Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameDuring last month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoree Ringo Starr jammed with his Beatles band mate Paul McCartney, fellow inductees Green Day and other stars. Starr has posted a video featuring some cool backstage and rehearsal highlights from the event on his official Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The footage includes Ringo running through his hit "It Don't Come Easy," working out the arrangement of The Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man" with McCartney, Joe Walsh and Paul Shaffer and also performing the Fab Four's "With a Little Help from My Friends" with Sir Paul.
In addition, the video shows Starr chatting with Green Day's members and rehearsing for their performance of The Shirelles' "Boys," which The Beatles covered on their 1963 debut album, Please Please Me.
In the clip, Ringo reveals that it was his idea to team with Green Day at the ceremony.
"When do we go on tour?" he jokes. "Green Ringo Day!"
Green Day drummer Tre Cool then suggests, "We could be Gringo Day," which gets a rousing response from Starr and Billie Joe Armstrong.
The video also shows Ringo hanging out with various other music luminaries, including fellow inductees Joan Jett and Bill Withers, as well as Stevie Wonder, Beck and John Legend.
A special featuring highlights from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres May 30 on HBO.
NPG Records/Chelsea LaurenIn light of the unrest in Baltimore, Prince has recorded a new song that addresses the killings of young black men and social and political issues around the country.
According to Billboard, Prince's song is a tribute to "all of the people of the city of Baltimore." It was recorded this week at Prince’s Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis, but it’s unknown when it will be released.
The news comes after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American who died of an apparent spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore earlier this month, was ruled a homicide. Six officers have been charged with several counts, although charges differ for each individual. Among the charges brought in the case are second-degree depraved-heart murder, manslaughter and second-degree assault.
Credit: Mark BeaumontRonnie Wood is still hoping to organize a reunion tour featuring the surviving Faces members, but he says there's one big road block to overcome -- singer Rod Stewart's management.
The Telegraph reports that during a London Q&A event this week promoting his upcoming book, How Can It Be? A Rock and Roll Diary, Wood explained, "[They] make everything about money and we're trying not to do that. Why can't the three surviving guys from the Faces just get together and play for people?"
In front of a cheering audience, Wood added, "That's what we want to try and do. I think that would be brilliant."
Although founding Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan died this past October, Wood said that he, Stewart and drummer Kenney Jones still are interested in a reunion trek, particularly after they got together in January to perform at Rod's 70th birthday party.
Jones, meanwhile, said in a March interview with the Austin Chronicle that the surviving Faces would reunite in honor of McLagan sometime this year, noting "It's more important now than ever."
At the aforementioned London event, Wood also reminisced about his early days playing guitar with the U.K. band The Birds, a period he documented in a 1965 journal that serves as the centerpiece of his forthcoming book.
He pointed out that the members of his group shared a camaraderie he feels is lacking in many of today's bands.
"We had the gig wagon and rehearsing in a mate's garage, treading the boards and doing the circuit," he recalled. "But I don't know if new bands get exposed to as much of [that] as we did."
He also cited The Beatles as an example of a band whose bond and work ethic helped them develop into such a musical force. "[They] used to go over to Hamburg and play four sets a night, every night, and think nothing of it," Wood noted, "and that's how they ended up with their style so tweaked."
How Can It Be? A Rock and Roll Diary can be pre-ordered now at RonnieWoodBook.com, and will be published in the coming weeks. Only 1,965 copies of the book will be available, each one signed by Wood.
Credit: Eddie WolflStevie Wonder has lent his talents to upcoming albums by two younger stars, rapper Snoop Dogg and R&B singer Jason Derulo.
Wonder appears on "California Roll," the lead track from Snoop's 13th studio effort, BUSH, which is due out on Tuesday, May 12. The rap legend tells MTV News that the album, which was executive produced by Pharrell Williams, is "completely different than anything we've ever done. It feels good, sounds good, looks good."
Stevie also has contributed to a track featured on Derulo's forthcoming record, Everything Is 4, which hits stores on June 2. The Motown legend makes an appearance alongside American Idol judge and country superstar Keith Urban on a song titled "Broke."
Wonder recently wrapped up a series of spring U.S. shows as part of his Songs in the Key of Life Tour. He currently has only one more concert on his schedule, a June 27 performance at Milwaukee's Summerfest.
Credit: Kevin WestenbergB.B. King has issued a statement to let fans know he is in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas. The 89-year-old blues-guitar legend writes, "Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers."
