Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Golf Digest's Top Golfing Musicians

Everyone knows that musicians are working hard all the time. If they aren't out on tour, they're in the studio or writing new material. Right?

Evidently not with this group. Golf Digest has released their annual list of the top golfing musicians and it's filled with veterans from all genres. Topping the list this year is Rudy Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers (All the Gold in California) with a +1.3 handicap (that's better than par golf), but he has close competition from brothers Steve and Larry who come in seventh and eighth.

The top 20
  • 1. Rudy Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers) (+1.3 handicap)
  • 2. Kenny G (0.0)
  • 3. Marty Roe (Diamond Rio) (0.2)
  • 4. Vince Gill (0.8)
  • 5. Steve Azar (1.3)
  • 6. Adrian Young (No Doubt) (1.4)
  • 7. Steve Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers) (3.4)
  • 8. Larry Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers) (3.5)
  • 9. Dan Tyminsky (Union Station & Solo) (4.4)
  • 10. Griffin House (5.0)
  • 11. Alice Cooper (5.3)
  • 12. Mac Davis (5.8)
  • 12. Huey Lewis (5.8)
  • 14. Lloyd Cole (5.9)
  • 15. Josh Kelley (6.0)
  • 15. Justin Timberlake (6.0)
  • 17. Will Pugh (Cartel) (6.4)
  • 18. Alan White (Yes) (6.6)
  • 18. Dweezil Zappa (6.6)
  • 20. Clay Walker (7.0)
Other veteran artists in the top 100:
  • 21. John Lodge (Moody Blues) (7.6)
  • 22. Frank Beard (ZZ Top) (8.3)
  • 23. Robbie Krieger (Doors) (8.6)
  • 24. Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) (8.7)
  • 25. Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel) (9.0)
  • 34. Glen Campbell (10.0)
  • 34. Don Felder (Ex-Eagles) (10.0)
  • 34. Vince Neil (Motley Crue) (10.0)
  • 42. Paul Barrere (Little Feat) (10.8)
  • 43. George Strait (11.0)
  • 48. Bob Seger (11.1)
  • 49. Anne Murray (11.4)
  • 51. Johnny Mathis (11.8)
  • 52. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) (12.0)
  • 52. Tony Joe White (12.0)
  • 58. Jonathan Cain (Journey) (12.2)
  • 64. Glen Frey (Eagles) (14.0)
  • 65. Charlie Pride (15.0)
  • 65. Kenny Rankin (15.0)
  • 65. Smokey Robinson (15.0)
  • 72. Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater) (15.6)
  • 73. Willie Nelson (16.0)
  • 75. Stephen Stills (16.8)
  • 76. Ricky Phillips (Styx) (17.0)
  • 79. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) (18.0)
  • 84. Mike Mills (R.E.M.) (19.1)
  • 84. Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) (19.1)
  • 86. Meat Loaf (21.0)
  • 86. Steve Miller (21.0)
  • 89. Michael (Flea) Balzary (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (25.0)
  • 92. Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) (33.0)
  • 92. Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) (33.0)
  • 96. Charlie Daniels (36.0)
  • 96. Daryl McDaniels (Run-DMC) (36.0)

Vikki Carr and Astrud Gilberto

Vikki Carr and Astrud Gilberto are two of the artists who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy at a November 12 ceremony. Other Latin artists receiving the award are Cheo Feliciano, Angelica Maria, Maria Dolores Pradera, and Estela Raval.

Gabriel Abaroa, President of the Academy, said, "This is a diverse group of honorees that represent the vivid history, rich diversity and true foundation of Latin music. Their legendary passion and artistry has spanned many decades across many countries, illustrating the prominence and importance of Latin music globally. The Board of Trustees of The Latin Recording Academy is honored to pay homage to these creative and innovative visionaries who have made prolific contributions to Latin culture."

From the Academy's press release:
Three-time GRAMMY(R) winner Vikki Carr has helped pave the way for American singers to freely explore their Latin roots in the United States. Born in El Paso, Texas, she released her first Spanish language album in 1972 and quickly developed a strong Mexican following. She has spanned genres from mainstream pop to country and jazz, and recorded more than 60 albums. Carr has also made her mark on screen and stage, and still performs to sold-out audiences today.
Notable hits:
  • It Must Be Him (1967, #3 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary)
  • Don't Break My Pretty Balloon (1968, #7 Adult Contemporary)
  • The Lesson (1968, #34 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary)
  • Eternity (1969, #79 Pop, #6 Adult Contemporary)
  • With Pen in Hand (1969, #35 Pop, #6 Adult Contemporary)
  • I'll Be Home (1971, #7 Adult Contemporary)
  • Mala Suerte (1989, #3 Latin Tracks)
  • Cosas del Amor (1991, #1 Latin Tracks)
Grammy Awards:
  • 1985 - Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance - Simplemente Mujer
  • 1991 - Best Latin Pop Performance - Cosas del Amor
  • 1994 - Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance - Recuerdo a Javier Solis

On Astrud Gilberto:
The unique, wispy style of Brazilian vocalist Astrud Gilberto highlighted on the classic hit The Girl From Ipanema stormed the world by surprise as she won Record Of The Year at the 7th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1964. As a poignant symbol of the bossa nova movement, she recorded more classics including among many others Insensatez, and Corcovado, In 2002 she released Jungle, an album of original compositions and she continues to sing throughout the world.
Notable hits:
  • The Girl From Ipanema (1964, #5 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary)
Grammy Awards:
  • 1964 Record of the Year - The Girl From Ipanema (with Stan Getz)

AC/DC Getting Wal-Mart Exclusive Edition of Rock Band

AC/DC has announced that they will be releasing an exclusive edition for the video game Rock Band. AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack will be released exclusively through Wal-Mart stores in November. Their new CD, Black Ice, will also be a Wal-Mart exclusive starting October 21.

