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Gregg Allman’s rescheduled book tour underway, Allman Brothers Band to tour with Santana

by on May.08, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Gregg Allman’s rescheduled book tour underway, Allman Brothers Band to tour with Santana

Gregg Allman's book tour for his 'My Cross To Bear' memoir kicked off today after being delayed so that he could undergo diagnostic cardiac testing at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. He underwent the tests on April 27th, and shortly after he was giving the ok for the tour.

According to a press release the Jacksonville, Florida-based clinic determined whether additional care was required after Allman’s recent hernia operation. "I’ve been working on the book for years and am grateful for all the support I’ve received in putting it together,” the rocker said in a statement at the time. "As soon as doctors give me the thumbs up to go back on the road, I will be heading out onto my book tour and I can’t wait to meet all of my fans."

Considering his recent battle with health issues, Allman’s spirit seems high. As reported earlier, this memoir is aims for a new point of view in terms of the band’s story: "I’m gonna stay on the funny side, because behind the scenes, it was hilarious."

Allman was also forced to cancel appearances on 'The Colbert Report' and 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' but the Allman Brothers Band summer tour is still on (with more dates recently announced with Santana) and you can get all the dates below.

Check out this interview with Gregg from today's Detroit News: www.detroitnews.com

The book promises to tell of Allman’s adventures onstage and off; it should be interesting to see how he weaves the aforementioned thread of humor through his accounts of the band’s many hardships.

In an exclusive excerpt published in the May 10th issue of Rolling Stone from the new book, Allman recounts the pair's first date which he calls "possibly the worst f***ing date in the history of mankind."

"She smelled like I would imagine a mermaid would smell – I've never smelled it since, and I'll never forget it. It was January 1975, and I was playing a solo show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. After the show, my buddy Chank ran up to me, going, "Guess who's here?"

"Who?" I asked.

"I want you to just ease over that railing and look to your right."

There she was, man: Cher. I couldn't believe how beautiful she was. I got my guitar and headed down toward her. Cher showed up with David Geffen as her date. I had met Geffen on many occasions before, but I didn't acknowledge him at all – or anyone else, for that matter. I was so rude; I didn't say hello or nothing at all, because I was so blinded by her.

I was walking by, and she was down on the floor looking for something. She looked up and said, "Oh, I lost my earring." Then she said, "Here's my number – call me."

The next day, I asked her out to dinner. I went to her house in a limousine, and when she came out, she said, "Fuck that funeral car," and handed me the keys to her blue Ferrari. We went to a Moroccan restaurant on Sunset, and we sat there, eating with our hands with the sitars playing. She didn't have shit to say to me, and I didn't have shit to say to her. What's the topic of conversation? It certainly ain't singing.

I said to her, "I've got a friend who lives up in the Hills, and his wife is Judy Carne." Cher knew Judy, who used to be on Laugh-In, from years before, but she didn't realize that Judy was into heroin. We got up to Judy's house, and I had just a little taste of doojee. I nodded out in the bathroom for 20 minutes or so, while Cher was out in the living room with Judy, who's also nodding out. I came out of there and asked her, "OK, toots, what else would you like to do?"

"I want to get the fuck out of here as fast as I can," she said.

I called her the next day and said, "Wait, before you say anything – that was possibly the worst fucking date in the history of mankind. We might be ready for the Guinness Book of World Records." She agreed with me, so I said, "Well, listen, seeing how it was so bad, why don't we try it again, because it can only go better this time?"

We went dancing. I don't know how to dance, but I got drunk enough to where I did. I danced my ass off. This is when disco was just taking off, so we did some dirty dancing. She had one drink, while I had my 21, of course. When we got back to her place, she took me out to her rose garden, and all the roses were just starting to bloom."

