SeaWorld's entertainment calendar is starting to look very empty.
The Orlando theme park is the subject of the documentary Blackfish which chronicles the death of three workers while caring and training the killer whale Tilikum along with examining the venues treatment of their other animals. It was that film, along with on-line petitions, that have caused Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson and, now, Heart, to cancel appearances.
On their website, the group posted "Heart has chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld on 2/9/14 due to the controversial documentary film 'Black Fish'."
Nancy Wilson later went on her Twitter and posted "The Sea World show was planned long ago as an Orlando show. Had we known, we'd have said no then. We said no today. Love you all."
Nelson also condemned the venue, saying "What they do at Sea World is not OK."
All were scheduled to perform during SeaWorld's six weekends from February 1 to March 9. According to the site Pollstar, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon and Scotty McCreery remain on the schedule for the event.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
SeaWorld's entertainment calendar is starting to look very empty.
by Paul Cashmere
Bruce Springsteen’s forthcoming High Hopes album will include a bonus DVD featuring the entire Born In The USA album performed live in London.
Springsteen occasionally performed an entire album during his recent Wrecking Ball world tour and London was treated to one of his biggest album, 1984’s Born In The U.S.A.
Born In The U.S.A. was Springsteen’s seventh studio album. The album sold over 30 million copies worldwide and was not only Bruce’s biggest seller ever, it was also the biggest selling album of 1985.
Born In The U.S.A. generated seven Top 10 singles tying it with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.
The album featured:
- Born In The U.S.A.
- Cover Me
- Darlington County
- Working On The Highway
- Downbound Train
- I’m On Fire
- No Surrender
- Bobby Jean
- I’m Goin’ Down
- Glory Days
- Dancing In The Dark
- My Hometown
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will return to Australia and New Zealand in 2014 for Frontier Touring.
It appears we are about to enter the era of million dollar music memorabilia.
The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan used at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, the show where he alienated his traditional folk music fans by going electric, sold at auction on Friday for $965,000.
The guitar was sold by a New Jersey family who had the guitar in their garage for the last 48 years after finding it on a plane in 1965. The family contacted Dylan's management at the time on what they should do with the guitar but said they never received a reply. The PBS program History Detectives did a study on the guitar and determined it to be authentic after comparing its wood grain to photos from the festival.
Dylan originally disputed ownership of the guitar; however, an undisclosed agreement was made between the family and the singer.
The sale breaks the previous record of $959,500 for a guitar owned by Eric Clapton.
- 1914 - Floyd Tillman (d. 2003)
- 1922 - Jean Ritchie (91)
- 1925 - Sammy Davis, Jr. (d. 1990)
- 1939 - Jerry Butler (74)
- 1939 - James Galway (74)
- 1941 - Bobby Elliott (Hollies) (72)
- 1943 - Graham Knight (Marmalade) (70)
- 1943 - Jim Morrison (Doors) (d. 1971)
- 1944 - Bertie Higgins (69)
- 1944 - Mike Botts (d. 2005)
- 1947 - Geoff Daking (Blues Magoos) (66)
- 1947 - Gregg Allman (66)
- 1949 - Ray Schulman (Gentle Giant) (64)
- 1950 - Dan Hartman (d. 1994)
- 1952 - Richie Morales (Spyro Gyra) (61)
- 1953 - Colin Gibb (born Colin Routh) (Black Lace) (60)
- 1956 - Warren Cuccurullo (Missing Persons) (57)
- 1957 - Phil Collen (Def Leppard) (56)
- 1959 - Paul Rutherford (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (54)
- 1959 - Marty Raybon (Shenandoah) (54)
- 1962 - Marty Friedman (Megadeth) (51)
- 1966 - Bushwick Bill (born Richard Shaw) (Geto Boys) (47)
- 1966 - Sinéad O'Connor (47)
- 1972 - Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) (41)
- 1973 - Corey Taylor (Slipknot) (40)
- 1974 - Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) (39)
- 1982 - Serena Ryder (31)
- 1982 - Chrisette Michele (31)
- 1982 - Nicki Minaj (31)
- 1986 - Kate Voegele (27)
- 1967 - John Mills, Sr. (Mills Brothers) (78)
- 1975 - Gary Thain (Uriah Heep) - Heroin overdose (27)
- 1980 - John Lennon - Murdered (40)
- 1981 - Big Walter Horton (aka Shakey) - Heart failure (64)
- 1982 - Marty Robbins - Complications following cardiac surgery (57)
- 1988 - Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad (Persuasions) (44)
- 1994 - Antonio Carlos Jobim - Cardiac arrest (67)
- 2004 - Dimebag Darrell (born Darrell Abbott) - Murdered (38)
- 1928 - The name Grand Ole Opry was used for the first time by George D. Hay on a WSM radio broadcast.
- 1945 - Earl Scruggs debuted as the newest member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
- 1963 - Frank Sinatra, Jr. was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe. Frank, Sr. paid a $240,000 ransom two days later to win his son's release.
- 1968 - Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
- 1969 - A Toronto jury found Jimi Hendrix not guilty of drug possession charges.
- 1975 - Bob Dylan played a benefit for jailed boxer Hurricane Carter at Madison Square Garden, raising $100,000. It's also the last night of the Rolling Thunder Revue.
- 1977 - A riot broke out in Brisbane, Australia when Blondie had to cancel a show at the last minute due to Debbie Harry being ill. Four people were arrested.
- 1983 - The musical Abbacadabra, which used the music of ABBA, opened in London's West End.
