Aerosmith Member Leaves Tour for Medical Reasons
May 1, 2013 – Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton (pictured far left) had to drop off the band’s tour of Australia due to medical reasons reported Noise 11. Hamilton was plagued with a chest infection and the band flew stand-in David Hull for Sunday night’s Melbourne concert.
Hamilton was able to still pick up some gigs in Australia and New Zealand before he had to bow out.
All for the big push in supporting their latest album ‘Music From Another Dimension.’ Aerosmith’s Global warming Tour has two more concerts in Australia and then it is off to the Philippines. - MORE
Rush wins 'Rock Album of the Year' at Juno Awards
April 22, 2013 – The annual Juno Awards ceremony was held in Regina, Saskatchewan last night hosted by crooner Michael Buble and many canadian artists were there for their contribution in the music industry.
Rush took home their ninth Juno Award for their record ‘Clockwork Angels.’ It won 'Rock Album of the Year.' This big win follows their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week.
Singer, Carly Rae Jepsen was the big winner last night picking up three of her five nominations including 'Album of the Year.' Justin Bieber racked in one win only with the 'Fan Choice Award' and veteran singer Leonard Cohen was named 'Artist of the Year.'
One of the biggest highlights of the evening was K.D. Lang’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Lang’s singing career spanned over 30 years from Country to Pop to Contemporary and back to Country.
Serena Ryder took in a Juno for best 'Adult Alternative Album' for the release ‘Harmony.’ It was an album she says she wrote in a three week burst of creativity. The 'Breakthrough Group of the Year' went to Monster Truck a band formed in 2009. MORE
April 19, 2013 – Bill Wyman, the past bassist of the Rolling stones says no to hooking back up with his former band.
Fans were wondering after Wyman played with the band for the first time in 20 years last November in London if he would rejoin the gang. The Express asked Wyman what he would say if Mick Jagger asked him back: “I'd say 'no'…Thirty years was great but I've got better things to be doing now. That time has gone.”
Wyman was asked if he wanted to join the Stones for the US leg of the anniversary tour, and Wyman turned it down saying , “When they asked me to go to America for two weeks to do three shows there, I said 'For two songs? No thank you'.
Wyman was with the Stones from December 1962–January 1993. – MORE
Phil Ramone Dead at 79
Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm To Reunite
March 27, 2013 – Perhaps it’s time for Foreigner members Mick Jones and ex-singer Lou Gramm to put their differences behind them.
It was recently announced that the boys will be reuniting for their induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame for their hits,’ Feels Like the First Time’, ‘Cold As Ice’, ‘Hot Blooded’ and ‘Juke Box Hero.’
The two musicians will hit the stage in June for the first time in over a decade, perhaps mending the long feud between them.
Gramm tells Artisan News: “I’ve talked with Mick for the first time in over ten years. He seems to be doing well; his health has improved quite a bit. It wasn’t so difficult, considering we were both being honoured as a songwriting team. I called him and congratulated him, then he congratulated me. We both knew they were expecting us to perform a couple of songs and we got right down to talking about it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Gramm, the original lead vocalist left Foreigner in 2003 saying that Jones’ alcohol issues was his many reason for leaving. He later said that he felt like he was on the sidelines during his time with the band. In 2011, Gramm was also not pleased with being replaced and called Foreigner without him singing lead, “False advertising.” MORE
American Idol Ratings Drop While Walking Dead's Rise
March 27, 2013 – Even with newcomers Mariah Carey, Niki Minaj and Keith Urban, American Idol’s ratings are on the decline.
"It's still a top 10 show," said Brad Adgate of media-buying firm Horizon Media. "Compared to several years ago, it's not the ratings force it once was. ... But even if it loses 20 percent" again, it's still valuable to Fox.
A bigger surprise is the popularity of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ which has clearly taken over the young adult viewers. The zombie filled series had its part in pushing the ratings for American Idol on the downswing.
