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  1. Andy_brown

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    Robert Plant is taking the summer off as he preps for another album with country crooner Alison Krauss. So what is he doing? Singing at Womad, doing some Zeppelin classics ... and it makes me wonder ...

    Tom Petty and Heartbreaker bandmates Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench joined the Allman Brothers Band on stage at the Greek Theater in L.A. last night (5/20/09) for several numbers. The full story, pics Mike plays on the new Dylan album, and it sounds like it.

    Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were interviewed at length yesterday, 5/20/09 on CBC radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi. Here is the full hour interview

    Posted on May 21, 2009 - 11:18 AM #
  2. missing_kskd

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    Thanks for linking the RUSH interview.

    Posted on May 21, 2009 - 11:23 AM #
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    I heard through the grapevine that the boys are working/writing for another album ... I am getting goose bumps sitting here, thinking about it.

    I think my man crush is not healthy.

    Posted on May 21, 2009 - 07:43 PM #
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    Interviewer: "Your music is polarizing. Either people LOVE your music, or really dislike it. Can you explain that??"

    Geddy: "Our music is weird!"

    I love it ... great interview, thanks for sharing Andy.

    Posted on May 21, 2009 - 09:10 PM #
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    Queen’s Brian May addressed Adam Lambert rumors after Adam’s killer performance with Queen on Wednesday night’s season finale of American Idol. Previously in Music News (before the new board upgrade) I had posted about Paul Rodgers leaving Queen amicably after a four year run, in case you missed that. Here's the full story.

    John Fogerty's next album is in the can. Do you remember his first solo effort after the collapse of Creedence Clearwater Revival? The new album, titled "The Return Of The Blue Ridge Rangers" recaptures vintage country and American roots music covers -- along with a new version of one of Fogerty's own songs (he wouldn't specify which one). He recorded and produced the album with T-Bone Burnett and Lenny Waronker at Village Recorders in Santa Monica, California.
    Rather than the one-man-band affair of the original "Blue Ridge Rangers" album, the new set features players such as Buddy Miller, Greg Leisz, Dennis Crouch, Jay Bellerose and Kenny Aronoff. More details about this ...

    Bruce Springsteen will play 3 shows in the soon to be demolished Giants Stadium. The Meadowlands is a special place for many. When I was a kid it was where they took all the garbage since it was the biggest landfill in North Central New Jersey. It was a great place to take your hot rod and go fast since there were several stretches of road with no side streets, no traffic control, and stank too much for the cops to hang around. Now they're building a second stadium. Time sure flies, don't it. Go here for details and links to 3 other Bruce stories

    Billboard's year in music 2008 is full of surprises. The top concert list reveals Van Halen failed to make the top 10, Billy Joel outdrew the Jonas Brothers and American Idols Live beat out Elton John. Billboard's world is a little too pop for my own personal tastes, but pop makes the music world go 'round, at least dollar wise. The only legacy act in the top 10 of their Billboard's Top 200 was the Eagles "Long Road Out of Eden" which, whether you like The Eagles or not, is a fine album. Check out Last Good Time In Time or the title track. Here's the lists.

    Posted on May 23, 2009 - 10:45 AM #
  6. warner

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    Okay, that John Fogerty project sounds pretty good. With T-Bone producing, it should have more relevance and authenticity than some of his recent stuff. I see him perform and I think, "that guy is so great, and basically started the whole roots-Americana type feeling in pop music, why doesn't he record something more real?". I guess I mean, it seems like his stuff has been kind of over-produced lately.

    Anyhow, thanks for the music news!

    Posted on May 23, 2009 - 09:50 PM #
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    Jay Bennett has passed away at the age of 45.

    The Wilco that was will never be again. Godspeed Jay.

    Posted on May 25, 2009 - 02:34 AM #
  8. warner

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    Jay Bennett was a music savant. Could play most anything. And when we saw them with him, wow, he was a whirling dervish on stage.

    And I swear I've never seen anyone smoke as much, it was amazing!

    Play on Jay!

    Posted on May 26, 2009 - 04:43 PM #
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    Phil Spector will be spending most or all of the rest of his life behind a wall of steel. Found guilty of murder, he will be eligible for parole at age 88. Spector's legal team immediately filed an appeal. Full story

    Ozzie sues Iommi for more than a bit of finger. It seems the struggle for the Black Sabbath moniker may be the biggest fight since Roger sued Dave & the band over which one was Pink. If you want all the notes and lyrics, go here

    Tim Buckley will again, 25 years after his death, reach fans’ ears when "Live at the Folklore Center, NYC - March 6th, 1967" is released on August 25th. Featuring mostly tracks off Buckley’s 1966 self-titled debut and his 1967 follow-up "Goodbye and Hello," the live recording also contains six Buckley compositions that have never before been released on any studio or live album. More

    Posted on May 29, 2009 - 04:18 PM #
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    Eddie Van Halen appeared at the Spike's Guys Choice Awards and gave a sober assessment of himself, the band, a new album and tour, his new fiance, and the departure of Michael Anthony. Amongst other topics, Eddie reminds the readership, you can't synthesize a guitar. I've been sober for over a year ... .

    Sade Adu, the reclusive "quiet storm" soul signer who takes notoriously long breaks between releases, has regrouped with the band that bears her name and is recording her first album of new material since 2000's "Lovers Rock," sources confirmed.

    Beatles reunite for video game. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two surviving members of The Beatles, appeared together in Los Angeles on Monday to present a "Rock Band" videogame that will give fans a chance to relive the Fab Four's musical triumphs. Story details

    Posted on June 2, 2009 - 11:00 AM #
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    Jay Bennett's final album, Whatever Happened I Apologize is available as a free authorized download from Rock Proper. It is a fitting farewell from a brilliant musician who left us far too soon.

