Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Diana Ross Will Sign Off On Custody Agreement for Michael Jackson's Children

Diana Ross apparently has "no qualms" about the new custody arrangement concerning Michael Jackson's three children.

The late King of Pop had chosen his long time friend to be the person to care for Paris, Prince and Blanket should his mother Katherine be unable to.

But after the family fiasco in the last few weeks which led to Tito's son TJ being brought on as a co-guardian, Diana will reportedly sign off on the new agreement.

"Diana has no qualms whatsoever about the new custody agreement, she only wants what is best for the children," a source told RadarOnline.

"Diana knows that the children are old enough to decide who they want to live with and she defers to what they want. While Diana hasn't been a big part of their lives because she lives on the East Coast, she is very fond of them."

Michael's siblings, Randy, Jermaine, Rebbie and Janet Jackson, have been trying to overthrow the executors of the Michael Jackson Estate and claim that the deceased star's will is false.

They have reportedly now been banned from entering the Calabasas home where the kids live with Katherine.

Set List: Bruce Springsteen Plays Epic Length Show in Helsinki

Bruce Springsteen has played the longest show of his career, it is thought, after just finishing a four-hour and five-minute set in Helsinki this evening (July 31, 2012).

The Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball tour played at the Olympiatadion in Helsinki. Springsteen is known for his marathon shows but the Helsinki show is thought to have been a new record for the 62-year old performer.

The set was actually a bit longer as Bruce played a five-song acoustic set prior to the main show.

The setlist from Helsinki was:

Pre-Show Acoustic Set
  • I'll Work For Your Love
  • Leap of Faith
  • No Surrender
  • For You
  • Blinded By the Light
Main Set 
  • Rockin’ All Over The World
  • Night
  • Out In The Street
  • Loose Ends
  • We Take Care Of Our Own
  • Prove It All Night
  • Wrecking Ball
  • Death To My Hometown
  • My City Of Ruins
  • Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
  • Be True
  • Jack Of All Trades
  • Because The Night
  • Lonesome Day
  • Darlington County
  • Light Of Day
  • Shackled And Drawn
  • Waiting On A Sunny Day
  • Back In Your Arms
  • The Rising
  • Badlands
  • Land Of Hope And Dreams
  • We Are Alive
  • Born In The USA
  • Born To Run
  • Detroit Medley
  • Glory Days
  • Dancing In The Dark
  • Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
  • I Don’t Want To Go Home
  • Higher And Higher
  • Twist And Shout

Watch: Lionel Richie and Jimmy Buffett Duet on All Night Long

There was a bit of an odd show in Detroit over the weekend. Jimmy Buffett was the headliner at Comerica Park with a city native as the opening act, Lionel Richie.

Richie has broken out this year due to his hit album Tuskegee, on which he duets on most of his major hits with major country and rock stars. One of those duets is All Night Long with Jimmy Buffett who has started doing the songs in his concerts this summer. 

Richie performed the song during his set on Saturday and had Buffett come out as a surprise guest for the song. Here is the performance as shot by a fan:

Randy, Janet, Jermaine, Rebbie & Joe Jackson Barred From the Jackson Home

Oh, what a tangled web we weave...

It seems that the executors of the Michael Jackson estate have not taken any of the last couple of week's antics lightly in the least. They have identified those that are the most danger to Michael Jackson's children and they have barred them from their residence.

According to Roger Friedman's Showbiz411 site, Kathryn Jackson has a much clearer understanding of what has happened and has allowed the children's new permanent guardian, T.J. Jackson, to draw up a list for the house's security guards of who is not allowed to enter.

The lawyer for the estate, Howard Weitzman, then sent each of the five individuals a letter that contained the following:
Given the circumstances of the last two weeks, and in order to protect the children and Mrs. Jackson, the Executors believe that it would not be appropriate to allow the following individuals to enter the residence or its grounds and we instruct the security to preclude the following from entering the residence or the grounds: Randy Jackson and any of his children, Janet Jackson, Rebbie Jackson and any of her children, Jermaine Jackson, his wife and any of his children, Janice Smith, or anyone else who was involved in the recent events that led to Mrs. Jackson’s separation from and inability to communicate with Michael’s children, or any agents or representatives of any of these individuals.

Bret Michaels Calls Off Engagement

Bret Michaels has called off his engagement with long time girlfriend Kristi Gibson.

The pair were together for over 16 years when the rocker finally proposed on December 2, 2010 with all the action captured by reality show cameras for their show Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

But the Poison frontman's rep has released a statement saying the former lovers are no longer heading up the aisle.

"Although the couple have separated they remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising their two daughters," the spokesperson said.