With bigwig advertising supporters like Coca-Cola and Ford, American Idol in its 12th season is still holding its own as TV’s advertising leader among series.
“When it comes to advertising dollars, the series "will have the top price for the 2012-13 season," said analyst Jon Swallen of Kantar Media. Last season, "American Idol" grossed a leading $836 million in ad revenue. But the trajectory inevitably is headed down. – MORE
Ozzy Osbourne Wants To Work With Adele
March 25, 2013 – Recently in an interview with Rip It Up, Ozzy Osbourne revealed that he wants to collaborate with British pop sensation Adele. He hinted the possibility of producer Rick Rubin sorting out all the details to possibly make it happen.
Osbourne commented "I'd die a happy man, I think she's fucking great! She's not fucking botox-faced, she's a normal, healthy girl who speaks in her native accent."
This idea all came about after Osbourne’s spoke about working with Rubin on Sabbath’s new album, ‘13.’
"Every time I've seen him for the past 15 or 20 years, Rick Rubin's always said to me that if Sabbath ever got back together, he wanted to produce us,” explained Ozzy. “Before we went into the studio, people were telling us that he's always got five things going on at the same time, so he'll be in there one day and then you won't see him for three weeks. All I can say is that whenever I was in the studio, he was there. Rick Rubin is the producer and he knows what he's doing. If this is anywhere near as successful as the Adele album [Rubin co-produced], I'll be happy!"
Black Sabbath will take off on a world tour with a series of dates starting next month to support the release of ‘13’. MORE
Chase Edwards-Beaudin Drumming to Genesis 'Behind the Lines"
Pink, Proves Again, To Be a Good Role Model
March 19, 2013 – Pink was in concert in Philadelphia last week and, again, showed us why we think she is so cool.
She sat singing one of her more intimate song’s ‘Who Knew,’ when she noticed two people in a heated argument and a little girl crying in the audience.
She casually stopped singing half way through her ballad and singled out the fight asking the two adults to kindly stop fighting and humored the crying girl offered her a treat and stuffed toy. – By Shannon Edwards.
Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9PfxDIgXsw
David Bowie’s New Album - Top Seller, So Far, for 2013 in UK
March 13, 2013 - The New David Bowie Album, ‘The Next Day’ had the best sales for any record so far this year in the UK. On the first day of release over 56,000 copies were sold.
“Bowie is officially back! The Next Day is a true gift for all Bowie aficionados. It already sounds like a classic Bowie album – and its popularity this week is already showing that the great British public have taken it to their hearts,” says Official Charts Company Managing Director, Martin Talbot.
Bowie’s last album to reach the top of the charts was back in 1993 with Black Tie White Noise.
Iman, Bowie’s wife, hinted to Grazia magazine that the singer may indeed go on tour later this year to promote his comeback album. – MORE
Guns N Roses Axl Rose May Be Sued for Injuring Fan
March 12, 2013 – Guns N Roses kicked off their Australian tour in Perth this past weekend and Axl Rose was said to have injured a fan who may now sue the singer.
Triple M reports that Darren Wright claims a microphone Rose was using during that concert was thrown into the crowd and hit him in the face, damaging his two front teeth.
Wright says he was bleeding and had bits of his teeth missing and now wants Axl to fork out the money to cover his dental bills.
The tour promoter apparently apologized and offered a signed microphone from Rose instead. Isn’t that a sweet peace offering, a reminder of what hit you square in the face!
As it goes, the injured fan was not interested in reconciling and will take this to court. - MORE
The Kids are Alright! - by Ryan Somers
March 7, 2013 - The kids are alright. No. They really are. For a while I might not have been so sure. But I would like to think that, like many people, I am learning more the older and balder I get.
The first day I ever set foot into the classroom as “the sub” was where it all started. I was teaching at the middle school I had attended in the early 90’s. We had made it to recess in one piece and I had a chance to chat with some of my students during the break. I noticed that one of the guys in my class wearing an AC/DC T-Shirt, which, I must say, impressed me right away. We talked briefly about some our favorite AC/DC tunes when suddenly I made a discovery.
