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The 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert took place last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and it truly was an epic event. It all kicked off a set by Bruce Springsteen anbd the E Street Band, who was joined by Jon Bon Jovi for 'Born To Run', that was followed by a Roger Waters set that included Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam helping out on 'Comforably Numb'. Adam Sandler (with Paul Shaffer) did a fantastic "New Yorker" version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah', including lyrics that were both comedic and passionate.
Jon Bon Jovi and the band returned to the stage for their own set, and Bruce Springsteen returned the favor on a version of 'Who Says You Can't Go Home.' Sets by the great Eric Clapton, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Kanye West and Alice Keys followed and it all wrapped up with Paul McCartney perfoming Beatles and Wings classics as well as being joined by Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic and Pat Smear on a new track that we now know will be a part of the upcoming 'Sound City' movie soundtrack.
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Proceeds from the show will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation. More than $30 million was raised through ticket sales alone.
Paul McCartney played a set that included the Beatles' "Helter Skelter," followed by Wings' "Let Me Roll It," "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five," and the newer song "My Valentine" off of his 2012 release 'Kisses on the Bottom.' He also performed "Blackbird," "I've Got A Feeling," and "Live And Let Die," the latter two coming after his appearance with the former Nirvana crew.
Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, told TMZ that she was "not amused" after hearing the news. Love stated, "Look, if John [Lennon] were alive, it would be cool." Love also told TMZ that she was upset with Novoselic and Grohl for calling the 12-12-12 performance “a Nirvana reunion,” because she says that Cobain was the heart and soul of the band.
Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic and Pat Smear 'Cut Me Some Slack' will live on beyond the benefit as the Foo Fighters tweeted after the show that it was the first song off of the upcoming ‘Sound City‘ documentary soundtrack. I would have liked to have seen the guys on an actual Nirvana tune, and was hoping for some kind of all-star jam as the close of the concert, but that didn't happen. The concert was well past curfew, so I understand, but it did come to kind of an abrupt end. I am not complaining though, because it is all about the cause, and I thanks all the artists for coming together to contribute to rebuilding the damage caused to the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We wish them all the best this holiday season.
Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones to appear on ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ next week
Billboard.com has reported that the surviving members of Led Zeppelin are staying up late next week. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are set to visit the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday (Dec. 3) for a rare joint interview.
Unfortunately it's not a performance, but Plant, Page and Jones will have plenty to talk about: both will have just been honored at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. That event won't be broadcast on CBS until the day after Christmas. Maybe Dave and Paul Shaffer can bust out some instruments and get a jam session going. We can hope. That probably won't happen, but the guys will be promoting the concert CD/DVD/Blu-Ray film "Celebration Day," which documented the band's heralded reunion concert in 2007 at London's O2 Arena and was released on Nov. 19th. Can't wait to see the guys in this setting, since it's something we haven't seen with all three on a U.S. talk show at one time.
Randy Bachman to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame, Bachman & Turner ‘s ‘Live At The Roseland Ballroom’ out now (video)
Randy Bachman has been chosen as one of the 2012 inductees for Canada's Walk of Fame. The lead guitarist and songwriter for legendary Canadian rock bands The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, will receive the honor this September 22nd in his hometown of Toronto.
Bachman will enter the Walk of Fame with fellow honorees Sarah McLachlan, late Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman and the entire Team Canada hockey team of 1972, which made history when it beat the Soviet Union.
30,000 fellow Canadians submitted their votes for who they thought should be inducted, and Bachman was on top of the list.
It will be a return visting to the Canadian Walk of Fame, as The Guess Who were inducted back in 2001. Other notable Canadian musicians previously honored by the Walk of Fame include Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings, Neil Young, Rush, Joni Mitchell, Steppenwolf's John Kay, The Band's Robbie Robertson, Bryan Adams and ex-Red Rider singer Tom Cochrane. Congrats to Randy Bachman!