Here's the remaining book tour dates:
Tuesday, May 8 - 7:00 PM - EAGLE EYE BOOKSHOP
2076 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033

Thursday, May 10 - 6:30 PM - BMI & PARNASSIS BOOKS PRESENTS
BMI Office Bldg Lobby 6 Music Circle N Nashville, TN 37203

Saturday, May 12 - 12:00 PM - COSTCO
2746 N Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
You must be a Costco member to enter the store, or join that day.

Saturday, May 12 - 6:00 PM - BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS
700 S Wabash Chicago, IL 60605

Tuesday, May 15 - 8:00 PM - LIVE TALKS LA/Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue @ 14th St Santa Monica, CA
Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased at:

http://livetalksla.org/blog/2012/03/29/may-15-an-evening-with-gregg-allman-the-aero-theatre/

Thursday, May 17 - 4:00 PM - BOOK SOUP
8818 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069

Wednesday, May 23 - 12:00 PM - BARNES & NOBLE/Union Square
33 E 17 ST New York, NY 10017

Wednesday, May 23 - 7:00 PM - BOOKENDS
211 E. Ridgewood AVE Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Thursday, May 24 - 7:00 PM - APPLE/E-book presentation w/Alan Light
1981 Broadway Bet 67 & 68 New York, NY

Thursday, May 31 - 6:00 PM - BOOKS-A-MILLION
1910 Wells Road Orange Park, FL

Saturday, June 2- 12:00 PM - SAM'S CLUB
15 Mill Creek Circle Pooler, GA 31322
You must be a Sam's member to come into the store, or join that day.

Sunday, June 3 - 6:00 PM - THE BIG HOUSE
2321 Vineville Avenue Macon, GA 31204

The Allman Brothers Band has announced their U.S. summer tour, which now includes six shows with fellow Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Santana. The shows with Santana kick off July 22nd in Darien Center, New York, through a July 30 stop in Columbia, Maryland. Each band will headline three shows, and the musicians are expected to jam together during the performances.

"We've all wanted to do this for a very long time," says Gregg Allman in a statement. "It's been a long time coming and the whole band is looking forward to what's gonna happen on stage together."

Carlos Santana added, "It is a delight and an honor to finally share the stage, and the music, with Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and The Allman Brothers Band. This is something that we’ve hoped to make happen for many years."

The Allmans Brothers tour also includes two concerts in North Carolina with Lynyrd Skynyrd on August 3rd and 4th in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. respectively. The whole jaunt kicks off on July 21 with an appearance at the All Good Music Festival in Thornville, Ohio, and runs through their August 10 and 11 sets at the group's inaugural Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

In other Allman Brothers news, a currently out-of-print archival concert album titled Live from American University (12/30/1970) will be re-released on May 8 via the band's Peach Music label.

Here are all of the Allman Brothers Band's confirmed U.S. tour dates (*with Santana, Allmans headline; **with Santana, Santana headlines; ***with Lynyrd Skynyrd):

Jul. 21 - Thornville, OH - All Good Music Festival
*Jul. 22 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake PAC
*Jul. 24 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
**Jul. 25 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
**Jul. 27 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga PAC
*Jul. 28 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
**Jul. 30 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 1 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
***Aug. 3 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
***Aug. 4 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Aug. 7 & 8 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
Aug. 10 & 11 - Scranton, PA - The Peach Music Festival

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Complete Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2012 Recap

by on Apr.16, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Complete Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2012 Recap

After a tumultuous few weeks that saw both Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and then Rod Stewart (from strep throat) bail from attending Guns N’ Roses and Faces/Small Faces inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the band members who showed up to accept the honors did it with style.

The show kicked off with Green Day, who did a version of the 'American Idiot' track 'Letterbomb.' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder Jann Wenner followed shortly after addressing the crowd, saying: "I believe in the magic of rock and roll. That magic can set you free. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight you've entered a place where magic happens."