I casually asked the young lad, “What’s your favorite Album?”
Fair question I figured since he seemed to be a huge fan. His response left me feeling much older than 24.
“What’s an album?” READ MORE
Natalie Cole Teases About New Music
March 7, 2013 – Natalie Cole has found her muse again! The 'Unforgettable' singer told fans on Twitter that she's coming back. The nine time Grammy winner should have a new album out this year.
Her website posted the following: Natalie Is Excited To Announce New Music To Be Released Soon. Stay Updated On Everything Natalie Cole By Following Natalie On Twitter @NatMCole
Cole is still on the upswing and busy with her 2013 tour, more concert dates should be posted soon.
INDIE SPOTLIGHT - Susie Major of Cry Wolf
March 7, 2013 - Everyone likes a good old-fashioned reunion. Rock n Roll has had too few. Fans of 80's L.A. rockers Cry Wolf got what they wanted in 2007 with what was meant to be a one-off show. By 2010 the original members recorded their comeback album 'Twenty Ten' but the band reunion was short-lived as lead singer Tim Hall left in early 2012. Long time friend of the band and ex-Radio Graffiti vocalist Susie Major stepped in, one day, to just jam with the band and it simply clicked.
Major is no stranger to RockHistoryBook listeners, she and Robbie Rist were special guests on our station last year to promote their show with the legendary John Waite. CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW
Tegan and Sara To Release Limited Vinyl Edition
March 5, 2013 – For this year’s Record Store Day, Warner Bros have announced a limited edition of Tegan and Sara on vinyl.
The big event will take place at independent record stores around the U.S. on April 20th and the release will be ‘Tegan and Sara: Closer Remixed’ one –disc vinyl EP.
This special vinyl edition will feature remixes of the duo's single ‘Closer’ from their new album Heartthrob and only 5,000 copies will be released. – By Shannon Edwards
Michael Buble Getting Ready For New Album Release
March 5, 2013 - Canadian singer, Michael Buble is getting ready for his upcoming album “To Be Loved’ hitting stores April 23rd.
Buble’ tells Justjared.com exclusively, “My new record is about love, happiness, fun and yummy things. Getting to work with my friend and longtime collaborator Bob Rock who produced the entire album was very exciting. We’re a good team. I love the songs we selected this time out. It was also terrific working once again with my songwriting partners.”
This 37 year old crooner has already won three Grammy’s, numerous awards and hit Billboard’s Top Jazz albums chart.
Bublé and his wife Luisana Lopilato are expecting their first child this year too! - MORE
Eric Clapton Says He’s Retiring Soon
March 5, 2013 – Eric Clapton tells Rolling Stone that he plans to retire and stop touring when he is 70!
"If I could [play] around my neighborhood, that would be great," Clapton, 67, said.
"You have guys in Texas that play their circuit, and it keeps them alive. But for me, the struggle is the travel. And the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a Ioss. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think."
Starting today and all this week the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy Arts Blog will premiere and stream Clapton’s new album ‘Old Sock’ in it’s entirety.
Clapton will officially release his 21st solo album in stores on March 12. MORE
Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilot Says Firing Not True
March 4, 2013 – TMZ says Stone Temple Pilots lied about firing Scott Weiland and it was all a publicity stunt to improve ticket sales for their upcoming concert tour.
Weiland says the band is indeed still together. He’s sure about this because there’s a clause in the band’s contract that stops any of the members from using the same name on another group. So if Scott’s gone the band's name will be a thing of the past.
Stone Temple Pilots frontman says he’s really not sure why the guys tried to use the firing tactic to boost ticket sales for a tour they were organizing without him.