Bret, 49, and Kristi, 41, are parents to Raine Elizabeth, 12, and Jorja Bleu, seven.

The couple has had many highs and lows in their relationship including Bret's emergency appendectomy, his stroke and when he suffered from a near-fatal brain hemorrhage.

The Every Rose Has Its Thorn singer told Us in the past that Kristi was "the one who put up with me all these years."

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Releases by Veteran Artists For the Week of July 30, 2012


Elvis Presley
Neil Diamond

2 CDs
Frank Zappa
Glen Campbell

2 CDs

The balance of the new releases by veteran artists for the week are after the cut.

Listen: Weekend in the Dust by David Byrne & St. Vincent

The David Byrne & St. Vincent album Love This Giant will be released on September 11. From that album, this is the track Weekend in the Dust.

Crooner Tony Martin Passes Away at 98

Tony Martin, whose career spanned eight decades, passed away on Friday of natural causes in his West Los Angeles home. He was 98.

Martin started out as a saxophone player, joining the local band of Tom Gerun and playing next to future bandleader Woody Herman.

He eventually changed to singing, scoring his first hits in 1938 while singing with Ray Noble. Before joining the armed forces in World War II, he had already scored four top ten songs including his million-selling rendition of To Each His Own.

After leaving the service, he joined Mercury Records where he recorded 25 releases in 1946 and 1947 but only one, Rumors Are Flying, broke through. RCA became interested, signing the singer, and he went on to rack up eighteen top twenty hits before rock and roll took over in popularity from his crooner's sound. While he never topped the charts, There's No Tomorrow reached number 2 in 1949 and two songs, I Said My Pajamas and Put On My Prayers (1950) and I Get Ideas (1951) made it to 3.

Martin also was a force in other areas of entertainment, hosting his own 15-minute NBC radio show and going on to act in movies including a small part in Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' Follow the Fleet, Till the Clouds Roll By and Hit the Deck.

Tony was married twice, to Alice Faye from 1937 to 1941 and to Cyd Charisse from 1948 until her death in 2008.

New Book to Chronicle 125 Years of Columbia Records History

Columbia Records is about to turn 125 years old and will celebrate with the new book 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story. The book is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist (2006) Sean Wilentz and will cover the label's history and vast contributions to the music and entertainment industries. It will be out on October 30 via Chronicle Books.

Also being released is a deluxe edition that includes a second book by Dave Marsh chronicalling his selection of 263 recordings from the label that he considers of great musical and historical significance.  A thumb drive is included in the package with all 263 songs.

Columbia's list of major performers, past and present, is unsurpassed and includes much of the most important, and beloved music in all genres, including pop, rock, country, show tunes, classical, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues. Artists recorded by Columbia and its subsidiaries have included Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Adele, Billy Joel, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robert Johnson, Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, LL Cool J, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack White, and more.

360 Sound includes 300 rare and intimate photographs from the Columbia archives and sidebar discussions of crucial developments and performers written by eminent music historians Dave Marsh and Colin Escott. The book offers a virtual history of the music industry from its infancy, tracing Columbia's pivotal technological as well as business innovations, not least its invention of the LP. It also reflects on the connection between Columbia's artists and music and sweeping cultural and political changes, from the emergence of mass commercial culture to the rise of the civil rights movement and beyond. The release of 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will be celebrated with a launch event in New York on Oct. 30th. Additionally there will be a retrospective exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. An event is set for November 7th at the Museum on opening day.

Bret Michaels Interested in Making a Biopic of His Life

Poison frontman and reality TV vet Bret Michaels is talking about making a film about his life.

While Michaels has been on stage for decades as the frontman for ‘80s glam metal icons Poison, he’s also no stranger to the glare of the cameras. He was the bait for a three-season rock n’ roll dating reality show Rock Of Love, won the third Celebrity Apprentice season in 2010 and had his own personal show Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It in the same year.

Now, Michaels wants to go one better and go for the silver screen. He told the Columbus Dispatch that he’s interested in making a film about his life and struggles (including his long battle with diabetes and recent health scares).

“I want to tell the story,” he told the Ohio paper. “Mostly, when you see rock movies, it has to be this over-the-top thing. I want to give people a Bret Michaels movie where they see that my life is a comedy of errors. I also want to show my fans how to get through the kind of troubles that would leave most people flat on the floor.”

He’s also plugging a new album and there’s a video for new single Get Your Rock On below.

Kathryn Jackson Furious With Son Randy

Katherine Jackson is reportedly very upset about the 'unwanted chaos' brought into her life by her offspring.

The elderly mother of the late Michael Jackson lost guardianship of the King of Pop's three children recently after they were unable to reach her for over nine days.