    Posted on June 4, 2009 - 08:04 AM #
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    Woodstock celebrates its 40th anniversary with the roll out of thirty eight previously unreleased tracks from groups such as the Who, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane. The six-CD, 77-song collection, "Woodstock -- 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm," will be released by Rhino on August 18.
    Among the highlights are a 19-minute rendition of the Dead's "Dark Star," "Amazing Journey" and "Pinball Wizard" by the Who, "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker, CCR's "Bad Moon Rising," Blood Sweat and Tears' "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and tracks from Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Joan Baez, Melanie, Country Joe & the Fish, Sha Na Na, the Butterfield Blues Band and Johnny Winter.
    The track lineup reflects the actual performance order of the legendary 1969 festival, and it includes stage announcements (you still need to avoid the brown acid, apparently), Wavy Gravy's announcement of "breakfast in bed" for the crowd estimated at 500,000, Max Yasgur's famous speech to the audience and audio of Abbie Hoffman's encounter with Who guitarist Pete Townshend. Full article

    Aerosmith's Joey Kramer and Steven Tyler have announced that they will be performing the entire Toys In The Attic album on their upcoming tour. This is the album with "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way" on it, songs they've done in concert a zillion times. What may be more interesting are the lesser known cuts including "Uncle Salty" (an abuse prelude to "Janie's Got A Gun"), "No More, No More" (a personal favorite I played on the radio copiously back when the album came out), "You See Me Crying" (Can Steven hit the notes? What about the string arrangement and the horns? Another great radio tune from when radio played great tunes) and "Round and Round." The complete interview/podcast on WZLX.

    Elvis Costello celebrated the release of his "Sacred, Profane & Sugarcane" album with an intimate solo acoustic show Thursday (June 2) in Manhattan's financial district.
    Costello performed a nearly hourlong set for a small group of fans and radio station contest winners at Jim Brady's, a wood-paneled Irish pub near Wall Street. He focused almost entirely on songs from his freshly released album, a collection of Americana-style folk songs that was produced by T. Bone Burnett. Accompanied only by his own acoustic guitar, Costello ran through more than half of the new record's songs, including the melancholy "She Handed Me a Mirror," "Complicated Shadows," the location-appropriate "Down Among the Wines and Spirits," and the tongue-in-cheek sing-along "Sulphur to Sugarcane." Full story

    Posted on June 7, 2009 - 11:06 AM #
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    Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues has passed away. Until recently, Taylor had been playing two hundred shows a year and was a fixture on the Chicago scene. One of a trinity of royal female voices, she was as important to blues as Ella Fitzgerald was to jazz and Aretha Franklin is to soul. She also left an enduring legacy of timeless recordings. Her funeral will be held this week.

    Cheap Trick is independently releasing their brand new album, "The Latest" in four different formats. You can wait just a little while longer to purchase downloads or preorder a copy physical right now for your collection. Choose from compact discs, vinyl albums or 8 track cartridges for a personally tailored Cheap Trick experience.

    Posted on June 7, 2009 - 04:20 PM #
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    Kenny Rankin has died at the age of 69. He was an incredibly talented and diverse musician with a colorful career. Read more about his passing in Rolling Stone.

    Posted on June 9, 2009 - 01:11 PM #
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    Barry Beckett, a Muscle Shoals producer and keyboardist who worked with artists including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Phish, passed away on June 10th following complications from a stroke in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Billboard reports. He was 66. As a member of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, or the Swampers as they were called, Beckett was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995.

    Beckett performed on songs like Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome,” Willie Nelson’s “Bloody Mary Morning” and several tracks on Bob Seger’s Night Moves album. Beckett was also part of Traffic’s live band in 1973, appearing on the live album On the Road. In addition to his session and live work, Beckett had a long career as a producer, helming Bob Dylan’s 1979 album Slow Train Coming and 1980’s Saved, Phish’s 1993 LP Rift, Dire Straits’ Communique and a song on Elton John’s Duets.

    The first hit Beckett produced was the Sanford Townsend Band’s “Smoke From a Distant Fire,” and Beckett’s first Number One was Mary MacGregor’s “Torn Between Two Lovers.” Later in his career, Beckett segued into country, producing Kenny Chesney’s first two albums and Hank Williams Jr.’s Born to Boogie, which won the 1988 CMA Album of the Year award. The full story

    Vinyl: Still Totally Cool, Still Totally Niche...
    The nostalgia-fueled vinyl resurgence has been totally unexpected and completely feel-good. But the numbers still show a niche market, at least for now. At present, vinyl accounts for less than one-percent of broader album sales in the US, according to Nielsen Soundscan, though sales are expected to grow another 50 percent this year.

    So how many units is that? The projection calls for 2.8 million in 2009, up from 1.9 million in 2008, according to figures shared at the NARM Conference in San Diego last week. Small potatoes for major labels, but great news for well-positioned indies and record stores. Indeed, last year, independent retailers accounted for 70 percent of total vinyl sales, and 67 percent so far this year.

    The year-over-year percentage gains are starting to cool, though absolute gains are steadily increasing. In 2008, the format added just under 887,000 units, a 90 percent gain. By the end of 2009, another 938,000 are projected to sell, a milder 50 percent gain. But percentages are misleading, simply because a smaller start point creates a bigger percentage gain. And record stores - a group that now includes Best Buy - will enjoy another unexpected crop this year.

    Think this is all a bit strange? Dig into the details and it gets even stranger. At the Musexpo in Los Angeles in April, a number of executives pointed to fans purchasing vinyl without owning a turntable - merely for the memento. Other tidbits will also surprise - for example, one of the best-selling vinyl albums is Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, another collector's item. (A more detailed ranking can be found within a detailed Nielsen Soundscan presentation, on slide 25.)

    So, what happens after 2009? At some point, the numbers will level, but it remains unclear if this niche ever graduates towards something more substantial. Bigger companies like Best Buy and EMI are positioning themselves against potential gains, though specialty shops, indies, and DJs have been there all along. Source

    TRENT REZNOR Announces from Bonnaroo Stage It's NIN's Final USA Concert
    MUSIC NEWS - Nine Inch Nails frontman TRENT REZNOR today noted that the band's performance Sunday (early AM) at the Bonnaroo Music Festival was their last in the US. The band performed in the early morning hours after the 3hr Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band set. "It just dawned on me that this is our last show ever in the United States," Reznor said around 2am; "Don't be sad. I'll keep going. But I think I'm going to lose my" mind "if I keep doing this, and I have to stop." Recently, Reznor also announced via Twitter that he was backing out of the social media world.