Weiland is confident since he states "I started the band!" MORE
UPDATE: March 5, 2013 - With all the added media buzz around Scott, he is concentrating now on his solo tour that kicked off March 1st in Flint, Michigan and runs the entire month. He’s been rehearsing for quite a while with his solo band called the Wildabouts and their tour ‘Purple at the Core.’ The music played on this tour has material from the first two Stone Temple Pilots records. -By Shannon Edwards
Rush Announces North American Tour
February 20, 2013 - Rush Fans are thrilled the band has just announced a new tour of North America. The ‘Clockwork Angels’ tour begins in April and rounds up in August.
Rush will also be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in Los Angeles on April 18th and it seems fitting they will launch their tour shortly after that.
The group will hit 9 cities this spring and after returning from their European dates will do another 15 city stretch.
Rush’s latest single, ‘The Anarchist’ is circulating through radio stations now.
Tom Petty and Kings of Leon Headline Hangout Festival
Two of the three headliners have been announced and although it is uncertain what Tom Petty’s 2013 touring schedule is like, he has confirmed that he will be in on the music event.
Joining Petty will be Kings of Leon who are already set to tour this year after taking time off since their Australian tour in 2011.
Go to www.hangoutmusicfest.com for list of bands set to perform. MORE
Whitney Houston Remembered By Mariah Carey and Jordan Sparks
February 14, 2013 – It is hard to believe that it has been one year Monday that marked the death of Whitney Houston. It is no surprise that family and friends come forward to honor the great music star including Mariah Carey and Jordan Sparks.
Carey remembered Whitney recently on Twitter, "It's 2/11..remembering my friend the incredible Whitney Houston. It's been a year & still so hard to believe. Her legend lives on eternally.”
Sparks, who worked with Whitney on her last film ‘Sparkle’ wrote, "I think of you often & at times, can feel you encouraging me.”
Whitney Houston passed away suddenly in her guest room Feb 11 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. She accidentally drowned in a bathtub from effects of ongoing drug use and health issues. MORE
REVIEW - Blake Havard – Blake Havard
February 14, 2013 – The dripping residue from breaking hearts has caused many guitars to twang for hundreds of years. As we know that despair and angst has not always proved fruitful for many. For most of us writing a tune, with a nail through ones heart, usually results in spewing venom, that first letter a psychologist tells you never to send, it's either too loud or too stupid . Blake Havard has either learnt to breathe between the mortar attacks or he sees the lessons in every punch.
Being a lover of early Rock n Roll this Vancouver singer songwriter knows that keeping it simple is only half the battle. Like the Beatles and Stones Havard tries to juggle a clear message, a melody that sticks and an infectious fever that might just make you shake a little. "A lot of what I do is about relationships and loneliness,” says Havard, “just about being on your own on this planet and having rock 'n' roll to scream about it. Sometimes I get really scared that I'm going to block it off and not be able to say anything. But that's why I have rock 'n' roll, it's the only thing I have to get loose." MORE
Black Sabbath Gearing Up for New Album Release
February 14, 2013 – Black Sabbath is set to release their new album “13” in June. The band will be heading out to promote the CD in advance and scheduled to play live in Ausralia, New Zealand and Japan starting at the beginning of April.
“The last time we were in the studio, all together, was 1978,” says guitarist Tony Iommi, talking about the band’s “Never Say Die” album.
“I want it to sound current but yet still have that Sabbath vibe, ya know,” adds Ozzy Osbourne. “This Black Sabbath album is quite possibly the most important album of my career.”
“If you try to live up to the expectations of the past album, then you just fail dismally,” explains bassist Geezer Butler.
Sabbath held a press conference back in 2011 to announce their upcoming plans but the original drummer Bill Ward has still chosen to sit out on the reunion album due to issues with the contract.
The band has since brought in Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine to fill Bill’s shoes. MORE
Bruno Mars Announces Moonshine Jungle World Tour
February 13, 2013 – Bruno Mars sat in on the Ellen DeGeneres show yesterday and fans were delighted to hear that he’ll be launching a world tour this summer. The tour will have guest appearances along the way from Ellie Goulding and Fritz and the Tantrums.
