Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cat Stevens Runs Into Problems (Again) Getting Into U.S., New Orleans Fest Showing On-Line, more

In a moment of deja vu, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) is having trouble getting into the United States. He was supposed to play small shows in New York and Los Angeles to support the release of his new album, Roadsinger, but will not be able to gain access to the country in time due to "paperwork" issues.

This isn't the first time Islam has had problems getting into the United States. He went through an extended fight a few years ago around the time of the release of his first comeback album.

The AT&T Blue Room is broadcasting a number of sets over the web this weekend from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The schedule for veteran artists:
  • Sonny Landreth - Saturday - 12:45 PM
  • Joe Cocker - Saturday - 2:50 PM
  • Professor Longhair (Classic Performance) - Saturday - 3:05 PM
  • Dr. John - Saturday - 3:10 PM
  • Allen Toussaint - Sunday - 1:00 PM
  • Irma Thomas - Sunday - 3:15 PM
  • Jimmy Buffett (2006 Performance) - Sunday - 3:35 PM
  • Sting (2000 Performance) - Sunday - 3:40 PM
  • Bonnie Raitt - Sunday - 3:45 PM
  • James Taylor - Sunday - 4:00 PM
  • Fats Domino (2001 Performance) - Sunday - 5:30 PM
  • Neville Brothers - Sunday - 5:40 PM

Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman are playing 14 Canadian cities with part of the ticket proceeds from the tour going to the literacy campaign Canwest Raise-a-Reader.

A show by Los Lobos is one of the first concerts in Mexico to be canceled due to the Swine Flu situation. An upcoming show by Metallica is also in danger but has not yet been called off.

Elton John Bringing The Red Piano to DVD and Blu-Ray

After five years and 200 performances, Elton John closed his The Red Piano show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and opened up the door to sharing the performance with all his fans.

The Red Piano is being released on both DVD and Blu-Ray next Tuesday (May 5) via Universal and contains the full 14-song performance. Also featured is the other "star" of the show, the photography of David LaChapelle which is projected throughout the performance to "develop art and imagery that would complement the music and enhance the experience for the audience."

In addition to the show, there is also a 50-minute documentary, The Life and Legacy of Elton John, with behind-the-scenes of David LaChapelle's 'Red Piano' treatment of Elton's live stage show and the raw videos made by LaChapelle that were used for the stage backdrop.

Elton explained the show by saying, "It's what I'm like from an artistic point of view. It's fun, it's deep, it's the songs I really love and it gives me a chance to get across what I am all about, visually as well as musically."

The track list for The Red Piano:
  • Benny & the Jets
  • Philadelphia Freedom
  • Believe
  • Daniel
  • Rocket Man
  • Answer in the Sky
  • Tiny Dancer
  • Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  • Candle in the Wind
  • Pinball Wizard
  • Bitch is Back
  • I'm Still Standing
  • Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
  • Your Song

Rick Springfield Does Some Californication, Bud Shank Passes, more

Rick Springfield has signed to play himself in four episodes of Showtime's Californication. The original casting call asked for "an actor who experienced huge fame in the 80's to play themselves as a now down-on his-luck-ex-celebrity waiting tables to get by."

Bud Shank, the man who legitimized the flute in jazz music, passed away back on April 2 at the age of 82. He was started with the big bands in the 40's and, during the 50's, was one of the creators of the West Coast Cool jazz sound along with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Dave Brubeck. Shank also was instrumental in bringing Brazilian music to America in the 50's with his "Brazilliance" albums with Laurindo Almeida.

Most listening to top 40 radio would be most familiar with Shank for his flute solos on such records as the Mamas & the Papas California Dreaming and the Association's Windy.

Iggy Pop's British insurance advertisement has been officially canceled. The move came after numerous complaints that the policies he was advertising were not available to musicians.

Let There Be Rock: The Story of AC/DC is getting an expanded edition on May 1 with a new chapter, an interview with Angus Young from November 4, 2008, new photographs and an audio CD of an interview done with all five band members (including Bon Scott) from their first American tour on December 4, 1977.
Tito Jackson is urging brother Michael to reunite the Jackson Five as part of his London residency. "I will definitely be there to watch Michael. I hope he would invite his brothers on stage, if they are all ready, willing and able. We will be here and supporting our brother. If we're invited, we definitely will. Yes, I think somewhere in his heart there's a space."

Depeche Mode have their highest debuting album in 17 years with Sounds of the Universe which debuts at number 3 this week, selling 80,000 copies.

Meanwhile, Bob Dylan's new album, Together Through Life is looking like it will be his fifth number one album on next week's charts. His previous four chart toppers were Planet Waves, Blood on the Tracks, Desire and Modern Times.

Album sales for the week totaled 6.17 million units, down 10% from the same week last year. Year-to-date sales are 12% under 2008.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Vern Gosdin (1934-2009)

Country's Vern Gosdin passed away earlier today from the after-effects of a stroke he suffered three weeks ago. He was 74.

Gosdin spent the early part of his career singing gospel music with his brother Rex in groups such as the Gosdin Brothers, the Golden State Boys and the Hillmen. The pair eventually transitioned into country music and toured with former bandmate Chris Hillman's new group, the Byrds. The Gosdin Brothers managed to get one record up to number 37 on the country chart in 1967 with Hangin' On.