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Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top inducted the first honoree of the evening, the late blues guitarist Freddie King. King's daughter, Wanda, spoke warmly and shared stories about her father. "He inspired so many young blues artists," she said. "I remember going to a show when I was 14 and meeting Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time. He said to my dad, 'How can I play the blues like you?' My dad said, 'If you don't feel the blues, you'll never play the blues.'" Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons and Derek Trucks followed, jamming on the King songs 'Hideaway' and 'Going Down.'John Mellencamp inducted Donovan next, saying, "He was my inspiration. I wouldn't just listen to Donovan. I would live Donovan, which means I was stealing all my shit from Donovan. Other artists – and you know who you guys are – called that being inspired." Donovan accepted his induction, reading a short poem, then played "Catch the Wind" and "Sunshine Superman" before duetting with Mellencamp on "Season of the Witch."

Bette Midler then inducted Laura Nyro, with Sara Bareilles honoring Nyro with 'Stoney End' on the piano. In the non-performer catagories Carole King inducted Don Kirshner, who in her early days was her boss and mentor during her days as a Brill Building songwriter in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Darlene Love perfomed 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,' with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, who she had a familiarity with due to her many performances on 'Late Show With David Letterman.' Robbie Robertson also presented the Award For Musical Excellence to Cosimo Matassa, Glyn Jones and Tom Dowd later in the evening. Mid-show Smokey Robinson inducted the Blue Caps (who backed Gene Vincent), the Comets (Bill Haley), the Crickets (Buddy Holly), the Famous Flames (James Brown), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard) and the Miracles, who backed Robinson for the first two decades of his career. The surviving members of all six groups took the stage together, giving credit to these deserving legends for their huge role in rock history.

Chuck D of Public Enemy and LL Cool J both inducted the Beastie Boys. "They still are one of the greatest live acts in music. They challenged the conventions in the music business and made up their own rules about what it means to be world class hip-hop cats...They always insisted (on) maturing as musicians and human beings," said Chuck D. LL Cool J said that he owes his entire career to the Beasties. "I wouldn't be here today without them. The Beastie Boys actually played my demo for Rick Rubin in his NYU dorm room. A lot of people don't know that."
Adam Horowitz read the audience a letter from Yauch. "I'd like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike," he wrote. "They walked the globe with me. It's also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours."

The lengthy introduction of Guns N' Roses from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong did include a reference to Rose, and although he didn’t actually say his name, the inference made the crowd boo. “No, shut the f–k up, shut up, shut up!” Armstrong chided the 7,000 people in attendance. “This man’s a bad ass f–king singer. He’s one of the best frontmen to ever touch a microphone … Hey, most singers are crazy — I can vouch for that.” Slash said, “The fans are the ones who made it possible for us to get together tonight with all the adversity and everything that was going on."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slash admitted that all the drama almost caused him to stay home as well. He then thanked his wife for talking him into attending, saying, “I was like f-k it, but she said ‘Go and do it with the guys,’ and I said ‘You’re right.’” McKagan declared himself “overwhelmed” at the honor of the induction and added, “I don’t know if it matters who’s here tonight because it’s about the music that band created.” Sorum, who gently teased Adler for somehow managing to get fired from GnR for a drug addiction, said, “I want to thank the other bandmates that aren’t here tonight [and tell them] that I love and respect them and I’m honored to have been on stage playing music with them.” And Adler’s very brief speech quoted a key line from Queen‘s ‘We Are the Champions’: “You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, and I thank you all.”

Singer Myles Kennedy (Slash/Alter Bridge) took the mic for the three-song Guns N' Roses set with Slash, Gilby Clarke and drummers Matt Sorum and Steven Adler. They jammed on the Guns classics ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘Paradise City.’


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Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, who has performed with a reunited Faces on tour, joined the band on 'Ooh La La' and 'Stay With Me.' Ron Wood rocked like he is ready for a Rolling Stones tour right now and was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenny Jones.


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The Roots, along with Kid Rock and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes performed a medley of Beastie classics, including 'Sabotage' and 'So What'cha Want.' Rock, Black Thought and McCoy all wore matching green Adidas track suits.