The message comes after King was briefly hospitalized Thursday in Vegas. His daughter, Patty King, told KLAS-TV that her father was transferred to a hospital after family members noticed he wasn't eating and was dehydrated. Ms. King explained that paramedics conducted tests on the famed musician and concluded that he may have suffered a minor heart attack. He was guitarist was released and sent home Thursday night.
B.B. also was hospitalized in early April for what his daughter Claudette said was dehydration brought on by Type II diabetes, a condition he has had for more than 20 years.
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John was among the charitable celebrities who attended the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual Hot Pink Party: The Pink Standard last night. The event helped raise nearly $7 million for breast cancer research.
Elton has been a longtime supporter of the BCRF, which was founded in 1993 by the late Evelyn H. Lauder. Evelyn’s husband, Leonard Lauder, was honored at the event.
"Continuing the extraordinary legacy of my dear friend Evelyn Lauder has been an honor," Elton said in a statement. "Leonard has been a powerful force in bringing us closer to the end of breast cancer and it is with great pleasure and respect that we honor him tonight for his leadership at BCRF."
Elton's been a part of the charity gala since it launched in 2001. Last year, he performed at the event with Sara Bareilles.
This year’s Hot Pink Party was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and was hosted by model and actress Elizabeth Hurley, a Global Ambassador for The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Actor Neil Patrick Harris was also in attendance, while 18-time Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett performed.
Credit: Les WilsonPattie Boyd, the first wife of both the late George Harrison and Eric Clapton, has married for a third time. The Daily Mail reports the 71-year-old former model wed her longtime boyfriend, 61-year-old British property developer Rod Weston, on Thursday at the Chelsea Registry Offiice in London.
The couple, who have been together for almost 25 years, were accompanied at the ceremony by Boyd's Irish terrier, Freddie. Also on hand were Pattie's mother, and Patty's sister, Jenny, who's the former wife of Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood.
Speaking about the nuptials with The Daily Mail, Weston said, "It's almost our silver anniversary so we thought we had better get on with it."
Boyd married Harrison in 1966, and was the inspiration for his chart-topping Beatles song "Something." She went on to become part of a storied love triangle when Harrison's good friend Clapton fell for her, writing the classic "Layla" about his then-unrequited love for Pattie. After Boyd split from George, she and Clapton became a couple, marrying in 1979. They broke up in 1984.
In recent years, Boyd has gained some recognition as a photographer. An exhibition of her work, which includes images from her time with Eric and George, recently was displayed at the San Francisco Art Exchange.
Credit: Tim BrownThe Steve Miller Band recently wrapped up a series of shows with fellow Bay-area legends Journey and now the veteran rockers are preparing to launch their own headlining tour that will take them all around North America during the next few months. The expansive trek gets under way May 15 in Southaven, Mississippi, and is plotted out all the way through an August 7-8 stand in Seattle.
Among the many other major cities Steve Miller and his group will visit are Kansas City, Missouri; Pittsburgh; Ottawa and Montreal, Canada; New York City; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Cincinnati; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; and San Diego. The New York show is a special event that will take place June 27 at Citi Field as part of the New York Mets' 2015 Post Game Concert Series.
Miller also is scheduled to make a guest appearance at a recently announced June 9 concert in New York City celebrating late electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul's 100th birthday. Other stars slated to perform at the bash include Journey's Neal Schon, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, Starship singer Mickey Thomas, Chickenfoot's Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Joe Bonamassa.
Here of all of the Steve Miller Band's upcoming tour dates:
5/15 -- Southaven, MS, Snowden Grove Amphitheater 5/16 -- Rogers, AR, Arkansas Music Pavilion 5/19 -- Bismark, ND, Civic Center 5/20 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena 5/21 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Center 5/22 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, Cellular Center 5/24 -- Chillicothe, IL, Summer Camp Music Festival 5/27 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center 5/28 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena 5/29 -- Springfield, MO, O'Reilly Event Center 5/30 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater 6/1 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater 6/2 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center 6/4 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC 6/6 -- Orange Beach, AL, Amphitheater At The Warf 6/7 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater 6/14 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Highmark Stadium 6/17 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 6/19 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino 6/20 -- Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theater 6/21 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent 6/24 -- Binghamton, NY, Anderson Center For the Arts 6/25 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Ottawa Jazz Festival 6/26 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Montreal Jazz Festival 6/27 -- New York, NY, Citi Field - Mets Post Game Concert Series 6/30 -- Lewiston, NY, Art Park 7/10 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia 7/12 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theater 7/14 -- Saint Charles, MO, Family Arena 7/16 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens 7/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Cincinnati 7/18 -- New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Center 7/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden Amphitheater 7/22 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks 7/24 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fair 7/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint 7/29 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's 7/30 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort 7/31 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino 8/1 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheater 8/4 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield Amphitheater 8/5 -- Wenatchee, WA, Town Toyota Center 8/7 -- Seattle, WA, Chateau St. Michelle 8/8 -- Seattle, WA, Chateau St. Michelle
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSinger Ben E. King, best known for his work with The Drifters and his classic solo hit, "Stand by Me," has died at age 76. King's booking agent confirms his passing to ABC News Radio.
Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, King moved with his family to Harlem, New York, when he was nine. Eleven years later, he joined a new incarnation of The Drifters and sang lead on many of the group's biggest hits, including "There Goes My Baby," "This Magic Moment" and "Save the Last Dance for Me."
Two years later, a dispute with the singing group's management prompted King to leave The Drifters for a solo career, where he scored a hit with his first single, "Spanish Harlem." But it was his second single, the Leiber & Stoller composition "Stand by Me," released in 1961, that has proven King's most enduring tune, and has become a rock and pop classic.
King's chart success waned as the British Invasion took over America's radio airwaves, though he continued to perform throughout his life. In 1988, King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Drifters. Last March, the National Recording Registry added King's original performance of "Stand by Me" to its permanent collection, joining other recordings judged to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
ABC/Randy HolmesAnd Las Vegas will rock! Van Halen has been added to the lineup of artists who will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, which ABC will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas on May 17 at 8 p.m. ET.
This will mark the first-ever awards-show performance by the legendary rock group's current lineup -- singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. The event's entertainment bill also includes Fall Out Boy, Hozier, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas and Wiz Khalifa, among others.
Veteran acts in the running for awards at the ceremony include The Rolling Stones, Santana and AC/DC. The show will be hosted by rapper/actor Ludacris and Legend's wife, model Chrissy Teigen. For more details, visit Billboard.com.
Van Halen recently released a new live album titled Tokyo Dome: Live in Concert, which was recorded in the Japanese capital in June 2013. The rockers will launch a North American summer tour with support act the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on July 5 in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington.
True North RecordingsGuess who's thrilled about his latest solo album? Randy Bachman. The founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive star put together a brand-new backing band for the hard-rocking disc, titled Heavy Blues, and also enlisted some well-known guitar slingers to lend their talents to the project.
Among the stars who contributed solos to the various tracks are Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Robert Randolph and Joe Bonamassa. Bachman tells ABC Radio that he asked the musicians to try and work fast while also being spontaneous, and says they all did a magnificent job.
"I [told them], 'Set it up in your studio, blow your brains out and give me your first take…Whatever you guys gotta do, just give me a piece of your heart and soul,'" he explains. "The solos that came back were staggering and amazing. Every guy shines like a diamond."
Bachman says the inspiration behind Heavy Blues was the music of blues-influenced late-1960s bands such as The Who, Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Led Zeppelin. To help him with the record, he formed a power trio with two younger female Canadian musicians -- bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon -- who happen to idolize The Who's John Entwistle and Keith Moon.
Randy tells ABC Radio that he immediately developed a chemistry with his new band mates while recording the basic tracks, which were completed in four days.
He says during the sessions he experienced "this incredible explosion of magic, this karmic happenstance or serendipity," adding that "the energy was amazing. We all felt it."
Young is featured on a heavy-pounding track called "Little Girl Lost," and Bachman praised Neil's sparse, dissonant and emotional solo, describing it as "bizarre Hendrixian blues." Frampton appears on the album's title track, and Randy maintains that Peter offers up his bluesiest playing since his work on Humble Pie's classic 1971 live album, Performance Rockin' the Fillmore.
Another interesting song on Heavy Blues is "Confessin' to the Devil," which features a solo by the late Jeff Healey. To include his old friend on the album, Randy asked Healey's widow if he could use a preexisting solo by Jeff, and wrote the song so that the performance would fit into the track.
Bachman says Heavy Blues is a great album to listen to while driving, but he warns fans that doing so could be costly. He admits that while cruising along to the record he inadvertently began speeding and wound up getting a ticket. He also claims that he talked to a couple of interviewers who said the same thing happened to them.
Bachman recently finished a handful of April shows to promote Heavy Blues, and he has a couple more U.S. dates lined up in late May in California in support of the album. In addition, he is scheduled to play some Canadian blues festivals during the summer. Check out his full itinerary at RandyBachman.com.
