Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bono & The Edge's Spider-Man Musical May Have Short Future

by VVN Music

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway musical with songs by U2's Bono and The Edge, started previews on Sunday night and, while critics won't be officially allowed to review the show until its January opening, there were still many comments flying around New York that the show has numerous problems.

Previews of Broadway shows, which can run a month or more, are used to work out the kinks and revise the dialog, songs, etc. before the official opening.  In some cases, cast members have been hastily let go when the chemistry is not jelling.

Spider-Man, though, seems to have problems in every aspect, at least according to those who have seen it.  Word is that the show had NEVER had a full dress rehearsal before Sunday night which is unheard of, especially when you are asking patrons to pay $140 per seat.   Reportedly, the show had to be stopped five or more times because of technical problems, the worst of which was towards the end of the first act when the lead abruptly stopped while flying over the audience.  An early intermission was called which lasted for 34 minutes (normally 10 to 15 minutes) while Spider-Man was manually brought to the ground and the cast prepared for the second act. 

At one point, during a pause in the later act for another glitch, an audience member yelled out "I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I feel like a guinea pig today.   I feel like it’s a dress rehearsal."  Even though she was met with a round of boos, it appears she may not have been the only one feeling the sentiment.

Overall, the reaction to the initial performance of the show leaned towards bad pacing and a rather hard to understand storyline.  Some also said the songs did not stand out as they thought they would.

The stakes are extremely high.  The budget has reportedly now grown to $65 million with an additional $4 being added due to the two week delay to work out technical details.  That total is more than twice the previous most expensive show, Shrek: The Musical

The biggest story for today, though, came from the New York Times and Rolling Stone who said that the Erich Jungwirth, the new general manager of the Foxwoods Theater where Spider-Man is being produced, has already started contacting other producers to have them keep his theater in mind for future productions.  This is not a vote of confidence for the production, although Jungwirth tried to do damage control with the New York Times by saying that "as for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, we are incredibly positive about the prospects and are optimistic that the show is going to have a fantastic run at the Foxwoods Theater for many years to come."

Madonna's Mexico City Fitness Center Opens

by Music-News.com

The first of a planned chain of Hard Candy Fitness Centers has been opened by Madonna and her partners in Mexico City. 

The Celebration hitmaker - well known for her intense workout regime and sporty physique - attended the opening of the Hard Candy Fitness centre in Mexico City yesterday (Monday, November 29) and noted the name was an important part of the "sexy" brand.

She said: "It's a sexy name that gives you the opportunity to have fun and to build strength as far as the imagination will allow."

The 52-year-old singer added she was not skimping on price with the gyms, which will eventually be launched worldwide, and plans for them to be "first-class" fitness establishments.

She said: "If any of you have seen my shows, you know that I don't skimp on them and the same is true for the gum. We spend what it takes to make a globally first-class gym."

In addition to cutting the ribbon at the gym, Madonna also gave a dance class to 20 handpicked members to music from DJ Paul Oakenfold.

Discussing the decision to launch the gyms in Mexico, Madonna said in a statement last week she hoped the establishment could be "fine-tuned" before being rolled out worldwide.

She said: "Our plan is to use Mexico as a place to fine-tune our brand and then expand it to other countries and, in the long term, develop a global brand that includes the United States."

More news at Music-News.com.

Veteran Artists on TV & Radio for Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Veteran artists appearing on TV tonight during prime time and late night.  All times are EST.

  • Syndicated/PBS (Check local listings for time)
    • Natalie Cole - Tavis Smiley (PBS)
  • 8:00 PM
    • Annie Lennox - Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC)
    • Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson - Soul Train Awards (BET)
  • 8:30 PM
    • Who - Movie: Tommy (Ovation)
  • 9:00 PM
    • Stevie Wonder - Larry King (CNN)
  • 10:00 PM
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd - Beyond the Music Remastered (VH1 Classic)
  • 10:30 PM
    • Rolling Stones - Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (Palladia HD)
  • 11:00 PM
    • Who, Flaming Lips - Rock Honors (VH1 Classic)
    • Bryan Adams - Crossroads (CMT)
    • Who - Movie: Tommy (Ovation)
  • 11:35 PM
    • Rod Stewart - Jay Leno (NBC)
  • 12:00 AM
    • Stevie Wonder - Larry King (CNN)
    • Bad Company - Hard Rock Live (Palladia HD)
  • 1:30 AM
    • Elvis Presley - Impact!: Heartbreak Hotel
  • Syndicated (Time Varies by Market)
    • Pete Townshend - In the Studio (Empty Glass) (November 29 - December 5) 
    • Del McCoury, Doc Watson, John Lee Hooker - American Routes (NPR) (November 24 - 30)
  • 8:00 PM
    • Jeannie Seely, Jimmy Wayne, Riders in the Sky, Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens - Grand Ole Opry (WSM & WSM On-Line)
If you know of an upcoming television, radio or internet appearance by a veteran artist, please send it to us at vvnnetwork@gmail.com.

Preview of John Lennon Stage Musical To Be Performed at Lennon Remembered in Liverpool

by Music-News.com

A new stage musical based on The Beatles early years at Abbey Road Studios has been added to the line-up of Lennon Remembered on 9th December at the Liverpool Echo Arena. The Sessions, due to open at Los Angeles' Paramount Studios next May, has legendary Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick as the musical producer.

Geoff Emerick was a trainee recording engineer at Abbey Road studios in the early 60's, and on his third day at work, aged 15, he was sent along to a session by a new group from Liverpool. It was of course The Beatles, and Geoff went on to work with John, Paul, George & Ringo throughout their recording career. Geoff is widely recognised as one of the best recording engineers in recording history.

In April this year, Geoff, along with Artistic Director Stig Edgren, spent two days at the world famous Cavern Club in search for the next John, Paul, George and Ringo for The Sessions. After a search which took in auditions in New York, LA and London, Emerick, chose five singers from the Cavern auditions, including four of the Cavern's resident artists.

For Lennon Remembered, Soundstage Theatre Company, under the musical direction of Geoffrey Foskett, (Brian Wilson's Musical Director), will perform a special preview of the show to focus on John's Beatle years. The Sessions will join a whole host of friends and artists at the one-off concert who worked with the late, great John Lennon.

The concert will see nine periods of John's life represented by those who were there, including John's first band The Quarrymen, the Beatles fellow Hamburg musician and lead vocalist on My Bonnie Tony Sheridan, art school friend and editor of Mersey Beat Bill Harry and Beatles Press Officer, close friend and ex CEO of Apple Tony Bramwell. Also appearing are Alan White who played drums on Lennon's classic hits including Instant Karma and Imagine. Joey Molland, guitarist with Apple signed Badfinger who played on Lennon's Imagine, Grammy award winning sound engineer Dennis Ferrante who worked on a plethora of Lennon's albums during his New York years, as well as Liverpool born actor Mark McGann who is famed for his honest and powerful portrayal of John both on stage and film. He will present a special performance of his award winning stage show, John Lennon's In My Life.

Co-event organiser and Cavern Club owner Bill Heckle says 'Anyone who loves the music of John Lennon and The Beatles should not miss this night. You will be witnessing history with contributions from those who helped John create it.'