Mars has sold 6 million albums and 40 million singles worldwide and released his second studio album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ in Dec 2012.
Specific dates have yet to be released but the Mars camp sent out a list of the North American cities the tour will be stopping at.
55th Grammy Award Winners
Feb 11, 2013 - The 55th annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night and The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Gyote and Fun came out as big winners during the gala event.
The Black Keys cleaned up with Dan Auerbach ending up with 4 trophies for 'Producer of The Year' and three Rock category wins with bandmate Patrick Carney.
Mumford & Sons surprisingly took home 'Album of the Year' for ‘Babel,’ while Gyote walked away with 'Record of the Year' Award for their smashing hit single "Somebody That I Used To Know", featuring Kimbra and finished with three awards.
Fun, the American indie pop band, picked up the award for 'Best New Artist' and 'Song of the Year' for ‘We Are Young’ featuring Janelle Monae.
Other winners in the event were Paul McCartney, Adele, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, among others.
Fleetwood Mac Will Play New Music on UK Tour This Year
February 6, 2013 – In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of their ‘Rumours’ album Fleetwood Mac has announced tour dates for later this year.
Five dates in the UK have been confirmed and Mick Fleetwood tells the BBC that the band has written three new songs and plans to add them to the mix for the tour this year.
Mick along with John McVie and Lindsay Buckingham started brainstorming six months ago with new material and wanted Stevie Nicks to know that.
“We wanted her to know we wanted to make new music and we had some great songs,” says Mick, “But her mother died not too long after and it wasn’t the time, so we dropped it."
Fleetwood adds, “Then recently she’s sung on three of them and recorded one original song of hers. We’re going to mix those down and there’ll be something we will play on stage.” MORE
Classic Interview with Roger Hodgson Formerly of Supertramp - September 28, 1984
February 6, 2013 - Here is an interesting point in Rock history. Roger Hodgson, arguably the driving force behind Supertramp's early success, had just left the band. Check out our interview featuring Steve Burgess as Hodgson speaks candidly about the tensions that led to his leaving the group.
Steve - Hello Roger. The album is called ‘In The Eye Of The Storm’ but for a while it was supposed to be called ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ so we were told. How did the name change come about?
Gavin DeGraw, Train and The Script to Tour Together
February 5, 2013 - Fans are gonna be lining up for this one and who wouldn’t want a deal with three concerts for the price of one!
Gavin Degraw, Train and the Script will all be under the same roof with their California 37 Tour.
This will be the second time that Gavin has toured with Train and the Script is joining in offering a free pair of tickets for each venue they hit.
The band is getting the input from fans too on Twitter and encouraging them to send in song requests so they can make up thier setlist.
Tickets for the California 37 tour go on-sale February 8th. MORE
Bon Jovi Plans Upcoming Tour
January 31, 2013 – Bon Jovi is back in action to promote their twelfth studio album ‘What about Now’ due out March 26th. The boys will begin their tour in Connecticut February 9th and assures fans that they will get a show that's packed with all their greatest hits and a few surprises.
"For us it enhances what we do, and we've got some really cool tricks up our sleeve," keyboardist David Bryan told Billboard of the tour.
The timeline between the start of the tour and releasing of their album will be quite unique for fans since many will have not heard any of the new tunes before. It’s going to get interesting! The cool thing about this is that there is no setlist and they can mix it up at Jon Bon Jovi’s discretion.
"There's extra ones on the side he'll call, so we're always ready," Bryan said. "And we know there's a stable we as fans would want to hear, so we always give them, then we change up a bunch of songs and throw in a couple new ones.” READ MORE
Eric Clapton to Release New Album 'Old Sock'
January 31, 2013 – Eric Clapton is set to release his 21st studio album ‘Old Sock’ on March 12th.