The Track Pack is based on the group's Live at Donnington album and will include 18 songs. Columbia Records co-chairman Steve Barnett said, "AC/DC fans can now experience performing live, on stage with the band. An unforgettable concert is now an ultimate at-home entertainment experience with the AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack."

Paul DeGooyer, MTV Senior VP of Electronic Games & Music, added "When MTV first launched in 1981, we promised that people would 'never look at music the same way again' and, with Rock Band, we continue to fulfill this commitment. We're excited to be part of AC/DC's and Columbia's global plan for the release of their new album, DVD and now, videogame. Being the first to present these revered songs in interactive form, exclusively on the Rock Band platform is a true honor. For those about to rock with the AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack, we salute you!"

The Rock Band Track Pack will see a wide release in numerous retailers in December throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The track list:
  • Thunderstruck
  • Shoot To Thrill
  • Back in Black
  • Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
  • Heatseeker
  • Fire Your Guns
  • Jailbreak
  • The Jack
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
  • Moneytalks
  • Hells Bells
  • High Voltage
  • Whole Lotta Rosie
  • You Shook Me All Night Long
  • T.N.T.
  • Let There Be Rock
  • Highway To Hell
  • For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

Springsteen & Joel to Play for Obama

Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel will play a concert together on October 16 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom for the benefit of Barack Obama's campaign. Obama plans on attending the show as it is the night after his last debate with John McCain at nearby Hofstra University. Other acts may be added.

As this is a benefit, tickets start at $500 for balcony seats, $2,500 for the premiere seats and $10,000 for the lounge.

Springsteen has been a vocal supporter for Obama since early in the year, saying that he "is head and shoulders above the rest" and that he "speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years."

A report from the Philadelphia Evening Sun says that Springsteen will also be performing an accoustic set for Obama this coming Saturday at 3:30 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Meanwhile, Joel is helping out with funeral expenses for a Long Island clam digger whose body was recently found near his home. The singer has written before about fishing (The Downeaster Alexa) and is making the donation to the North Oyster Bay Baymen's Association.

Jackson Rushed to Hospital, Morrison to Do Live Astral Weeks, more

Janet Jackson was rushed to a Montreal hospital on Monday after falling ill during a sound check. The singer ended up canceling the show and is reaming in the hospital under observation.

Van Morrison is set to perform a live concert version of his album Astral Weeks on November 7 and 8 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. He is reassembling the original band that performed on the album when it was recorded 40-years ago.

Paul McCartney will issue his third album of electronic music under the name of The Fireman with recording partner Youth (Killing Joke, producer of the Verve). The new album, to be released on November 17, is called Electric Arguments and is the followup to 1998's Rushes. Their first album was released in 1993.

CMT is reporting on the rumor that Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are getting ready to record a second collaboration with T-Bone Burnett back as producer.

Meat Loaf's song, Bat Out of Hell, will be honored with a special Golden Award at next week's Q Awards in Britain.

CMT is reporting on the rumor that Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are getting ready to record a second collaboration with T-Bone Burnett back as producer.

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is going back to school at the University of Southern California to study classical music. The bass player says he wants to study the mathematics of music because "music is made up out of these building blocks. (I like) studying how these blocks go together and what they consist of and the math of how it works."
A book of notes by Rob Gretton, manager of Joy Division and New Order, will be published on October 7. 1 Top Class Manager was compiled by Gretton's widow, Lesley Gilbert, and contains the best from over twenty notebooks that Gretton filled between 1978 and 1980.

Former Replacements drummer Chris Mars is now an artist of surreal and Gothic paintings. 159 of his works from between 2000 and 2007 are being published in the new book Tolerance from Billy Shire Fine Arts Press.

Take France and Spain off of Gary Glitter's travel itinerary. He's been banned from traveling to either country.

Barry Manilow has donated $500,000 worth of musical instruments to the Palm Springs, Coachella Valley and Desert Sands Unified School Districts in California. It is part of the Manilow Music Project, which emphasizes the importance of music programs in public schools.

Here's a twist for those who aren't fans of tribute bands. Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice will play three December shows in Germany and Austria with the Purple tribute act Purpendicular.

Interested in seeing the taping of CMT Crossroads with the unlikely pair of Def Leppard and Taylor Swift? CMT is auctioning off two sets of tickets for the October 6 taping at their website.

Queen + Paul Rodgers isn't exactly burning up the charts down under. The Cosmos Rocks premiered at number 49 last week and dropped out of the top 100 albums this week. In two weeks, it's sold 988 copies in Australia.