In the early-70's, Gosdin moved to Atlanta to ran a retail shop to support his family. On the side, he continued to play music and eventually traveled to Nashville to record a demo with old friend Emmylou Harris. He was signed to Elektra and both sides of that demo made it to the country top 40 as Yesterday's Gone went to number 9 and a remake of Hangin' On peaked at 16.

Gosdin stayed with Elektra until their country division was dropped in 1980, scoring seven more top 30 hits, including a remake of the Assocation's Never My Love and Til the End (with Janie Frickie).

Gosdin recorded for Ovation and AMI before finally landing a spot on the Compleat roster in 1982. Over the next eleven year, he would have 22 more hits, including the country number ones I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You're Going to Love Me Tonight), Set 'Em Up Joe and I'm Still Crazy.

Vern's strength was in his traditional sound, which led to the end of his hitmaking days in the early-90's when country left its roots and moved more towards a pop and rock sound. He continued to record for small labels and tour even though he didn't chart again.

Gosdin won the 1989 Country Music Association Song of the Year for Chiseled in Stone (co-written with Max D. Barnes). He also wrote George Strait's 1997 hit Today My World Slipped Away with Mark Wright.

Major hits by Vern Gosdin (all positions are from the country singles chart):
  • Yesterday's Gone (1977/#9)
  • Till the End (1977/#7)
  • Never My Love (1978/#9)
  • Dream of Me (1981/#7)
  • Today My World Slipped Away (1983/#10)
  • If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) (1983/#5)
  • Way Down Deep (1983/#5)
  • I Wonder Where We'd Be Tonight (1983/#10)
  • I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight) (1984/#1)
  • What Would Your Memories Do (1984/#10)
  • Slow Burning Memory (1985/#10)
  • Do You Believe Me Now (1988/#4)
  • Set 'Em Up Joe (1988/#1)
  • Chiseled in Stone (1988/#6)
  • Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time (1989/#2)
  • I'm Still Crazy (1989/#1)
  • That Just About Does It (1989/#4)
  • Right in the Wrong Direction (1990/#10)
  • Is It Raining At Your House (1991/#10)
Major albums by Vern Gosdin (all positions are from the country albums chart):
  • Till the End (1977/#10)
  • If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) (1983/#17)
  • There is a Season (1984/#17)
  • Chiseled in Stone (1988/#7)
  • Alone (1989/#11)

Track List Released for George Harrison's Let It Roll

The track list for the new George Harrison collection, Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harrison, has been released and will probably be the subject of a lot of discussion.

Three Beatles-era songs are included (While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Something, Here Comes the Sun), all recorded live at the Concert For Bangladesh. Missing are such songs as Bangla-Desh, Dark Horse, Ding Dong Ding Dong, You, This Song and Crackerbox Palace, all of which were top 40 hits in either the U.S. or the U.K.

The new album will hit stores June 16.

The track list:
  • Got My Mind Set On You
  • Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
  • The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
  • My Sweet Lord
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live - Concert For Bangladesh Soundtrack)
  • All Things Must Pass
  • Any Road
  • This Is Love
  • All Those Years Ago
  • Marwa Blues
  • What Is Life
  • Rising Sun
  • When We Was Fab
  • Something (Live - Concert For Bangladesh Soundtrack)
  • Blow Away
  • Cheer Down
  • Here Comes The Sun (Live - Concert For Bangladesh Soundtrack)
  • I Don't Want To Do It
  • Isn't It A Pity
Update (Thursday, April 29, 11:35 PM): There are reports now that Amazon may have been premature in posting the track list for this album. A source at Capitol/EMI has stated this is not the final track list; however, the correct one will be released soon.

Update (Tuesday, May 5, 11:45 PM): The official press release for the album has come out and this, indeed, is the correct track listing.

Depeche Mode Subject of Documentary, Gill & Grant to Host Concert for Returning Injured Soldiers, more

Depeche Mode is the subject of the new documentary The Dark Progression, set to make its DVD debut on June 16 (MVD Distribution). Included are interviews with all four original members along with Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark. Rare on-stage footage, music videos and promotional materials are also on the disc.

Vince Gill and Amy Grant are hosting the Challenge America concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington on June 8. Challenge America is an organization that will work with small communities across the U.S. to support the development of recreational and occupational programs for returning injured military members and their families.

Also scheduled for the show are Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Darius Rucker, Melinda Doolittle and Mac McAnally.

When you've had just about all the success in the world, what do you do? If you're Benny Andersson of ABBA, you go back to your routes and play a bandstand in Hampstead Heath in north London.

The event is a week-long celebration for the appointment of a Swedish Commissioner to the European Union and will highlight all things Sweden. Steffan Carlsson, British Ambassador to Sweden, said "He is going to play for at least two hours and it will be Swedish folk music with an Abba sound incorporated into it. He is quintessentially Swedish."

The Tennessee legislature voted Monday to name a portion of Getwell Road in Shelby County as the Jerry Lee Lewis Highway. The same bill passed the senate earlier this month and the bill is on its way to the governor for signing.