    Nine Inch Nails just completed a USA tour with Jane's Addiction as part of the NIN/JA tour. The tour itinerary brings them next to Europe and Asia as part of the 33 date, "Wave Goodbye" tour which will end on August 12th. The farewell NIN tour commenorates the 20th anniversary of the release of their first album, "Pretty Hate Machine." Source

    Posted on June 15, 2009 - 01:05 PM #
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    If Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller had not become two of the most influential songwriters in pop music, they could have earned a decent living as a stand-up comedy duo.
    Almost 60 years after an awkward first meeting that set them on the road to vast fame and fortune through such tunes as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Stand By Me" and "Poison Ivy," the pair have developed a finely honed routine.
    Stoller supplies the anecdotes, and Leiber, the lyricist, injects the spicy wit. The system worked well for their new memoir, "Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography," in which the boogie-woogie boys trade old war stories.
    In a recent conversation with Reuters, the 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were asked if the project exposed divergent, Rashomon-style memories of the same event.
    "Constantly, all the time," said Stoller. "That's because I have a very good memory. And he doesn't."
    "But I have a very fertile imagination," countered Leiber.
    "You bet," replied Stoller.
    "And that makes up for what I cannot remember," Leiber concluded.
    The back-and-forth goes on for 300 pages in their book, with collaborator David Ritz playing referee.
    "They're like Catskill comics. I didn't have to do much," said Ritz, who has previously co-authored memoirs for the likes of Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin. "They're used to arguing, so I got in there and began arguing with them. The arguments, for the most part, were positive."

    More; Elvis, The Beatles, Stand By Me

    Billy Joel and his wife of five years, TV host Katie Lee, are splitting up, according to an official statement. Joel, 60, and Lee, 27, confirmed they put “much thought and consideration” into their decision to separate, and say they will “remain caring friends with admiration and respect for each other.” Joel was previously married to his business manager Elizabeth Small (1973-82) and model Christie Brinkley (1985-94), with whom he has one daughter, singer Alexa Ray, who told Us Weekly she “wasn’t surprised” by the news: “I have a pretty good women’s intuition, so I can tell. I know my dad pretty well, so I’m behind him.” But she's always a woman to me

    Dead Body Found By Cleaning Crew At Bonnaroo Site

    Turtle News

    Posted on June 18, 2009 - 01:57 PM #
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    Digital revenue is increasing too slowly to compensate for the decline of CD sales. In April, soon after Apple gave labels the ability to set different prices for their songs on iTunes, every track on Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" was raised to $1.29.
    Some music fans complained about these price increases, and many technology executives and bloggers proclaimed that labels were making the wrong move. But while sales of individual tracks from "Dark Side of the Moon" dipped by 11%, album sales remained steady. And all sales combined generated about 12% more revenue in the six weeks after iTunes implemented variable pricing than they did in the six weeks before that.
    These are the results labels were hoping for when Apple relented and began selling music at three price tiers: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29. They certainly put enough work into getting there: It took years of negotiation to get Apple to break its one-price-fits-all format. Full story

    Damages of $1.9 million could backfire on music industryThe recording industry secured a resounding victory last week when a Minneapolis jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that a 32-year-old mother had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa peer-to-peer network.
    But a question arose after the verdict about whether the sheer size of the damages could lead to a backlash against an industry that is already portrayed in some quarters as overreaching. Sony BMG attorney Wade Leak, who testified at the trial, said he was "shocked" by the damages award. No way this will stand

    Posted on June 21, 2009 - 11:01 AM #
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    Michael Jackson is well known for recording the world's bestselling album, but the sales and achievements of his other solo albums are less well publicized. On this page are listed Michael's solo albums - Motown and CBS/Epic - in order of release, together with known or estimated sales figures, plus known certifications.


    Studio Albums: 10

    1. Got To Be There (1971)- 4,112,879

    2. Ben (1972)- 4,401,605

    3. Music and Me (1973)- 1,980,440

    4. Forever, Michael (1975)- 1,687,234

    5. Off The Wall (1979)- 20,000,000

    6. Thriller (1982)- 108,000,000

    7. Bad (1987)- 32,000,000

    8. Dangerous (1991)- 30,000,000

    9. HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book l (1995)- 22,000,000 (44 million units)

    10. Invincible (2001)- 12,000,000

    Studio Albums Sold= 236,182,158

    Compilations: 22

    1. The Best of Michael Jackson (1975)- 2,500,223

    2. One Day In Your Life (1981)- 1,600,208

    3. Farewell My Summer (1984)-2,087,110

    4. Looking Back to Yesterday (1986)- 302,330

    5. 18 Greatest Hits (?)- 1,250,000

    6. Anthology (?)- 2,655,098

    7. Other Pre- 1991 Motown Compilations (?)- 500,000

    8. Their Very Best- Back To Back (?)- 250,000

    9. Love Songs (?)- 500,000

    10. The Original Soul Of (?)- 377,745

    11. The Michael Jackson Mix (?)- 500,000

    12. The Best of- The Motown Years (?)- 300,000

    13. The Best of- The Millennium Collection (?)- 200,000

    14. Love Songs (?)- 50,000

    15. Other Post- 1990 Motown Compilations (?)- 1,000,000

    16. Special CD Box (?)- 4,000

    17. Greatest Hits HIStory Volume 1 (2001)- 3,000,000

    18. Number Ones (2003)- 7,000,000

    19. Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection (2004)- 500,000

    20. The Essential Michael Jackson (2005)- 2,500,000

    21. Visionary: The Video Singles (2006)- 500,000

    22. King of Pop (2008)- 700,000

    Compilations Sold= 28,276,714

    Other Albums: 4

    1. E.T. The Extra- Terrestrial & Singles Packs (1982)- 100,000

    2. Dangerous- The Remix Collection (?)- 22,000

    3. Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (1997)-8,000,000

    4. Thriller: 25 (2008)- 3,000,000

    Other Albums Sold= 11,122,000

    Total Albums Sold= 275,580,872

    On this page are listed Michael's home music videos & DVDs in order of release, together with known or estimated sales figures, plus known certifications.