There are rumors circulating around Nashville that Reba McEntire may be getting ready to leave MCA Records. She's been with the company since the mid-80's.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Rod Stewart to Get Catalog Reissue

Warner Brothers and Rhino have announced a major reissue of Rod Stewart's solo catalog. It all starts off on November 18 with the release of The Definitive Rod Stewart in both a 2-CD configuration and 2-CD/1-DVD.

The 2-CD set contains 29 of Stewart's greatest solo hits along with the previously unreleased Two Shades of Blue from 1998. The CD/DVD version adds a disc with 14 music videos.

Also on tap into the new year are expanded versions of his solo albums, three boxed sets with studio, live and rare tracks and compilations of soundtrack contributions and duets.

The track list for The Definitive Rod Stewart:
  • CD 1
    • Maggie May
    • Mandolin Wind
    • Every Picture Tells A Story
    • Stay With Me (Faces)
    • You Wear It Well
    • Sailing
    • The Killing Of Georgie, Parts 1 & 2
    • Tonight‘s The Night
    • The First Cut Is The Deepest
    • You’re In My Heart
    • I Was Only Joking
    • Hot Legs
    • Da Ya Think I’m Sexy
    • Passion
    • Young Turks
  • CD 2
    • Tonight I’m Yours
    • Baby Jane
    • Infatuation
    • Same Guys Have All The Luck
    • Love Touch
    • Forever Young
    • My Heart Can’t Tell You No
    • Downtown Train
    • This Old Heart Of Mine (with Ronald Isley (1989 Version))
    • I Don’t Want To Talk About It (1989 Version)
    • Rhythm Of My Heart
    • The Motown Song (with the Temptations )
    • Have I Told You Lately (Unplugged Version)
    • Reason To Believe (with Ronnie Wood (Unplugged Version))
    • Two Shades Of Blue (previous unreleased (1998))
  • Bonus DVD (Promo Videos):
    • Sailing
    • I Don’t Want To Talk About It
    • The Killing Of Georgie, Parts 1 & 2
    • The First Cut Is The Deepest
    • You’re In My Heart
    • Hot Legs
    • Da Ya Think I’m Sexy
    • Ain’t Love A Bitch
    • She Won’t Dance With Me
    • Young Turks
    • Tonight I’m Yours
    • Baby Jane
    • If We Fall In Love Tonight
    • Ooh La La

Robert Plant Says No to 2009

Robert Plant has issued a statement on his website stating that, after the completion of his current tour with Alison Krauss, he "has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years."

The full text:
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are currently touring the USA on the last leg of their Raising Sand tour. They played a benefit concert in Oklahoma City for victims of Hurricane Ike last Friday; Austin,Texas last Saturday and tomorrow they play Portland, Oregon before finishing the tour in Saratoga, California on October 5th.

After those dates, Robert has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years. Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin. Anyone buying tickets online to any such event will be buying bogus tickets.

“It‘s both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward,” Robert Plant said.

“I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects,” he added.

Springsteen Playing Super Bowl Halftime Show

The NFL has officially announced that Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will be the performers for the Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show. The game will be played February 1 in Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.

Springsteen joins groups like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Prince and U2 in playing the most watched musical performance of the year, with an audience of over 100 million viewers.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

AC/DC Looking For Video Directors, Madonna is Late, more

Fledgling directors have a chance to win prizes as AC/DC has put out the call for videos for their song Rock n Roll Train. Dubbed the Give it All You Got contest, prizes include Angus Young signature model Gibson SG and Malcolm Young signature model Gretsch G6131MY guitars signed by the band, along with five signed copies of Black Ice.

All you have to do is make a video for the song and upload it to YouTube with the tag ACDCGiveItAllYouGot. Entries have to be in by October 30. To see the complete rules, go to the band's website.

Madonna has been fined $249,750 by Wembley Stadium in London after her show went past the venue's 10:30 PM curfew by forty minutes. It looks to be the singer's or production's fault as the show was supposed to start at 8:30 by didn't begin until 9:10 PM.

Metallica's new bassist, Robert Trujillo, is in the middle of some corporate fisticuffs. Trujillo had a promotional deal with Fernendes Guitars but, when he became a member of the band, he fell under the jurisdiction of Metallica's existing contract with ESP Guitars. The groups lawyers have sent a cease and desist order to Fernendes telling them they can no longer use Trujillo's name or likeness.

The driver of the box truck carrying Bret Michaels' equipment for his current tour fell asleep while driving on Friday, crossing the median line and striking a pick-up truck and an SUV. The accident left two dead and two seriously injured.

Sir George Martin accepted the James Joyce Award from the University College Dublin's Literary and Historical Society on Saturday by talking about his career and the Beatles. In explining why they gave up touring in 1966, Martin said it was because "The girls were screaming so loud that Ringo Starr could only keep up by watching the bums wiggling in front of him."
It looks like that Who covers album never was that much of a project. Pete Townshend took questions on his website and commented “Recording an album without my songs? What would be the point of that? There are millions of musicians who can play other people's music better than I can. Let them cover other people's songs. I'm a composer. Covered in warts, arthritic, deaf, battered, bitter and tired. I'm ready for my best work."
The nominees have been announced for the MTV Europe Music Awards and, unlike their U.S. counterpart, there are a few nominations for veteran artists. Both Metallica and the bare nominated for Headliner, while Metallica is also up for the category of Rock Out.