Early numbers out of Britain say that Bob Dylan may have his first U.K. number one album since 1970's New Morning. Together Through Life currently holds about a 3,000 copy lead over Music For the People by The Enemy.

BookExpo America has announced that part of their opening night festivities will be the debut of their new Author's Stage with Chuck Klosterman interviewing Steven Tyler (Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?) and Clarence Clemons (Big Man). The event is May 28 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Relive MTV's First Day...Back When They Played Music

MTV has put up a page on its site where you can see the 56 videos that were played during their first day of broadcasting. The variety is really quite amazing from the big names of the day like Pat Benatar and Rod Stewart (5 of those first 56 were by him) to lesser knowns like Robin Lane and the Charbusters and Bootcamp. Also included is a short segment by VJ Martha Quinn.

Just for the record, here's the first ten videos ever played by MTV:
  • Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles
  • You Better Run - Pat Benatar
  • She Won't Dance With Me - Rod Stewart
  • You Better You Bet - Who
  • Little Suzi's on the Up - PhD
  • We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard
  • Brass in Pocket - Pretenders
  • Time Heals - Todd Rundgren
  • Take it On the Run - REO Speedwagon
  • Rockin' the Paradise - Styx
For fun, here's a nice little piece of campy early-80's video of one of the great songs of pop-rock. It was also the last song played on MTV that first day.

Kenny Loggins Announces New "Family Friendly" Album

Kenny Loggins, whose last release was an exclusive through Target, will release All Join In..., an album of covers and a couple of originals, on July 21 via Disney Pearl.

"All Join In... It’s like putting on an old sweater," Loggins said. "I want everyone to feel comfortable and have a sense they know what they’re getting."

12 of the 14 tracks are covers from other artists including two from the Beatles, All Together Now and Two of Us. The latter is Loggins first recording with old partner Jim Messina in decades.

Also included are covers of You've Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman), Come Go With Me (Del-Vikings), You Can All Join In (Traffic) with guest Dave Mason, First There is a Mountain (Donovan) and Ghandi/Buddah (Cheryl Wheeler).

Of the two Loggins-penned tracks, Long Tailed Cat is actually a cover of a song he recorded during his Loggins & Messina days. The other is an ode to one of Loggins' dogs, Moose 'N Me.

To add to the family feel of the album, all five of Loggins' children provide backing vocals on various tracks. "Even in a life that’s been so full of music, All Join In feels unique and meaningful to me, both as a musician and – perhaps even more so – as a parent myself."

The track list for All Join In...:
  • Underneath The Same Sky
  • All Together Now
  • You Got A Friend In Me
  • 2 Of Us
  • Come Go With Me
  • First There Is A Mountain
  • Puppy Song
  • You Can All Join In
  • Gandhi/Buddha
  • Long Tailed Cat
  • Your Lollipop
  • Moose ‘n Me
  • 1234
  • Go Fish

New Releases: April 28, 2009

Schmidt Plays With Poco Despite Dog Bite, Austin Festival Announces Lineup, more

Timothy B. Schmidt appeared with Poco for the first time in 30 years at the Stagecoach Festival on Sunday in spite of a severed dog bite to his hand.

Schmidt wasn't the only one playing with an injury. 82-year-old Ralph Stanley had a black eye from a fall the day before while cleaning at his house.

The Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, the Levon Helm Band, the B-52's, Asleep at the Wheel, Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3, plus a host of modern acts will highlight the Austin City Limits Festival from October 2 to 4 at Austin's Zilker Park.
According to a Twitter message from Billy Gould, Faith No More have settled on the name The Second Coming Tour. "Now we can make the shirts..."

CMT has moved their annual awards show one day, to June 16, without giving a reason. Perhaps it was to accommodate Def Leppard who will now be performing on the show. They are up for three awards.

Paul Rodgers, out on the road for a 10-date run with Bad Company, told The Rock Radio his reason for doing only short tours. "It is a strain on the spirit, really. When I was in my teen years and in my 20's and even 60s, it was okay to drop everything and disappear and become a road warrior for all those months. But after a while you get... y'know, one likes to have some home life."
Here comes the vinyl. It doesn't sound like much, but Best Buy is considering dedicating eight-square feet of every one of its 1,020 stores to the reemerging vinyl format. That would allow for the stocking of 200 albums.

The L.A. Times also reported Sunday that at least three new vinyl record stores opened in the area recently. The full story is here.

Allman Brothers' Beacon Run To Be Released in Massive Box Set

The Allman Brothers' run at the Beacon Theater in New York last month is being released in a 45-disc CD package capturing all fifteen shows. This is the first time that the band has released any live music from, what is now, their 188 consecutive sold out shows dating back to 1989.

The run not only celebrated their 40th anniversary as a band, but was also dedicated to the late Duane Allman, guitarist and band founder. Joining them over the 15 nights is an amazing group of guest performers, including Eric Clapton, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Johnny Winter, Sheryl Crow, Stanley Clarke, Kid Rock, Bonnie Bramlett, Robert Randolph, John Hammond, Billy Gibbons, David Hidalgo, Trey Anastasio, Susan Tedeschi, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and many more.

Also included in the set will be the band's performance at Warren Haynes' 20th annual Christmas Jam from December 2008 and 40 photos taken during the Beacon run. All of this will be included in a custom numbered box.