Profits from the entire night are going to local charities Alder Hey Imagine Appeal, Radio City's Cash For Kids and the Mathew Street Festival.

More news from Music-News.com.

Jim Sundquist, Original Member of the Fendermen, Recovering From Heart Attack

by VVN Music

Jim Sundquist, who formed the Fendermen with Phil Humphrey in 1957, has been in Minneapolis' Abbot Northwestern Hospital since November 13 after suffering a heart attack.   An update on his condition was posted on the Fendermen website on Monday.
Fendermen co-founder Jim Sundquist has been recovering at Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis since suffering an apparent heart attack on November 13th. Jim's in good spirits, able to walk around a little and has asked his wife Shari to bring his trusty Fender Jazzmaster (an acoustic would be too loud) to his room so he can play quietly and not excite the other patients too much. He should be able to go home soon barring any complications.
Sundquist and Humphrey were actually born on the same day, November 26, 1937, but didn't meet until a party on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  The "group" (which was actually just the two of them until they needed backup musicians for touring) played Fender guitars which led to their name.  They knocked around the Milwaukee area for awhile and were eventually signed to Soma records who released one of the more popular songs from their shows, Mule Skinner Blues, as a single.  The song went to number 5 on the pop and 16 on the country charts. 

A year after their only hit, the pair split with Humphrey keeping the Fendermen name and Sundquist forming Jimmy Sundquist and His Muleskinners and Jimmy Sunn and the Radiance.  After some rough years in the 70's, he formed a new version of the Fendermen in 1980 and has been working with them since. He and his wife Sharrie have also written over one-hundred Christian-themed songs. 

Eric Clapton Sets Nine North American Dates for 2011

by VVN Music

ClaptonEric Clapton has added nine North American dates to his itinerary for 2011 which already includes numerous dates for Singapore, Hong Kong and Europe.  The tour is in support of his latest album, Clapton.

Touring with him will be Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with Michelle John and Sharon White as backing vocalists.

The complete list of dates for all shows:
  • 02/14 - Singapore - Singapore Indoor Stadium
  • 02/18 - Hong Kong, China - Hong Kong Asia World Arena
  • 02/25 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
  • 02/26 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
  • 02/28 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
  • 03/02 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
  • 03/03 - Sacramento, CA - ARCO Arena
  • 03/05 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • 03/06 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
  • 03/08 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk
  • 03/09 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk
  • 05/09 - Dublin - TBA
  • 05/10 - Belfast - TBA
  • 05/12 - Glasgow, Scotland - SECC
  • 05/14 - Cardiff, England - International Arena
  • 05/17 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 05/18 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 05/20 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 05/21 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 05/23 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 05/24 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 05/26 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 05/27 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 05/29 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 05/30 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • 06/06 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena
  • 06/08 - Stockholm, Sweden - Ericsson Globe
  • 06/09 - Oslo, Norway - Norwegian Wood Festival
  • 06/11 - Herning, Denmark - Jyske Bank Boxen

New Releases by Veteran Artists for November 30, 2010

Second Chance (Deluxe Edition)Mr I
Bare Bones (Deluxe Edition)Memories of You

The complete list of new releases by veteran artists is after the cut.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Did Willie Nelson Just Use Up His Last Get Out of Jail Free Card?

by VVN Music

Willie Nelson's days as a free man may be numbered, at least according to a former prosecutor.

Robin Sax, formerly with the Los Angeles District Attorneys Office, has said that "If the Texas prosecutors do not reduce the charges, and the marijuana's weight is indeed six ounces, then he is dealing with felony and a potential minimum of 180 days in a county jail and a maximum of two years, with a $10,000 fine. Texas is more stringent than California so he could face time. One of the issues that the court and prosecutors will look at is his prior record and given the fact that he has several arrests, even recent ones, for pot related crimes. I would not be surprised if Texas decided to stick it to him."

Nelson was arrested about 9 AM Friday morning when his tour bus, the Honeysuckle Rose III, came to a border patrol stop about thirty miles north of the Mexican border.  Agents reported smelling marijuana when the door to the bus was opened and, upon investigating, found about six ounces.

Hudspeth county sheriff Alvin West told a local television station that "It's kind of surprising, but I mean we treat him like anybody else. He could get 180 days in county jail. If he does, I'm going to make him cook and clean."

New Single From Wanda Jackson Coming December 7, Produced by Jack White

by VVN Music

Wanda Jackson's new album, The Party Ain't Over, is due from Third Man and Nonesuch Records on January 25 but you can get a taste of the new music, produced by Jack White, with the first single, Thunder on the Mountain/Dust on the Bible.  The tracks will be available on iTunes starting on December 7.

Jackson was given the song Thunder on the Mountain by the songwriter himself, Bob Dylan.  Featured on the track (and the album) are Jack White. Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather/The Greenhornes/The Raconteurs), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Patrick Keeler (The Greenhornes, Raconteurs), Ashley Monroe, Jackson Smith and Karen Elson, to name just a few.

Along with the digital downloads of the track, 100 copies have been pressed in tri-color wax and are available from Guestroom Records in Oklahoma (Norman and Oklahoma City).  Standard pressings of the 7" 45 version can be purchased from the Third Man Records website.

Finally, here's a picture of the wonderful, retro cover to the new album.

Listen: New Christmas Song From Tears For Fears' Curt Smith

by VVN Music

Curt Smith of Tears For Fears released the new song This is Christmas via the download sites today.  A limited edition, signed version is also available from Smith's website and at his shows.

Smith says of the song "This Is Christmas tells the story of an adult visiting his parents at Christmas and lamenting how he’s always made to feel like a child when he returns home. It culminates in his realization and acceptance that they’re family after all, and nothing will (or even should) change that."

Backing vocalists on the track include Smith’s daughters Diva and Wilder; Charlton Pettus (Smith’s longtime friend and collaborator) and his children Georgica and Harry; Jason Joseph; Simon Steadman; and a chorus comprised of local school children.

This Is Christmas by curtsmith

Veteran Artists on TV & Radio for Monday, November 29, 2010

Veteran artists appearing on TV tonight during prime time and late night.  All times are EST.

  • Syndicated/PBS (Check local listings for time)
    • Ron Isley - Tavis Smiley (PBS)
  • 8:00 PM
    • Vince Neil - Skating With the Stars (ABC)
    • Rolling Stones - Shine a Light (VH1 Classic)
    • LL Cool J - Life & Rhymes (Palladia HD)
  • 9:00 PM
    • Jon Bon Jovi - Larry King (CNN)
    • Leif Garrett - Joy Bahar (HLN)
  • 9:30 PM
    • Reba McEntire - CMA Country Christmas (ABC)
  • 10:30 PM
    • Bret Michaels - Life As I Know It (VH1)
    • Rolling Stones - In Rehearsal: The Rolling Stones at Montreux (VH1 Classic)
  • 11:00 PM
    • Diana Ross - Movie: Lady Sings the Blues (VH1 Classic)
    • Def Leppard - Crossroads (CMT)
    • Various Artists - Soul Train (Centric)
  • 11:30 PM
    • Bret Michaels - Life As I Know It (VH1)
  • 11:35 PM
    • Joe Satriani - Jay Leno (NBC)
    • Steve Martin - David Letterman (CBS) (R)
  • 12:00 AM
    • Jon Bon Jovi - Larry King (CNN)
    • Leif Garrett - Joy Bahar (HLN)
  • 12:35 AM
    • Elvis Costello - Jimmy Fallon (NBC) (R)
  • Syndicated (Time Varies by Market)
    • Pete Townshend - In the Studio (Empty Glass) (November 29 - December 5) 
    • Del McCoury, Doc Watson, John Lee Hooker - American Routes (NPR) (November 24 - 30)
If you know of an upcoming television, radio or internet appearance by a veteran artist, please send it to us at vvnnetwork@gmail.com.