Chart Watch - September 26, 2008

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Metallica rules the world for a second week. Death Magnetic is number one in the U.S. (including both the Rock and Hard Rock charts), Britain, Canada and Australia.
  • A disappointing start for Lindsey Buckingham's new album, Gift of Screws. It premiers at 48 in the U.S. and 59 in Britain.
  • On the other hand, the Imus Ranch Record, an album of covers by artists like Little Richard and John Hiatt, premiers at number 59 on the comprehensive album chart and number 11 on the country album chart in the U.S. Proceeds go to Don and Diedre Imus' cattle ranch which brings in children with cancer to stay and learn about how a ranch works.
  • George Clinton returns to the R&B charts at number 34 with his George Clinton and the Gangsters of Love.
  • Queen + Paul Rodgers' The Cosmos Rocks premiers at number five on the British album chart and number 49 in Australia. The album won't be released in North America until the end of October.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis.


Top 100 Albums

Top 50 Singles
  • None

Top 25 Digital Songs
  • None

Top 25 Pop Catalog Albums


Top 50 R&B Albums

Top 50 R&B Songs

  • #33 (26) - Baby - LL Cool J featuring The Dream

Top 10 R&B Catalog Albums


Top 25 Country Albums

Top 25 Country Singles
  • #8 (7) - Troubadour - George Strait

Top 10 Country Catalog Albums


Top 10 Rock Albums

Top 10 Hard Rock Albums

Top 20 Mainstream Rock Tracks
  • #2 (1) - The Day That Never Comes - Metallica
  • #3 (3) - Rock N' Roll Train - AC/DC

Top 20 AAA Tracks
  • #9 (13) - Boots of Chinese Plastic - Pretenders

Adult Contemporary

Top 20 Adult Contemporary Tracks
  • #10 (10) - After All These Years - Journey
  • #20 (18) - Enemy Within - Michael McDonald

Top 20 Adult Top 40 Tracks
  • None


Top 25 Dance Club Play
  • None

Top 10 Dance Singles Sales
  • #2 (2) - Give It 2 Me - Madonna
  • #7 (7) - 4 Minutes - Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
  • #8 (10) - Juliet of the Spirits - B-52s


Top 15 Jazz Albums

Top 15 Contemporary Jazz Albums


Music Association Top 40 Airplay

United Kingdom

Top 100 British Albums

Top 100 British Singles
  • #12 (3) - Thank You For a Lifetime - Cliff Richard
  • #35 (34) - Give it 2 Me - Madonna
  • #55 (66) - The Day That Never Comes - Metallica
  • #65 (76) - Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  • #72 (57) - Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
  • #73 (83) - Enter Sandman - Metallica
  • #74 (65) - 4 Minutes - Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
  • #94 (72) - Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • #99 (87) - Nothing Else Matters - Metallica


Top 100 Canadian Albums

Top 100 Canadian Singles

  • #22 (22) - Rock N' Roll Train - AC/DC
  • #37 (30) - Troubadour - George Strait
  • #56 (59) - The Day That Never Comes - Metallica
  • #58 (41) - Give it to Me - Madonna
  • #88 (86) - I Thought I'd Seen Everything - Bryan Adams


Top 50 Australian Albums
Top 50 Australian Singles
  • #38 (49) - The Day That Never Comes- Metallica
  • #41 (41) - The Unforgiven III - Metallica


Top 100 Japanese Singles
  • #95 (R) - 20th Century Boy - T.Rex
  • #96 (-) - Rock n Roll Train - AC/DC

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Zeppelin Rumor #528, Sam Moore Doesn't Like Soul Man, more

Welcome to Saturday and another Led Zeppelin rumor. According to Britain's Sun newspaper, Robert Plant is now ready to commit to a tour next summer. According to the Sun's infamous unnamed source, "He realized he couldn't face the thought of not being involved. The band were over the moon when he told them the news."

...or, then again, maybe not.

Sam Moore of Sam & Dave is considering suing the makers of the new film Soul Man starring Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac. Moore says the movie mirrors his career with Dave Pratter right down to a reunion concert where Jackson and Mac sing Hold On, I'm Coming. The filmmakers say the story line is completely fictional.

The Whispers are releasing a holiday DVD, Christmas With the Whispers, on October 14. The album includes traditional holiday songs along with revisiting older Whispers tracks like Funky Christmas and This Time of Year.

Metallica's manager, Cliff Burnstein, is defending the sound quality on the CD version of Death Magnetic by saying that "98% of listeners have voiced an overwhelmingly positive response." Unfortunately, that's in opposition to the opinion of Ted Jensen, who actually mastered the album.

Natavia Lowery, who is accused of killing punk-rock pioneer Linda Stein, has been additionally charged with stealing cash and property, including taking Stein's ATM and withdrawing money after her death.

Emmylou Harris wrote and sings the title song from the new Richard Gere/Diane Lane film Nights In Rodanthe. Although she has performed on movie soundtracks before, this is her first where she wrote the song specifically for the film.

Bob Dylan's new album, Tell Tale Signs, will be available for streaming in its entirety starting next Tuesday night at the NPR (National Public Radio) site.

Rounder Records is releasing a new album by Earl Scruggs with Friends and Family, featuring Gary Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, John Gardner, Hoot Hester, Rob Ickes, John Jorgenson, and Jon Randall. The album will be available via iTunes on September 30 with the CD hitting the racks on November 18.