    Home Video/DVD: 10

    1. Making Michael Jackson's Thriller (VHS- 1983)- 3,000,000

    2. The Legend Continues...(VHS- 1988)- 1,500,000

    3. Moonwalker (VHS- 1988)- 3,000,000

    4. Dangerous- The Short Films [VHS (1993), DVD (2001)]- 575,000

    5. Video Greatest Hits- HIStory [VHS (1995), DVD (2001)]- 1,250,000

    6. HIStory On Film- Volume ll (DVD- 1997)- 800,000

    7. Ghosts (1997)- 250,000

    8. Number Ones (DVD- 2003)- 1,600,000

    9. The Ones (DVD- 2004)- 125,000

    10. Live In Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour (DVD- 2005)- 500,000

    Home Video/DVD Sold= 12,600,000

    NOTE: Home Video/DVD Sales are NOT counted in overall record sales.

    Michael's single sales are much less well documented than his album sales.
    On this page are listed Michael's solo singles - Motown and CBS/Epic/Sony - in order of release, together with known or estimated sales figures, plus all known certifications.


    Singles: 68

    1. Got To Be There (1971)- 2,360,000

    2. Rockin' Robin (1972)- 3,042,000

    3. I Wanna Be Where You Are (1972)- 1,388,000

    4. Ain't No Sunshine (1972)- 293,000

    5. Ben (1972)- 3,152,000

    6. Morning Glow (?)- 16,300

    7. With A Child's Heart (1973)- 358,000

    8. Music And Me (1973)- 13,000

    9. Doggin' Around (?)- 5,000

    10. We're Almost There (1975)- 423,000

    11. Just A Little Bit of You (1975)- 904,000

    12. One Day In Your Life (1981)- 1,844,000

    13. Happy (?)- 153,000

    14. Farewell My Summer Love (1984)- 828,000

    15. Girl You're So Together (1984)- 94,000

    16. Touch The One You Love (?)- 1,000

    17. Twenty- Five Miles (?)-11,000

    18. Ease On Down The Road (1978)- 125,000

    19. A Brand New Day (?)- 62,500

    20. You Can't Win (1979)- 62,500

    21. Don't Stop Till' You Get Enough (1979)- 3,125,000

    22. Rock With You (1979)- 2,937,000

    23. Off The Wall (1980)- 1,187,000

    24. She's Out Of My Life (1980)- 1,250,000

    25. Girlfriend (1980)- 40,000

    26. The Girl Is Mine (1982)- 2,687,000

    27. Billie Jean (1983)- 7,762,000

    28. Beat It (1983)- 5,540,000

    29. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'(1983)- 2,250,000

    30. Human Nature (1983)- 1,312,000

    31. P.Y.T.(Pretty Young Thing)(1983)- 1,312,000

    32. Say Say Say (1983)- 3,562,000

    33. Thriller (1984)- 5,534,000

    34. We Are The World (1985)- 20,000,000

    35. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (1987)- 2,812,000

    36. Bad (1987)- 2,035,000

    37. The Way You Make Me Feel (1987)- 1,737,000

    38. Man In The Mirror (1988)- 1,125,000

    39. Get It (1988)- 225,000

    40. Dirty Diana (1988)- 1,500,000

    41. Another Part Of Me (1988)- 1,037,000

    42. Smooth Criminal (1988)- 1,687,000

    43. Leave Me Alone (1989)- 606,000

    44. Liberian Girl (1989)- 206,000

    45. Black Or White (1991)- 3,053,000

    46. Remember The Time (1992)- 1,625,000

    47. In The Closet (1992)- 775,000

    48. Jam (1992)- 637,000

    49. Who Is It (1992)- 675,000

    50. Heal The World (1992)- 2,036,000

    51. Give Into Me (1993)- 375,000

    52. Will You Be There (1993)- 1,312,000

    53. Goon Too Soon (1993)- 75,000

    54. Scream/ Childhood (1995)- 2,993,000

    55. You Are Not Alone (1995)- 3,858,000

    56. Earth Song (1995)- 3,966,000

    57. They Don't Care About Us (1996)- 2,205,000

    58. Why (1996)- 595,000

    59. Stranger In Moscow (1996)- 675,000

    60. Blood On The Dance Floor (1997)- 1,200,000

    61. HIStory/ Ghosts (1997)- 470,000

    62. You Rock My World (2001)- 1,915,000

    63. Cry (2001)- 56,000

    64. One More Chance (2003)- 281,000

    65. Visionary- The Video Singles (2006)- 350,000

    66. The Girl Is Mine 2008 (2008)- 190,000

    67. Wanna Be Startin' Somtin' Somethin' 2008 (2008)- 190,000

    68. Beat It 2008 (2008)- 50,000

    69. Billie Jean 2008- 50,000

    Singles Sold= 116,016,300

    Total Albums + Singles= 391,597,172

    This part will recognize the record breaking and amazing achievements that Michael Jackson set during his solo career. Not included are all chart history or achievements.

    1. Jackson's album "Thriller" (1982) is the best selling album of all time, with 108 million copies sold worldwide. And runs neck and neck with the Eagles Greatest Hits, for the biggest selling album in the U.S. And The best-selling album by a solo artist in the United States.

    2. Jackson's album "Off the Wall" (1979) was the biggest selling album by a black artist at the time, with 10 million sold at the time, and 20 million sold to date. This record was later smashed by Michael's next album "Thriller". And has sold 7 million copies In the U.S.

    3. Jackson's album "Bad" (1987) at one point for a few years was the second biggest selling album of all time, with 28 million sold at the time and over 32 million sold to date. But that has since then been surpassed.

    4. Jackson's album "Dangerous" (1991) is the biggest selling New Jack Swing album of all time with over 30 million copies sold worldwide. And 7 million copies in the U.S. And for a period in time it was the third best selling album of all time.