Patti Smith Came Up With New R.E.M. Album Name

by Music-News.com

Just KidsR.E.M. have Patti Smith to thank for the title of their upcoming album.

The iconic punk singer appears on Collapse Into Now's closing track, Blue and it was when she came to the record her vocals for the album that she suggested the title to rest of the band.

Guitarist Peter Buck said: "Naming the thing is always the hardest. Patti was looking at the lyric sheet and she said, 'how about Collapse Into Now?' So Patti named it and you gotta go with what Patti says."

Collapse Into Now is the group's 20th album but Peter insists their enthusiasm for making music is still as strong as it was when they first started out.

He told Q magazine: "I think it's as good as anything we've ever done. We've never made a record that has 12 songs as good as this. I don't think we've been as excited by a record in 20 years."

Collapse Into Now will be released in April next year.

More news at Music-News.com.

Canadian Artists Come Together in Support of Private Copying Levy

by VVN Music

A host of Canadian musicians have come together in support of Canada's private copying levy which charges the manufacturer of recording media an amount that is distributed 66% to authors and publishers, 18.9% to performers and 15.1% to record companies.  The current levy is 24 cents per audio cassette and 29 cents per recordable CD or MiniDisc.  A levy against MP3 players has been flip-flopping in the courts of Canada for the last few years and the artists are petitioning the government to put a levy on the devices in the amount of $5 to $75 per unit.

Among the 350 artists who have signed a letter to Industry Minister Tony Clement and Heritage Minister James Moore are Anne Murray, Andy Kim, Tom Cochrane, Lawrence Gowan, Stompin' Tom Connors, Carole Pope, members of Triumph, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Sarah Harmer and Kathleen Edwards. 

David Basskin, a member of Canadian Private Copying Collective Board of Directors, said "This shows that artists at all stages of their careers support the Canadian private copying levy and that they understand the importance of the compensation it provides to creators when their music is copied. They believe that a copy is a copy, and that regardless of how one gets made, artists should get paid when their music is used in this way."

In part, the letter says "By leaving the private copying levy as is, applying to blank media such as CDs, you obviously recognize that these copies have value. Why would you not take the technologically neutral approach and extend it to MP3 players? Just because it is easy to make digital copies of our art, does that mean that they are worthless? MP3 players are this generation's version of blank media. A copy is a copy and the principle of fair compensation for rights holders should apply whether the copy is made onto blank media or MP3 players."

The full text of the letter and the artists who signed is after the cut.

On the 9th Anniversary of His Passing, The Undercover Interview With George Harrison

by Paul Cashmere of Undercover

Let It Roll: Songs by George HarrisonThe Quiet Beatle, George Harrison, lost his battle with cancer on this day, November 29, in 2001. In 1994, I had the pleasure of interviewing George. Here is that interview:

Paul Cashmere: I'm going to start off by talking about movies. I don't know how many times I've see Monty Python's Life of Brian, in which you have a cameo. I've searched for your part, even on freeze frame. The problem with that movie is that everyone in it looks like George Harrison. Put me out of my misery. Where are you in it?

George Harrison: Well if you're looking for me, then everybody's going to look like that. There's just one little shot, it's probably about 12 frames. Do you know the scene where he comes out of the room and there's crowds of people in the house and John Cleese is there saying, "Those people with gifts form a queue on the left. Those possessed by demons over to the right," and then he comes out and he says, "Brian, Mister Papadopolus has promised to loan us the mount for Monday." You have to go through it again and see that scene and it cuts across and I'm in the crowd. And I just say "Eh, hello, thank you or something ... hello". That's all it is!

Paul Cashmere: And you never got an Oscar for that, George?

George Harrison: No, no, but I'm still hoping. Well, actually they wanted me to do the part of Christ in there, you know, at the beginning where he's doing the sermon on the mount. That's what they tried to get me to do, but I thought that's a bit too controversial.

Paul Cashmere: Yes, for someone from Liverpool, England, that is a bit over the top, isn't it!

George Harrison: (Laughing) Yes, it is.

Paul Cashmere: You and Eric Clapton go back a long way. When did you first meet?

George Harrison: I think I met him ... I'm not sure which year ... it was probably '63. No, must have been after that ... must have been '64 or '65 at the Hammersmith Odeon. He was in the Yardbirds. We did a Christmas season there ... two or three weeks we played there. That's the first time I met him. Then, later I met him ... somehow Brian Epstein was managing the Cream and the Bee Gees, and I used to see him hanging around at that point. That was when that guy (Robert) Stigwood had come to work for Brian Epstein. That's when I really got to know him quite a bit. It must have been 1966, '67.

Paul Cashmere: Considering Eric ran off with your first wife Patti, how have you managed to remain friends?

George Harrison: Well, he didn't really run off with her, because we'd kind of finished with each other basically anyway. And, you know, for me, this is what I think is the main problem, not the fact that he got married to Patti. I think the fact that makes the problem is that I didn't get annoyed at him and I think that has always annoyed him. I think that deep down inside he wishes that it really pissed me off, but it didn't, because I was happy that she went off, because we'd finished together, and it made things easier for me. You see, because otherwise we'd have had to gone through all these big rows and divorces. And you know, she went off to live in the same style she became accustomed to and it was really very convenient for me. So there.

The Beatles (The White Album)Paul Cashmere: You've done a great version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps with Eric on both The Beatles album and the live album. Let's set the record straight. Going back to the original version, there was a version recorded with John on lead guitar, one with yourself on lead guitar and one with Eric. Now which one was the one that actually made the (Beatles') White album?

George Harrison: Well, I don't know about one with John on guitar. There was one that just a kind of demo. When I wrote it, that was done with just an acoustic guitar. And then there's the version that was on the Beatle White album, the version with Eric Clapton. There's only ever really been the one's the Eric on it. Even the one I did on the Princes Trust album was still Eric playing on it.

More of the interview after the break.

Movie About Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall Being Planned

by VVN Music

Pink Floyd - The Wall 25th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition)The man behind the movie The Queen is looking at another film based on fact and it revolves around Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall.

Andy Harries is planning to shoot the story of the schoolchildren who sang on the classic Pink Floyd track and Alan Renshaw, the teacher whose renegade ways and involvement in the recording eventually got him fired.  Writer Steve Thompson is penning the script.  The picture is for Left Bank and BBC films.