Smiths Rarities Album Coming November 4

After many different Smiths Best of albums, Morrissey and Johnny Marr have gotten together to compile a new CD of rarities from the group. The Sound of the Smiths will be available in early November in either a one or two-CD set.

The first CD includes the groups singles, songs that were scheduled to be singles and never released and European-only single releases.

Disc two, only available in the 2-CD set, contains 22 rarities including B-sides, 12" releases and live recordings.

The track list:
  • Disc 1
    • Hand In Glove
    • This Charming Man
    • What Difference Does It Make? (BBC Peel Session Version)
    • Still Ill
    • Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
    • William It Was Really Nothing
    • How Soon Is Now?
    • Nowhere Fast
    • Shakespeare's Sister
    • Barbarism Begins At Home (7" Version)
    • That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
    • The Headmaster Ritual
    • The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    • Bigmouth Strikes Again
    • There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    • Panic
    • Ask
    • You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby (World Won't Listen Version)
    • Shoplifters Of The World Unite
    • Sheila Take A Bow
    • Girlfriend In A Coma
    • I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
    • Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
  • Disc 2
    • Jeane
    • Handsome Devil (Live At Manchester Hacienda - February 4, 1983)
    • This Charming Man (New York Vocal)
    • Wonderful Woman
    • Back To The Old House
    • These Things Take Time
    • Girl Afraid
    • Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
    • Stretch Out And Wait
    • Oscillate Wildly (Instrumental)
    • Meat Is Murder (Live At Oxford Apollo - March 18, 1985)
    • Asleep
    • Money Changes Everything
    • The Queen Is Dead
    • Vicar In A Tutu
    • Cemetery Gates
    • Half A Person
    • Sweet And Tender Hooligan
    • Pretty Girls Make Graves (Troy Tate Version)
    • Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
    • What's The World? (Live At Barrowlands, Glasgow - September 25, 1985)
    • London (Live At National Ballroom, Kilburn, London - October 23, 1986)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Johnny Cash Doc Coming to Biography Channel

A new documentary on how Johnny Cash was the voice for the American everyman will be aired on the Biography Channel on October 23 and is coming to DVD October 28.

Johnny Cash's America "co-directors Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon delve into what shaped Johnny Cash into the influential American icon he became. This film evokes the question, “In losing Johnny Cash, has America lost the best advocate we had for those without a voice?” as he represented the poor, the downtrodden, our soldiers overseas, Native Americans, prisoners, the disenfranchised and the youth of today without losing his audience."

The film includes interviews with
Johnny Cash, Cindy Cash, John Carter Cash, Al Gore, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Ozzy Osbourne, Snoop Dogg, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and more.

The film is directed Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. Gordon is the author of Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters and directed Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story. Neville produced the Stax film along with the recently released The Night James Brown Saved Boston and numerous episodes of Biography on musical artists.

The soundtrack to the documentary, which will be part of the DVD package, includes a previously unreleased audio tape of Cash talking about American history, called I Am America.

Davies Still Trying to Work the Kinks Out, Gordon Designs for Cool Moms, more

Ray Davies is back to saying a Kinks reunion is possible with three-quarters of the group ready to go. His brother Dave, the other quarter, is still saying he's not interested. “It would be like a poor remake of Night of the Living Dead.

Ray says he wants new music to emerge from anything that happens because he's not interested in doing it purely for the nostalgia.

Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth is launching a new clothing line that she says fills the niche of clothing for "cool moms."

Mirror/Dash's first release will be the Hardy Jacket, a "military-style wool jacket inspired by Francois Hardy." It will be limited to just 50 jackets at a cost of $415.

Evidently these should be for cool, RICH moms.

Angus Young of AC/DC sums up the reason that the group's Black Ice will not be available on iTunes. "We don't make singles, we make albums."

“Way back in the Seventies, we drew these figures on the back of an envelope for our record company. We showed them how much they earned from us if we sold 1 million singles and how much they earned if we sold 1 million albums. The difference was staggering. That was to get them off our back because we only very grudgingly release singles. Our real reason is that we honestly believe the songs on any of our albums belong together.”

It didn't work four years ago when VH1 tried it, but that's not stopping Geffen Records, Reveille and Sony Pictures TV from pacting to try to make a new version of The Partridge Family.

Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, SC, the home of the Led Zeppelin roller coaster and all things rock and roll, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It took seven years to build and less than six months in operation when it closed early for the season. High visitor projections and the taking tourist trade were cited.

Suzanne Vega writes about Tom's Diner in the New York Times.

Set List - Paul McCartney - Tel Aviv, Israel

Paul McCartney finally played Tel Aviv on Thursday night in front of a crowd of 40,000. As with all McCartney shows, it was a mix of Beatles and his solo work, including a performance of A Day in the Life, which he only played for the first time in concert three months ago.

The crowd was with him all the way, including taking the solo on the final portion of John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance.