The price for this massive set is a bit steep at $499.00 for the whole set. Individual shows are also available for $27.00.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Parton's 9-to-5 Leads Drama Desk Awards

'Tis the season for theatrical awards. The Outer Critic's Circle named their annual nominees last week, the American Theater Wing's Tony Award nominations are announced next Tuesday and the Drama Desk Award nominations came out today.

Normally, we wouldn't report so heavily on theater awards, but this season has been different with a number of shows by veteran artists or using their music have hit the boards. Leading the way for all productions in the Drama Desk nominations is Dolly Parton's musical adaptation of the film 9-to-5, which received 15 nominations. Second was Shrek: The Musical with 12, followed by the Elton John penned Billy Elliott with 10. The revival of Hair received 10.

The nominations for each show are below the cut.
  • 9-to-5
    • Musical
    • Actress in a Musical - Stephanie J. Block
    • Actress in a Musical - Megan Hilty
    • Actress in a Musical - Allison Janney
    • Featured Actor in a Musical - Marc Kudisch
    • Director of a Musical -Joe Mantello
    • Choreography - Andy Blankenbuehler
    • Music - Dolly Parton
    • Lyrics - Dolly Parton
    • Book of a Musical - Patricia Resnick
    • Orchestrations - Bruce Coughlan
    • Set Design of a Musical - Scott Pask
    • Costume Design - William Ivey Long
    • Lighting Design of a Musical - Jules Fischer & Kenneth Posner
    • Sound Design - John H. Shivers
  • Billy Elliott the Musical
    • Musical
    • Featured Actor in a Musical - Gregory Jbara
    • Featured Actress in a Musical - Haydn Gwynne
    • Director of a Musical - Stephen Daldry
    • Choreography -Peter Darling
    • Music - Elton John
    • Book of a Musical - Lee Hall
    • Orchestrations - Martin Koch
    • Lighting Design of a Musical -Rick Fisher
    • Sound Design - Paul Arditti
  • Hair
    • Revival of a Musical
    • Actor in a Musical - Will Swenson
    • Director of a Musical -Diane Paulus
    • Choreography - Karole Armitage
    • Set Design of a Musical - Scott Pask
    • Lighting Design of a Musical - Kevin Adams

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rhythm Magazine's 100 Greatest Drum Beats of All Time

Britain's Rhythm magazine has chosen their list of the 100 Greatest Drum Beats of All Time. With the help of people like Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot), Joey Jordinson (Slipknot), Thomas Lang and Peter Erskine, the editorial staff assembled a list of 100 great rhythms that span from 30's jazz to current metal.

Leading the list of drummers who created the greatest beats is John Bonham with four Led Zeppelin tracks on the list. Those with three tracks include Dave Grohl (two by Nirvana and one by Queens of the Stone Age), Phil Rudd (AC/DC), Stewart Copeland (Police) and Bernard Purdie (one each from Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan and King Curtis). Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown) has the honor of his two tracks both falling in the top 10.

Overall, 78 of the 100 tracks are from veteran artists, including 24 of the top 25.

