In an interview on the Ellen DeGeneres show, La Toya Jackson talked about how she heard about the passing of her brother, Michael Jackson.
La Toya said the news came via her mother while she was driving her car to the hospital. She said that she almost crashed the car when her mother broke the news.
The first call came from her father. “I was at home and my father called me,” she told Ellen. “He said “you’ve got to get over to his house. They said “he is sick and he has to go to the hospital”. Then he called me back and said “no, go to the hospital now”. That’s when I rushed over to the hospital and my mother got on the phone. It was devastating”.
La Toya said there was complete confusion as she tried to get to the hospital. “I lost my way through the hospital. I didn’t know where I was going because I was so nervous,” she said.
That was when she got on the phone with her mother’s assistant Trent. “I was saying “how’s he doing, how’s he doing. Is he okay, is he okay”. My mother’s assistant Trent wouldn’t give me an answer. She said “who is that” and he said “La Toya”. Then she grabbed the phone and screamed as loud as she could “he’s dead”.
The impact of the statement devastated La Toya. “When she did that I almost crashed the car. I started crying. My head went to the steering wheel and I started begging people on the street to drive me. My legs got so week. I said “please drive me to the hospital”. I couldn’t believe it. My heart just fell to the ground”.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Billy Joel has decided he doesn't want the world to know about his past.
The singer has cancelled his autobiography, The Book of Joel, which was due to be published on June 14 via HarperCollins. The book reportedly delved into his marriage to Christie Brinkley, past addictions and other aspects of his life.
Joel issued a statement to the AP saying that it took writing the book to realize he's not interested in talking about his past.
Update: It appears that Billy pulled the memoir at the last second after it was completely edited, taking HarperCollins by surprise. Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 theorizes that the decision came after Joel read the final version of the edited copy and found his admissions too revealing and would carry too many repercussions.
- Shirley Jones (Partridge Family) (77)
- John D. Loudermilk (77)
- Herb Alpert (76)
- Rodney Bainbridge (Fortunes) (67)
- Al Nichol (Turtles) (65)
- Jon Poulos (Buckinghams) (64)
- Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company) (63)
- Thijs Van Leer (Focus) (63)
- Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & the News) (58)
- Greg Martin (Kentucky Headhunters) (58)
- Tony Brock (Babys) (57)
- Angus Young (AC/DC) (56)
- Pat McGlynn (Bay City Rollers) (53)
- Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke) (53)
- Robert Holmes ('Til Tuesday) (52)
- Erik Turner (Warrant) (47)
- 1980 - John Jacob Niles (87)
- 1986 - O'Kelly Isley (Isley Brothers) - Heart attack (48)
- 1995 - Carl Story (78)
On This Day:
- 1949 - RCA Victor introduced the 45 RPM record.
- 1956 - Brenda Lee made her first national TV appearance on Ozark Jubilee.
- 1957 - Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Obie Wheeler and Glen Douglas start a tour of the U.S. south in Little Rock, AK.
- 1967 - Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar for the first time at The Astoria in London.
- 1967 - The new Country Music Hall of Fame opened in Nashville.
- 1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono end their bed-in in Amsterdam to premier Yoko's film Rape in Vienna.
- 1969 - George Harrison and his wife Patti are fined $400 by a Amsterdam court for marijuana possession.
- 1972 - The Beatles Official Fan Club closed.
- 1979 - Mark Herndon joined Alabama as their drummer.
- 1981 - The Village People's film Can't Stop the Music wins the first annual Golden Raspberry Award. for worst film.
- 1982 - The Doobie Brothers split up.
- 1990 - Cher started her Heart of Stone world tour in Dallas, TX.
- 1994 - Madonna made an appearance on the David Letterman Show where the censors had to delete 13 words.
- 1995 - A concert goer tried to attack Jimmy Page with a knife during a show in Auburn Hills, MI.
- 2001- Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were banned for life from the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles after wrecking their room.
- 2004 - Ozzy Osbourne announces he is reforming Black Sabbath for a summer tour.
- 2004 - Carlene Carter was arrested in Tennessee after a bond was revoked.