Harries told Tim Adler of Deadline Hollywood that the story is "Dead Poets Society meets School of Rock."  Unfortunately, there is still one hurdle that he has to get over.  Obtaining the rights to the original song from Roger Waters

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ray Davies to Be Artistic Director of 2011 Meltdown Festival

by Music-News.com

Southbank Centre announces that Ray Davies is the artistic director of the 18th Meltdown Festival in 2011, taking place in the concert halls and spaces of London's historic, riverside arts centre. He follows in the footsteps of past Meltdown directors David Bowie, Morrissey, Pattie Smith, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Ornette Coleman and Richard Thompson.

Lead singer and rhythm guitarist with The Kinks, acclaimed solo artist, actor, director and storyteller, Ray Davies has written some of the most enduring songs in rock and pop history. Feted by successive generations of musicians from David Bowie and Pete Townshend to The Fall, The Jam and Blur and most recently Mumford and Sons, who invited him onstage at their recent Hammersmith Apollo gig, his prowess as a storyteller has also endeared him to auteur filmmakers like Wes Anderson and Wim Wenders. Davies' latest release See My Friends (2010) features collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Paloma Faith, Francis Black, Metallica and many others performing Kinks songs. His highest charting album since 1967.

With beautifully observed songs like Dead End Street (1966) and Dedicated Follower of Fashion (1965), and intelligent, literate albums from Village Green Preservation Society (1968) and Arthur (1969) to Working Man's Cafe in 2007, Ray Davies, with The Kinks and as a solo artist, has chronicled British mores for nearly half a century. Hinting at a wide range of possibilities for the Meltdown programme, Ray hopes to represent artists and figures from the worlds of music, comedy, film, theatre, literature and politics who have profoundly influenced and inspired him.

Ray Davies' career in music began in the early 1960s with The Kinks, a band he formed and fronted with his brother Dave in North London's Muswell Hill. While often seen as the apotheosis of the '60s rock band, with hits ranging from the hard-edged rock of All Day and All of the Night and You Really Got Me to the melodic ballads of Days and Waterloo Sunset, Ray Davies' intelligent songwriting, whether dissecting the British class system or poking fun at the Carnaby Street crowd, set them apart from many bands of the era.

In the 1960s the band conquered America with incendiary shows and an anarchic reputation that saw them being banned from the US, endearing them in the process to garage rockers everywhere. Another Kinks revival followed in the early 1980s with the worldwide hit Come Dancing (1982), which helped turn them into a massive stadium act in the US. Ray's acting and directing roles for television increased, including a part in the cult film Absolute Beginners for Davies. The Kinks split in 1996 prompted Davies to re-invent himself with the hugely successful autobiographical tour and album The Storyteller (1998). His solo career has continued through to 2007's well-received Working Man's Cafe, recent re-workings of Kinks classics with The Crouch End Festival Chorus in 2009 and, most recently, with a diverse array of artists on See My Friends (2010).

Ray still lives in North London, less than a mile from his birthplace in Muswell Hill and works out of his own Konk Studios at the foot of Alexandra Palace where he has recorded since 1974.

Ray Davies, the 18th Director of Southbank Centre's Meltdown, said, "My wish for Meltdown 2011 is that it will be a creative celebration through the decades. A bridge between the past present and future. I am thrilled to be asked to suggest what I hope will be a diverse programme, particularly as it marks the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain."

More news at Music-News.com.

Veteran Artists on TV & Radio for Sunday, November 28, 2010

Veteran artists appearing on TV tonight during prime time and late night.  All times are EST.

  • 6:00 PM
    • Who - Tommy (Ovation)
  • 6:50 PM
    • Cheap Trick - The Latest Live @ SXSW (HDNet)
  • 7:00 PM
    • Bono, The Edge - 60 Minutes (CBS)
  • 8:00 PM
    • Bon Jovi. LL Cool J - Heroes (CNN)
    • Doug Kershaw, Johnny Duncan, Roy Clark, Buck Owens - Hee Haw (RFD)
    • Motley Crue - Carnival of Sins (Palladia HD) 
    • Jon Anderson - State of Independence: Jon Anderson & the Contemporary Youth Orchestra (HDNet)
  • 9:00 PM
    • Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson - Soul Train Awards (BET)
    • Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson - Soul Train Awards (Centric) 
    • Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Little Jimmy Dickens, Eddy Arnold, Bobby Hebb - Master Series: Walk of Fame 2010 (GAC)
  • 9:40 PM
    • Heart - Alive in Seattle (HDNet)
  • 10:00 PM
    • Iron Maiden - Somewhere Back in Time (Palladia HD)
  • 10:30 PM
    • Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage (VH1 Classic)
  • 11:20 PM
    • Moody Blues - Live at the Greek Theatre (HDNet)
  • 11:30 PM
    • Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson - Soul Train Awards (Centric)  
  • 12:20 PM
    • Kansas - There's Know Place Like Home (HDNet)
  • 1:30 AM
    • Who - Tommy (Ovation)

  • Syndicated (Time Varies by Market)
    • Band - In the Studio (The Band) (November 22 - 28)
    • Del McCoury, Doc Watson, John Lee Hooker - American Routes (NPR) (November 24 - 30)
If you know of an upcoming television, radio or internet appearance by a veteran artist, please send it to us at vvnnetwork@gmail.com.

Preview: The Atlantic Recordings - Percy Sledge (4-CDs)

Artist: Percy Sledge
Title: The Atlantic Recordings
Release Date: December 13, 2010
Label: Rhino Handmade
Format(s): 4-CDs

For the first time ever, Percy Sledge's Atlantic recordings have been brought together in one comprehensive four-disc set by Rhino Handmade.  The Atlantic Recordings is set to be released on December 13.

The first three discs in the set feature his singles and a sampling of album cuts from his four albums When A Man Loves A Woman, Warm And Tender Soul (both 1966), The Percy Sledge Way (1967), and Take Time To Know Her (1968).  That's followed by a number of rare and live tracks including a number that were only released on albums overseas. 

The set ends with five live tracks from his 1970 tour of South Africa where he played for 17 weeks.  Bookending the set are the original version of his smash, When a Man Loves a Woman, along with an alternate take.

The package includes a 60-page velvet-wrapped book with rare and unseen photographs.