The following is the top 10 plus all tracks by veteran artists from the rest of the list (drummer on track in parenthesis):
  • 1. The Funky Drummer (Parts 1 & 2) - James Brown (Clyde Stubblefield)
  • 2. When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin (John Bonham)
  • 3. Cissy Strut - Meters (Zigaboo Modeliste)
  • 4. Take Five - Dave Brubeck (Joe Morello)
  • 5. Back in Black - AC/DC (Phil Rudd)
  • 6. Won't Get Fooled Again - Who (Keith Moon)
  • 7. Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman Orchestra (Gene Krupa)
  • 8. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (Dave Grohl)
  • 9. Ballroom Blitz - Sweet (Mick Tucker)
  • 10. Cold Sweat - James Brown (Clyde Stubblefield)
  • 11. Raining Blood - Slayer (Dave Lombardo)
  • 12. Rosanna - Toto (Jeff Porcaro)
  • 13. Roxanne - Police (Stewart Copeland)
  • 14. One - Metallica (Lars Ulrich)
  • 15. Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin (John Bonham)
  • 16. Blue Monday - New Order (Oberheim DMX drum machine)
  • 17. We Will Rock You - Queen (Roger Taylor)
  • 18. Lust For Life - Iggy Pop (Hunt Sales)
  • 19. Quadrant 4 - Billy Cobham (Billy Cobham)
  • 20. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 (Larry Mullen, Jr.)
  • 21. Superstition - Stevie Wonder (Stevie Wonder)
  • 22. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream (Ginger Baker)
  • 23. Come Together - Beatles (Ringo Starr)
  • 24. Midlife Crisis - Faith No More (Mike Bordin)
  • 25. Sexy MF - Prince (Michael Bland)
  • 26. Oakland Stroke - Tower of Power (David Garibaldi)
  • 27. Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin (Bernard Purdie)
  • 29. War Pigs - Black Sabbath (Bill Ward)
  • 31. Honky Tonk Woman - Rolling Stones (Charlie Watts)
  • 32. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley (D.J. Fontana)
  • 34. Fire - Jimi Hendrix Experience (Mitch Mitchell)
  • 35. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin (John Bonham)
  • 36. Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Chad Smith)
  • 37. Walking on the Moon - Police (Stewart Copeland)
  • 39. Chameleon - Herbie Hancock (Harvey Mason)
  • 40. Dance With the Devil - Cozy Powell (Cozy Powell)
  • 41. Hot For Teacher - Van Halen (Alex Van Halen)
  • 43. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon (Steve Gadd)
  • 44. Babylon Sisters - Steely Dan (Bernard Purdie)
  • 46. Get Up (I Fell Like Being) A Sex Machine - James Brown (John Starks)
  • 50. Soul Man - Sam & Dave (Al Jackson, Jr.)
  • 51. Green Onions - Booker T. & the M.G.'s (Al Jackson, Jr.)
  • 53. Manic Depression - Jimi Hendrix Experience (Mitch Mitchell)
  • 54. Watching the Detectives - Elvis Costello (Pete Thomas)
  • 55. Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin (John Bonham)
  • 56. All Right Now - Free (Simon Kirke)
  • 57. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC (Phil Rudd)
  • 58. Pick Up the Pieces - Average White Band (Robbie McIntosh)
  • 59. Stratus - Billy Cobham (Billy Cobham)
  • 60. The Rotten Kid - Buddy Rich Big Band (Buddy Rich)
  • 61. Tom Sawyer - Rush (Neil Peart)
  • 63. Baba O'Riley - Who (Keith Moon)
  • 65. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins (Phil Collins)
  • 66. Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets (Bill Gussak)
  • 67. Stuck My Kiss - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Chad Smith)
  • 68. Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly & the Family Stone (Gregg Errico)
  • 69. Overkill - Motorhead (Phil Taylor)
  • 73. Sad But True - Metallica (Lars Ulrich)
  • 74. Seven Days - Sting (Vinnie Colaiuta)
  • 75. What'd I Say - Ray Charles (Milt Turner)
  • 76. Fucking Hostile - Pantera (Vinnie Paul)
  • 77. Highway Star - Deep Purple (Ian Paice)
  • 79. Ain't Nobody - Rufus and Chaka Khan (John Robinson)
  • 80. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane Quartet (Elvin Jones)
  • 82. Don't Stand So Close To Me - Police (Stewart Copeland)
  • 83. Highway to Hell - AC/DC (Phil Rudd)
  • 84. Shh...Peaceful - Miles Davis (Tony Williams)
  • 85. Chuck E's in Love - Rickie Lee Jones (Steve Gadd)
  • 88. Word Up! - Cameo (Larry Blackmon)
  • 89. Englishman in New York - Sting (Manu Katche)
  • 90. Candy's Room - Bruce Springsteen (Max Weinberg)
  • 91. You Really Got Me - Kinks (Bobby Graham & Clem Cattini)
  • 93. Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue (Tommy Lee)
  • 94. Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer (Tony Thompson)
  • 95. Beat It - Michael Jackson (Jeff Porcaro)
  • 96. God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols (Paul Cook)
  • 98. Memphis Soul Stew - King Curtis (Bernard Purdie)
  • 99. Fireball - Deep Purple (Ian Paice)
  • 100. Da Doo Ron Ron - Crystals (Hal Blaine)
To see the whole list with commentary, go to the MusicRadar.

Metallica Going On a Time Warp, Depeche Mode Closes Down Hollywood, more

Metallica will be featured in a segment of the Discovery Channel's Time Warp on April 29. The show takes normal (and not-so-normal) everyday events and slows them down thousands of times to see what really happens.

Metallica said in a statement, "Want to see what really happens while we're playing? Discovery Channel's Time Warp came to HQ [Metallica's headquarters in San Rafael, north of San Francisco] about a month ago with their high-speed cameras to film us in action and the results air on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m."

Depeche Mode brought Hollywood to a standstill on Friday night when they performed a special set to celebrate the release of their album Sounds of the Universe. Part of the performance was shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Thousands came to the free show was on Hollywood Boulevard where they heard the new single, Wrong, along with Personal Jesus, Walking in My Shoes, Peace, Come Back, Enjoy the Silence and Never Let Me Down Again.

If your interested in a short video showing the covers and a few of the inserts from the Beatles remasters, coming in September, head over to their website.

Vince Neal of Motley Crue told the New York Post that he'd like to see American Idol do a Crue theme night. He was not a fan of the show until he saw Carrie Underwood perform a cover of the band's Home Sweet Home.

The theater production of the Who's Quadrophenia will premier on May 9 in Plymouth, Britain. Pete Townshend is the creative consultant for the show which will tour U.K. regional theaters before attempting to move to the West End and Broadway.

Epiphone is releasing a limited edition Oh, Pretty Woman 12-string guitar based on the 1962 Epiphone Bard 12-String that Roy Orbison used.
"As a young brilliant guitar player growing up in West Texas, Roy would have never dreamt that he would one day have his own Epiphone signature guitar named after him. Roy wrote Oh, Pretty Woman on his Epiphone 12-string acoustic guitar which features one of the most instantly recognizable rock n' roll guitar riffs and has remained iconic and fresh to this day."