The album is promoted by his own label, Bushbranch, and will include two original tunes ‘Every Little’ and ‘Gotta Get Over’ plus an additional 10 songs of the artist’s favorites!
There is a lineup of special guests including JJ Cale, Chaka Khan, Steve Winwood and Paul McCartney.
Clapton will head out on a U.S tour this spring following the release of his new album and coinciding with his Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden.
The English rock guitarist’s last album released was in 2010 called ‘Clapton.’ READ MORE
Norah Jones Performs at Oscars
January 30, 2013 – Norah Jones is one busy lady as she is set to perform at the Oscars and is getting ready for her tour.
Jones will sing the theme song from the movie “Ted” during this year’s Academy Awards and the song “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song.
Norah is releasing a new digital EP, Little Broken Hearts Remix EP (Blue Note) and is set to promote that in making an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno February 8th. The EP includes a few new remixes too. – By Shannon Edwards CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE STORY
The Red Hot Chili Peppers Lead Coachella Festival
January 25, 2013 – Rolling Stone magazine got the scoop and The Rolling Stones will not be headlining the Coachella Festival held in California this March. There was speculation that the band would be involved in the event but it’s believed that a financial deal couldn’t be reached. The Stones are planning still to tour later in the year.
Rising to the occasion and leading the lineup this year will be The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the festival will also feature Blur, the Stone Roses and Phoenix.
The Coachella Festival will take place on two separate dates April 12-14 and April 19-21 in Indio, Ca. - By Shannon Edwards
For more info on the lineup go to www.coachella.com/lineup
Rolling Stones Talking 2013 Tour
January 11, 2013 - The Rolling Stones are talking about the details for a 2013 world tour, lead singer Mick Jagger has confirmed.
This has been in the works since the band played a short-term series of 50th anniversary shows last year.
Jagger tells Rolling Stone: “There have been quite a few offers. I’m going to see what’s on the table and discuss it with everyone. We’ll announce it when we’ve figured it out.”
It is still not confirmed whether the group will make an appearance and play at the huge Coachella Festival this April in the U.S. MORE
Steve Lukather Readies New Album and Tour
January 11, 2013 - It's hard to not know Steve Lukather. The singer/guitarist and leader of Toto is also a well known songwriter and record producer.
Lukather is set to release another album, “Transition,” January 21st. HIs 7th solo album will be released in limited deluxe edition, CD, and vinyl.
"Transition is a turning point for the album and a turning point for me," Lukather explains. "As we were writing the songs, I was thinking about everything I've seen — all the people I've lost in my life, the great and the difficult experiences I've had, and how ultimately it was time to get it together and embrace things for what they are."
To gain momentum, Lukather will launch a European tour in March. MORE
Lincoln Leads Oscar Nominations With 12
Check out nominee list HERE
Aaron Neville Plans Spring Tour
January 9, 2013 - Singer Aaron Neville is set to promote his new album ‘My True Story’ with a spring tour and is making a bunch of media entrances for the big push.
Neville’s album is being released January 22nd with a featured interview on NPR’s Morning Edition and he has lined up performances on The Today Show Jan 23rd and then The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on the 29th.
He will also be performing live from Philadephia’s World Café on January 18th for NPR’s “Free At Noon” concert series.
Neville is planning to be interviewed on PBS’ Tavis Smiley next month as well. MORE
Amy Winehouse Second Inquest Confirms Alcohol Death
January 8, 2013 - It was recently confirmed from a second inquest that Amy Winehouse, 27, did indeed die from alcohol poisioning. The second autopsy came about after the original coroner lacked the proper qualifications for the job.
Shirley Radcliffe, the coroner this time around said that Winehouse had a fatal blood alcohol level 5 times the legal driving limit and she “voluntarily consumed alcohol, a deliberate act that took an unexpected turn and led to her death.”