- 1958 - Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
- 1978 - London Town - Wings
- 1982 - Rosanna - Toto
- 1987 - Sign O' the Times - Prince
- 1992 - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One - White Zombie
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1962 - Don't Break the Heart That Loves You - Connie Francis (1 weeks)
- 1973 - Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack (1 week this run - 5 weeks total)
- 1984 - Footloose - Kenny Loggins (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1960 - My Old Man's a Dustman - Lonnie Donegan (4 weeks)
- 1973 - The Twelfth of Never - Donnie Osmond (1 week)
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band opened their 2011 tour on Saturday night at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH. The tour marks the first time the group has been on the road in almost four years.
While the majority of the show was the hits, Seger did mix in the new cover of Tom Waits' Downtown Train and the rarely heard Gets Ya Pumpin' from Early Seger, Volume 1.
Here's the set list courtesy of setlist.fm.
Politics seems to be playing a part in the assembling of talent for Australia's Long Live Bon Scott tribute tour. Original AC/DC singer Dave Evans says he has been dropped from the tribute show because of pressure from the Bon Scott Foundation.
Long Live Bon Scott promoter Empire Touring has confirmed with Undercover that it got political after it became known that Dave was going to be in the show along with Angry Anderson (Rose Tattoo), Dave Gleeson (Screaming Jets), John Swan (Swanee) and Mark Gable (Choirboys).
Early AC/DC bass player Mark Evans is also in the show due to play in Melbourne, Wollongong and Sydney from late May.
“To me it is an insult,” Dave tells Undercover News. “Bon would be rolling in his grave.”
Evans was a founding member of AC/DC with Malcolm and Angus Young, Colin Burgess and Larry Van Kriedt. He sang on the very first AC/DC single Can I Sit Next To You Girl / Rocking In The Parlour, released in 1974.
Bon Scott replaced Evans in October, 1974. “I never had a problem with Bon,” Dave says. “He had an opportunity to take my place and become the singer for AC/DC. I would have done the same thing”.
Both Dave and Bon came from the School of Hard Knocks. “Bon was a rock and roller and as hard as me,” he says. “I left home when I was 16 and was knocking about the Cross. He was quite a few years older than me but we grew up tough and did the hard knocks. My relationship with Bon has nothing to do with this. I have always showed great respect to Bon and the fans will attest to that. My fans are up in arms about this”.
When the idea for the Long Live Bon Scott show first came up, Dave was one of the first people contacted. Long Live Bon Scott offered x amount for me to sing the songs I originally sang with the band,” he said. “They sent me a contract and the poster and I sent to poster out to my fans.”
Dave discovered he was dropped from the show on the weekend. “People from the Bon Scott Foundation were kicking up a fuss,” he said. "What do they matter? I’ve still got fans telling me how great it is to see me in the show even through I have said I am no longer in it on my Facebook.”
Dates for Long Live Bon Scott are:
- 05/25 - Melbourne - Forum
- 05/28 - Wollongong - Waves
- 06/03 - Sydney - Penrith Panthers Evan Theatre
- 06/04 - Sydney - Enmore Theatre
Title: Tough Love: Best of the Ballads
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Format(s): CD, DD
It would seem that the world is filled with more than enough Aerosmith hits packages but Geffen records has decided that it can eek out one more. Tough Love: Best of the Ballads hits stores on May 10 on Geffen.
The package comes about with the resurgence of interest in the band due to the weekly appearances of lead Steven Tyler on American Idol. It has been reported that album sales for the group are up 250% since the 2011 edition started.
The title of the album is a bit of a misnomer as it would be hard to classify Love in an Elevator, Rag Doll and Janie's Got a Gun as true ballads, but it seems they were somehow deemed slower than most Aerosmith songs so they "must be ballads." Even more interesting is that the group's biggest ballad, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, is missing.
- Love In An Elevator
- What It Takes
- Rag Doll
- Deuces Are Wild
- Livin' On The Edge
- Blind Man
- Janie's Got A Gun
- Dream On
Men at Work and the band's publisher, EMI, will have to pay for the use of a small snippet of a children's camp song in their hit Down Under after losing their appeal in the plagiarism case.
Larrikin, the current owner of the publishing of the song Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree, sued Men At Work and EMI claiming that the 1934 song written by a school teacher was the basis of the Men At Work hit Down Under. The courts agreed.
It became a multi-million dollar case with the court originally ruling that Men And Work and EMI pay Larrikin 40-60% of the royalties from the song plus 5% of future earnings.
Larrikin’s Norm Lurie noticed the similarity only after it was broadcast as a trivia question on TV show Spicks and Specks.
