate to get their hands on the singer's legacy, with the price currently standing at $35 million.

"All three major labels are said to be in talks for rights to the music," the source told earlier this month. The unnamed insider added to the outlet that a deluxe edition of Purple Rain, originally announced in 2014, is now likely to be released next year, while a new greatest hits compilation will hit store shelves November 22.

The vault also includes concert footage and hundreds of hours of live recordings of Prince.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Almanac: October 27, 2016

  • 1933 - Floyd Cramer (d. 1997)
  • 1939 - Dallas Frazier (81)
  • 1939 - Ruby Wright (d. 2009)
  • 1942 - Lee Greenwood (74)
  • 1945 - Mark Ryan (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (71)
  • 1949 - Byron Allred (Steve Miller Band) (67)
  • 1949 - Jack Daniels (Highway 101) (67)
  • 1949 - Garry Tallent (E-Street Band) (67)
  • 1951 - K. K. Downing (Judas Priest) (65)
  • 1953 - Peter Dodd (Thompson Twins) (63)
  • 1956 - Hazel Dean (60)
  • 1958 - Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran, Arcadia) (58)
  • 1967 - Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Arcadia) (d. 2015)
  • 1982 - Keri Hilson (34)
  • 1984 - Kelly Osbourne (32)
  • 1980 - Steve Took (T Rex) - Choked on cherry (31)
  • 1994 - Robert White (Funk Brothers) (57)
  • 2002 - Tom Dowd (producer) - Emphysema (77)
  • 2013 - Lou Reed - Liver Disease (71)
On This Day
  • 1962 - Sonny James joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1969 - Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car crash that killed three others.
  • 1970 - Black Sabbath played their first live show in the U.S. at Glassboro State College.
  • 1975 - Bruce Springsteen, a relative unknown, was on the cover of both Time and Newsweek.
  • 1979 - Elton John collapsed from exhaustion while playing the Hollywood Bowl.
  • 1988 - The U2 film Rattle and Hum premiered in Dublin, Ireland.
  • 1988 - Def Leppard finished their Hysteria Tour in Tacoma, WA after 232 dates.
  • 1989 - Adam Clayton of U2 was fined and had his drivers license suspended for one year after being found guilty of DWI.
  • 1990 - Musical Youth's Michael Waite was sentenced to four years in prison for robbery.
  • 1992 - Bo Diddley sued his manager who he claimed took $75,000 in unauthorized expenses.
  • 1995 - Gloria Estefan performed for Pope John Paul II.
  • 1995 - Yolanda Saldivar was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of singer Selena.
  • 1997 - The publicist for Johnny Cash confirmed that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease.
  • 1998 - Peggy Lee was hospitalized with a stroke.
  • 1999 - Tina Turner announced that her Millennium 2000 Twenty Four Seven Tour would be her last.
  • 2000 - Lonnie Donegan received his MBE from Queen Elizabeth.
  • 2005 - Jay-Z and Naz put their feud to rest at a New York radio station concert.
  • 2006 - Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth premiered her movie Perfect Partner in Montclair, NJ.
  • 2007 - Howard Donald of Take That missed a show on the group's current tour due to a chest injury he sustained the previous show.
  • 2009 - Eric Clapton canceled his appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary Concert for gall stone surgery. Jeff Beck took his place.
  • 2009 - Michael Jackson's film This is It was released simultaneously in fifteen cities around the world.
  • 2013 - Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Cowboy Jack Clement were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. 
  • 1964 - Sonny Bono and Cher Sarkisian
  • 1984 - Rick Springfield and Barbara Porter
  • 1991 - Jimmy Dean and Donna Meade
  • 1991 - Lorrie Morgan and Brad Thompson
  • 1991 - Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins) and Alannah Currie
  • 1936 - Ernest Tubb had his first recording session.
  • 1956 - Ain't Got No Home - Clarence “Frogman” Henry
  • 1960 - Spanish Harlem, Stand By Me - Ben E. King (first solo recordings)
  • 1969 - Sentimental Journey - Ringo Starr (first day of recording)
  • 1958 - Lovers Never Say Goodbye - Flamingos (single)
  • 1964 - Come See About Me - Supremes (single)
  • 1982 - 1999 - Prince
  • 2003 - Radio Music Awards
    • Legend Award - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • 2005 - International Bluegrass Music Association Awards
    • Entertainer of the Year - Cherryholmes
    • Vocal Group - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    • Instrumental Group - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
    • Female Vocalist - Rhonda Vincent
    • Male Vocalist - Larry Sparks
    • Song of the Year - Me and John and Paul - Harley Allen (recorded by the Grascals)
    • Album of the Year, Recorded Event - 40 - Larry Sparks
    • Instrumental Recorded Performance - Slide Effects - Phil Leadbetter
    • Gospel Recorded Performance - Praise His Name - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    • Emerging Artist - Grascals
    • Banjo - Jim Mills
    • Guitar - Bryan Sutton
    • Fiddle - Stuart Duncan
    • Bass - Mike Bub
    • Dobro - Phil Leadbetter
    • Mandolin - Adam Steffey
    • Hall of Fame - Red Allen, Benny Martin
  • 1999 - South Park - Korn (they debut their new single Falling Away From Me)
  • 2006 - CMT Cross Country - Vince Gill, Alison Krauss
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1973 - Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & the Pips (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Black Cat - Janet Jackson (1 week)

Shania Twain to Receive the Billboard Icon Award

by Newsdesk

Country star Shania Twain will receive the 2016 Women in Music Icon award at Billboard's 11th annual Women in Music gala in December.