It was well known to the public that Winehouse had a very hard battle with drugs and alcohol over the years and she was found dead on July 23, 2011 at her home in London. MORE
Tegan and Sara Set for Kimmel and Tour
January 8, 2013 - Sisters Tegan and Sara are revved up for their tour and have secured a late night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.
Their North American tour is set for January 25th and the girls will slide in for an appearance on Kimmel live January 31st.
It is all in sync for the new release of their album ‘Heartthrob’ due in stores end of January.
Word out has it that the album was produced by Greg Kurstin, The Shins, Kelly Clarkson and Ke$ha. MORE
Elton John to Perform For Yamaha in Disneyland
January 8, 2013 - Yamaha is celebrating its 125 anniversary of being a music instrument company and Elton John will join in the festivities.
He is scheduled to perform a concert January 25th at Disneyland’s Hyperion Theater.
John comments on the event: "I'm constantly astonished by the inventive skills and versatility of the Yamaha team. Not only have they built all my touring pianos for the past 20 years, as well as the wonderful Million Dollar Piano that resides at Caesars Palace, but they've also now perfected the RemoteLive technology, which means that effectively, I can perform the concert live in Anaheim on January 25, live across the Internet and also live in venues worldwide–all at the same time! I am both proud and grateful to be a Yamaha artist and to enjoy the fruits of Yamaha's amazing expertise."
"Elton John is one of the most successful and influential music makers of our time, and Yamaha is thrilled to bring him to a global audience in this history making manner," said Chris Gero, vice president of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America, which is producing the event. "This exciting event will also demonstrate how Yamaha DisklavierTV is forever changing the way in which a live piano concert can be enjoyed in real time around the world." MORE
Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane to Announces Nominations
January 7, 2013 - Seth MacFarlane will join actress Emma Stone in announcing the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
It will take place early this Thursday in Beverly Hills from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ headquarters.
This will be the first time in 4 decades that an Oscar host has helped in reading out nominations. The only other host was Charlton Heston who announced Oscar nominees in 1972.
This year's Annual Academy Awards ceremony will be at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles Feb 24th - MORE
Katy Perry Ranks Hottest Woman of 2013
January 6, 2013 - Men’s Health magazine proclaimed its hottest picks for sexiest females for 2013.
The criterion is based solely on “sexiness” and singer Katy Perry hit the spot for this year’s top favorite. Perry has already been nominated for 8 Grammy awards including 'Album of the Year' and that’s not too shabby for the influencial 28 year old!
The full list ranks the 100 hottest women in movies, music, sports and entertainment.
Ranking number two from the Men’s Health voters is Mila Kunis followed by Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and then Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence. The number five spot went to Jennifer Aniston. – MORE
Scorpions Not Retiring After All
January 5, 2013 - The Scorpions have made it clear to fans on plans to retire and after finishing their farewell tour, the group had a change of heart and are going to continue on as a band - surprised?
Frontman Klaus Meine tells Classic Rock magazine, “As the emotion built, it [not retiring] became a gradual decision. It’s one thing to say, ‘This is going to be the end of the Scorpions’ and another to do it. Our ‘Sting In The Tail’ album  was such a success that a whole new generation of fans joined the party. It was amazing. And you know that with all the best parties it’s sometimes hard to find the door?”
There are also plans in the making for a new Scorpions album including old stuff from the early 1980’s and new material as well. MORE
Adele Rumored To Show Up At Oscars
January 5, 2013 - There are rumors floating around that Adele may indeed show up for a live performance at the Academy Awards in February.
MTV reports this through word of mouth but the Academy has not confirmed the accusations.
The Oscars is scheduled to feature a 50th Anniversary tribute to the James Bond film franchise and it seems fitting that Adele’s theme song for the latest bond film, “Skyfall” may be nominated for Best Original Song. So the thought that Adele will be making an appearance for that part of the show is circulating around.
If the Grammy Award winner does show up, it will be the first time since the birth of her child last year. - MORE