Track List: 

Disc 1
  • When A Man Loves A Woman (1966/#1 Pop/#1 R&B)
  • Love Me Like You Mean It
  • You Fooled Me
  • You're Pouring Water on a Drowning Man
  • Love Me All the Way
  • Thief in the Night
  • Put a Little Lovin' On Me
  • My Adorable One
  • Love Makes the World Go Round
  • When She Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)
  • Success
  • It Tears Me Up (1966/#20 Pop/#7 R&B)
  • Warm and Tender Love (1966/#17 Pop/#5 R&B)
  • Sugar Puddin'
  • You've Got That Something Wonderful
  • I Love Everything About You
  • So Much Love
  • A Sweet Woman Like You
  • Love Me Tender
  • Heart of a Child
  • You've Really Got a Hold On Me
  • I Stand Accused
  • Try a Little Tenderness
  • With Every Beat of My Heart
  • That's How Strong My Love Is
  • Oh How Happy
  • I'm Hanging Up My Heart for You
  • Little Girl 
Disc 2
  • Behind Every Great Man There's a Woman
  • It Can't Be Stopped
  • Baby, Help Me (1967/#87 Pop/#44 R&B)
  • Out of Left Field (1967/#59 Pop/#25 R&B)
  • You Send Me
  • Drown in My Own Tears
  • I Had a Talk With My Woman
  • What Am I Living For (1967/#91 Pop)
  • You Don't Miss Your Water
  • Tell it Like It Is
  • I've Been Loving You For Too Long
  • Pledging My Love
  • My Special Prayer (1969/#63 Pop/#44 R&B)
  • The Dark End of the Street
  • Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)
  • High Cost of Leaving
  • It's All Wrong But It's All Right (Stereo Version)
  • Hard to Believe
  • Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) (Single Version) (1967/#66 Pop)
  • Cover Me (1967/#42 Pop/#39 R&B)
  • Take Time to Know Her (1968/#11 Pop/#6 R&B)
  • It's All Wrong But It's Alright (Single Version)
  • Feed the Flame
  • Sudden Stop (Stereo Version)
  • Come Softly to Me
  • Spooky
  • Between These Arms (Stereo Version)
Disc 3
  • Sudden Stop (Single Version) (1968/#63 Pop/#41 R&B)
  • Between These Arms (Single Version)
  • You're All Around Me (1968/#109 Pop)
  • Self Preservation
  • Wanted
  • Bless Your Little Sweet Soul
  • Any Day Now (1969/#86 Pop/#35 R&B)
  • The Angels Listened In (1969/#126 Pop)
  • Standing on the Mountain  
  • Keep Your Arms Around Me
  • Kind Woman (1969/#116 Pop)
  • Woman of the Night
  • Push Mr. Pride Aside (Single Version)
  • Baby, Baby, Baby
  • True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
  • Faithful and True
  • Too Many Rivers to Cross
  • Set Me Free
  • Cotton Mill Man
  • Love's Where Life Begins
  • Let It Be Me
  • Blow Out the Sun
  • I've Gotta Get a Message to You
  • Stop the World Tonight
  • Help Me Make it Through the Night
Disk 4
  • Love is a Job
  • Push Mr. Pride Aside
  • That's the Way I Want to Live My Life
  • Life's Little Ups and Downs
  • What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me
  • I Found a Love
  • Time
  • Everything You'll Ever Need
  • Sunday Brother
  • Rainbow Road
  • Here I Am
  • Same Old Loverman
  • You Can Always Get It Where You Got It
  • Sunshine (1973/#89 R&B)
  • Unchanging Love
  • Introduction (Live, 1970)
  • Cover Me (Live, 1970)
  • Knock on Wood (Live, 1970)
  • Any Day Now (Live, 1970)
  • Come Softly To Me (Live, 1970)
  • Heart of a Child (Live, 1970)
  • Silent Night (Netherlands Release, 1969)
  • Christmas With (Netherlands Release, 1969)
  • When a Man Loves a Woman (Alternate Take)

Chart Watch America: Chart of December 4, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current American music charts. Chart highlights
  • Bruce Springsteen places two versions of his new album in the top thirty albums.  The single disc album The Promise debuts at 16 while the multi-disc The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story starts at 27.  They also start on the Rock Albums chart at 3 and 6 respectively
  • The Beatles place 14 albums in the Top 200 with Abbey Road leading the way at number 48.  The group also places three on the Digital Songs chart with Let it Be at 26, Here Comes the Sun at 29 and In My Life at 35.
  • Annie Lennox starts at 46 with her holiday album A Christmas Cornucopia.  It's the lowest debut of her solo career.
  • Another Starbucks exclusive makes the charts with the compilation Sleigh Ride: Side by Side.  Containing songs from old and new artists, it premiers at 59.
  • At number 141 is the debut of the latest from Loreena McKennitt, The Wind That Shakes the Barley.  That falls one spot short of her 2008 album, A Midwinter's Night Dream.
  • Two versions of the new collection West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology debut at 153 and 172 (9 and 11 on the Hard Rock Albums).  What was not made clear by Billboard is which is the 1 CD and which is the multi-disc set.
  • Finally at 181 is the Albums chart debut of Christmas With the Rat Pack featuring holiday songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.  The album has been high on the Jazz Album chart for the last two weeks.
  • The first single from the new Michael Jackson album, Michael, has opened at 84 on the Hot 100.  Hold My Hand also moves 53 to 45 on the R&B Singles.
  • Charlie Wilson, whose career has been growing every year since leaving the Gap Band, achieves a new career high as a solo artist as his single You Are moves 24 to 18 on the R&B chart.  His previous high was 2009's Can't Live Without You which reached 19.  
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) is a new entry. (R) is a re-entry. Grayed charts were not available for update at time of publication.


The Promise
1st Week as Top Veteran
Top 200 Albums
  • #1 (1) - The Gift - Susan Boyle
  • #2 (N) - O Holy Night - Jackie Evancho
  • #3 (N) - Loud - Rihanna
  • #4 (N) - Illuminations - Josh Groban
  • #5 (N) - Born Free - Kid Rock
  • #16 (N) - The Promise - Bruce Springsteen
  • #18 (5) - Greatest Hits - Bon Jovi
  • #27 (N) - The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story - Bruce Springsteen
  • #30 (38) - Now That's What I Call Christmas 4 - Various Artists
  • #33 (7) - All the Women I Am - Reba McEntire
  • #46 (N) - A Christmas Cornucopia - Annie Lennox
  • #48 (R) - Abbey Road - Beatles
  • #51 (22) - Fly Me to the Moon: The Great American Songbook Volume V - Rod Stewart
  • #59 (N) - Sleigh Ride: Side by Side - Various Artists (Starbucks Exclusive)
  • #60 (32) - The Union - Elton John & Leon Russell
  • #61 (R) - The Beatles (White Album) - Beatles
  • #62 (26) - Dreams - Neil Diamond
  • #64 (R) - Beatles in Stereo Box Set - Beatles
  • #66 (R) - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
  • #67 (R) - 1967-1970 - Beatles
  • #69 (64) - Christmas: 25th Anniversary Collection - Mannheim Steamroller
  • #70 (56) - It's a Wonderful Christmas - Michael W. Smith
  • #75 (R) - 1962-1966 - Beatles
  • #85 (92) - Elvis Christmas - Elvis Presley
  • #86 (R) - Rubber Soul - Beatles
  • #90 (46) - Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn - Loretta Lynn & Freiends
  • #93 (183) - It's Christmas Time - Elvis Presley
  • #95 (120) - Christmas With the Chipmunks - The Chipmunks With David Seville

Beastie Boys Get (Slightly) More Serious After Yauch Cancer

by Music-News.com

To The 5 BoroughsIt took Adam Yauch's cancer diagnosis to give the Beastie Boys a little perspective on when to be silly and when to be serious.

The group had planned a distinctly immature record to follow up their 2004 album To The 5 Boroughs, but after the musician was stricken with the disease in his salivary gland and lymph node, they re-assessed their position.

His bandmate Mike Diamond, aka Mike D, said: "Serious illness does frame fart jokes differently. But at the same time, more than ever, we want to enjoy ourselves and make people happy."