Ann & Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Bobby Troup & Quincy Jones Win ASCAP Awards

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) presented their 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards this past Wednesday night at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.
  • ASCAP Founders Award - Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart "whose passionate songwriting and indomitable spirit continue to inspire generations."
  • ASCAP Creative Voice Award - Wyclef Jean "whose conscience fuels his music and whose music inspires change."
  • ASCAP Vanguard Award - Santigold "in recognition of the impact of musical genres which help shape the future of American music."
  • Songwriters of the Year - Mikkel Eriksen & Tor Hermansen for their songs Closer, Don't Stop the Music, Miss Independent, Take a Bow, Tattoo and With You.
  • Song of the Year - Bleeding Love written by Jesse McCartney and Ryan Tedder and published by Jambition Music and Write 2 Live
  • Publisher of the Year - EMI Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Most Performed Songs - 50 songs received the award. The following are those that had the involvement of veteran artists (full list here).
    • Bust It Baby (Part 2) by Plies with Ne-Yo, written by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis , Ne-Yo
    • Clumsy by Fergie, written by Stacey Ferguson, Bobby Troup
    • Good Life by Kanye West with T-Pain, written by Quincy Jones

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Chart Watch: April 24, 2009

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current music charts. Chart highlights:
  • It's a very slow week in the U.S. for veteran artists, with no major debuts and most of the albums dropping.
  • That wasn't the case in other parts of the world. In Britain, the new album from Chris de Burgh, Footsteps, premiers at a very strong number 4 while a new Dusty Springfield compilation, Just Dusty, starts at 18.
  • It's the album that just won't die. In a week when Bruce Springsteen's latest fall out of the Top 100 albums after only a couple of months, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand reverses direction again going 100 to 96. It's been in the Top 100 albums for all but a couple of the 71 weeks it has been in release.
  • The Creedence Clearwater Revival hits set, Chronicle, Volume 1, has a major resurgence this week, jumping from 15 to 2 on the U.S. Pop Catalog Album chart and returning to the Australian Top Albums at number 49.
  • It must be James Taylor week in Canada. He places four albums in that country's top 100, including two hits collections, a live album and his latest, Other Covers.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis.

Top 100 Albums

Top 50 Singles
  • #1 (1) - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  • #2 (2) - Poker Face - Lady GaGa
  • #3 (3) - Right Round - Flo Rida
  • #37 (29) - I Told You So - Carrie Underwood Featuring Randy Travis

See the rest of the charts below the cut.
Top 25 Digital Songs
  • #1 (1) - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  • #2 (3) - The Climb - Miley Cyrus
  • #3 (-) - We Made You - Eminiem
  • No Veteran Artists Charting

Top 25 Pop Catalog Albums


Top 50 R&B Albums
  • #1 (-) - Forever in a Day - Day26
  • #2 (1) - The Last Kiss - Judakiss
  • #3 (3) - In a Perfect World... - Keri Hilson
  • #6 (2) - Lotus Flow3r/MPLSoUND/Elix3r - Prince/Bria Valente
  • #8 (13) - Uncle Charlie - Charlie Wilson

Top 50 R&B Songs

  • #1 (1) - Blame It - Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain
  • #2 (2) - Dead and Gone - T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake
  • #3 (3) - Turnin' Me On - Keri Hilson Featuring Lil Wayne
  • #16 (16) - There Goes My Baby - Charlie Wilson
  • #39 (49) - Give You Up - Raphael Saadiq Featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton

Top 10 R&B Catalog Albums


Top 25 Country Albums

Top 25 Country Songs
  • #1 (4) - It's American - Rodney Atkins
  • #2 (1) - Here Comes Goodbye - Rascal Flatts
  • #3 (3) - She's Country - Jason Aldean
  • #4 (5) - I Told You So - Carrie Underwood Featuring Randy Travis

Top 10 Country Catalog Albums
  • #1 (1) - Some Hearts - Carrie Underwood
  • #2 (2) - Enjoy the Ride - Sugarland
  • #3 (3) - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Miranda Lambert
  • #9 (13) - 30 #1 Hits - Elvis Presley


Top 10 Rock Albums

  • #1 (1) - Twilight - Soundtrack
  • #2 (-) - Swoon - Silversun Pickups
  • #3 (2) - Dark Horse - Nickelback
  • #4 (3) - No Line on the Horizon - U2

Top 10 Hard Rock Albums
  • #1 (1) - Dark Horse - Nickelback
  • #2 (2) - Scars & Souvenirs - Theory of a Deadman
  • #3 (8) - Swan Songs - Hollywood Undead
  • #7 (6) - Death Magnetic - Metallica

Top 20 Mainstream Rock Tracks
  • #1 (1) - Lifeline - Papa Roach
  • #2 (2) - Cyanide - Metallica
  • #3 (4) - Dead Memories - Slipknot

Top 20 AAA Tracks
  • #1 (1) - Crack the Shutters - Snow Patrol
  • #2 (2) - Magnificent - U2
  • #3 (3) - Nothing Ever Hurt Like You - James Morrison
  • #6 (5) - We Let Her Down - Chris Isaak
  • #16 (16) - Wrong - Depeche Mode

Adult Contemporary

Top 20 Adult Contemporary Tracks
  • #1 (1) - I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  • #2 (2) - Love Story - Taylor Swift
  • #3 (3) - Viva La Vida - Coldplay
  • #12 (12) - Just Go - Lionel Richie