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Comedian Chris Rock took the stage at 12:30 a.m. to induct the last act of the night, Red Hot Chili Peppers and he couldn’t resist poking fun at Rose’s notorious habit of tardiness. “A lot of people are upset that Axl didn’t come tonight,” Rock said. “But let’s face it. Even if he was coming tonight, he wouldn’t be here by now.” He went on to explain that he first saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he tried to see Grandmaster Flash in Philadelphia, but walked into the wrong club. "My friends and I were like, 'What the fuck is this shit? There's a lot of white people in here,'" Rock said. "They came out and I couldn't understand a fucking word they said, and they had socks on their dicks! I had never been to a white show before, so I thought all white groups put socks on their dicks. Years later, they're one of the biggest groups in the world and getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have black ties on their dicks tonight."

Former drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez were part of the induction, and 1:00 a.m., the group (with three drummers) did a three-song set of 'By the Way,' 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie' and 'Give It Away.' "I haven't played with Cliff in 25 years!" Flea said to the crowd. "He's a beautiful man."


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At the end of 'Give It Away,' Anthony Kiedis invited everyone back to the stage. Slash, Ron Wood, Billie Joe Armstrong, Kenny Jones and even audience member George Clinton packed the stage for Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground.' The five-and-a-half hour show wrapped up at 1:30 a.m. A condensed two and a half hour broadcast of the show will air on HBO on Saturday, May 5th.


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Keith Richards & Eric Clapton jam for Blues legend (video)

by on Feb.27, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Keith Richards & Eric Clapton jam for Blues legend (video)

Concert goers at New York's Apollo Theater for Friday night’s 'Howlin for Hubert' tribute concert to honor legendary Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin got quite a surprise when Keith Richards and Eric Clapton shared a stage to pay homage to the Chicago blues great.

The two played the Howlin' Wolf classic 'Spoonful' (which Clapton covered while a member of Cream in 1966) as a tribute to the Sumlin, who had played with Wolf for decades and passed away last December.

At about midnight, Clapton had just finished the classic song 'Forty Four' when the Rolling Stones guitarist came onstage to no introduction. Fans recognized Richards and showered him with thunderous applause as he gave Clapton a hug and the two launched into Wolf’s 'Going Down Slow' as well as 'Little Red Rooster' and 'Spoonful' (which Clapton covered while a member of Cream in 1966).

Richards hadn't made a significant musical appearance since the last Stones tour five years ago, and has been itching to get back onstage. “It’s good to be back,” Richards told the crowd with a laugh. “Goddamn, it’s good to be back.”

The show was planned while Sumlin was still alive as an 80th birthday celebration, but after his death from heart failure late last year, performers decided to keep the date but turn it into an epic benefit concert instead, with the proceeds going to the Jazz Foundation of America.

The lineup for the show included Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughan, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II and Elvis Costello. In addition, Wolf and Sumlin's former bandmates, harmonica player James Cotton, guitarist Jody Williams and saxophonist Eddie Shaw, also sat in.

Richards played on the Sumlin's 2006 album ‘About Them Shoes’ — and after Sumlin passed away, Mick Jagger and Richards paid for his funeral expenses, with Jagger saying at the time, “Hubert was an incisive yet delicate blues player … He was an inspiration to us all.”

Here's some footage from the show:


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Rolling Stones News: Jagger Jams at the White House and says Stones have ‘special plans’ for 50th Anniversary, Ronnie Wood U.K. TV Show, Stones ‘Hot Rocks’ Tribute concert (video)

by on Feb.26, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rolling Stones News: Jagger Jams at the White House and says Stones have ‘special plans’ for 50th Anniversary, Ronnie Wood U.K. TV Show, Stones ‘Hot Rocks’ Tribute concert (video)

Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and other blues greats performed Tuesday night (Feb. 21) at the White House's East Room for a celebration of the blues. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted the concert in recognition of Black History Month.