The You're Still the One star will be feted for her "historic contributions to the music industry" at the event in New York City on December 9.

"Shania Twain is a groundbreaking artist whose successful country-pop crossover blazed the trail for a new generation of country stars like Taylor Swift, Billboard's 2014 Woman of the Year, and Carrie Underwood," Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, says. "She's fearless in her career, following her own path and pushing the boundaries of the country music genre as she creates music that has proven to be timeless. She is revered in the industry and we are honoured to present the Icon award to her."

Halsey, who is scheduled to perform at the event two days before taking the stage at the Nobel Peace Prize gala in Norway, has been named this year's Rising Star award recipient "for her chart dominance and exceptional unconventional talent".

"Halsey is the voice of a generation, someone who is an impassioned political advocate and personal artist, the kind who can have a number one single, as she did with Closer, and not at all be categorised as your typical pop star," Min adds. "Her credibility and talent make her a must-have collaborator for the likes of Justin Bieber and The Chainsmokers."

Madonna will also be a guest of honour at the event - she was previously confirmed at Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year award recipient.

Chris Isaak Cancels the Balance of 2016 Shows Due to Pneumonia

by VVN Music

Chris Isaak has been forced to pull the plug on seventeen shows, the balance of his 2016 touring commitments, after battling pneumonia.

Chris told his fans "As my fans know, I'm a pretty healthy clean living rock and roller. It's really unusual for me to cancel shows but the good news is, I'm on the mend and look forward to getting back with my band as soon as I'm 100 percent. I want to thank my fans in advance for their good wishes."

Isaak had shows scheduled through December 4 including appearances in cities like Boston, Washington, Salt Lake City and Lake Tahoe. It doesn't appear that there will be any rescheduled dates as the announcement states that "Tickets can be exchanged at point of purchase."

The cancelled shows:
  • 11/07 - Rutland, VT - The Paramount Theatre 
  • 11/08 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre 
  • 11/10 - Tarrytown, NY - The Music Hall 
  • 11/11 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center 
  • 11/12 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre 
  • 11/15 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre 
  • 11/17 - Lexington, KY - Lexington Opera House 
  • 11/18 - Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theatre 
  • 11/21 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater 
  • 11/22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Eccles Theatre 
  • 11/25 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up 
  • 11/26 - Riverside, CA - Fox Performing Arts Center 
  • 11/27 - Pasadena, CA - The Rose 
  • 11/30 - Monterey, CA - Golden State Theatre 
  • 12/02 - Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre Napa 
  • 12/03 - Lake Tahoe, NV - MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa 
  • 12/04 - Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theater 

Duran Duran to Receive ASCAP's Golden Note Award

by VVN Music

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, also known as ASCAP, have selected Duran Duran as this year's recipient of their Golden Note Award.

The honor will be presented on November 10 at the 2016 ASCAP Awards, London at One Embankment in London. The Golden Note Award is reserved for those artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.

ASCAP president Paul Williams said "Duran Duran revolutionised popular music. They are the pioneers of the synthpop and new wave movement and have reached a stratospheric level of success which is rarely seen in the industry. We are delighted to present this extremely unique and innovative group with the ASCAP Golden Note Award."

"Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1978, Duran Duran is one of the most culturally influential and commercially successful bands of all time, topping the charts around the world over the past three decades and selling more than 100 million records worldwide. The band has been honored with multiple Grammy, BRIT, Ivor Novello, and MTV Video Music Lifetime Achievement Awards, as well as a 20th Century Style Icon award from the City of Milan. Last year, at the 40th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Awards, they received the coveted Spotify UK Lifetime Achievement Award. Tireless innovators, they are always at the vanguard of music, fashion, art, technology and film - a group with unique and everlasting appeal."

Previous recipients of the Golden Note Award:
  • 1982 - Quincy Jones
  • 1985 - Stevie Wonder
  • 1987 - Elton John
  • 1987 - Andre Previn
  • 1988 - George Michael
  • 1993 - Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
  • 1996 - Tom Petty
  • 1998 - Sean "Puffy" Combs
  • 1998 - Jose Feliciano
  • 1999 - Michael W. Smith
  • 2000 - Justin Hayward
  • 2002 - Alan Jackson
  • 2002 - Garth Brooks
  • 2004 - Jay-Z
  • 2005 - Mark Snow
  • 2005 - Jermaine Dupri
  • 2006 - LL Cool J
  • 2007 - Joan Sebastian
  • 2007 - Kenny Rogers
  • 2008 - Steve Miller
  • 2008 - Lionel Richie
  • 2008 - Victor Manuelle
  • 2008 - Reba McEntire
  • 2008 - New Edition
  • 2009 - Omar Alfanno
  • 2009 - Jeff Lynne
  • 2009 - Alicia Keys
  • 2009 - JD Souther
  • 2010 - Jorge Luis Piloto
  • 2010 - Dennis McCarthy
  • 2011 - Lindsey Buckingham 
  • 2011 - Alf Clausen
  • 2011 - Mary Mary
  • 2011 - Don Williams
  • 2012 - Bob McDill
  • 2012 - Pharrell Williams
  • 2012 - Trent Reznor
  • 2013 - Usher
  • 2014 - Ne-Yo
  • 2015 - Mario Domm
  • 2015 - Ms. Lauryn Hill
  • 2016 - Natalia Lafourcade
  • 2016 - A Tribe Called Quest