Songwriter Colin Hay says that this ruling will have long-term repercussions for songwriters. "What was born out of creative musical expression, became both a technical and mathematical argument. This ruling will have lasting repercussions, and I suspect not for the better," he said after the initial ruling. Hay wrote Down Under with Men At Work’s Ron Strykert.
The original Koobaburra song was written in 1934 by Toorak school teacher Marion Sinclair for a girl guides competition.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Roger McGuinn has told Spinner.com that he is hard at work on a documentary about his career.
The documentary is coming about from the almost two decades of work he has put into writing an autobiography. He told Spinner The written autobiography is on my computer and I don't have any drive to put it out at the moment. "The written autobiography is on my computer and I don't have any drive to put it out at the moment but the documentary is sort of a video version of my Live From Mars CD. We have interviews with friends and people in the business like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, Judy Collins and Dave Barry and Pete Seeger. Hopefully we'll get that out pretty soon."
The film will be titled The River Flows.
McGuinn has also been working on a second project, learning to play the guitar better. Actually, he's working on new techniques that have been wowing some of his contemporaries, with picking styles normally used on five-string banjos but playing them on a 12-string electric guitar.
For more on McGuinn's latest activities, check out the article on Spinner.com.
It's been over fifteen years since Adam Ant last went out on tour in the U.K. Today, at an exclusive event in London, Adam announced that he is hitting the road to the delight of his many fans all over the world. Adam announced the new tour and his new band line up, The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse, while playing a greatest hits set which included Prince Charming, Beat My Guest, Antmusic, Stand and Deliver and Goody Two Shoes.
Adam Ant was the leader of iconic New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scored ten UK top ten hits, including three No.1 singles. Ant was also a star in America where he not only scored a string of hit singles and albums, but was once voted sexiest man in America by the viewers of MTV. Not just a multi million selling recording artist Adam Ant is also an actor, having appeared in over two dozen films or television episodes.
Adam Ant is one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic artists of the twentieth century. Ant is currently recording new material. This greatest hits tour will be something not to be missed.
- 05/16 - Brighton, England - Concorde
- 05/17 - Cambridge, England - The Junction
- 05/18 - Portsmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms
- 05/23 - Glasgow, Scotland - O2 ABC
- 05/24 - Sheffield, England - O2 Academy
- 05/26 - London, England - Indigo O2
- 05/28 - Liverpool, England - O2 Academy
- 05/29 - Newcastle, England - O2 Academy
- 06/01 - Birmingham, England - O2 Academy
- 06/03 - Holmfirth, England - Picturedrome
- 06/04 - York, England - Duchess
Title: Live in Concert At Sydney Opera House
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Format(s): CD/DVD, DD
After 25 years, Mick Hucknall announced the disbanding of the group Simply Red after one final world tour. The upcoming set, Live in Concert At Sydney Opera House, captures one of the group's final performances from last October.
The concert features a host of the band's biggest hits along with a previously unseen interview with Hucknall. The audio will be available via download while the physical package will be a CD/DVD combo.
- Out On The Range
- Your Mirror
- For Your Babies
- You Make Me Feel Brand New
- If You Don't Know Me By Now
- It's Only Love
- Come To My Aid
- The Right Thing
- Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
- Something Got Me Started
- Holding Back The Years
- Out On The Range
- Your Mirror
- To Be With You
- For Your Babies
- You Make Me Feel Brand New
- If You Don't Know Me By Now
- It's Only Love
- Come To My Aid
- The Right Thing
- Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
- Ain't That A Lot Of Love
- Something Got Me Started
- Holding Back The Years
- Rolf Harris (81)
- Astrud Gilberto (71)
- Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) (70)
- Eric Clapton (66)
- James "Jim Dandy" Mangrum (Black Oak Arkansas) (63)
- Lene Lovich (62)
- David Ball (Procol Harum) (61)
- Shirley Marie MacLeod (aka Re Styles) (Tubes) (61)
- Rupert Greenall (Fixx) (61)
- 2004 - Timi Yuro - Throat cancer (62)
On This Day:
- 1957 - Buddy Knox hit number 1 in the U.S. with Party Doll, the first chart topper in the rock era written by the artist.
- 1963 - Lesley Gore made her first appearance on American Bandstand.
- 1966 - The Barbra Streisand special Color Me Barbra aired on CBS.