Adam is now on the road to recovery and working with the band on their Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two album, so named because the intended part one of the album are the unreleased tracks they were working on at the time of the rapper's diagnosis.

Explaining what has happened to the tracks destined for Hot Sauce Committee, Part One, Mike said he's hopeful they will find a release date, just after the second disc.

The New York-based rapper added: "I liken it to the subway train system. Let's say a train starts running late. Instead of letting it catch up, the take the train behind it and rush it through so that one stays on schedule. This is exactly how we're operating."

Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two is scheduled for release next spring.

More news at Music-News.com.

Bono and The Edge's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Starts Previews Tonight

by VVN Music

It's the second biggest night (after the actual January opening) for the Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark with music written by Bono and The Edge from U2.  At 6:30 PM, the first preview of the (reportedly) $60 million musical plays at the Foxwoods Theater in New York.

Plagued with numerous problems from funding to safety violations for its numerous flying scenes, the show will continue to be tinkered with through the 1-1/2 months of previews leading up to the January 11, 2011 official opening.

There will also be an interview tonight at 7 PM EST on CBS' 60 Minutes with the two songwriters.

Here's the current commercial being run in the New York market for the show:

George Harrison's Landmark Album, All Things Must Pass, Turns 40

by Paul Cashmere of Undercover

All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]Yesterday (Saturday) marked the 40th anniversary of the release of George Harrison's landmark solo album All Things Must Pass.  

The set was George’s third solo album after the experimental Wonderwall Music and Electronic Sound which came out on Apple during the last phase of the Beatles.  It was his first solo album after the break-up of the Beatles and his first serious attempt at making a commercial album.

The album featured the now classics My Sweet Lord and What Is Life. It was also the first session Phil Collins ever played on. He plays bongos on Art of Dying (Collins also had a small part in the Beatles A Hard Day’s Night movie when he was a kid).  Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees also played keyboards on Isn’t It A Pity but, like Collins, was uncredited.

The infamous Phil Spector produced the album. Guests included Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Alan White (Yes) and Gary Wright.

To mark the 40th anniversary Apple has released a numbered limited edition 3-LP vinyl box set of All Things Must Pass at georgeharrison.com.

More news at Undercover.fm.

Peter Hook to Record EP of Joy Division Songs

by VVN Music

Best of Joy DivisionPeter Hook is going back to his roots to record a four-song EP of Joy Division songs.  The release will include his band The Light and former Happy Mondays singer Rowetta.

Hook told the site Slicing Up Eyeballs:

We’re going to do something with Rowetta, our singer who we use in England, who worked with Happy Mondays. She wants us to record an EP of the four (Joy Division songs) that she sings, which are Insight, New Dawn Fades, Atmosphereand a track called Pictures that I finished up, which is an old Joy Division track. So we’re going to do an EP of that, just because the versions of the songs with Rowetta singing have a really nice quality. But I’m hoping we’ll do some stuff with The Light in the future. It’d be nice to write some new music; they’re such a great group, to be honest.
Hook hits the U.S. from December 1 to 11 to perform the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures in its entirety.

To read the full interview, go to Slicingupeyeballs.com.

Preview: The Wörld is Yours - Motörhead

World Is YoursArtist: Motörhead
Title: The Wörld is Yours
Release Date:
  • December 21, 2010 (U.K. Classic Rock Magazine Exclusive Edition)
  • January 17, 2011 (U.K. Motörhead Magazine Edition)
  • January 25, 2011 (Standard Edition)
Label: Future PLC/Motörhead Music
Format(s): CD, DD

by Tim Cashmere of Undercover

Motörhead's 20th studio album, The Wörld is Yours, will be released on January 25, 2011 as the first release through their own Motörhead Music.

The group is going all out with the release of the album along with a 132 page full colour magazine as part of the deal.

The mag, entitled Motorhead, features interviews, photos and perhaps most importantly, the full album The World Is Yours. It will be available in British newstands from January 17. It is unclear whether the mag will see a global release date.

The album was recorded earlier this year in Los Angeles and Wales. It’s lead single is Born To Lose and shows that 30 years in, Motorhead are sounding as awesome as ever.

Track List:
  • Born To Lose
  • I Know How To Die
  • Get Back In Line
  • Devil’s In My Head
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Music
  • Waiting For The Snake
  • Brotherhood of Man
  • Outlaw
  • I Know What You Need
  • Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye
 More news at Undercover.fm.

Tom Jones to Play Britain's Isle of Wight Festival

by Music-News.com

Reloaded: Greatest HitsTom Jones will make a very special guest appearance at next year's Isle of Wight Festival. With a career spanning decades, this is the chance to witness an unbelievable performance from one of the biggest names in music.

Tom Jones will bring his powerful vocals to the Isle of Wight Festival's Big Top on Saturday 11th June. Festival goers will get the chance to see a show stopping performance and one thing's for sure, Tom Jones will keep the audience captivated from start to finish.

Also announced for next year's festival are Kings of Leon, Pulp, Foo Fighters and Kasbian. All will be playing the Main Stage.

The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 10th - 12th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Keep up to date with the Festival and to buy tickets visit www.isleofwightfestival.com.

More news at Music-News.com.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Devo Announces Dates for First of Postponed Shows

by VVN Music

Something for Everybody
Something for Everybody
When Devo postponed/canceled shows after guitarist Mark Mothersbaugh cut tendons in his thumb on a piece of glass, they left behind some disappointed fans.  Some of those fans will finally get a chance to see the group this spring.

Devo announced three makeup shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Solana Beach, CA, leaving fans in New York and Austin, TX as the only locales that do not have new dates.  Any Austin date would have to be a regular show as they canceled their appearance at the Fun Fun Fun Festival.

The new dates:
  • 03/18 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
  • 03/19 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
  • 03/20 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

Peter Schekeryk, Husband & Producer for Melanie, Passes Away

by VVN Music

Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of MelaniePeter Schekeryk, who was the husband of singer Melanie for 45 years and the producer of all but one of her albums, passed away on Wednesday, October 26 while shopping in Framingham, MA.  He was 74. 

Melanie writes eloquently in her own journal about her husband's passing, the circumstances of finding out about his death, the talk she had with the Best Buy employee who was helping him when he became ill and a planned book.
So Peter wanted me to write a book and I never could start or rather, I could start and never continue. He even brought along a leather bound book so I could.

"Melanie, I love you. I would give up my life for you. Write it, Melanie, please, I love the way you write."

I never saw it was Peter who was the story, the book. It will be Peter’s story, immigrant refugee to number one producer of Melanie, the love of his life. That crazy Peter, sometimes you can’t see it’s a story 'till it ends, the greatest love story never told.
Yesterday, Melanie asked people around the world to listen to her song Beautiful People in memory of Schekeryk at 4 PM ET. 

He is survived by his wife and their children Beau Jarred, Jeordie and Leilah.

Veteran Artists on TV & Radio for Saturday, November 27, 2010

Veteran artists appearing on TV tonight during prime time and late night.  All times are EST.