But RadarOnline claims that since her return from a spa in Arizona, she has been livid with her son Randy for his alleged plan to overthrow the executors of the Michael Jackson estate despite them bringing in $475 million since Michael's death in 2009.

"Now that Katherine has been home for a few days, she recognizes that Randy was the one that planned this, and she is absolutely furious for him doing so," a source told the site.

"Katherine has never had a stroke or a mini-stroke as the ridiculous letter says. Katherine will never speak out publicly against her children, it's just not who she is.

"Behind the scenes, however, Katherine is extremely upset and disappointed in Randy's actions that have brought so much unwanted chaos into all of their lives."

Katherine and Tito's son TJ have apparently now agreed to share custody of Paris, Prince and Blanket and will go to court to have the arrangement signed off by a judge.

Roger Daltrey Receives Honorary Degree

Worldwide star Roger Daltrey CBE, founder and lead singer of globally successful rock band The Who, has been given an honorary degree by Middlesex University, London.

Daltrey has been recognised for his contribution to the music and acting industry 'a career which has spanned six decades. Roger joined hundreds of students graduating, some of whom contributed visuals to the US tour of his rock opera Tommy.

Roger Daltrey said: "If I had the power to give honours, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me. After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who's Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity. I look forward to seeing more of their work, knowing that within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honour indeed."

In addition to the many gold and platinum selling records he made with The Who, Roger has also released eight albums as a solo artist and performed in numerous television programmes, films and stage productions.

In 2005 he was awarded a CBE for his services to music, the entertainment industry and charity.

Roger collected his honorary degree at a ceremony at the Middlesex University's Hendon campus (north London).

The award is made as part of the University's annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tom Jones Pulls Out of Olympics Show Due to Illness

Tom Jones was forced to pull out of his Olympics performance in London's Hyde Park on Saturday due to doctor's orders.

Jones had contracted bronchitis and his doctor's advised him to cancel shows on Saturday and Sunday.

The singer tweeted his apologies to his fans. He later added "Thanks for all the lovely messages, I don't know if everyone's understanding and support is making me feel better or worse! You're the best!"

Singer Will Young filled in for him on the bill.

Preview: Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of the Kinks and Ray Davies

Artist: Kinks
Title: Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of the Kinks and Ray Davies
Release Date: August 13, 2012 (U.K.), August 21, 2012 (U.S. as Import at Amazon)
Label: UMTV
Format(s): 2-CDs, DVD

The Kinks will release a new two-CD compilation that combines their own songs with a number from founding member Ray Davies' solo career.

Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of the Kinks and Ray Davies spans the groups entire six-decade career across a number of labels and includes many of their biggest hits (although it inexplicably has left off A Well Respected Man).

Disc 1 contains most of the group's hits along with a number of classic album tracks. Disc 2 contains 22 songs selected by Ray Davies from the group's catalog that are all about London.

Track List:

Disc 1
  • Waterloo Sunset
  • You Really Got Me
  • Tired Of Waiting For You
  • Sunny Afternoon
  • All Day And All Of The Night
  • Till The End Of The Day
  • Autumn Almanac
  • Days
  • Lola
  • Set Me Free
  • See My Friends (Ray Davies, The Crouch End Festival Chorus)
  • Death Of A Clown
  • Apeman
  • Dead End Street
  • This Time Tomorrow
  • Strangers
  • You Don't Know My Name
  • Wonderboy
  • Plastic Man
  • Supersonic Rocket Ship
  • Better Things
  • Don't Forget To Dance
  • David Watts
Disc 2
  • Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
  • Come Dancing
  • Where Have All The Good Times Gone
  • Victoria
  • Big Black Smoke
  • Yours Truly, Confused N10 (Ray Davies, Jools Holland)
  • Working Man's Café (Ray Davies)
  • London Song (Ray Davies)
  • Fortis Green (Dave Davies)
  • Postcard From London (Ray Davies, Chrissie Hynde, The Crouch End Festival Chorus)
  • Muswell Hillbilly
  • Denmark Street
  • Berkeley Mews
  • Holloway Jail
  • Lavender Hill
  • Willesden Green
  • Life On The Road
  • End Of The Season
  • Next Door Neighbour (Ray Davies)
  • Did Ya
  • Most Exclusive Residence For Sale
  • Waterloo Sunset (Ray Davies, The Crouch End Festival Chorus)

EMI May Give Up Pink Floyd Catalog To Get European Merger Approval

Over the last four years, EMI has seen a number of high profile artists jump ship from the troubled company including the Rolling Stones, Queen (both to Universal) and Paul McCartney (to Concord). One of their biggest remaining catalogs belonged to Pink Floyd; however, to get regulatory approval of their merger with Universal, they may be forced to give up that control.