- 1967 - The photo session was held for the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- 1968 - David Bowie made his debut with the Lindsay Kemp mime troupe in Pierrot in Turquoise.
- 1970 - Led Zeppelin stops a show in Pittsburgh, saying they won't continue until the police stop harassing the audience.
- 1974 - Ramones play their first show.
- 1976 - The Sex Pistols play their first show at London's 100 Club.
- 1978 - Paul Simonon and Nicky Headon of the Clash are arrested and fined $1,360 for shooting racing pigeons with an air gun.
- 1984 - Greg Lake leaves Asia and is replaced by the original bassist and singer John Wetton.
- 1989 - Gladys Knight performed for the first time without the Pips.
- 1999 - Kiss cancels three shows in Russia due to growing anti-American sentiments due to the bombing of Yugoslavia.
- 2000 - Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry was ordered to pay a former employee $1,054 after harassing her after she left his employment.
- 2004 - Guns N' Roses were forced to cancel their appearance at the Rock in Rio festival after guitarist Buckethead suddenly quits.
- 2007 - A man is arrested after trying to break into Paul McCartney's mansion.
- 1955 - Blue Monday - Fats Domino
- 1956 - I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
- 1963 - It's My Party - Lesley Gore (produced by Quincy Jones)
- 1992 - Automatic For the People - R.E.M. (recording started)
- 1970 - Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
- 1975 - Blow by Blow - Jeff Beck
- 1984 - The Making of Thriller - Michael Jackson (videotape)
- 1994 - The Division Bell - Pink Floyd
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1957 - Party Doll - Buddy Knox (1 week)
- 1963 - He's So Fine - Chiffons (1 week)
- 1974 - Sunshine on My Shoulder - John Denver (1 week)
- 1985 - One More Night - Phil Collins (2 weeks)
- 1991 - Coming Out of the Dark - Gloria Estefan (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1956 - Rock and Roll Waltz - Kay Starr (1 week)
- 1968 - Lady Madonna - Beatles (2 weeks)
- Bon Jovi drops 12 to 14 on the Australian Album chart in its 20th week.
- Weird Al Yankovic has the only debut by a veteran artist in the Albums with Essential starting at 45.
- Lionel Richie is back on the Singles chart with a new remix of his 80's hit All Night Long featuring Guy Sebastian. It debuts this week at 26.
Top 50 Australian Albums
|2||1||Glee: The Music, Volume 5||Glee Cast|
|4||5||Doo-Wops & Hooligans||Bruno Mars|
|14||12||Greatest Hits||Bon Jovi|
|44||R||The Greatest Hits 1966-1992||Neil Diamond|
|Essential 2.0||Weird Al Yankovic|
The balance of the Australian charts are after the cut.
Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and Wanda Jackson Among Performers For the 52nd Newport Folk Festival
The festival, started in 1959, has long been a gathering of great folk, blues, bluegrass and country performers. In the last few years, the format has expanded to include such modern genres as Americana and folk punk.
Such is the case this year with a lineup that includes veterans like Earl Scruggs, Wanda Jackson and Ramblin' Jack Elliott up to newcomers the Decemberists, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Civil Wars, Tegan and Sara and the Secret Sisters.
The full lineups for each of the days (veteran artists in bold, set times will be announced at a later date):
Saturday, July 30
- The Decemberists
- Gillian Welch
- Gogol Bordello
- Earl Scruggs
- Ramblin Jack Elliott
- Tegan and Sara (acoustic)
- Mavis Staples
- The Felice Brothers
- Delta Spirit
- Freelance Whales
- Devil Makes Three
- Song Circle w/ Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, John Gorka, Liz Queler
- Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three
- River City Extension
- PS22 Chorus
- The Wailin' Jennys
- The Ebony Hillbillies
- What Cheer? Brigade
- EmmyLou Harris
- Elvis Costello (acoustic)
- Amos Lee
- Wanda Jackson
- Middle Brother
- Justin Townes Earle
- Carolina Chocolate Drops
- The Civil Wars
- Trampled By Turtles
- The Cave Singers
- The Head & The Heart
- Secret Sisters
- David Wax Museum
- Mountain Man
- Brown Bird
- The Seeger Clogging All-Stars
Sade and Jay-Z have done a collaboration on a new song called Moon & The Sky. The track will be one of three new Sade songs to feature on the forthcoming The Ultimate Collection career retrospective.