The set list:
  • Hello Goodbye
  • Jet
  • Drive My Car
  • Only Mama Knows
  • All My Loving
  • Flaming Pie
  • Let Me Roll It
  • My Love
  • Let Em In
  • The Long and Winding Road
  • Dance Tonight
  • Blackbird
  • Calico Skies
  • Follow The Sun
  • Mrs Vanderbilt
  • Here, There and Everywhere
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Something
  • A Day In The Life
  • Give Peace A Chance
  • Band On The Run
  • Back In The USSR
  • I Got A Feeling
  • Live and Let Die
  • Let It Be
  • Hey Jude
  • Lady Madonna
  • Get Back
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Yesterday
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Police Top Forbes List of Highest Earning Musicians

What a difference a tour makes. Forbes announced it's annual list of the best paid musicians earlier this week and it's obvious that a major tour is the main factor in getting a high placement. Of the artists in the 2008 top ten, only one repeats from 2007. Last year, Madonna was number three, pulling in $72 million. She drops to number five in 2008 with $40 million. Every other artist is different with artists like the Rolling Stones (last year's number one), Bon Jovi, Jay-Z and Elton John dropping out.

The Police top the list this year and, like last year's Stones win, it is mainly because of the tour, as was the case with every other artist on the list (Gwen Stefani played 100 shows within the eligibility dates for the calculations). Also included was money made from clothing lines (Stefani's L.A.M.B.), signing bonuses (Madonna and LiveNation) and promotional work (Justin Timberlake and Pepsi).

Here's the top ten with the three-way tie at $40 million broken based on web popularity:
  1. Police ($115 million)
  2. Beyonce Knoles ($80 million)
  3. Toby Keith ($48 million)
  4. Justin Timberlake ($44 million)
  5. Madonna ($40 million)
  6. Celine Dion ($40 million)
  7. Rascal Flatts ($40 million)
  8. Van Halen ($35 million)
  9. Genesis ($31 million)
  10. Gwen Stefani ($27 million)

Farm Aid Board Asks Congress to Redirect Bailout

The Farm Aid board (Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews) have written a letter to congress urging them to redirect the money from the $700 billion bailout to "farm communities and working men and women, where they can be better used to address our country's economic, environment, energy and health crises."
September 25, 2008

Dear Congress,

As you consider the distribution of $700 billion to the very banks and corporations that have gotten our country into the mess we're in now, we ask you to pause for a moment and consider what that money could do for the people who build our country from the ground up… for our schools, healthcare system, our states, cities and towns, alternative energy development, the homeowners who were the pawns of the banking and mortgage industry. As the Board of Directors of Farm Aid, we want to alert you to what a mere $1 billion could do in the hands of the people who grow our food.

American family farmers are the backbone of our economy, the first rung on the economic ladder. For 23 years, we've worked to keep family farmers on the land. But it's not enough just to save family farmers; we have to create new farmers. When farms fail, Main Street businesses fail. The opposite is true too: When farms thrive, Main Street businesses and local communities thrive. Far from Wall Street, family farmers are creating real wealth, producing real value, growing from seeds and sunlight a product that nourishes us both physically and economically. Supporting diverse decentralized family farming will do far more for the stability and vitality of our country than a handful of global agribusiness corporations could ever do.

The proposed $700 billion bailout asks taxpayers to foot the bill without giving them the opportunity to share in any gains. A $1 billion investment in family farm agriculture would enrich us all, because we are all shareholders of the family farm. The return on investment in the family farm includes thriving local economies, nutritious food for better health, a safer and more secure food supply, a cleaner environment and more renewable energy. Investing in local, sustainable and organic food would shorten the distance between eaters and farmers, conserve energy, create economic opportunities and new jobs through innovative processing and distribution systems, resulting in a better, greener, more efficient food and farm economy.

We'll leave the economic details to the experts, but we know from traveling the highways and back roads of this country that trickle down economic policy has not created wealth for the vast majority of Americans. Let's start from the ground up. When we invest in our family farmers, we invest in the revitalization of our country.

Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews
Farm Aid Board of Directors

Tyler Sues Imposters, Cole Cancels October, more

Aerosmith's Stephen Tyler is suing unnamed bloggers who he says impersonated him and his girlfriend Erin Brady in their writings on the web. Included are comments about his Mother, who recently passed away, private facts and false statements.

Natalie Cole has canceled all of her shows for October. She has been in the hospital since September 12 from side effects to Hepatitis C medication. Although it is expected she will be going home in the next few days, she will need additional bed rest.

Susan and Tony Bennett's Exploring the Arts organization raised $1.2 million on Tuesday night at a New York City gala. The evening included a performance by Bennett and along with music and art by students from the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, which was founded by the couple.

Bob Dylan is raising money for Canada's Raise a Reader charity. Dylan will be giving a portion of his ticket sales from his Canadian tour to the charity that supports litteracy groups in Canada.

A suit against Michael Jackson brought by a family who claimed the singer was given preferential treatment at Marian Medical Center, causing the death of their mother, has been dropped. Per the plaintiff's lawyer, the stress of the lengthy process was too much for the family.

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will be the performers for the 2nd annual All for the Hall benefit at New York's Nokia Theater. The October 15 show is to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and will include the three singers performing accoustic versions of their songs and swapping stories.

Metallica stays at number one for a second week with Death Metallic, selling another 337,000 copies.

On the country singles chart, Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish moves to number one with his single Don't Think I Don't Think About It. He joins a very exclusive group as only the third African-American to top the chart after Ray Charles and Charlie Pride.

Overall sales were 6.92 million units, down 16.5% from the same week last year.