A letter from Roger Faxon, the CEO of EMI Music, lays out a number of major divestitures that they hope will clear the way for the merger. The letter lists:
  • In the UK, an entity composed of the rosters and catalogues of Parlophone (excluding the Beatles, both as a group and individually), Mute, Chrysalis (excluding the Robbie Williams catalogue) and Ensign would be sold. Included in that disposal would also be the Pink Floyd catalogue and the recently concluded new deal with David Guetta, along with his catalogue. Note that these disposals only relate to exploitation of this repertoire within the EEA.
  • EMI Classics and Virgin Classics would also be divested in the EEA.
  • EMI's share of the NOW brand and compilation business in the EEA would also be sold. However Universal would keep its share and participation in the Now compilation venture. The proposal also includes the divestment of a number of EMI's operating businesses in Continental Europe. Those local operating companies are EMI France, EMI Belgium, EMI Czech Republic, EMI Poland, EMI Portugal, EMI Sweden and EMI Norway.
  • Universal is also proposing to divest some its own businesses, principal among which are Sanctuary, Co-Op, and UMG Greece plus several European jazz labels.
  • They would also commit to terminate or not to bid for a number of high-profile European licenses for major Anglo-American and domestic repertoire, namely Disney Records, Hollywood Records, Ministry of Sound, and Restos du Coeur in France.
Pink Floyd won a court case against EMI in 2010 stopping the company from selling their music digitally in anything but full album packages.

Geoff Tate Making It Hard for Queensryche to Work Under Name

Queensryche (In There Better Days)
The saga of Geoff Tate vs. the remaining members of Queensryche moves on.

Tate is no longer a member of the group but filed suit claiming control of the band name. Members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield received a preliminary injunction back on July 13 that stopped Tate from blocking their use of Queensryche until further court proceedings.

Unfortunately, Tate has not relinquished control of many things the band needs to carry on, including their website and other social media accounts. That forced the members to file a response in court on July 25 which, in part, read:
Since the defeat of the preliminary injunction, Plaintiff Geoff Tate has continued to interfere with Defendants' forward progress to tour under the QUEENSRŸCHE name. This includes refusal to relinquish control of Queensryche.com and other Internet and social media accounts, challenging the Defendants from taking control from the registering entity of Queensryche.com, and announcing to the national press through a surrogate of Mr. Tate's 'encouragement by the judge' to tour as his own QUEENSRŸCHE. Mr. Tate has also announced on his website his apparent intention to release an album this fall under the moniker 'Voice of QUEENSRŸCHE' and utilizing a stylized version of the QUEENSRŸCHE entity-owned Tri-Ryche symbol. There is no authority in the articles or bylaws of Tri-Ryche Corporation [which controls all QUEENSRŸCHE name and trademark rights] allowing a minority shareholder to use these corporate assets without authorization from the directors. All parties expressly agree as stated in prior pleadings and submissions that the name QUEENSRŸCHE and associated marks belong to the Tri-Ryche Corporation.
How long can all of this drama go on? Well, according to a story at Blabbermouth, the trial is set for November 18, 2013.

Quincy Jones to Score New Film "The Butler"

Quincy Jones will add to his extensive list of film scores with The Butler, a new film from Lee Daniels (Monster's BallPrecious).

The Butler tells the story of Eugene Allen, a butler that worked in the White House under eight different presidents. Forest Whitaker will play the lead with Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Jane Fonda and Minka Kelly also in the cast.

Jones has written the score for 33 feature films dating back to the 1961 Swedish motion picture Pojken i trädet. He has received Academy Award nominations for the score and/or original songs from Banning, In Cold Blood, For the Love of Ivy, The Wiz and The Color Purple. Other films for which he has written include The Pawnbroker, In the Heat of the Night, Mackenna's Gold, The Italian Job, Cactus Flower and The Getaway.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chart Watch America: Phil Collins' 1998 Hits Album Returns at Number 6; Jimmy Cliff Has Career Best

Amazon had select rock albums on sale early in the week followed by a selection of R&B albums, leading to a number of older sets reemerging on the Album chart. The biggest, though, is quite a surprise as Phil Collins' 1998 album …Hits jumps back on at number 6. It's a new high for the album which peaked at 18 during its initial release.

Only one new album from a veteran artist charts this week. Jimmy Cliff's Rebirth starts at 76, which may seem weak for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, but it is actually the highest he has ever been on the Billboard Album chart. His previous high was the soundtrack from the 1975 film The Harder They Come which peaked at 140.

On the Dance chart, Kylie Monogue moves to within one spot of the top with Timebomb and Cyndi Lauper moves into the top 25 at number 21 with Sex is the Heel.