Sade’s The Ultimate Collection updates her 1994 The Best of Sade album with songs from her 5th and 6th albums Lovers Rock (2000) and Soldier of Love (2010).
The Ultimate Collection will be released as a 2CD/DVD package on April 29.
Sade will embark on her first world tour in more than 10 years starting in Manchester on May 27 and then the USA kicking off in Baltimore on June 16. John Legend will be the special guest on the US leg of the tour.
The reformed Buffalo Springfield have announced the first seven dates of their reunion tour. Previously reported as a fall 2011 trek, the tour actually will start in June with six dates in California plus an appearance at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Richie Furay first got back together last fall at Young's annual Bridge School Benefit, the first time they had played together since 1968. Critics were rapturous in their reviews over the group's harmonies and guitar interplay.
Furay said in a statement "It's hard to believe 42 years have passed since we played together as the Buffalo Springfield. Over the years, music never stopped flowing from each of us, and it's come 'full circle,' if you will. And now, we get to share our hearts with you again—yes, Buffalo Springfield again!"
Filling out the band is Young's longtime bassist Rick Rosas and Crosby, Stills and Nash drummer Joe Vitale. They are filling in for the late Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin.
The initial tour dates:
- 06/01 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
- 06/02 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
- 06/04 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
- 06/05 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
- 06/07 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
- 06/08 - Santa Barbara, CA- Santa Barbara Bowl
- 06/11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
In mid-July 1966, Bobby Fuller was on top of the world. His song I Fought the Law, recorded as the Bobby Fuller Four, had just made the top ten. The band had just appeared in the drive-in film The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. He was on his way.
Then came the night of July 18. Something happened that remains a mystery. Fuller was found dead in a car outside of his apartment. The Los Angeles coroner ruled that it was either an accident or a suicide but the actual condition in which he was found made that conclusion questionable. Many felt that his death definitely reeked of foul play, possibly in relation to the singer's relationship with the ex-girlfriend of a mafia member or as a victim of Charles Manson.
The facts and rumors around Bobby Fuller's death were used as the basis of the fictional book The Dead Circus by John Kaye. The writer spins a tale about an ex-cop, now a detective, who takes up the Fuller case on which he had worked twenty years before. All of the rumors about Fuller are woven into the tale.
Today, Palermo Pictures announced that they are moving forward with a film based on the book The Dead Circus to be directed by Adam Davenport with a script by Davenport and Kaye. From an exclusive story on Deadline Hollywood, it appears the writers have changed the main character from a detective to a screenwriter and shortened the twenty year span between crime and investigation, but the main storyline is kept intact.
While the main character is yet to be cast, others have already signed on including recent Academy Award winner Melissa Leo as a member of the Manson family, James Marsen as Charles Manson and Michael Shannon and Michael C. Hall as Fuller's managers.
The producers are hoping to start shooting in Los Angeles this summer. To keep up to date on the production, visit Adam Davenport's blog at deadcircusthemovie.wordpress.com.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith would like to keep it in the family with a new record, singing with his daughter, actress Liv Tyler.
Liv has revealed she loves to sing with her frontman father, and although he constantly tries to get her into the studio with him, her busy schedule has prevented them from collaborating properly.
She said: "We sing all the time together. We always talk about doing something together. Sometimes when he is in the studio he'll say 'come down and sing backup or sing with me on this song.' But I'm usually somewhere else, and our schedules make it so hard to meet up."
Although they have not managed to work together yet, Liv, who has a six-year-old son Milo with ex-husband Royston Langdon, revealed there are many bonuses to being a rock star's daughter, including evading the law.
She explained to Fox411's Pop Tarts: "It has been really interesting for me because my whole life, especially in America, people relate to and really love Aerosmith. I'll be pulled over by a cop and they'll say 'Oh tell your dad if he ever needs a new guitar player like here's my card'. People really love Aerosmith."
However, Liv admitted she is delighted her father took a role on the judging panel of American Idol this season as people can now see how "funny and sincere" he is rather than admire him for his rock star credentials.
She said: "I'm not particularly familiar with American Idol as a whole, I've seen it a couple of times, but I feel really happy for my dad that he's doing something he loves and something different. Now I'm experiencing something so different. People are coming up to talk to me about my dad's heart because they think he's so funny and sincere. It's really sweet because that's the man that I've always known my whole life, but it's interesting that the world gets to see that part of him now."