Top 20 Adult Top 40 Tracks
  • #1 (1) - You Found Me - The Fray
  • #2 (2) - Sober - Pink
  • #3 (3) - Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects
  • No Veteran Artists Charting


Top 25 Dance Club Play
  • #1 (2) - T.O.N.Y. - Solange
  • #2 (3) - Boom - Anjulie
  • #3 (4) - Bottle Pop - Pussycat Dolls Featuring Snoop Dogg
  • #10 (19) - Wrong - Depeche Mode
  • #19 (27) - I'm Not Getting Enough - (Yoko) Ono

Top 10 Dance Singles Sales
  • #1 (1) - Halo - Beyonce
  • #2 (2) - She Loves Everybody - Chester French
  • #3 (-) - On a Good Day - Above & Beyond Presents OceanLab
  • #10 (R) - Miles Away - Madonna


Top 15 Jazz Albums

Top 15 Contemporary Jazz Albums

  • #1 (1) - In Boston - Chris Botti
  • #2 (-) - Moving Forward - Bernie Williams
  • #3 (2) - Send One Your Love - Boney James
  • #5 (3) - Great American Soulbook - Tower of Power
  • #10 (10) - Returns - Return to Forever


Music Association Top 40 Airplay

United Kingdom

Top 100 British Albums

Top 100 British Singles
  • #1 (1) - I'm Not Alone - Calvin Harris
  • #2 (4) - In For the Kill - La Roux
  • #3 (2) - Poker Face - Lady Gaga
  • #45 (-) - I Dreamed a Dream - Patti LuPone
  • #71 (100) - Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  • #78 (24) - Wrong - Depeche Mode


Top 100 Canadian Albums

Top 100 Canadian Singles

  • #1 (2) - Right Round - Flo Rida
  • #2 (4) - Africa - Karl Wolf Featuring Culture
  • #3 (1) - Love Story - Taylor Swift
  • #25 (25) - I Told You So - Carrie Underwood Featuring Randy Travis
  • #49 (54) - Magnificent - U2
  • #77 (68) - River of Love - George Strait
  • #86 (85) - Never Alone - Rankin Family
  • #95 (95) - She Got a Way - Bryan Adams
  • #97 (-) - Anything Goes - AC/DC


Top 50 Australian Albums

Top 50 Australian Singles
  • #1 (1) - Right Round - Flo Rida
  • #2 (2) - Love Story - Taylor Swift
  • #3 (3) - Don't Trust Me - 3OH!3
  • No Veteran Artists Charting

Friday, April 24, 2009

Music People Need to Stay Off Horses, Aerosmith May Perform Classic Album in Concert, more

Stay off the horses! Just like Madonna, Bruce Springsteen's wife Patti Scialfa fell from a horse last Saturday near the couple's New Jersey home. She didn't break any bones but does have some significant bruising and will sit out a number of shows on the current tour.

Joe Perry told VH1 Classic Radio that Aerosmith is talking about performing one of their classic albums in its entirety when the go on tour in June. “I think Toys In The Attic would be fun. We do a lot of songs off the first four records anyway. We’ve jammed on Uncle Salty on stage a few times. I don’t know. The later records with more songs on them, they would take up too much time in the set. We need to leave some room for some of the other standards."
Matthew Fisher, former organist for Procol Harum, took his appeal over royalties for the hit A Whiter Shade of Pale to London's House of Lords on Thursday. In 2006, Fisher was given a 40% share of the rights for writing the song but the ruling was overturned last year by an appeals court.

It took an executive order from the governor, but the Flaming Lips' Do You Realize? is now the official rock song of the state of Oklahoma. The public initially chose the song in a statewide poll, but lawmakers in the state House of Representatives turned it down 48 to 39, noting the group's use of obscene language and offensive T-Shirts. It took Governor Brad Henry to overturn the vote to enshrine the public's choice.

A couple of veteran artists walked away with Dove Awards at last night's Christian music honors. Randy Travis took Country Album for Around the Bend while the Blind Boys of Alabama won Traditional Gospel Album for Down in New Orleans.

Yesterday we reported that a fire destroyed the home of Jimmy Dean and his wife. Today we've learned that they were able to save Dean's Grammy, his gold record for Big Bad John and other memorabilia such as the puppet of Rowlf, created by Jim Henson for Dean's 1960's TV series.

Rolling Stone has reported on Lou Reed's live presentation of his Metal Machine Music at the Gramercy Theatre in New York. For those not familiar with the 1975 album, it is basically 64-minutes of guitar feedback.
There were no “songs,” but instead the musicians churned out a continuous blaring fog that rose and decreased in its deafening intensity, marked by shrill electronic shrieks, long demented sax solos and Reed’s occasional yelling voice.

Although the music was played in the same spirit as the original album, it had much more direction, making it more listenable.

Susan Boyle, the contestant from Britain's Got Talent that has wowed the world with her singing voice, has a fan in Donny Osmond. "I would die to do a duet with her. I would have her come up onstage [at his and Marie's Las Vegas Review] and I would sing to her and I'd have her sing to me."