Veteran Artist Index for
August 4, 2012:
+122 (+5.4%)

The Veteran Artist Index tracks the impact of albums by veteran artists on the Billboard Top 200. Any album that is by or, in the case of soundtracks and various artists albums, have a majority of track by artists who have been recording for 25 years or more is included in the index. Points are awarded on a reverse basis with a number 1 album receiving 200 points and a number 200 album receiving 1 point.

Chart Date August 4, 2012


Top 200 Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 N Life is Good Nas
2 1 Uncaged Zac Brown Band
3 N Kidz Bop 22 Kidz Bop Kids
4 2 channal ORANGE Frank Ocean
5 3 Believe Justin Bieber
6 R …Hits Phil Collins
38 12 Old School New Rules Hank Williams, Jr.
45 44 Tuskegee Lionel Richie
55 R Ultimate Prince
61 51 Clockwork Angels Rush
76 N Rebirth Jimmy Cliff
85 78 That's Why God Made the Radio Beach Boys
87 59 Greatest Hits Queen
92 65 Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses
104 113 Greatest Hits Journey
108 130 Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys
110 94 Americana Neil Young & Crazy Horse
112 120 Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival Featuring John Fogerty
118 R 30 Greatest Hits Aretha Franklin
121 R Best of Sade
131 R Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
132 97 Slip Stream Bonnie Raitt
135 R Portrait of a Legend: 1951-1964 Sam Cooke
136 136 Whitney: The Greatest Hits Whitney Houston
140 114 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donna Summer
145 134 The Very Best of Beach Boys
156 157 Analog Man Joe Walsh
158 160 Apocalyptic Love Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
172 148 Mothership Led Zeppelin
175 R Rocket Man: Number Ones Elton John
182 R Ultimate Collection Temptations
189 183 Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers Bob Marley & the Wailers
190 175 Ultimate Bee Gees
191 181 Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Dropped Out:
X 63 Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
X 80 The Complete Atlantic Sessions Willie Nelson
X 129 Joel Whitburn Presents: Billboard Classic Country #1's Various Artists
X 150 I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits Randy Travis
X 155 The Wall Pink Floyd
X 185 Greatest Hits Fleetwood Mac
X 186 America * America BeBe Winans
X 188 The Very Best of Neil Diamond
X 191 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lionel Richie
X 195 The Very Best of Eagles

The balance of the American charts are after the cut.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Springsteen Adds New North American Dates

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band have announced sixteen new North American dates on their Wrecking Ball Tour. The shows follow an 11-week trek through Europe and a few multi-night stands in mid-August (Boston) and September (Chicago, East Rutherford, NJ).

The tour has been one for the ages with the band, who was already known for putting on some of the longest shows in music, going even longer. A few of the European stops have seen shows that closed in on four hours and the now legendary Hyde Park, London show might have been in that range had it not been for the police who pulled the plug.

The new dates:
  • 10/19 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
  • 10/21 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
  • 10/23 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
  • 10/25 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
  • 10/27 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
  • 11/01 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
  • 11/03 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
  • 11/11 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
  • 11/15 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Arena
  • 11/17 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
  • 11/19 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
  • 11/26 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
  • 11/28 - Portland, OR - The Rose Garden
  • 11/30 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
  • 12/04 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
  • 12/06 - Glendale, AZ - Jobing.com Arena

Veteran Producer/Arranger Bobby Martin to Receive The Sound of Philadelphia Award

Photo: Bobby Martin Productions
Veteran composer, producer and arranger Bobby Martin has been chosen to receive The Sound of Philadelphia Award. The award honors an individual for his outstanding contributions to the music industry.

Martin is often called the Architect of the Philadelphia Sound, helping Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff at Philadelphia International, Clive Davis at Columbia and Quincy Jones at A&M. His career dates back to the early-60's with his first success as a producer and arranger on the Dream Lovers' When We Get Married. By the late-60's, he was arranging and occasionally producing some of R&B's biggest hits including I Can't Stop Dancing (Archie Bell & the Drells), Only the Strong Survive (Jerry Butler), Cowboys to Girls (Intruders) and The Horse (Chris Nobles), which he also wrote.

It was in 1973 when Martin started arranging for Philadelphia International that he became a legend, working on major hits for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the O'Jays, Billy Paul, the Three Degrees, the Manhattans, MFSB, Lou Rawls and many others. Songs that he arranged hit the top of the pop charts four times with Paul's Me and Mrs. Jones, the O'Jays' Love Train, the Manhattan's Kiss and Say Goodbye and MFSB's TSOP which became the iconic theme to the program Soul Train.

The award will be presented in Beverly Hills, CA at a date yet to be named.

Watch: Elton John & PNAU Talk About Album, Performing Live

Elton John and PNAU will perform music together from their Good Morning To The Night collaboration together later this year.