Reba McEntire will receive the Career Achievement Award, given to "an individual artist, duo, group or multiple artist collaboration who have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry in multiple areas during the preceding calendar year."
McEntire was chosen for her ongoing activity, after over thirty years in the industry, in the promotion of country music. She is hosting the awards show, this year with Blake Shelton, for the 13th time and had her biggest chart hit in 2010 with Consider Me Gone.
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and Garth Brooks will both receive the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, given to artists who "are pioneers in the country music genre."
The Gatlin Brothers have been together since the mid-70's turning out 34 top forty country hits including three that went to number one. They also hosted a successful variety show.
Garth Brooks established himself as one of the most important country artists of all time with a string of hit singles and albums that crossed over into pop and made him the third biggest selling artist in U.S. recording history behind only the Beatles and Elvis Presley. He is a six-time winner of the ACM Entertainer of the Year.
The Poet's Award will go to both Tom T. Hall and Hank Cochran, honoring them for their "outstanding musical and/or lyrical contributions throughout their careers in the field of country music."
Tom T. Hall has been both a successful recording artist (I Love, Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine) and as a songwriter for others such as Jeannie C. Riley (Harper Valley P.T.A.) and Little Bitty (Alan Jackson).
Hank Cochran, who passed away last year, was a successful songwriter for over 50 years, penning such classics as Make the World Go Away, I Fall to Pieces and She's Got You. His hits continued right up to the time of his passing with songs like Ocean Front Property and The Chair, both recorded by George Strait.
Other special awards will go to Taylor Swift (Jim Reeves International Award for promotion of country music around the world), John Dorris (Mae Boren Axton Award for outstanding work with the ACM) and the movie Country Strong (Tex Ritter Award for best movie utilizing country music).
The following Musicians, Bands and Instrumental Awards were also announced:
- Producer of the Year - Paul Worley (worked in 2010/11 with Lady Antebellum, Jo Dee Messina, James Otto, Band Perry)
- Audio Engineer of the Year - Chuck Ainlay (Patty Larkin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jewel, Taylor Swift)
- Bass Player of the Year - Glenn Worf (Sarah Buxton, Easton Corbin, Alan Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter)
- Percussionist/Drummer of the Year - Eddie Bayers (Alan Jackson, Jimmy Webb, Alan Jackson, Juice Newton)
- Guitarist of the Year - Tom Bukovac (Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts)
- Fiddle Player of the Year - Aubrey Haynie (Josh Turner, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker)
- Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year - Gordon Mote (Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley)
- Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year - Bryan Sutton (Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, Blake Shelton, Johnny Mathis)
- Steel Guitar Player of the Year - Dan Dugmore (Little Big Town, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts)
- Donny Conn (Playmates) (81)
- Eden Kane (69)
- Chad Allen (Guess Who) (68)
- Evangelos Papathanassiou (aka Vangelis) (68)
- Terry Jacks (65)
- Bobby Kimball (Toto) (64)
- Robert Gordon (64)
- Dave Greenfield (Stranglers) (62)
- Patty Donahue (Waitresses) (55)
- 1980 - Mantovani (74)
- 1985 - Jeanine Deckers (aka The Singing Nun) - Suicide (52)
- 1999 - Joe Williams - Respiratory ailment (80)
- 2001 - John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet) (80)
On This Day:
- 1962 - Gene Chandler received a gold record for Duke of Earl.
- 1966 - Mick Jagger was injured when a fan threw a chair on the stage.
- 1966 - Two members of the Walker Brothers were given concussions when fans mobbed them in Cheshire, U.K.
- 1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono announce that Yoko is pregnant.
- 1973 - Dr. Hook got its wish and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
- 1978 - David Bowie started his Low/Heroes World Tour.
- 1980 - Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon had its 303rd week on the Billboard Albums, pushing it past Carole King's Tapestry for the longest run on the chart.
- 1980 - The BeeGees were sued for allegedly plagiarizing the song How Deep is Your Love. They eventually win the case.
- 1986 - The Beatles albums become officially available for the first time in Russia.
- 1988 - Madonna opened on Broadway in Speed the Plow.
- 2000 - Phil Collins sued two members of Earth, Wind & Fire saying that they were overpaid $85,000 in royalties on the tracks Sussudio and Easy Lover.