    5. Jackson's album "HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book I" (1995) is the biggest selling multi-disc album of all time, with over 22 million copies sold worldwide (44 million units). And 3.5 million copies in the U.S.(7 million units).

    6. Jackson's album "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix" (1997) is the biggest selling remix album of all time with over 8 million copies sold worldwide. And 2 million in the U.S.

    7. "Thriller" currently holds the record for being the first and only album in the United States to top the sales charts for two separate years. Being the best selling album in 1983 and 1984.

    8. "Thriller" is Jackson's biggest selling album in the United States with 27 million sold to date. And Jackson's second biggest selling album in the U.K. and one of the U.K.'s biggest selling albums.

    9. "Bad" is Jackson's biggest selling album in the United Kingdom with 4 million copies sold, and is one the best selling albums in the U.K. And in the U.S. it has sold 8 million copies, making it Jackson's second biggest selling album in the U.S. And the best selling record by a solo artist in UK history.

    10. When released 'Bad' became the fastest selling album ever in the UK. For many years it was the biggest selling album in the UK.

    11. "Dangerous" has become one of the biggest selling albums of the 1990's.

    12. "Dangerous" is the fastest selling album in history to be on the #1 position of the charts. And makes history for going to #1 just 3 days after its release.

    13. In worldwide sales, in the UK and US, Bad were 48% of the total worldwide sales. For Dangerous, it is 33%, making it more successful globally (not just restricted to those two regions). The singles from Dangerous were mostly bigger hits in Europe and Australia and more were released than Bad. These were spectacular sales records compared to Michael's earlier two albums, Thriller and Bad in many European countries and Australia. Dangerous sold very well in both Asia and South America, two emerging and growing record markets.

    14. Jackson is the biggest selling artist of the 1980s, with an unprecedented sale of over 110 million records from 1980-1989.

    15. Jackson has sold approximately 50 million records in the new millennium, from 2000-2008.

    16. In 1987 "Bad" shipped over two million copies in the United States, and during its first week in the U.K. it outsold the no.2 album "HITS 6" by an unprecedented margin of 10:1 shifting 350,000 copies- a record.

    17. In a hectic three days trading after its release, "Dangerous" shifted 200,000+ copies, good enough to Michael the top spot ahead of U2'ss new album, "Achtung Baby".

    18. Released in November of 1991, by the end of 1991 "Dangerous" sold an impressive 10 million copies.

    19. In 1992, "Dangerous" was the 6th bestselling album of the year in the United States, and the 5th bestselling album in the U.K. And the biggest selling album of 1992 worldwide.

    20. In the United States, in crashing in at #1, "HIStory" sold 391,000 copies in its first week. Good enough to make it the largest selling multi-disc debutant of the 'SoundScan' computer monitored sales era, comfortably topping the 369,000 copies shifted by the Beatles' "Live at the BBC"

    21. Amazingly, given it was issued on a Friday and so only had two days sales to count towards its first chart position, "HIStory" was also an instant #1 in the U.K. In those two days it shifted 100,000+ copies, more than the #2 and #3 albums- by Pink Floyed and Bjork- put together.

    22. In the first three weeks, "Blood on The Dance Floor" shifted just 79,000 copies across the United States, compared to with 100,000+ in Holland, 250,000 in the U.K. and nearly 450,000 in Germany. Globally, in just three weeks, Blood On The Dance Floor shipped around 3.5 million copies, with sales subsequently topping 4 million- unprecedented for a remix album.

    23. In the United States "Invincible" sold 366,000 copies in the first week- Michael's second best opening figure of the SoundScan era. The album shifted 110,000 copies in the first week and gave him his seventh chart topping album.

    24. According to the 2000 World Music Awards, Jackson is the biggest selling solo artist of the past millennium, with record sales of over 250 million records.

    25. Jackson has 9 platinum singles, the second most by any male artist (second only to Elvis).

    26. Jackson is the first United States Artist to sell 100 million copies outside of the U.S.

    27. Jackson is the first artist ever to have 4 consecutive albums sell 167 million records internationally.

    28. Michael Jackson is the biggest selling international artist in the United States with 285.9 million records sold outside of the U.S.

    Biggest sellers of all time (international):

    1) The Beatles- 400 million

    2) Michael Jackson- 391 million

    3) Elvis- 330 million

    Garth Brooks is the biggest selling solo artist in the U.S.

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  19. Amazing, i still think he sucks {rather sucked} but hey more power to the record buying public.............As for you Mr . Brown please keep posting ,I think i will cancel my subscription to Rolling Stone ,You are much more informative ,Thank you

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    Allen B. Klein has died at age 77. An infamous record label owner, Allen Klein, who played a key role in the demise of the Beatles and also nabbed control of some of the Rolling Stones' best-known songs, died in New York on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, a spokesman said. He was 77.
    During a career spanning more than 50 years, the New Jersey-born accountant enjoyed a reputation as a savvy gangster-like figure. His ruthless business practices were reviled by many, but he also earned grudging respect for bullying labels into giving rich deals to his clients.
    "Don't talk to me about ethics," he told Playboy magazine in 1971. "Every man makes his own. It's like a war. You choose your side early and from then on, you're being shot at. The man you beat is likely to call you unethical. So what?"
    It did not hurt his reputation when he was sentenced to two months in prison in 1979 for tax evasion.
    He once said John Lennon hired him to protect his interest in the Beatles because he and wife Yoko Ono wanted "a real shark -- someone to keep the other sharks away."
    His company, ABKCO Music & Records, is one of the biggest independent labels in an industry controlled by multinational corporations. The spokesman said it would remain family-controlled. Two of Klein's three adult children work at the company, including son Jody who runs ABKCO. (The acronym stands for Allen and Betty Klein Co., Betty being his wife.)
    Its assets include recordings by the Rolling Stones, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, Bobby Womack, the Kinks, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and many others. More

    Michael Jackson was working on two albums at the time of his death: one in the pop vein that made him famous and another that would consist of an instrumental classical composition. And while some believe the star wanted to recapture his '80s glory days -- or escape financial trouble -- those who worked with him recently say he was motivated by his fans and his children.
    Jackson was working on the pop album with songwriter Claude Kelly and R&B star Akon, who says that Jackson was motivated by the ticket sales for his performances. Full story

    Prince is booked and will return to the Montreux Jazz Festival. Herbie Hancock, B.B. King and Grace Jones will also be there. It's Herbie Hancock's 30th appearance. Details

    Yes and Asia will be sharing the bill on tour this summer. Steve Howe leads members of King Crimson, Emerson Lake and Palmer and the singer of a Yes cover band through decades of hits. More What! No Jon Anderson? What kind of a Yes show can that be?