“I want to do some of this stuff on stage,” Elton says in an interview at eltonjohn.com. “In fact we are going to do that on stage in Ibiza. We have to rehearse. I am going to come out and play this festival and I am going to do a few songs at the piano and then I am going to do some songs with PNAU and I’m going to be very nervous because I have never done anything like this before”.

Good Morning To The Night debuted at number one in England this week. “It is actually astonishing when you look at what the credits are on each track and what they have taken from different tracks. It has never been done before. What they have created with this record is a new genre of music,” Elton says.

Watch the interview with Elton John, Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes here.

Harley Flanagan Tries To Set the Record Straight on Cro-Mags Stabbings

Harley Flanagan, former bassist for the Cro-Mags, has gone on the record to clear his name in the stabbing incident at the first CBGB festival in New York.

Initial reports said that Flanagan showed up at Webster Hall before the show was to start and stabbed current Cro-Mags members William Berario and Michael “The Gook” Couls. He was charged with two counts of second degree assault and weapons charges.

Flanagan spoke with New York Natives, telling them that he went to Webster Hall that night with the intention of mending his long-time feud with the current band members. He says that he was invited backstage and was ambushed by a group of men.
When I saw that door get pulled shut I was literally fighting for my life. I was afraid these guys were going to kick me half to death, roll me down the back steps and that no one would see it... and there would be no witnesses and that would be that....and all I could think about was getting home safe to my kids...I wanted to save my life, to protect myself and these guys were trying to do me in.

... I was getting the shit beat out of me. It was like an old fashion biker beat down, like BA BABABABABA BA And at that point everybody started screaming and I saw the door of the dressing room open and I started screaming security, security and I saw somebody pull the door shut to keep security out. And in my mind I thought to myself, "fuck, these dudes, their intention is to fuck me up, they don't want no one to see it they're trying to beat the shit out of me...SO what I did was defend my life...
Flanagan was pulled out of the room and into the balcony area and was eventually handcuffed by the police. Harley also suffered a wound to his leg that required thirty stitches.

Flanagan talks more about the scuffle and his feelings on the band at New York Natives.

Lars Ulrich Reveals Details on Making of Metallica 3D Film

Lars Ulrich has said Metallica’s forthcoming 3D film will not be like The Song Remains The Same.

Metallica have been drip-feeding info about their forthcoming 3D concert film and now Lars Ulrich has revealed some details about the flick to Billboard.

He chuckled about the idea that they’d be emulating Zeppelin’s narrative film The Song Remains The Same.

“Yeah, I’ve got my horse and my sword and my battle armor,” he joked, “Not quite that, but their are stranger references than The Song Remains the Same. I certainly don’t mean to be disrespectful in that way; I have nothing but love for Led Zeppelin and The Song Remains the Same. (The film) is a narrative, and the rest of the stuff that goes on outside of the concert is not going to feature members of Metallica…in any way, shape or form. It’s a split narrative that kind of runs parallel to the concert.”

Director Nimrod Antal will film their two shows on August 24 and 25 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. Ulrich added, “Then the rest of the film will be shot the next two or three weeks after the shows in Vancouver, into the middle to the third week of September”.

They expect a 2013 release.

Darlene Love Recovering From Heart Attack

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Darlene Love thought she just had a little indigestion last weekend before she did a performance in Asbury Park, NJ but, when it developed into severed pain the next day, she went to the hospital. It was there that she learned that she was not having a stomach problem but, instead, a heart attack.

Many don't realize that heart attacks can present in ways other than chest pressure, especially in women. Luckily, Love took action early enough and is now on her way to recovery.

Darlene spent two days in the hospital before being released on Wednesday. She said "We caught it before it got bad and I went in and had the procedure done. I’m home and doing fine. They told me I'd be fine in a couple of days. I can go back to my regular routine."

Love celebrated her 71st birthday on Thursday.

More on Darlene Love at WCBS-FM.

Graham Nash Says Don't Listen to Stephen Stills, There's More CS&N to Come

Earlier in the month, Stephen Stills talked to Music Radar, telling them that there most likely won't be anymore Crosby, Stills and Nash albums.

That same site has now interviewed Graham Nash who says that couldn't be farther from the truth. Nash told the site:

Two things are happening. One: Stephen doesn't know the big picture. And two: Stephen is very deaf. He may have misheard you, or he may have been answering the question he thought you asked. Crosby, Stills & Nash will do another record. We're right in the middle of one, Songs We Wish We'd Written. We started that process with Rick Rubin. It didn't work out, but the idea is still a brilliant one.