Hall & Oates Get NARM Award, Diamond Signs With Columbia for Five More Years, more

The National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) has announced it will give its Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to Daryl Hall and John Oates.

President Jim Donio said
"NARM congratulates Daryl Hall and John Oates for their remarkable talents as singers, songwriters and musicians and for their inspiring creativity. Their soulful melodies have transcended four decades and crossed all demographics, and they have allowed multiple generations to enjoy their signature Rock and Soul music and appreciate their influence.”

Neil Diamond has announced on Twitter that he has signed for another five years with Columbia Records. In the words of the singer, "By the time this contract is over that'll make 43 years with the same label."

Van Morrison will release the DVD, Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, on May 19 exclusively through Amazon. The DVD also "features special bonus songs, including a live version of Gloria, and unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage as well as a candid conversation with the artist himself talking about the meaning behind Astral Weeks, his decision to revisit the pivotal project, and his impressions of the music business.
A Reuters story has said that Jeff Lynne's first official solo album since 1990's Armchair Theater is scheduled for release sometime in the fall (he also recorded the ELO album Zoom in 2001 which was essentially a solo work). He also recently produced five tracks for Regina Spektor and has plans to work with Joe Walsh.

Paul Weller recently canceled upcoming shows due to a family emergency. It's now been announced that it was due to the passing of his father, John Weller, on Wednesday morning. The senior Weller oversaw the careers of the Jam, Style Council and his son's solo work up until he became ill in 2006.

The European Parliament has voted in favor of extending the copyright on recordings from 50 to 70 years. The vote was 377 for, 178 against and 37 abstaining. The new rules now must be voted into law.

In addition, a fund would be set up for session musicians who would receive a 20% share of the revenue gains from the copyright extension.

Failing to put the new rules into law will mean that many early rock artists records will soon go into the public domain with the earliest output of the Beatles scheduled to lapse in 2012.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kinky Friedman Once Again Running For Texas Governor

Recording artist, writer and humorist Kinky Friedman is once again running for Governor in the state of Texas. Friedman ran as an independent during the 2006 campaign where he, at one point, was ahead of Democratic candidate Chris Bell. On election day, he ended up fourth with 12.4% of the vote behind Rick Perry (R - 39.0%), Bell (D - 29.8% and Carole Keaton Strayhorn (I - 18.1%).

Friedman, often called the Frank Zappa of country music, has always kept his music on the satirical side. He formed Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys in 1971 and, through the help of Commander Cody, was signed to Vanguard two years later. Throughout the 70's, the group toured and recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan and released three well received albums.

During the 80's, Friedman turned to writing, both for magazines like Rolling Stone and as a mystery novelist. Occasional concerts and a number of compilations has kept him on the radar musically.

Friedman posted the following on his website:

Dear Fellow Texans:

Here’s the way I see it: Democrats + Independents = Victory.

I was serious when I ran for governor in 2006 and I’m serious now. I am a humorist, but I know these are not humorous times for a lot of us. Part of the reason is the pathetic lack of leadership at the state level. The last governor, I believe, who was truly on the side of the people of Texas, was Ann Richards. She was a very funny lady - she was also a great governor. I’ll take my cues from Ann Richards.

I also draw inspiration from Ann Richards’ mentor, Barbara Jordan. Barbara believed that if one is attacked personally, one should never counterattack personally. During the 2006 campaign I was attacked personally. However, like Barbara Jordan, I have no desire to attack anyone personally. Instead, like Barbara, I will merely relegate them to my forgive and remember list.
See the rest of Kinky's message after the cut.
It’s time to end corporate handouts, get rid of the death penalty, get rid of the TAKS Test, and get rid of the Republican stranglehold on this state. Jim Hightower told me he believes the main reason we’ve lost every statewide race since Ann Richards is the inability of our candidates to excite the grassroots. Jim is talking about rural folks, working people, independents, libertarians and even disgruntled Republicans (many of whom used to be Democrats and should be on our side).

I intend to run a serious campaign, one that grows the party. I intend to visit and listen to the voices of neglected communities, small towns, suburbs, and rural areas, often where Democrats have lately feared to tread. This, I feel, is the very definition of being a Democrat. I intend to play by the rules. I will endorse and campaign for whomever wins the Democratic Primary.

Will the independents support me and vote as Democrats? I think they will. I think many Texans appreciate and respect anyone who gets knocked down and gets back up to fight again. Will Democrats take me seriously? I think they will. When Barbara Jordan, who may well be Texas’ only modern-day statesman, was a young girl she was never very serious in school. The teachers reported to her father (Ben Jordan, a very strict part-time preacher), that though she was the smartest kid in the class, she was a perpetual cut-up, a troublemaker and a class clown. When Ben had finally had enough of Barbara’s antics, instead of reprimanding her with his customary fire and brimstone iron-hand style, he tried a different approach. Barbara, he said, I’ll stick with you just as far as you want to go. That turned her around, and the rest is truly history.

So I say to Democrats who may not yet take me seriously, I’ll stick with you just as far as you want to go. If we stick together we’ll go very far indeed. All the way to the Governor’s Mansion!

God Bless Texas,

Kinky Friedman

PS: Please show me you’re serious about Texas’ future too by making a campaign contribution now to Texans for Kinky.