Tag: Royal Albert Hall
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.
Beatles News: Liverpool to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Beatles formation, 27 songs now available as ringtones, Paul McCartney to perform at Teenage Cancer Trust
Plans are in place for Liverpool, England to host a series of events this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' formation.
Here are just some of the events to take place around Liverpool during 2012:
June 16: The tribute group Wings over Liverpool will perform a special show honoring Paul McCartney's 70th birthday (actually is two days later)
June 22 and 23: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the songs of John Lennon and McCartney
August 18: The 50th anniversary of Starr joining the group will be celebrated at Hulme Hall
August 19: The Cavern Club will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first concert with Starr
August 22-28: International Beatles Week will be held, and will focus on the milestone
November 12-December 1: A new one-man play titled EPSTEIN, about late Beatles manager Brian Epstein, will run at
the recently rechristened Epstein Theatre.
"This is a hugely significant year in the history of The Beatles and it's one Liverpool couldn't let pass by without a huge celebration," said Liverpool city council leader Joe Anderson in a statement. "We should never underestimate the power of The Beatles to attract visitors to the city, and this yearlong celebration will bring even more fans to Liverpool."
The Beatles have made available 27 of their number one hit songs available in 30-second ringtones on iTunes. The songs all come from The Beatles' '1' compilation album, which has now sold 31-milliion copies. Each ringtone costs $1.29 (the price of a song) and can also be downloaded on iPads and iTouches.
Paul McCartney has been added to the line up for a concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which is celebrating its 12th anniversary on March 29 at the Royal Albert Hall.
The March 29 concert is the first of six benefit concerts which will run through April 1.
Other acts featured in the series are Florence and the Machine, Example, Pulp, Jessie J and a night dedicated to the comedic stylings of various artists.
Founded in 1997, the Teenage Cancer Trust has raised more than $50 million for building hospital units specifically designed for teenage patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, leukemia, Hodgkin's and related diseases.
Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, the 24-year-old Croatian duo known as 2CELLOS, performed their unique version of the Guns N' Roses classic "Welcome To The Jungle" on this past Wednesday's (August 3) edition of "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News channel.
2CELLOS goal is to make the cello cool, and they may make it cooler than any other cello players ever!
Of covering "Welcome To The Jungle", Hauser says: "Covering 'Welcome To The Jungle' was a real challenge but that one we were up for! We chose this song because we thought that it could sound like a whole symphony using only our two cellos. We're really proud of it and think it rocks!"
2CELLOS recently released its self-titled debut album on Sony Masterworks. The CD features Sulic and Hauser's unique spin on hits by Guns N' Roses, U2, Coldplay and Kings Of Leon, among others.
2CELLOS became an overnight Internet sensation with their self-made music video of themselves performing Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" on their cellos. Within days "Smooth Criminal" racked up over five million views on YouTube, and legend Elton John invited them to join him on his current European tour. 2CELLOS will also join Elton John on North American dates this fall.
Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have been playing the cello since childhood. Both recently completed their studies — Luka at the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, Stjepan at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Luka has performed throughout the world at renowned venues such as London's Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus. He has won a series of international prizes including first prize at the 2009 VII Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw. Stjepan has performed in numerous European countries, South Africa, New Zealand, Asia and the U.S., with debuts in London's Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank Centre and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. He was the last pupil of Mstislav Rostropovich. In his short career, Stjepan's accolades include winning twenty-one first prizes in national and international competitions and performing twice for Prince Charles in Buckingham and St. James's Palaces.
"2Cellos" track listing:
1. Where The Streets Have No Name (U2)
2. Miserlou / Pulp Fiction Theme (Dick Dale)
3. Use Somebody (Kings Of Leon)
4. Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson)
5. Fragile (Sting)
6. The Resistance (Muse)
7. Hurt (Trent Reznor/Johnny Cash)
8. Welcome To The Jungle (Guns N' Roses)
9. Human Nature (Michael Jackson)
10. Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
11. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
12. With or Without You (U2)
Donovan appeared last night at London's Royal Albert Hall to recreate his classic 1965 album "Sunshine Superman" virtually note-for-note. There was one guy he needed who played on some of the cuts...and was then paid 13 pounds for his services. That guy was the one and only Jimmy Page.
Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page was one of the session guitarists on Donovan's classic. Here's Jimmy with Donovan on "Mellow Yellow":
Pete Townshend will be joining the ever increasing list of rockers with an autobiography. Apparently it won't be long before the book hits the shelf with a reported title of "Pete Townshend: Who He?" It will cover the rocker’s life from his childhood through present day. We will kick down more details as they become available.
Roger Daltrey, the iconic lead singer of The Who, will perform The Who’s legendary rock opera "Tommy" in its entirety from start to finish. (The Who never actually played the complete Tommy.) Besides "Tommy" in its entirety, Daltrey will be playing select Who classics. Daltrey premiered the spectacular show for "Tommy" at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust on March 25 and is now taking it on the road. Tickets for the AEG Live-produced tour go on sale Thursday, May 19 (Canada performances) and Friday, May 20 at 10:00 AM (U.S.; see below for full list of on sales) and a special American Express card member pre-sale begins Monday, May 16 at 10:00 AM via www.aeglive.com (ending May 18 in Canada and May 19 in the U.S.). In addition, a variety of VIP packages will be available including options for artist meet-and-greets, reserved seating, collectible memorabilia and more (for additional details, please click here: www.aeglive.com).
The six-week tour launches September 13 in Hollywood, FL and concludes November 2 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB. Fan Club pre-sales are available for most dates, check www.thewho.com for updates.
Tommy is not only one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era, it is an enduring album that resonates on radio to this day where it has found multi-generational appeal. Inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album also spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name, with Daltrey playing the title role.
Joining Daltrey on stage will be Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button (bass), Loren Gold (keyboards) and also on guitar will be Simon Townshend, younger brother of The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend.
Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says, “Great to see Roger performing Tommy with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit. Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of Tommy using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs.”
Throughout this tour, songs such as “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” promise to transport attendees into the world of this classic album with shuddering intensity and poetic power. A 1989 tour by The Who saw them reprise Tommy live. The upcoming Daltrey tour will differ in that all of the album’s songs will be played in sequence.