Details Released on Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition

Columbia/Legacy have finally released details on the Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition set. The October 14 release will contain two-CDs with two complete shows and a DVD with documentary and additional material.

The album chronicles the January 13, 1968 shows at California's Folsom Prison with Cash supported by future wife June Carter, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three (guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant, drummer W.S. "Fluke" Holland). Two shows were performed that day with the first, shorter show being the one that was used for the original classic album. A second show later in the day is also included in the new set with 24 of the 26 songs never previously released.

The DVD includes a documentary with footage from within the prison and interviews with Merle Haggard, Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, and former inmates who witnessed the concert. There is also a photograph gallery by Jim Marshall.

The track list for Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition (previously unissued tracks noted with asterisk):
  • Disc One - Show One:
    • Opening announcements - Hugh Cherry*
    • Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins*
    • This Ole House - Statler Brothers*
    • Announcements and Johnny Cash intro - Hugh Cherry*
    • Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
    • Busted - Johnny Cash
    • Dark As A Dungeon - Johnny Cash
    • I Still Miss Someone - Johnny Cash
    • Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash
    • 25 Minutes To Go - Johnny Cash
    • I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail - Johnny Cash*
    • Orange Blossom Special - Johnny Cash
    • The Long Black Veil - Johnny Cash
    • Send A Picture Of Mother - Johnny Cash
    • The Wall - Johnny Cash
    • Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog - Johnny Cash
    • Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart - Johnny Cash
    • Joe Bean - Johnny Cash
    • Jackson - Johnny Cash with June Carter
    • I Got A Woman - Johnny Cash with June Carter*
    • The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer - Johnny Cash
    • June's Poem - Johnny Cash*
    • Green, Green Grass Of Home - Johnny Cash
    • Greystone Chapel - Johnny Cash
    • Closing announcements
  • Disc Two:
    • The Old Spinning Wheel - Carl Perkins*
    • Opening announcements - Hugh Cherry*
    • Matchbox - Carl Perkins*
    • Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins*
    • You Can't Have Your Kate and Edith, Too - Statler Brothers*
    • Flowers On The Wall - Statler Brothers*
    • How Great Thou Art - Statler Brothers*
    • Announcements and Johnny Cash intro - Hugh Cherry*
    • Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash*
    • Busted - Johnny Cash*
    • Dark As A Dungeon - Johnny Cash*
    • Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash*
    • 25 Minutes To Go - Johnny Cash*
    • Orange Blossom Special - Johnny Cash*
    • The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer - Johnny Cash*
    • Give My Love To Rose - Johnny Cash with June Carter
    • Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog - Johnny Cash*
    • Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart - Johnny Cash*
    • Joe Bean - Johnny Cash*
    • Jackson - Johnny Cash with June Carter*
    • Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man - Johnny Cash with June Carter*
    • I Got Stripes - Johnny Cash
    • Green, Green Grass Of Home - Johnny Cash*
    • Greystone Chapel - Johnny Cash*
    • Greystone Chapel - Johnny Cash*
    • Introduction of Johnny's father, Ray Cash and Floyd Gressett and closing announcements - Hugh Cherry*
  • Disc Three (DVD):
    • Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Woman Claims to Be Elvis' Half-Sister

A woman who claims that she is the half-sister of Elvis Presley has filed a petition to reopen the estate of Presley's father, Vernon Presley.

Eliza A. Presley filed the suit on Tuesday as a "pretermitted heir" which is one who would likely stand to inherit under a will but was unknown to the deceased or the will's writer failed to mention at the time of filing.

Evidence of the relationship is not known other than the petitioner has evidence that numerous people were aware that she was, indeed, the daughter of Presley. Eliza is 46 and was adopted at birth. She only recently "became aware" that she was Vernon Presley's daughter by a woman other than her brother Elvis' mother.

Vernon Presley passed away in 1979 and claimed to have no other children at the time of his death.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Veteran Acts Dominate VH1 Top Hip-Hop Songs

When most people think of Hip-Hop and Rap, they don't think of it as a style of music that has been around for over 25 years, but VH1's new countdown of the top 100 Hip-Hop songs shows just how far back the style goes.

The entire list will be unveiled starting Monday, but the top five have been announced and three out of the five records are done by acts who started their career pre-1986 (four acts if you count Aerosmith). Sugarhill Gang go back the farthest with their single Rapper's Delight hitting in 1979. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five released The Message in 1982 and Run-DMC's first single charted in 1983 (It's Like That). Outside of the scope of VVN is Public Enemy, whose first release was in 1987 (Yo! Bum Rush the Show) and Dr. Dre who first charted in 1992 (The Chronic).

The top five:
  1. Fight the Power - Public Enemy
  2. Rapper's Delight - Sugar Hill Gang
  3. Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang - Dr. Dre
  4. Walk This Way - Run DMC with Aerosmith
  5. The Message - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five

Motown Wants Your Help

Motown Records is asking fans to select their five favorite records from the label to be included in the album Motown 50. The December release will kick off a year of celebrations leading up to the January 12, 2009 50th anniversary for the company.

The British site at Poll the People lists 205 Motown songs from which to choose, although it appears you can write in pretty much any track you would like. Voting ends on October 13 with the album set to release on December 1.