We took the songs we did with Rick, put them on the shelf, and we rerecorded them. We've already done Close Your Eyes, Behind Blue Eyes, Ruby Tuesday and a couple more. We're in the middle of it, as I said. It's going to be difficult right now because we're on tour until October. As you can imagine, it's hard to get three people into the studio, especially if they're doing different things and have different schedules. So it comes off that Stephen thinks there'll be no new recordings, which couldn't be further from the truth.
Nash also said that, while he admired Rick Rubin, his style of producing just didn't mesh with the trio:
After almost 50 years of making records, we think we know what we're doing, so it's very hard to tell Crosby, Stills & Nash what to do. You can suggest anything you want, but you can't tell us what to do. We were recording at Shangri La in Malibu and… it was not a great experience. First of all, he pissed off David Crosby. David said that we wanted to do Blackbird and another Beatles song. Rick said, 'There will only be one Beatles song.' Crosby said to him, 'There'll only be one Beatles song if we decide there will be one Beatles song.' You know, like, 'Who the fuck are you to tell me…' From the start, it was irritable. "Crosby wasn't into it, and when Crosby's not into something, it's very difficult to pull it off. We kept trying and kept trying, but it didn't work. You can't tell us what to do. Rick is a brilliant man, but we just rubbed each other the wrong way.
This is a terrific interview with talk about Buddy Holly, Nash's guitar playing, the Hollies and the British Invasion and the genesis of Crosby Stills and Nash. See it all at Music Radar.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bad Religion Enters the Studio to Record Next Album

Bad Religion's Last Album, The
Dissent of Man (2010)
Bad Religion is headed into the studio to record their 16th album, despite the member's very busy lives.

There’s no doubting that these LA melodic hardcore pioneers are busy men, well into their fourth decade as a band.

Frontman Greg Graffin is preparing for his second year teaching evolution at Cornell University and writing another book, guitarist Brett Gurewitz continues with his hugely successful Epitaph and Anti- record labels, and drummer Brooks Wackerman has been touring with Tenacious D.

But they’re taking a break from all of that to record a new, as-yet-untitled, album at Joe Barresi’s JHOC studio. It’ll be co-produced by Gurewitz, Graffin and Barresi, who produced their last two albums: 2010’s The Dissent Of Man and 2007’s New Maps Of Hell.

Madonna Defends Her Use of Swastika in Stage Show

Madonna has defended the use of a swastika superimposed on a French politician’s face in her MDNA tour video.

According to the BBC, Madonna has said the use of all images in the video, including the swastika superimposed on French political leader Marine Le Pen’s face, were chosen “purposely”.

She spoke to a Brazilian television show and the BBC reports she defended the film as art, saying, “Art is there to track what’s going on in the world, to make social commentary”.

Madonna said, “That film that was created is about the intolerance that we human beings have for one another and how much we judge people before knowing them.”

“In Greece, France, everywhere people are trying to kick out all the immigrants,” she said, “make people cover up and not show what their religious affiliation is. Think about what’s going on in Russia towards the gay community.”

“I’m calling attention to that intolerance and asking people to pay attention, to wake up to see how we are just creating more chaos in the world.”

Marine Le Pen’s party have threatened to sue her over the image.

Platters Imitation Group Must Stop Using Name

Herb Reed
In another blow to the world of impostor groups, Nevada Federal Judge Miranda M. Du has ordered a preliminary injunction against Larry Marshak and his company Florida Entertainment Management, stopping them using the name The Platters. The group, currently appearing at the Crown Theatre in the Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, must bill themselves in some other way so there is no confusion to people buying tickets for the show.

The 30-page decision reaffirms two previous Nevada federal court rulings that superior rights to the trademark belong to Herb Reed and his companies. Herb Reed, who passed away on June 4 of this year, was the founder and naming member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vocal Group and Grammy Hall of Fame quintet The Platters.

New York-based music promoter Larry Marshak and his myriad companies have long been creating and touring imposter groups from the golden age of music such as The Platters, Temptations, Drifters and more recently, the Marvelettes, in effect denying these legendary impresarios of their legacies and identities and leading unsuspecting consumers to believe they are actually seeing original founding members or groups actually licensed and mentored by original members.

In her Order, Judge Du ruled that "Defendants" Marshak and his company Florida Entertainment Management, "and their agents are preliminary enjoined from use of the mark The Platters, and any equivalent or phonetically similar names or marks, in connection with any vocal group in any advertisements, promotional marketing, or other materials, with two narrow exceptions. First, Defendants may use the mark The Platters in connection with the names Larry Marshak's Tribute to The Platters or Larry Marshak's Salute to The Platters."