Obama joked that as President he can't enjoy an evening out , "There are other nights where B.B. King and Mick Jagger come over to your house to play for a concert. So I guess things even out a little bit."

Obama said blues music was the forerunner to the rock and roll, R&B and hip-hop genres. He said the blues had "humble beginnings -- roots in slavery and segregation, a society that rarely treated black Americans with the dignity and respect that they deserved. The blues bore witness to these hard times and like so many of the men and women who sang them, the blues refused to be limited by the circumstances of their birth."

B.B. King got the music portion of the concert started with renditions of "Let the Good Times Roll" and “The Thrill Is Gone.” Jagger performed “I Can’t Turn You Loose” and “Miss You.”


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Obama, who performed Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a New York fundraiser a few weeks ago, showed off  his vocal prowess again Tuesday night, joining the other musicians for a performance of "Sweet Home Chicago" in a nod to his hometown.

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USA Today's Cindy Clark chatted with Mick Jagger following his performance Tuesday night at the all-star blues tribute at the White House. 'In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues,' which airs tomorrow (Monday Feb. 27) on PBS stations nationwide (times may vary).

How was performing at the White House? Were you nervous?

I wasn't really nervous. I don't know why I wasn't nervous. I don't really get nervous. The only thing that makes me nervous is live television, and I didn't even know it was going to be live streamed! Because live television is live television and you get slightly worried. But the actual gig, when you've done the rehearsal on the stage the day before and you've gone through everything and everything seems to be fine, you don't really get nervous. I don't anyway. But everyone seemed to be very relaxed.

I got that feeling, the performers weren't really that nervous. It's a difficult strange room because you're not in a club, and the president's there, but when it comes down to it, in the end when you're up there and you're playing, once you start the first few bars, you're doing what you do. That's how I think of it.

What did you think of Obama's spontaneous singing at the end of the evening? (the president was handed the microphone by Guy and sang a couple of lines from Sweet Home Chicago)

It was fun, I'm glad he did that. It was really sporty. Buddy Guy kind of fixed him with a beady eye. He (Obama) was just walking off and I couldn't believe how Buddy is — he's very like that, when he wants something, he focuses in on it. Did you hear what he said? Something like, 'I heard you singing Al Green's songs … you're not going to get away with this.' He (Obama) was so reluctant, but that reluctance — you've got to do it.

I heard you got a tour of the White House … what was that like?

It was great, we went to the East Wing, the public part, and then we went and had a great tour of the West Wing. It was really interesting, and I've been once before but it was great to do it with my family. We saw all of these different rooms that you normally wouldn't get to see and we talked to all sorts of people who work there. It was really a great afternoon.

Which honor was greater: performing for Obama or being knighted by the Prince of Wales?

They were both great honors!

The Stones started in the blues, and you're obviously a huge fan. What do you think of the state of the blues now?

I don't really know what the state of blues is right now, to be honest. There are all different kinds of blues and people playing it. It's always good to get younger people, some of the very old people will give up playing, stop playing, but you've got young people coming through in every area and different kinds of styles. Blues never — not since the '50s —sold records. But it's popular live and has its audience.

Do you think current rock bands are carrying the torch as well as rock bands in the '60s did?

Well, they have to. Who else is going to do it? There's a lot of current rock bands … I felt like on the Grammys that the Foo Fighters did the best song of the night. Their first number. I thought that was really exciting and real, whatever that means. It felt kind of vibe-y and real and energetic. And they may not be teenagers, but they certainly worked it. And I thought that was a good moment.

Any special plans for the Stones' 50th anniversary this year?

We have lots of special things planned, but I'm not telling you what they are!

Not even one thing?

Well, I don't know what's been announced and what hasn't been announced, but everyone asks me about the shows. We haven't announced any shows yet, but I do hope that something happens, even though nothing's booked. There will be lots of lovely things.