  • PBS (Time & Date Varies by Market) 
    • Chad & Jeremy, John Sebastian, Roger McGuinn, Barry McGuire, Chad Mitchell Trio - John Sebastion Presents: Folk Rewind (PBS - Check Local Listings)
  • 8:00 PM
    • Bon Jovi. LL Cool J - Heroes (CNN)
    • Reba McEntire, George Strait - CMA Awards (CMT) (R)
    • Various Artists - Soul Train (Centric) 
    • Steve Miller Band - Crossroads (Palladia HD)
    • Dolly Parton, Marty Stuart - Marty Stuart Show (RFD) 
  • 9:00 PM
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd - Behind the Music Remixed (VH1 Classic)
    • Various Artists - Soul Train (Centric) 
  • 10:00 PM
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd - Behind the Music Remixed (VH1 Classic)
    • Various Artists - Soul Train (Centric) 
  • 11:00 PM
    • Rikkie Rockett (Poison) - That Metal Show (VH1 Classic)
    • Various Artists - Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America (Centric)
  • 12:00 AM
    • Rikkie Rockett (Poison) - That Metal Show (VH1 Classic)
    • Run-D.M.C. - 2 Turntables & a Microphone: The Life and Death of Jam Master Jay (Fuse) 
  • 1:00 AM
    • Various Artists - Soul Train (Centric)  
  • Syndicated (Time Varies by Market)
    • Band - In the Studio (The Band) (November 22 - 28)
    • Del McCoury, Doc Watson, John Lee Hooker - American Routes (NPR) (November 24 - 30)
  • 8:00 PM
    • Jimmy Dickens, Jimmy C. Newman, Del McCoury, Jean Shepard, Jack Greene, John Conlee, Jesse McReynolds, Crystal Gayle, Whites, Jim Ed Brown - Grand Ole Opry (WSM & WSM On-Line)
  • 10:30 PM
    • Jimmy Dickens, Connie Smith, Del McCoury, Jan Howard, Jack Greene, John Conlee, Ray Pillow, Crystal Gayle, Riders in the Sky, Whites - Grand Ole Opry (WSM & WSM On-Line)
If you know of an upcoming television, radio or internet appearance by a veteran artist, please send it to us at vvnnetwork@gmail.com.

Tom Waits, the Poet

by Andrew Tijs of Undercover

Glitter and Doom LiveTom Waits is venturing into a new form of writing, announcing a book of poetry.

The book will be called Hard Ground, with Waits’ poems being contrasted with stark images of the homeless by photographer Michael O’Brien.

O’Brien is an acclaimed and prize-winning  photojournalist with 30 years experience, who has often returned to the subject of homelessness in his work.

It’s the first time Waits has published poems and the first time he’s collaborated with O’Brien, even though O’Brien has taken many photos of Waits, including the cover shot for his Glitter And Doom Live album (above).

Spinner quoted the publisher, University Of Texas:  “[O'Brien will] create a portrait of homelessness that impels us to look into the eyes of people who live on the hard ground and recognize our common humanity. For Waits, who has spent decades writing about outsiders, this subject is familiar territory.”

Hard Ground will be released in March next year.

More news at Undercover.fm.

Chart Watch Canada: Chart Date November 25, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Canadian music charts.  Chart highlights:
  • Two veteran groups dominate the Canadian charts this week.  The first, Bon Jovi, keeps the top selling Album by a veteran artist as Greatest Hits falls from just 1 to 2.  It also stays number 1 on the Hard Rock Albums.  In addition, their song What Do You Got moves 31 to 27 to become the highest charting veteran on the Singles chart just squeaking past Reba McEntire who held the top spot the last 12 weeks.
  • The other is the Beatles who add three sets onto the Albums chart to join 1967-1970 (56 to 47) and 1962-1966 (60 to 55).  The returning albums are Abbey Road (73), the White Album (78) and the Stereo Box Set (94).  The first two are on the strength of the newly available digital downloads.  The Box Set is from early holiday shopping.
  • The Beatles also place six tracks on the top fifty Digital Downloads:
    • Let It Be (25)
    • Hey Jude (30)
    • Here Comes the Sun (31)
    • Come Together (40)
    • Twist & Shout (44)
    • Yesterday (47)
  • Also new on the Album chart is Loreena McKennitt's Wind That Shakes the Barley (13), Bryan Adams' Bare Bones (18), Bruce Springsteen's single disc The Promise (27) and multi-disk The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story (64) and Annie Lennox' A Christmas Cornucopia (34).
  • One of the big surprises of the week is how poorly Reba McEntire's new album, The Women I Am, is doing.  In its second week it falls from 14 to 61 on the Album and 3 to 9 on the Country Album chart.  In country, she's only two spots from having her Best of Christmas pass the new album. 
Previous week position noted in parenthesis.  (N) indicates a new release.  (R) indicates a record that is re-charting.  There can be ties in chart positions.

Bon Jovi Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection
2nd Week as Top Veteran
Top 100 Canadian Albums
  • #1 (N) - Loud - Rihanna
  • #2 (1) - Greatest Hits - Bon Jovi
  • #3 (N) - Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album - Glee Cast
  • #4 (N) - Illuminations - Josh Groban
  • #5 (3) - The Gift - Susan Boyle
  • #13 (N) - Wind That Shakes the Barley - Loreena McKennitt
  • #18 (N) - Bare Bones - Bryan Adams
  • #23 (31) - Toujours de Nous - Mario Pelchat
  • #27 (N) - The Promise - Bruce Springsteen
  • #32 (15) - Fly Me to the Moon: The Great American Songbook, Volume 5 - Rod Stewart
  • #34 (N) - A Christmas Cornucopia - Annie Lennox
  • #41 (143) - Christmas With - Boney M
  • #46 (46) - Once Upon a Christmas - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
  • #47 (56) - 1967-1970 - Beatles
  • #51 (10) - Viva Elvis - Elvis Presley
  • #55 (60) - 1962-1966 - Beatles
  • #56 (20) - Il Etait Une Fois... - Nicole Martin
  • #61 (14) - All the Women I Am - Reba McEntire
  • #64 (N) - The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story - Bruce Springsteen
  • #67 (33) - Dreams - Neil Diamond
  • #68 (53) - The Ultimate Collection - Barbra Streisand
  • #73 (R) - Abbey Road - Beatles
  • #74 (85) - Best of Christmas - Reba McEntire
  • #78 (R) - The Beatles (White Album) - Beatles
  • #87 (32) - The Union - Elton John & Leon Russell
  • #94 (R) - Stereo Boxed Set - Beatles
  • #95 (43) - Spotlight - Jann Arden

Friday, November 26, 2010

Set List: Brian May, Roger Taylor & Roger Daltrey @ Collars & Coats Gala Ball, London

by VVN Music

The Collars & Coats Gala Ball was held on Thursday night at the Battersea Power Station in South London in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.   One of the highlights of the evening was a performance by Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Roger Daltrey, Patti Russo (Meat Loaf), Ryan Malloy (current lead of the West End production of Jersey Girls), the Fabba Girls (ABBA tribute band) and Spike Edney's All Star Band taking on some rock and soul classics along with a few of their own hits.