Responding to the Nevada ruling, Frederick J. Balboni, Jr. of the Balboni Communications Group, LLC, Reed's personal manager and manager of his companies said, "Thankfully Herb died knowing that The Platters name was returned to him. It was important to him that the legacy he and the other original members of the group cultivated continue. This decision paves the way for The Platters, also known as Herb Reed's Platters, to be recognized as the only authorized group to perform and continue the legacy. I only wish that Herb was still here to see this, but I know he is smiling down at us knowing another of the Great Pretenders has been stopped."

Former Misfits Lead, Michael Graves Misses Show After Marijuana Arrest

Michael Graves, former frontman of the Misfits, was arrested on Monday while traveling to El Paso, Texas for marijuana possession. The arrest caused him to miss that night's show.
Graves was passing through a border checkpoint going into Kennedy County, Texas when police found him in possession of six ounces of marijuana. He was arrested by the Kingsville Sherriff's department, charged with a misdemeanor and released on $750 bond. He will have to return to Kennedy County to answer to the charges at a future date.

According to a press release from the artist's management, Graves hopes to be able to make up the El Paso show in the future. He is currently in the middle of his first full band tour in five years. After the trek, he will go into the studio to record his new album, War on Information, which he hopes to have out next spring.

Graves is appearing in Mesa, AZ tonight (Thursday) followed by shows in San Diego on Friday, Fresno on Saturday and Loveland, CO next Tuesday. The tour winds up on September 30 in Louisville, KY.

Details of the 8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute Announced

For the eighth time, former Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone will be saluted with the annual gathering at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary. This year's gathering will be on Sunday, August 19. Ramone passed away on September 15, 2004 at the age of 55 after a long battle with prostate cancer.
The tribute will be hosted by Johnny's wife, Linda Ramone, and will include appearances by Priscilla Presley, Steve Jones of Jonesy's Jukebox, Henry Rollins, actress Rose McGowan, guitarist Billy Zoom of X, actress PJ Soles (Riff Randell of "R'n'R High School"), and Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats.

Plans for the evening include a book signing of Johnny's autobiography Commando by Linda, book editor and Ramones manager John Cafiero (of Osaka Popstar), the sole surviving original member of the Ramones, drummer Tommy Ramone, as well as many of the celebrity guests.

At sunset, there will be an outdoor screening of one of Johnny's favorite Elvis Presley movies, King Creole, which will include an appearance by Priscilla Presley and a slideshow archive photos of Ramone with Lisa Marie.

Proceeds for the event will benefit the Johnny Ramone Research fund at USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center lead by Dr. David Agus.

Kathryn Jackson Home; Prince Upset With How Grandmother Was Misguided

Katherine Jackson was reportedly "completely unaware" that her grandchildren were so disturbed by her absence.

The 82-year-old matriarch was reported missing last weekend after Paris claimed she hadn't spoken to her for a week. Katherine has since lost custody of her grandchildren Paris, Prince and Blanket, with the children's cousin TJ Jackson taking over as their legal guardian.

Katherine has now arrived back at the family home in Calabasas, California, after nearly two weeks in Arizona to find her kin in a state of distress.

"It was an extremely emotional reunion with Katherine and the grandchildren last night," a source told Radar Online.

"Katherine was completely unaware that they had been trying to call her. Katherine heard a much different story about the past week than what she was told by her children, Randy, Jermaine and Janet who were with her in Tucson. Blanket was especially traumatised by Katherine leaving because he is extremely close to her and was absolutely lost without her.

"The kids were all united in telling Katherine that she could never go that long again without contacting them as they had grown so worried about her. Blanket was just glued to her side the entire night and was exhausted with emotion."

The oldest of the children, Prince Jackson, has revealed his frustration at how some of his family members "misguided" his grandmother.

Earlier this week, police were called to the home where the children live. It's been claimed Michael's siblings Janet, Jermaine and Randy stormed the property, with Janet accused of shouting at Paris.

Prince, 15, has taken to Twitter to reveal how certain family members had reportedly manipulated the situation and "denied" them contact to their grandmother.

"I would first like to start off this tweet by thanking the fans that have always stood by me and my family, my dad really appreciated your support and I still treasure it to this day. As I am sure everyone is well aware of the events that have been going on. I have been holding off on backing up my sister and her tweets avidly because I was waiting for the time to reveal my side," he wrote.

"As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways. Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I'm really angry and hurt. The following image is of a group chat I had started to several family members.

"This group text message I had started was replied to but they didn't know that I could see the responses. For this whole time, they denied us contact to our grandmother (sic)."

In the text message Prince wrote: "This is enough so I am texting you for the simple fact that WE DEMAND TO SPEAK TO MY GRANDMA NOW!!!" before a reply from "Janet Jackson" read: "Don't let them pls (sic)."