Did you ever think back in the early '60s you'd still be performing today?

Of course I did! The thing was, way back in the '60s we used to go and see performers that were the same age I am now. So I suppose in the back of my mind I hadn't ruled that out. Now we're still doing great things. You've got to have a high energy level. You can't have a low energy level in this kind of music. That's the thing, you've got to keep going. Obviously, you're not going to be the same energy level as when you were 20, but you've still got to put it out there, and that's what I always try and do.

When are you guys going to get back in the studio and record another album?

I've written a lot of songs, but I don't have any concrete plans.

Who are you listening to these days?

My album that I listen to is the Black Keys' El Camino, which I like very much.

I asked our readers if there was anything they'd like me to ask you, and one question came up repeatedly. I'm sure you know what that question is …

Yeah, I do.

Well then, what's your take on Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger? It's still going strong on the radio.

I know! It's been on there so long so someone must like it. It's very catchy. I could say I wish I had written it, but wouldn't that be weird? It's fun, very young children like it, which is always cool and funny. But what am I going to say? I'm not going to be mean about it, am I?

I like Maroon 5, we toured with them and everything. But that's not really like a Maroon 5 song, that's the other funny thing. It's not really their kind of thing, so they're probably as surprised by the success of it as I am. It's very catchy pop, isn't it? It's funny. Only thing is, it puts a bit of pressure on me when I go out dancing!

What was Fashion Week like? (Jagger's longtime girlfriend is designer L'Wren Scott)

It was great! And one thing I've got to say is it was so great to see the first lady wearing L'Wren Scott clothes when we were at the White House the other day. So that was really good. And I didn't see much of Fashion Week because I only came up for the last day. I'm not really that much of a Fashion Week groupie, but I went to L'Wren's show and that was great.

What are your plans for Oscars on Sunday? Are you rooting for anyone in particular to win?

I'm not going this year, but I'll be watching on TV. I'm not rooting — I'm not a great Oscar rooter, but I love the fashions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first episode of the TV version of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood's award-winning radio show, premiered on the Sky Arts network in the U.K. Friday night. The Sky Arts website posted a couple of preview videos from the program, with Wood chatting with Alice Cooper.

Among the highlights of the debut installment of The Ronnie Wood Show are the host and Cooper attempting to perform the Everly Brothers classic "Wake Up Little Susie" together; Wood playing "Claudine," a rarity from The Rolling Stones' recently released deluxe Some Girls reissue, for the shock rocker; and Cooper sharing his early love for The Stones and other British Invasion groups. Check out the clips here.
In a new interview with Radio Times, Wood revealed that he and his band mates are "all ready to go" on the much-speculated-about outing. "(It's just) a matter of tying up loose ends," Wood told the magazine. He also confirmed that The Stones got together to jam in London in December. "It was great, keeping our chops together, that's what we love. Basically, get the boys feeling comfortable with each other. We're all happy -- we were happy before Christmas. It's getting better each time." Wood did point out, however, that the trek still isn't set in stone, noting that "each week brings a new development."

An impressive lineup will perform at the 40th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones 'Hot Rocks 1964-71' tribute concert scheduled for March 13 at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall. 21 acts will perform the 21 songs featured on the album. Jackson Browne, Ian Hunter, John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful)  and David Johansen (New York Dolls) are the most recent musicians to joining the show. Previously announced artists who will appear at the show are Art Garfunkel, Ronnie Spector, Marianne Faithfull, Rickie Lee Jones, Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, Taj Mahal and Rosanne Cash.

The event is the latest in a series of all-star tribute shows organized by entrepreneur Michael Dorf that have been held at Carnegie Hall in recent years. Proceeds raised by the concert will be distributed between eight charities that provide music education to underprivileged youths.