- 2004 - Jon Bon Jovi and his wife welcomed their fourth child, Romeo Jon.
- 2005 - Neil Young entered a New York hospital when his eyesight became blurry following the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction. It was discovered he had a brain aneurysm.
- 2007 - Bono received an honorary knighthood. He was not eligible to receive the full honor as he was not a British citizen.
- 1968 - Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac (U.K. single release)
Number One - U.S. Singles:
- 1941 - Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy) - Jimmy Dorsey (10 weeks)
- 1975 - Lady Marmalade - Labelle (1 weeks)
- 1986 - Rock Me Amadeus - Falco (3 weeks)
Number One - U.K. Singles:
- 1969 - I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (3 weeks)
- 1986 - Living Doll - Cliff Richard & the Young Ones (3 weeks)
by Andy Snipper
The Kinks are one of the bands that shaped the British music scene in the early and mid-sixties and their career delivered some of the greatest songs that have ever been written – the world would be a lot poorer for the lack of songs such as Waterloo Sunset or Days or Lola and these came out of a bands whose origins were in an unfashionable area of North London. Fortis Green.
Their first three albums have been re-issued with a host of extra tracks and I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Dave Davies, founding member of the group with his brother Ray, bassist Pete Quaife (sadly now deceased) and drummer Mick Avory.
Music News: Dave, the first album has an incredible energy and immediacy about it, how did the recording come about and what was the set up in the band at the time?
Dave Davies: We were only about 15 or 16 years old when that first album was made. Ray and I started the band and we had lots of enthusiasm and excitement about recording the album. We had very little time to record the album, everything had to be right first time and if the song lasted five minutes we recorded it in 5 minutes. We were so young that the creativity needed that spontaneity.
MN: How much did Shel Talmy (their producer) have to do with the sound of the band?
DD: Originally the band had a really rocky relationship with Shel. He was American and he had done all this work in Chicago. The band hated his sound, all echoes and no guitars but once he understood that what the band wanted was simplicity he modified his approach and it was really good to have his input on the sound.
MN: On numbers like You Really Got Me you developed a really harsh and raucous edge to your guitar sound. How did all that come about?
DD: All the guitar sounds early on were very clean but I was looking for a lot more grit and aggression. Next door to the studio there was a radio spares shop and they had this little amp and speaker combo, a green ‘Elpico’ in the window. I plugged the Elpico into the inputs of my AC30 using the Elpico as a sort of pre-amp and it sounded great but I still wasn’t satisfied. The speaker was in an open frame and I took a razor blade and slashed the speaker cone and now it gave me a distorted and jagged sound I started using that in the live shows that I performed with the band and that was the sound we used on You Really Got Me. That sound was really important to us as it opened the door for many other forms and allowed us to experiment more. It was also a big part of my personal expression on guitar, that gritty and rough sound.
MN: The first album includes a lot of classics as well as some, now classic, Kinks originals. Was it a conscious decision to mix it up or did you not have enough original material for the album?
DD: Our set list was built up from playing classics like Milk Cow Blues so it was natural to do those songs on the album. This developed the band sound and the new songs developed from there with my guitar sound and Ray’s writing. I was a big fan of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and there is a lot of that influence.
MN: What were your musical influences at the time?
DD: I grew up in a big family, I had 6 elder sisters and there was always music around the house. A friend used to bring records from the US and Canada – Elvis, Hank Williams, Doris Day, that sort of thing and it was all music to draw on. As I said before I loved Johnny Kidd & The Pirates as well so that was in there too and I have always loved to listen to a three piece band – it seems more focused and more powerful.
MN: The Kinks are often described as the first ‘Rock’ band. Did you actively set out to create a new sound or did it develop through the first three albums?
DD: We were really growing in confidence between the first three albums. Learning what we could do and what we wanted to sound like and the sound developed from that. The guitar sound was a conscious thing but the band sound was something that grew as we learned our trade.
MN: The package tours of the time were a proving ground for a lot of the bands. How were your experiences? Were there any of the other band that you were particularly close to?
DD: We were good friends with the Hollies. They had been around for about a year longer than us and took us under their wing in the early package tours. Graham Nash was a big help and a really big inspiration on me. The Yardbirds were also great guys and I was particularly friendly with Jeff Beck – a very different sound.
MN: What is your relationship like with Ray (Dave’s brother Ray Davies) and Mick (Avory) these days? Any chance of a Kinks reunion?
