Last month's 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival featuring the Bruce Springsteen performance that was cut short when organizers pulled the plug on the power during the encore with surprise special guest Paul McCartney is slated to air on the Palladia cable network will air on August 25th at 9 p.m. ET.
Hard Rock Calling 2012 took place at London's Hyde Park on July 13, 14 and 15 and featured sets by Paul Simon, John Fogerty, Iggy & the Stooges, Tom Morello, Soundgarden and more.
Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band closed out the second day of the festival. At the tail end of McCartney's surprise appearance during the show's finale, organizers pulled the power because The Boss had gone well over curfew. Bruce and the band were also joined at that epic show by Fogerty and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
A commemorative plaque honoring David Bowie's iconic Ziggy Stardust character was unveiled Tuesday (Mar. 27) at the site where the cover photo for the classic 1972 album, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,' was shot.
The album cover was shot in January 1972, five months before the record release, with Bowie resting his foot on a step outside 23 Heddon Street in central London, which photographer Brian Ward used as a makeshift studio.
Spiders of Mars band members Mick Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder; Terry Pastor, the illustrator responsible for tinting the album's cover; and Ziggy Stardust producer Ken Scott were all in attendace. Founding Spandau Ballet member Gary Kemp, whose own group's music was enormously influenced by Bowie, hosted the honors of unveiling the plaque. Kemp, who became hooked by music after seeing Bowie in his Ziggy guise on Top Of The Pops, described him as a "Messianic rock star."
"Ziggy was the ultimate messianic rock star, and with him David Bowie successfully blurred the lines not just between boys and girls, but himself and his creation," said Kemp. "Bowie was Ziggy come to save us -- and I bought him hook, eyeliner and haircut. It seems right that it should be the job of a fan boy and I am very honored."
The 40th anniversary deluxe reissue of Ziggy Stardust will be released on June 5th.
Teenage Cancer Trust highlights: Steve Winwood, Roger Daltrey, Ron Wood, Rival Sons-Micheal Miley and Paul McCartney (video)
Many of Rock's Royalty got together at London's Royal Albert Hall to help kids fight cancer. The Teenage Cancer Trust began Wednesday and Thursday night (Mar. 28 & 29) with an all star line up of rock greats. Teenage Cancer Trust aims to ensure that every young person with cancer and their family receive the best possible care and professional support throughout their cancer journey. The likes of concert series organizer Roger Daltrey of the Who, Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Steve Winwood, Paul Weller and Michael Miley of one of the new breed of great rockers, Rival Sons were all part of the benefit on Wednesday night. Miley lived a rockers dream by getting to play percussion for some of the show! Paul McCartney headlined last night (Mar. 29), and the performance marked the former Beatle‘s first at the famed venue since he participated in the all-star tribute show for his late band mate George Harrison in 2002.
This event also had its share of star power. McCartney was joined by Daltrey, Ronnie Wood and ex-Jam frontman Paul Weller during the show’s encore for a rendition of the Fab Four’s 'Get Back.' Wood also made a guest appearance at the previous night’s Teenage Cancer Trust concert, at which Daltrey and Weller served as co-headliners.
As for McCartney, he played nearly 30 songs in all, offering up a set that spanned his entire career, from the early Beatles smash “All My Loving,” to “My Valentine,” the first single from his new standards album, Kisses on the Bottom.
Here's some highlights:
Steve Winwood 'Higher Love,' 'Gimmie Some Lovin'
Roger Daltrey 'Baba O'Riley,' 'Who Are You,' 'I Can See for Miles,' 'Pinball Wizard, 'Young Man Blues'
The drummer for a Marshall of Rock favorite, Rival Sons, Michael Miley talked about joining Daltrey, Winwood and Ronnie Wood on stage in London.
Commented Miley: "Are you kidding me? Royal Albert Hall? Roger Daltrey, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood?! I got to sit in with them??!! Am I dreaming? What an experience. What a show. All to benefit young people battling cancer. God bless those kids. And God bless Roger for putting together these concerts. I am very thankful to have been part of it."
Rival Sons wrapped up the final show of their U.K. tour with Black Stone Cherry immediately before the Teenage Cancer Trust show, and is currently in Europe for a number of headlining dates.
Th band recently recorded their next album at Honey Pye Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb, who has worked on all three previous releases from the band, and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell. The album is due later this year from Earache Records.
The March 15 Anthrax concert at O2 Islington Academy in London, England was filmed for an upcoming DVD.
The band's setlist was as follows:
1. Earth On Hell
2. Fight 'Em Till You Can't
3. Caught In A Mosh
5. The Devil You Know
6. I'm Alive
8. In The End
10. Belly Of The Beast
12. Among The Living
13. Be All, End All
15. Metal Thrashing Mad
16. I'm The Man
17. I Am The Law
Check out the "The Devil You Know" video from Anthrax, containing clips of all the band highlights of last year, of which there's been many.
Anthrax continues touring around the world, rocking Indonesia tomorrow night, and hitting Japan, Mexico and Brazil in April. Drummer Charlie Benante revealed via Twitter a couple of days ago that he is currently "tracking some drums for some Anthrax B-sides and a special tribute record." There are no further details available right now, but we'll pass them along when they become available.
Amplifier brand Marshall is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the company has put together a concert event that will feature a star-studded lineup of hard-rocking musicians. '50 Years Of Loud... Live!,' will take place at London's Wembley Arena on September 22nd.
In an official statement, Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain had the following to say: “This is truly a celebration of a British icon – Marshall,” adding, “Beyond doubt, Jim Marshall and the team have shaped the sound of rock music for eternity…We’re bringing together beyond-legendary artists for a moment in history. Expect pure rock ‘n’ roll madness amplified to the max by Marshall!”
Among those set to appear at the show will be some of the biggest names in guitar land, including Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen and Zakk Wylde, alongside a stellar line-up of Billy Duffy (The Cult), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Doug Aldrich and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) with more names to be announced.
Paul Marshall, the firm's Head Of Artist Liaison said, "Artists play a massive role in the company, and are very much part of the 'Marshall Family'. Over the five decades of Marshall's history, practically every guitar hero has used Marshall, Richie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Slash, the list goes on…. This event is a celebration of the Marshall family and we are honoured so many artists want to get involved!"