Update (11/30/10, 3:00 AM): It has been pointed on Brian May's site that the set list below was the PLANNED set list but, because things ran behind on the evening, four songs were cut.  We've crossed out the cut numbers.  Also, Brian says that he had the songs Fire and No Teasing Around cut from the list prior earlier in the planning.

The set list:
  • Respect - Patti Russo
  • Lady Marmalade - Patti Russo
  • I Got A Feelin’ - Ryan Molloy
  • Place Your Hands - Ryan Molloy
  • Let’s Hang On - Ryan Molloy
  • Rip It Up - Roger Taylor
  • Heroes - Roger Taylor
  • Dancing Queen - The Fabba Girls
  • Baba O’Riley - Roger Daltrey
  • Behind Blue Eyes - Roger Daltrey
  • Can’t Explain - Roger Daltrey
  • Summertime Blues - Roger Daltrey
  • Bring It On Home To Me - Roger Daltrey
  • Hound Dog - Brian May
  • Walkin’ The Dog - Roger Daltrey
  • Under Pressure - Roger Taylor and Patti Russo
  • I Want It All - Roger Daltrey
  • We Will Rock You - All
  • With A Little Help - All

Audio: B.J. Thomas Talks About His Marriage, Elvis, Raindrops & Sergio Leone

by VVN Music

B.J. Thomas recently talked with Robin Milling on her Blog Talk Radio show Milling About on a variety of subjects including his forty-year marriage, meeting Elvis Presley, the recording of Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head while sick and how he interviewed with Sergio Leone to replace Clint Eastwood in the Man With No Name films. (27 minutes)

Listen to internet radio with Milling About on Blog Talk Radio

Willie Nelson Arrested (Again) For Pot Possession

by VVN Music

Essential Willie NelsonOnce an outlaw, always an outlaw.

Willie Nelson was arrested on Friday morning during a stop by Border Patrol agents in Sierra Blanca, Texas allegedly in possession of 6 ounces of marijuana.  Nelson had been traveling from California to Austin when his bus was stopped about 9 A.M.  Border Agents found the marijuana on the bus and Nelson took responsibility for it. 

Willie was taken to Hudspeth County Jail where he was booked on a misdemeanor and released on $2,500 bail.  It is not known when he is due back in court.

Nelson has a long history with the law for marijuana and other drugs.  In 2006, 1-1/2 pounds of grass was found on his tour bus along with hallucinogenic mushrooms.  Back in January of this year, six members of his band and crew were arrested in North Carolina for moonshine and pot possession. 

Elton John Not Planning Anything Special For the Royal Wedding

by Music-News.com

Candle in Wind 1997 / Something About Way You LookElton John has said that the only way he will be putting on a show at the nuptials of Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton is if he is "busking" outside.  The legendary singer performed Candle in the Wind at the funeral of William's late mother, Princess Diana.  The recording of that song went on to be the biggest selling record ever in the world.

He said: "I probably will be playing there in the sense that I'll be outside busking."

However, it is unlikely the Sacrifice hitmaker will have seen much coverage of the royal wedding, which is to be held on April 29 2011, as he revealed he doesn't own a mobile phone, computer or iPod.

Sir Elton added to BBC Radio 2: "I don't have a iPod or a mobile phone or a computer. I do have a quarter of a million pairs of glasses but I don't even have a mobile phone! If people want to get hold of me they can.

"The internet doesn't interest me either apart from getting my sports scores. I have a computer in the Los Angeles office but literally all I check is the news and the sports scores.

"I feel my life is full enough already and there's enough going on. I prefer writing personal notes and writing things down. Being on a Blackberry all the time would drive me crazy."

More news at Music-News.com.

Veteran Artists on TV & Radio for Friday, November 26, 2010

Veteran artists appearing on TV tonight during prime time and late night.  All times are ET.

  • 6:00 PM
    • Fleetwood Mac - Soundstage (Palladia HD)
  • 7:00 PM
    • Rollings Stones - Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (VH1 Classic)
  • 7:30 PM
    • Porter Wagoner, Archie Campbell - Porter Wagoner Show (RFD)
  • 8:00 PM
    • Paul McCartney - BBC Electric Proms (Palladia HD)
  • 8:30 PM
    • Rolling Stones - In Rehearsal: The Rolling Stones at Montreux (VH1 Classic)
  • 9:00 PM
    • Rolling Stones - Shine a Light (VH1 Classic)
    • Rolling Stones - Shine a Light (Palladia HD)
  • 9:30 PM
    • Bret Michaels - Life as I Know It (CMT)
  • 11:00 PM
    • Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson - Soul Train Awards (Centric)
  • 11:30 PM
    • Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) - That Metal Show (VH1 Classic)
    • Santana - Guitar Heaven (Palladia HD)
  • 11:35 PM
    • Aaron Neville - Jay Leno (NBC) (R)
    • Bon Jovi - David Letterman (CBS) (R)
  • 12:30 PM
    • Iron Maiden - Somewhere Back in Time (VH1 Classic)
  • Syndicated (Time Varies by Market)
    • Band - In the Studio (The Band) (November 22 - 28)
    • Dwight Twilly - Mountain Stage (NPR) (November 19 - 25)
    • Del McCoury, Doc Watson, John Lee Hooker - American Routes (NPR) (November 24 - 30)
  • 8:00 PM
    • John Conlee, Jimmy C. Newman, Jean Shepard, Jimmy Dickens, Bobby Osbourne, Jim Ed Brown, Connie Smith, T. Graham Brown - Grand Ole Opry (WSM & WSM On-Line)
If you know of an upcoming television, radio or internet appearance by a veteran artist, please send it to us at vvnnetwork@gmail.com.

Man Killed After U.K. Motörhead Concert

by VVN Music

Overnight SensationA 44-year-old man was killed after a Motörhead concert Thursday night at the O2 Academy in Leeds, England.

Andrew Crawford was found in the city center where he had been battered in the head.  Two men were reportedly seen running from the scene.  Crawford was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he died.  His cousin, who was with him at the time of the attack, was also taken to the hospital but his injuries are said to not be serious.

Investigators into the incident are theorizing that Crawford's death is linked to another incident during the Motörhead concert where a friend of the deceased's hair was set on fire.  While nobody has stepped forward with information on the first incident, Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor has said "There will have been around 2,000 people in the O2 Academy and someone must have seen Mr Crawford’s friend’s hair being set alight. If you can help identify this person, please get in touch."

Pink Floyd Reunion For Charity Called Off

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AnimalsOriginal Pink Floyd members Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason have called off a reunion show for charity after finding out the location for the event.

Specifically, it looks like it was Mason who instigated the cancellation after finding out that it was to be held at Jemima Khan's country home.  Khan, the daughter of diplomat James Goldsmith, has been associated with numerous charities that have ties to Pakistan including the Hoping Foundation for which Waters and Gilmour made an appearance in July.  Mason, though, appears to not be a big fan of the charity.

Nick told Classic Rock magazine "That particular event wasn't right for a reformation of Pink Floyd.  I said I would do it, but it was a charity event for suits, and it felt wrong to turn a small thing into a big deal just because Jemima Khan was in attendance. Why play for a lot of posh totty instead of some of the other things we should save that up for – a Live 8 type of thing?"