The U.S. site is much restricting, showing a list of 108 songs from which you must choose, although there is a write-in section if your favorite isn't listed. Voting also enters you in a drawing for a trip to Hitsville in Detroit. No closing date is listed, so vote early.

We'll bring you the track lists for each of the albums as soon as they are available.

Gilmour Salutes Wright, Nugent Protects McCartney, more

David Gilmour played an early Pink Floyd song, Remember a Day, on the BBC Two music show Later....with Jools Holland in tribute to late keyboardist Richard Wright. The song is from their 1968 album Saucerful of Secrets.

Gilmour told Holland, "He created a sound that glued the whole Pink Floyd thing together. He was just a very self-effacing but very talented, lovely chap. We're incredibly sad to have lost him."
Even though it appears all of those threats were without merit, ever vigilant Ted Nugent has offered to do personal security for Paul McCartney's appearance in Israel.

Nugent said, “Regardless that Paul and I have our obvious social, cultural, and culinary differences outside of music, I will not bend or waiver to voodoo religious whackjobs and neither should Paul. It would be my pleasure to keep this legendary musical hero safe from terrorists and madmen, and then buy him a nice dinner of tofu."
Ginger Baker will receive the Zildjian Drummers Achievement Award on December 7 as the Shepherd's Bush Empire in West London. The ceremony celbrates Zildjian's 385th (no, that's not a typo) anniversary.

It is expected he will be joined for a performance by Cream bandmate Jack Bruce and Tony Allen of The Good, the Bad and the Queen.

Elton John and the Killers are recording a new Christmas single. Joseph, Better You Than Me should be out by December.

U2's touring manager, Dennis Sheehan, will receive the Pernelli Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his forty years of work in live touring. During his career, Sheehan has worked with Led Zeppelin and, since 1982, U2.

Bob Jones, who started out as a PR executive for Motown Records before spending 35 years as publicist for Michael Jackson, has passed away at the age of 70. Jackson fired Jones in 2005 and he went on to co-author the book Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask.

Just to point out the downturn is the recording industry, Neil Diamond's Home Before Dark has been hailed as a comeback and a huge hit in parts of the world. Here in the U.S., it premiered at number one but, to date, has sold just 371,000 copies.

Warren Zevon's Major Label Debut Being Reissued With Extra Disc

Rhino has announced a November 25 release date for Warren Zevon: Collector's Edition, a two-CD reissue of the singer's 1975 major label debut.

Zevon had been on a self-imposed exile in Spain after ten years of kicking around the business when he was contacted by friend Jackson Browne about recording for Asylum Records. He signed with the company and Browne assembled a Who's Who of west coast artists, including members of the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and J.D. Souther, to provide support on the album.

The finished record contained some of Zevon's most enduring compositions, including Poor Poor Pitiful Me, Mohammed's Radio, Hasten Down the Wind and Carmelita. While it only reached number 189 on the Billboard Album chart, it established him as a major talent with a number of the songs being covered by other artists.

Along with a remastered version of the original album, there is a second disc that includes unreleased demos and alternate takes of all the songs on the album.

The track list for Warren Zevon: Collector's Edition:
  • Disc 1
    • Frank And Jesse James
    • Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded
    • Backs Turned Looking Down The Path
    • Hasten Down The Wind
    • Poor Poor Pitiful Me
    • The French Inhaler
    • Mohammed's Radio
    • I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
    • Carmelita
    • Join Me In L.A.
    • Desperados Under The Eaves
  • Disc 2 (Previously Unissued)
    • Frank And Jesse James (Solo Piano Demo)
    • The French Inhaler (Solo Piano Demo)
    • Hasten Down The Wind (Band Demo)
    • Carmelita (1974 Demo)
    • Mohammed's Radio (Solo Piano Demo)
    • Backs Turned Looking Down The Path (Take 1 - 1/28/76)
    • Join Me In L.A. (Take 2 - 11/20/75)
    • Poor Poor Pitiful Me (Alternate Version)
    • Frank And Jesse James (Alternate Version)
    • Mohammed's Radio (Take 2 - 11/6/75)
    • The French Inhaler (Take 1 - 1/13/76)
    • Carmelita (Alternate Version)
    • Desperados Under The Eaves (Take 2 - 1/13/76)
    • Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded (Live WMMS 10/13/76)
    • I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (Alternate Version)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Set List - Al Green - Greek Theater in Los Angeles

Al Green is out on the road to promote his Lay it Down album, bringing the show to Los Angeles' Greek Theater this past Saturday night.

Green performed a 90-minute, 14-song show (including one medley), only including two tracks from the new album but giving more then ample time to his many 70's hits. A 12-piece band backed him up along with a special appearance by ?uestlove of the Roots. Rolling Stone's review confirmed that the Reverend is still in fine voice "which transformed from guttural growl into weightless falsetto with no discernible effort."

The set list:
  • I Can’t Stop
  • Let’s Get Married
  • Lay It Down
  • Stay with Me (By the Sea)
  • Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
  • Amazing Grace/Nearer, My God, to Thee
  • Let’s Stay Together
  • How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
  • Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
  • I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)/My Girl/Bring It on Home to Me/Wonderful World/You Are Everything
  • Tired of Being Alone
  • I’m Still in Love with You
  • Simply Beautiful
  • Love and Happiness
Source: Rolling Stone