    Beach Boy Al Jardine's latest rave is Seattle's Fleet Foxes Jardine met the Foxes when they came to his studio in Big Sur, California, where he says the group plans to do some recording work of their own, and adds the band has offered to sing on Jardine’s own upcoming A Postcard from California. Last fall, Fleet Foxes singer Robin Pecknold told Pitchfork of the meeting, saying Jardine was “was amazing. A really sweet guy,” and drummer Josh Tillman reported the band was given a sneak peek at a then-unheard track Jardine recorded with Neil Young, David Crosby and Stephen Stills. Full story .

    Unreleased Beatles tracks to showcase at Apple Jam coming up at The Triple Door in Seattle. More

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    With the Who inactive for the moment, Roger Daltrey is gearing up to launch his first solo tour of North America since 1985.
    The Use It Or Lose It theater trek -- a nod to the 65-year-old singer's vocal cords -- kicks off October 10 in Vancouver, B.C., and runs through November 30 in Clearwater, Fla.
    Daltrey will dust off material from his nine solo albums, some covers (he's previously preformed songs by Queen, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen) and, of course, a generous selection of Who favorites.
    "I feel so passionate about (Who guitarist/songwriter Pete) Townshend's music, what he wrote and his standing in the big scheme of things," Daltrey told "I love playing Townshend's music old, new, whatever."
    Daltrey said the Who had "no intention of stopping" but that after more than 45 years together he's learned to be patient.
    "I think Pete's got every intention of writing more new Who stuff," Daltrey said, "but he hates to say that until he's actually written it 'cause it's in the lap of the gods, isn't it? I wish I could write it, 'cause we'd be doing it tomorrow. But, sadly, I'm not the writer that Townshend is. One genius is enough in a band....You just have to be there for him if he needs you. That's my function. I'm just an instrument for him, and...I'm quite happy with that."
    Daltrey, meanwhile, is not ruling out the possibility of another solo album, though he hasn't released one since 1992's "Rocks in the Head."
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    Woodstock promoter Michael Lang has dropped plans for a 40th anniversary concert. Asked why he abandoned the pursuit for a third anniversary concert celebrating the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Lang simply told Rolling Stone, “Money. No sponsors.” More

    Last minute concert tickets hot items in recession... Unemployment is up and consumer confidence is down, but one silver lining of the recession is that last-minute tickets to hear big acts like Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen are as little as $1.
    According to eBay Inc's StubHub, the leading Internet ticket re-seller, last-minute concert ticket sales at sharply lower prices are on the rise for acts like Paul McCartney, Springsteen, Jonas Brothers, Coldplay, and U2.
    "People often assume a secondary ticket site only offers inflated prices, but it's very challenging right now," said Sean Pate, a spokesman for San Francisco-based StubHub.
    He said cheap prices were not showing up just for "nosebleed" seats or lawn seats, but rather in all seat locations for top performers.
    "This trend of lower resale ticket pricing is very variable. It's almost like a stock market and a barometer for pricing city by city," he said.
    He said fans have already purchased tickets as low as $1 for Springsteen and Coldplay, $9 for Kenny Chesney and $10 for the Jonas Brothers this season, with tickets listing for as low as $16 for upcoming McCartney shows this weekend in Maryland. Full story

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    Men at Work loses first stage of copyright lawsuit

    A music publisher that has accused Australian band Men at Work of stealing the melody to their 1980s smash hit "Down Under" from a campfire song won the first stage of its lawsuit on Thursday seeking royalties from the Aussie anthem.

    A federal judge ruled that publisher Larrikin Music owns the copyright to the tune of "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree" — a Girl Guide favorite from New Zealand to Canada. The judge's ruling clears the way for a further hearing about whether Men at Work is guilty of copyright infringement.

    Larrikin claims the distinctive flute riff in "Down Under" was copied from the refrain of "Kookaburra," a song about the native Australian bird written in 1934 by a teacher named Marion Sinclair for a Girl Guides competition. Sinclair died in 1988. Full story

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    I have to wonder what took them so long to sue?

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    Sadly, we lost both Ted Weber and Jim Dickinson this week. While these two gentlemen might not be household names, they meant a great deal to musicians and music. Their legacy will endure for generations to come.

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    Rolling Stones guitarist's death to be re-examined British police are to re-examine the death of former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones after receiving new information. Jones, a founding member of the rock band, was 27 when he was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool at his home in southern England 40 years ago. An inquest recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
    A spokesman for Sussex police said on Monday the force had received new information about the musician's death from an investigative journalist. "These papers will be examined by Sussex Police but it is too early to comment at this time on what the outcome will be," he said. Known for his flamboyant attire and recreational drug excesses, Jones left the band shortly before his death. Source

    Irish rock band The Cranberries will reunite after a near seven-year break for a tour in North America and Europe with some new songs and old hits like "Zombie" and "Linger."
    In January singer Dolores O'Riordan performed together with some former band members in Dublin for the first time since the band from the western city of Limerick broke up in 2003. They met again at O'Riordan's new home in Canada at the christening of her son Taylor. "Never officially broken up, the band instead has been on hiatus, and being in the same room and playing music together for the first time made them realize how much they had missed each other," said the band's web site (
    The Cranberries, one of the most successful Irish bands of recent times, was formed in the early 1990s. It will begin its tour in North America toward the end of the year and continue in Europe in early 2010, the web site said. The Irish Times newspaper said the tour would start in Toronto in mid-November. Source

    The Jimi Hendrix catalog is moving over and letting another major take over.
    Experience Hendrix, the family company that controls Hendrix's catalog and copyrights, has struck an eight-year, worldwide licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment for the master recordings of the legendary guitarist.
    Sony plans to launch an ambitious reissue campaign in 2010 that will include deluxe editions of the three original albums by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, posthumous releases, the official Dagger Records bootleg line and previously unreleased archival recordings and filmed concerts.
    The deal also includes licensing rights outside the United States for the 1970 live set "Band of Gypsys," which EMI Music will continue to distribute stateside. Universal Music Group had held the master licenses for the rest of the Hendrix catalog since 1997. Sony's licensing deal will take effect January 1. Source

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    Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary has died of leukemia at 72.