Eagle Rock Entertainment recently released the new live two-CD,DVD and Blu-ray 'Live At The Roseland Ballroom, NYC' on June 26th. Bachman & Turner features Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, the musicians at the heart of legendary band Bachman-Turner Overdrive. 'Live At The Roseland Ballroom, NYC' features songs from their recent self-titled album along with their classics 'You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet' 'Takin’ Care Of Business', 'Hey You' 'Blue Collar', 'Roll On Down The Highway', 'Let It Ride', and 'Lookin’ Out For #1', plus songs from Bachman’s early days with The Guess Who.
Over the course of a four-year run, Bachman-Turner Overdrive sold in excess of 30 million records, earning a staggering 120 platinum, gold and silver discs, and notching up hits in more than 20 countries. The iconic duo shared duties on the lead vocals with Bachman contributing lead guitar and Turner the bass. Reuniting at the end of 2009 they released an eponymous album in 2010 and in November of that year they performed at the famous Roseland Ballroom in New York City as part of their North American tour.
The release featuring the line-up of Randy Bachman (guitars, vocals); C.F. Turner (bass, vocals); Marc LaFrance (drums, percussion, vocals); Brent Howard Knudsen (guitars, vocals); and Mick Dalla-Vee (guitars, vocals), with keyboards and background vocals by none other than 'Late Show With David Letterman' band leader and fellow Canadian Paul Shaffer.
Let It Ride
Rock Is My Life
Hold Back The Water
Lookin’ Out For #1
Stayed Awake All Night
Four Wheel Drive
Slave To The Rhythm
That's What It Is
You Ain’t Seen Nothin' Yet
Shakin’ All Over
Roll On Down The Highway
Takin’ Care Of Business
Interview with Bachman & Turner from March 2011
Bachman & Turner Tour dates:
Jul. 14 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavillion
Jul. 15 - Snoqualmie, WA - Snoqualmie Casino Amphitheater
Jul. 20 - Orange County,CA - Pacific Amphitheatre (w/Foghat)
Jul. 21 - Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall
Sep. 3 - South Woodstock, CT - Woodstock Fairgrounds
Sep. 15 - Niagara Falls, NY - Seneca Niagra Casino & Hotel
Sep. 28 - Lawrenceburg, IN - City of Lawrenceburg
Sep. 29 - St. Louis, MO - Veteran's Memoria Amphitheater
January 10- 14 - Royal Carribean Rock Legends II Cruise
There were many rockers on the tube this week with Slash, John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa promoting new albums, Gregg Allman pimping his new memoirs and Gene Simmons talking up the new season of 'Family Jewels' and hiring a vet to be a roadie on the upcoming KISS/Motley Crue tour.
Guitar great Joe Bonamassa started the week off right sitting in with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra on 'The Late Show With David Letterman (May 21). Here's some of the highlights below and a link to the full episode here: www.cbs.com/lateshow
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators rocked 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' on Monday night (May 21) with his new single 'You're A Lie' and a web exclusive performance of 'Back To Cali.' Iconic rocker Gregg Allman continued the promotional tour for his book 'My Cross To Bear' with stops on 'CBS This Morning' (May 22), Piers Morgan Tonight (May 22), Tavis Smiley on PBS (May 23), The View (May 24). Check out the always interesting Allman in all of these interviews, including some footage of his 24 year old future 7th bride.
Slash - "You're A Lie" (Live Jimmy Fallon, New... by Slashfrance
Slash also made a stop on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' on May 23rd:
Watch Gregg with the ladies of 'The View' here (at the 25:00 mark): www.abc.go.com/watch/the-view
John Mayer joined 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' to promote his new album 'Born and Raised' on May 22nd. He sat in with The Roots and chatted with Jimmy about the album and why he stopped singing for a year because of a heath issue.
Mayer also joined Andy Cohen on Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live' on May 23rd along with legendary newsman Dan Rather.
Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed made stops on 'The Today Show' on May 23rd, first with Gene helping chose a roadie through the Hiring Our Heroes campaign. The band hired Paul Jordan, a 27-year military veteran, to work on their road crew this summer. Gene and Shannon stopped by with Hoda and Kathie Lee in the 10am hour to talk about the upcoming season of 'Family Jewels,' and Paul even got a little more camera time.
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."
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.’
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.
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.
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."
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.