- 1984 - Patrick Cavanaugh, one time manager of the Coasters, was found guilty of the first degree murder of the group member Buster Wilson.
- 1995 - The remaining members of the Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up.
- 1998 - Bruce Springsteen announced he would tour with the E-Street Band for the first time since the late-80's.
- 1998 - The FBI released 1,300 pages of investigations into the life and activities of Frank Sinatra.
- 2000 - A plaque was put outside the childhood home in Liverpool of John Lennon commemorating his death.
- 2000 - Sting received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 2003 - David Bowie had to postpone his first U.S. tour in eight years when he gets the flu.
- 2003 - Ozzy Osbourne crashed an ATV on his estate in England, breaking his collarbone and several ribs.
- 2003 - The U.S. Supreme Court said that Rosa Parks can sue OutKast for using her name in the lyrics to one of their songs.
- 2004 - DMX plead guilty to DUI and reckless endangerment in Queens, NY.
- 2004 - Jay-Z and Damon Dash sold their ownership of Roc-a-fella Records to Def Jam for $10 million.
- 1962 - Flatt & Scruggs At Carnegie Hall - Flatt & Scruggs
- 1966 - Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles
- 1961 - Surfin' - Beach Boys (debut single)
- 1967 - Mr. Fantasy - Traffic (debut album)
- 1999 - James Brown Christmas For The Millennium & Forever - James Brown (MP3 only album sold through Emusic).
- 1976 - Carpenters Special (ABC) - Carpenters, John Denver
- 1995 - 10 Most Fascinating People (ABC) - Courtney Love
- 1999 - Today (NBC) - Prince
by Paul Cashmere
Die-hard Bon Jovi fans will be keen to find out if the departure of founder Richie Sambora has had a negative effect. Sorry to say Sambora fan, no it hasn’t.
My concerns in heading along to see the Samboraless Bon Jovi for the first time was that the energy would not be there. Actually it was quite the opposite. The energy was back. The last tour three years ago lacked a spark that was probably the start of the Jon and Richie tension.
Without Richie, David Bryan takes on a much more prominent profile in the band. Previously relegated to the backbench of the live act, Bryan now has much higher profile.
This tour is much bigger and a lot better than the last. The stage is designed as a giant 1959 Buick Electra 225. The car was christened Sofia, in honour of the city of Sofia, Bulgaria where the tour started back in May.
The setlist covered the entire Bon Jovi career with songs from every album except for 1985’s 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit and 2000’s Crush. This band has sold 106.5 million albums worldwide so there are a lot of fans of a lot of songs and pleasing everyone is a seemingly impossible task.
The last three albums Lost Highway (2007), The Circle (2009) and What About Now (2013) make up just over a third of the setlist and songs from the 21st century make up half the setlist so this isn’t a nostalgia tour. The band has new music and it fits comfortably with the past.
The real fan sing-along moments however came the 90s classic rock, the songs that the fans grew up with. Jon could take a backstep to the audience singing along to Bad Medicine. At a Bon Jovi show the audience takes over the anthem’s You Give Love A Bad Name and Living On A Prayer at every show anyway.
It was great to hear Runaway still in the set. The song dates back to the band’s first album in the big hair days of 1984. The nod to The Stones Jumping Jack Flash and the rock and roll medley featuring Isley Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis (with David Bryan on vocals) and Chuck Berry (a Christmas song for the season) paid homage to their forefathers of rock.
On Friday when he met media Jon talked about how the band has now been around for as long as people like Taylor Swift have been alive, so for that generation, they are like The Stones who have been around as long as the Bon Jovi band members have been alive. So it is all about perspective.
The setlist for Bon Jovi, December 7, 2013 at Etihad Stadium Melbourne was:
- That’s What The Water Made Me (from What About Now, 2013)
- You Give Love A Bad Name (from Slippery When Wet, 1986)
- Raise Your Hands (from Slippery When Wet, 1986)
- Lost Highway (from Lost Highway, 2007)
- Whole Lot Of Leavin’ (from Lost Highway, 2007)
- It’s My Life (from Crush, 2000)
- Because We Can (from What About Now, 2013)
- What About Now (from What About Now, 2013)
- We Got It Goin’ On (from Lost Highway, 2007)
- Keep The Faith (from Keep The Faith, 1992)
- (You Want To) Make A Memory (from Lost Highway, 2007)
- Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen From Mars (from Crush, 2000)
- Born To Be My Baby (from New Jersey, 1998)
- We Weren’t Born To Follow (from The Circle, 2009)
- We Say You Can’t Go Home (from Have A Nice Day, 2005)
- I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead / Jumping Jack Flash (from Keep The Faith, 1992 / Stones cover)
- Bad Medicine / Shout / Great Balls Of Fire / Run Run Rudolph (from New Jersey, 1998, Isley Bros / Jerry Lee Lewis / Chuck Berry)
- In These Arms (from Keep The Faith, 1992)
- Runaway (from Bon Jovi, 1984)
- Wanted Dead Or Alive (from Slippery When Wet, 1986)
- Have A Nice Day (from Have A Nice Day, 2005)
- Livin’ On A Prayer (from Slippery When Wet, 1986)
- 12/08 - Melbourne - Etihad Stadium
- 12/11 - Adelaide - AAMI Stadium
- 12/12 - Perth - Perth Arena
- 12/14 - Sydney - ANZ Stadium
- 12/15 - Sydney - Entertainment Centre
- 12/17 - Brisbane - Suncorp Stadium