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  27. Poet and Punk Rocker, Jim Carroll "DIED, DIED" last Friday.

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    Really? Wow.

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  29. "he looked 55 when died ,he was a friend of mine"

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    Former Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule will make an extremely rare joint public appearance on December 8 at the New York Public Library. The three will discuss the Velvet Underground's music and legacy with rock journalist David Fricke as part of the "LIVE from the NYPL" series. The reunion of the legendary New York band comes on the heels of the publication of "The Velvet Underground: New York Art," a compendium of previously unseen photographs, poster and cover designs by Andy Warhol, Lou Reed's handwritten music and lyrics, underground press clippings and other reviews, flyers, handbills and posters.

    The original Velvet Underground lineup included Reed, Tucker, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and vocalist Nico. The group's debut album, often referred to as "the banana album" from its distinctive pop art cover, was produced by Andy Warhol and includes rock and roll classics like "Heroin" and "Sunday Morning."
    Cale left the band in 1968 and was replaced by Yule. The group split in the early 1970s, though it re-formed briefly with Cale and toured in the early 1990s. Nico died in 1988, and Sterling Morrison in 1995. Full article


    After nearly two solid years on the road, Bruce Springsteen finally forgot where he was on Friday night. While playing at Michigan’s Palace of Auburn Hills, he made three separate references to Ohio before E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt had to tell him where he was. More


    Sesame Street, the greatest kids’ show of all time, recently celebrated its 40th birthday. While you may think you’re too old to sweep the clouds away with Big Bird and the gang, you can definitely still appreciate the slew of incredible musical guests the show hosted over the years. We’ve gathered together the 40 best performances — from Stevie Wonder’s rocking rendition of “Superstition” to Norah Jones’ hilarious duet with Elmo on “Don’t Know Y” — for your viewing pleasure. So how do you get to Sesame Street?


    Stevie Wonder Great live performance.

    Tito Puente and the Grouchkeeteers

    Cab Calloway

    Billy Joel and Marlee Matlin

    To go through them quickly, use this link

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    Kind of a Spinal Tap moment there for The Boss. Michigan, Ohio....what's the difference....

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    Love the Sesame Street performances! Some of those kids are probably grandparents by now!

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    Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band The Knack who sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona," died Sunday. He was 57.
    Fieger, a Detroit-area native, died at his home in Woodland Hills near Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to The Knack's manager, Jake Hooker. The Oak Park, Michigan native was a knockabout musician from his teen years, and got Rolling Stones and Traffic producer Jimmy Miller to work with his early group Sky. Fieger's innovation with The Knack was 1.) to write neat, retro tunes with identifiable hooks in an era of pop musical excess, and 2.) to steer clear of the punk rock/new wave category where many similar musicians had congregated.
    Fieger formed The Knack in Los Angeles 1978, and the group quickly became a staple of Sunset Strip rock clubs. A year later he co-wrote and sang lead vocals on "My Sharona."
    Fieger said the song, with its pounding drums and exuberant vocals, was inspired by a girlfriend of four years.
    "I had never met a girl like her — ever," he told The Associated Press in a 1994 interview. "She induced madness. She was a very powerful presence. She had an insouciance that wouldn't quit. She was very self-assured. ... She also had an overpowering scent, and it drove me crazy."
    "My Sharona," an unapologetically anthemic rock song, emerged during disco's heyday and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks, becoming an FM radio standard.
    It became a pop culture phenomenon, parodied by Weird Al Yankovic and others and sampled by rap group Run DMC.
    In 1994, "My Sharona" re-entered the Billboard chart when it was released as a single from the soundtrack of the Ben Stiller film "Reality Bites."
    compiled from reports

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    After turmoil that included public squabbling, threats of a lineup change and a rehab stint, Aerosmith is back and ready to rock.
    The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have announced their "Cocked, Locked and Ready to Rock" European summer tour — with Steven Tyler.
    The band made the announcement Thursday. It also posted a video on its Web site in which Tyler, sitting with the rest of the band, jokes: "I just auditioned and I got the gig."
    "We're coming your way and rocking your world! Look out because here we come," he says as he looks at guitarist Joe Perry and the group breaks out in laughter.
    Aerosmith, which has been one of rock's enduring bands over the past three decades, has been in limbo since Tyler fell off a stage during an August concert in South Dakota, injuring himself and forcing the band to cancel the rest of their summer tour.
    After that, Perry expressed anger that the group had been sidelined and said Tyler needed to get his act together. For his part, Tyler was quoted as saying he was interested in going solo, and soon the band was talking about replacing Tyler with another singer.
    In December, Tyler checked in to rehab for a painkiller addiction, a problem he blamed on years of injuries suffered while performing with the band.
    In an interview this week, bandmate Joey Kramer said: "Everything right now in Aero-land is very copacetic. ... We will carry on and do what we do best."
    As far as their latest drama, he said: "The one common denominator that we still all have is that we all love to get up on stage and rock out, play music and bring joy to people. And we let the other drama, as of late, kind of filter itself out by the wayside and concentrate on more of what's important, which is the playing and the business at hand." Associated Press

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    T-Bone Wolk, bass player for Hall & Oates, died Sunday. He also played bass in the Saturday Night Live band for a while.