DD: I don’t see much of Mick these days but I see Ray from time to time. There are no definite plans but nothing is definitely ruled out .
The first album, Kinks, is a classic piece of British Blues/pop from the time. Short and punchy songs with lots of Americanisms and not too much that sounds like the band that they developed into but with a real charm and zest about the music that really grabs your attention. Dave’s guitar sound first comes to the fore on the Kinks classic You Really Got Me and the vocal on that song has become one of the most recognisable sounds in British rock but the album also features some fine playing on numbers like Beautiful Delilah which has a sound that is absolutely a precursor to punk. They were one of the few London bands of the time who had no history with the Alexis Korner/Graham Bond/Cyril Davies Blues outfits and the sound on Kinks has a lot more immediacy and less of a debt to American Blues than many of the other bands of the era.
Dave’s guitar on Long Tall Shorty almost seems to presage the early psychedelic sounds from the West Coast bands and numbers like I’m A Lover Not A Fighter really have the punch that early Stones and Americans like the Blues Magoos or Paul Revere featured. Drummer on this first album was by Bobby Graham, a session drummer although Mick Avory later joined the band bringing with him a distincly jazz oriented style. Avory had, in fact, had a trial for the Rolling Stones.
The Kinks version of their original Stop Your Sobbing has more authority than the Pretenders version and their Louie Louie is sloppy, raucous and completely believable.
Kinda Kinks sees the band gaining in confidence and beginning to make their own sound. More influences creeping in and the band growing as a combo. Nothin’ In The World Can Stop Me is a huge step forward for the band with much of the harshness eased and Ray’s voice showing that he could really cope with a song that puts over emotion and subtlety. Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight really bounces with a piano track leading the song and their version of Dancing In The Streets shows that they could purloin Motown as well as anyone. The classic Tired Of Waiting For You still sounds as fresh as it did back in 1965 and with Well Respected Man you get the first of the satirical numbers that the Kinks did so much better than anyone else while So Long has a lovely folky lilt to it that fits the time perfectly.
The Kinks Kontroversy is the Kinks at their early best. Rocking like demons and complete as a combo, they were beginning to make a name for themselves as a live act and the album sounds like they had really built their persona. Till The End Of The Day and Dedicated Follower Of Fashion almost show the two sides of the band but the quality of their playing had developed and there seem to be ideas flying in from all over. Ray’s voice is getting more distinct and as an album this one is the best developed and most coherent.
All three albums are pretty well essential for anyone that was either there at the time or for anyone with any interest in the early beat and pop scenes. They also contain more nuggets than the average goldmine.
One year ago, the Go-Go's were ready to hang it up after one last tour. Unfortunately, Jane Wiedlin injured her knee in a hiking accident and required surgery, causing the cancellation of the trek.
Jump ahead a year and the girls have done some thinking, deciding that it may not be time to say goodbye just yet. That's why they will be celebrating their 30th anniversary all summer with the Ladies Gone Wild Tour, starting May 29 in Hershey, PA and running through the end of August in Texas (with a break during July). Plus, August 17 will see a special homecoming concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, which also happens to be Belinda Carlisle's birthday.
In addition, EMI will release a deluxe version of the group's debut album, Beauty and the Beast, on May 17. Included will be a remastered version of the album plus a second CD with a previously unreleased 1981 live show. For LP fans, there will be a special edition in pink vinyl.
Finally, the group will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August.
The dates for the Ladies Gone Wild Tour:
- 05/29 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Theater
- 06/01 - Morristown, NJ - Community Theater at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
- 06/03 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
- 06/04 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
- 06/05 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
- 06/07 - Westbury, NY - Theater at Westbury
- 06/09 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion (w/ the B-52s)
- 06/10 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts/The Filene Center
- 06/11 - Orlando, FL - Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage
- 06/14 - Apple Valley, MN - Zoo Amphitheater
- 06/16 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater (w/ the B-52s)
- 06/17 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival (w/ the B-52s)
- 06/18 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts (w/ the B-52s)
- 08/12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
- 08/13 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Ampitheatre
- 08/14 - Seattle, WA - Woodland Park Zoo
- 08/16 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
- 08/17 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theater
- 08/20 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Resort Casino
- 08/24 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
- 08/26 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
- 08/27 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
- 08/28 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theater