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Grammy Nominations announced, Van Halen a no-show on Awards Nominations Concert

by on Dec.01, 2011, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Grammy Nominations announced, Van Halen a no-show on Awards Nominations Concert

The Grammy Awards Nomination Concert aired last night on CBS, and I sat through it to hopefully catch a glimpse of the reunited Van Halen. I know it was reported that it wasn't likely they would be a part of the show, but I held out hope even though as the concert continued, it became apparent that this wouldn't be the right forum for them to announce the new album and tour. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow tried to explain, in a response to fan inquiries about Van Halen’s absence, how the rumors started and why the appearance didn’t happen.

Portnow’s statement: “In the world of creativity, everything is fluid. In the process of discussions that we had been having with an expectation that perhaps we would be at a point tonight where the artist involved and we, moving forward, would be ready to announce [a reunion], they weren’t quite at that point. So it’s live television, we go on to the next act. It’s rock and roll and so on. That being said, we were genuine about the intention and we are genuine about the discussion.”

Van Halen need to hold a press conference, like Black Sabbath did recently at the Whisky A Go-Go. Maybe their original stomping grounds of the Pasadena Civic is available?

The broadcast featured pop and country acts for the most part. Most of the rock nominees were not mentioned on the show, but you can check them out below. Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Beck, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting and Kings of Leon were among the nominees in various catagories. Foo Fighters are up for Album of the Year, competeing against Adele, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga. Up for Best Blues Album, is three members of the Allman Brothers Band: Greg Allman, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks, who are all nominated for their most recent solo efforts. Up for Hard Rock/Best Metal performance are Foo Fighters, Megadeth, Mastodon, Dream Theater and Sum 41.

The Grammy Awards, takes place Feb. 12, 2012 on CBS. Go to the official Grammy site for a complete list of nominees. www.grammy.com/nominees

Best Rock Album:
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul’ — Jeff Beck
‘Wasting Light’ — Foo Fighters
‘Come Around Sundown’ — Kings Of Leon
‘I’m With You’ — Red Hot Chili Peppers
‘The Whole Love’ — Wilco

Best Blues Album:
Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman
Roadside Attractions — Marcia Ball
Man In Motion — Warren Haynes
The Reflection — Keb’ Mo’
Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band

Best Americana Album:
Emotional Jukebox — Linda Chorney
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down — Ry Cooder
Hard Bargain — Emmylou Harris
‘Ramble At The Ryman’ — Levon Helm
Blessed — Lucinda Williams

Best Historical Album:
‘Band on the Run’ (Deluxe Edition) — Paul McCartney & Wings,
The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music
Complete Mythology (compilation)
Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s
Young Man With The Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters

Best Boxed or Limited Edition Package:
’25 Years’ — Sting
‘The King of Limbs’ — Radiohead
‘The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story’ — Bruce Springsteen
’25th Anniversary Music Box’ — Tim Burton and Danny Elfman
‘Wingless Angels’ (deluxe edition) – Wingless Angels (Keith Richards: Executive Producer)

Best Recording Package:
‘III’ — Chickenfoot
‘Good Luck & True Love’ — Reckless Kelly
‘Rivers and Homes’ — J. Viewz
‘Scenes from the Suburbs’ — Arcade Fire
‘Watch the Throne’ — Jay-Z and Kanye West

Best Surround Sound Album:
‘An Evening with Dave Grusin’ — Dave Grusin
‘Layla and Other Love Stories’ (Super Deluxe Edition) — Derek and the Dominoes
‘Kind’ – Ensemble 96
‘String Sextet In C Major, Op. 140 & Nonet In F Major, Op. 31′ – Louis Spohr

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
'On The Backs Of Angels' - Dream Theater
'White Limo' - Foo Fighters
'Curl Of The Burl' - Mastodon
'Public Enemy No. 1' - Megadeth
'Blood In My Eyes' - Sum 41

Best Rock Song
'The Cave' - Mumford & Sons
'Down By The Water' - The Decemberists
'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' - Coldplay
'Lotus Flower' - Radiohead
'Walk' - Foo Fighters

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