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    Mark Linkous, of Sparklehorse, dies.

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    One of the most financially successful bands of all time, Pink Floyd, finds itself as the little guys as they begin "legal action against music label EMI Group Ltd. over the way royalty payments are calculated in the digital era.
    The group's lawyer, Robert Howe, told the High Court that the band was disputing the way royalties for online sales are worked out.
    He said the group also wants a ruling on whether EMI can sell tracks "unbundled" from their original albums.
    Howe said the band's contract prohibits selling tracks "otherwise than in the original configuration of the Pink Floyd albums." EMI claims the rule applies only to physical albums, not the Internet.
    Pink Floyd signed with EMI in 1967 and became one of its most lucrative acts.
    Tuesday's hearing was the start of what is expected to be a lengthy legal battle."


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    Ronnie James Dio (the replacement for Ozzie Osbourne in Black Sabbath, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in heavy metal, died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67.
    Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J., with the latest incarnation of Black Sabbath, under the name Heaven And Hell. Ronnie also sang for Rainbow.

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    Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, 1912-2010
    The man behind the gear.

    Walter Sear, 1930-2010
    One of the last great studio owner-engineers.

    Alex Chilton, 1950-2010
    Known for the Box Tops, Big Star, and influencing generations of songwriters.

    Hank Jones, 1918-2010
    Pianist for Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman and others.

    Francisco Aguabella, 1925-2010
    Added unique percussive flavor to many popular recordings.

    Bob Mercer, 1944-2010
    Signed Queen to EMI among other things.

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    Peter Quaife, 1943-2010
    Kinks founding member and bass player from '63 to '69.

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    God save the Kinks!

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    Garry Shider, 1953-2010
    Influential guitarist for Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy's Rubber Band

    Marvin Isley, 1953-2010
    Bass player for the Isley Brothers

    Andy Hummel, 1951-2010
    Bass player for Big Star

    Tommy Hoehn, 1953-2010
    Fixture of Memphis Music Scene

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    Today is Saturday, July 24, 2010. On this day in history:

    1958 - Duane Eddy performed "Moovin' and Groovin'" and "Rebel Rouser" on "American Bandstand."

    1961 - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs performed "Come Along" on "American Bandstand."

    1962 - Chubby Checker performed "Dancin' Party" on "American Bandstand."

    1963 - Roy Orbison performed "Falling" on "American Bandstand."

    1965 - Jewel Aikens performed "The Birds and the Bees" on "American Bandstand."

    1965 - Elvis Presley's single "(Such An) Easy Question" hit #11 in the U.S.

    1965 - Bob Dylan releases "Like a Rolling Stone"

    1966 - All four Beatles and Brian Epstein signed a petition that called for the legalization of marijuana.

    1967 - The Elvis Presley movie "Double Trouble" premiered.

    1971 - Mark Lindsay performed "Been Too Long on the Road" on "American Bandstand."

    1971 - The Beatles' "Help!" hit #33 in the U.K.

    1976 - The Beatles single "Back In The USSR" hit #19 in the U.K.

    1976 - The Beatles single "Got To Get You Into My Life" hit #7 in the U.S.

    1978 - The movie "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees, opened in New York City, NY.

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    Ben Keith has died at age 73. A steel guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who played alongside Neil Young for nearly 40 years, has died of unknown causes. He was 73. Highly skilled on the electric guitar, piano, alto saxophone and pedal-steel, he contributed to countless Young classics including "Heart of Gold," "Rockin' in the Free World," "Tonight's the Night" and "Old Man." Young acknowledged Keith's passing onstage last night in Winnipeg, noting from the stage, "This is for Ben Keith," before playing "Old Man." "His spirit will live on. The Earth has taken him."
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    The Cars are thinking about a full reunion (sans the late Ben Orr). It's been 23 years since the Cars split, but the band is finally hinting at a reunion. On their official Facebook page, the band posted a photograph of the surviving members — singer Ric Ocasek, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, drummer David Robinson and guitarist Elliot Easton — gathered together in a Boston studio surrounded by their instruments. "I hate to be vague, but I really can't say," keyboardist Hawkes told the Boston Globe when asked whether the band was reuniting.
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    Robert Plant's Band Of Joy will release the first album from his revived band of the same name on September 14th. These guys (sans the late John Bonham) were Robert's band from right before Led Zeppelin.
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    Thanks for that Andy, appreciate the info on the Cars. Ric Ocasek's son went to Evergreen HS, I think. It's all a blur now. LOL

    Side note, for those that might remember an early 80's Country name...

    I was backstage Toby Keith last Sunday and ended up spending a few minutes chatting with a guy while waiting for a band member. I kept thinking, "he looks really familiar, but couldn't place it", and we kept chatting.

    Then I'm back out watching the show and Toby introduces Eddie Raven on stage as he lives in Vancouver. I felt so stupid that I didn't put two and two together backstage. VERY NICE guy!

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    At a charity event July 10, organized by Bella Freud and Karma Nabulsi and hosted by Jemima Khan under the banner of Hoping (Hope and Optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation) to raise funds for the Children of Gaza, Nick Cave and Tom Jones kicked off the evening's fundraising.

    Then David Gilmour and Roger Waters took to the stage before 200 guests to perform four songs together with Guy Pratt (bass and acoustic guitar), Harry Waters (keyboards), Andy Newmark (drums), Chester Kamen (guitar), and Jonjo Grisdale (keyboards).

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    Mitch Miller dies at 99.

    The Yellow Rose of Texas

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    Van Halen is back together, and recording as we speak.

    WITH Diamond Dave!

    Michael Anthony is still not a part of it, Eddie's son Wolfgang is the bassist ...

    Should be interesting. I'll definitely check it out.

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    Do any of you VH fans know exactly what Michael Anthony did to piss off the rest of the band? I've always wondered.

    Posted on August 12, 2010 - 04:58 PM #
  50. The only thing I heard was that the brothers Halen did not like the fact that Michael remained civil and friends and played with Sammy after Hagar's force out.

    I miss his high vocal backing.

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