Chuck ArlundHootie& the Blowfish made a rare TV appearance Thursday night, performing on Late Show with David Letterman.
They performed "Hold My Hand," harkening back to their TV debut on the CBS program back in 1994, when they played the same song. It was the band's way of saluting Letterman, who is stepping down as Late Show host later this month.
Hootie frontman Darius Rucker has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after it was invited to perform "Hold My Hand" on the Late Show two decades ago.
Hootie & the Blowfish have been on hiatus for several years, while Darius concentrates on his country music career.
Letterman's final Late Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20.
Credit: Tim TronckoeForeigner guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones is among the many music stars who will appear at Live Nation's 2015 Summer Spotlight concert, taking place on this Tuesday, May 5, at New York City's Irving Plaza. The event also will feature performances by Kid Rock and country act Florida Georgia Line, as well as appearances by The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Metric, Kip Moore, Tinashe, Wiz Khalifa, Rae Sremmurd and members of Incubus and Lifehouse.
May 5 will mark the first-ever National Concert Day, which will celebrate fans who buy concert tickets, as well as the artists, managers and venue staff who make those shows possible.
All the artists appearing at the Summer Spotlight event will be launching their own tours this summer: Foreigner is touring with Kid Rock, The Smashing Pumpkins with Marilyn Manson, Incubus with Deftones, Metric with Imagine Dragons and Lifehouse with Nickelback.
In other Live Nation-related news, Billboard reports that the company has acquired a controlling interest in the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo. This year's Bonnaroo, featuring Billy Joel, Robert Plant, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tears for Fears and many more, takes place June 11-14.
For more details on the Summer Spotlight event, visit LiveNation.com.
Al Soluri/KISS Catalog Ltd.; Cliff Lipson/CBSFoo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl presented KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with the prestigious Founders Award at Wednesday night's ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Grohl began his tribute to the band by recounting the first time he ever heard KISS' 1976 album, Destroyer.
"With nuclear anticipation, I let the needle drop on that legendary intro to 'Detroit Rock City,' perhaps the greatest introduction to any rock 'n' roll album ever recorded," Grohl said. "It filled my speakers and my imagination. Thirty-four minutes...and 27 seconds later, KISS had filled my soul. I was now a member of the infamous KISS army."
After that moment, Grohl said he turned his room into a "shrine" to KISS, filling it with posters and action figures of the band.
"Every morning, I would wake up in my tiny bedroom and take a good look at my superheroes before walking to school," he said. "They got me through those years and ultimately inspired me to follow this unreasonable dream of becoming a professional rock 'n' roll musician."
Grohl is a fan of KISS to this day, and his connection to the band has become stronger in recent years, since his and Stanley's children attend the same elementary school.
"These days I still spend every morning before school with Paul Stanley...in the parking lot of our kids' f**kin' elementary school, chatting about [Led] Zeppelin and Electric Lady [Studios] and touring and school fundraisers," Grohl said. "So I'd say that my unreasonable dream definitely came true."
The ASCAP Pop Music Awards ceremony also included a musical tribute to KISS, a medley of the band's classic songs performed by ex-American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis. The event also featured Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora teaming up with Australian rock guitarist Orianthi to salute The Doobie Brothers, who were honored with the performing-rights organization's Voice of Music Award.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn October 1982, The Who played a historic two-night stand at Shea Stadium in New York City in support of the band's then-new album, It's Hard. Now, for the first time ever, a concert film capturing the full second show of the British rock legends' Shea engagement will be made available as a DVD, standard-definition Blu-ray, and digital video.
Live at Shea Stadium 1982 will be released June 30, featuring restored footage and newly mixed audio. The Who's 25-song set included a selection of classic songs, new tunes from It's Hard, and various gems from the band's back catalog. The group also played a cover of "Twist and Shout" as an homage to The Beatles' famous 1960s concerts at Shea.
The concert, held on October 13, 1982, was part of The Who's last North American tour to feature drummer Kenney Jones, who took over for Keith Moon after he passed away in 1978.
You can watch a preview clip from the show of The Who performing "Love Reign O'er Me," now on YouTube.
Here is the full track list for the Live at Shea Stadium 1982 video:
"Substitute" "I Can't Explain" "Dangerous" "Sister Disco" "The Quiet One" "It's Hard" "Eminence Front" "Behind Blue Eyes" "Baba O'Riley" "I'm One" "The Punk and the Godfather" "Drowned" "Tattoo" "Cry if You Want" "Who Are You" "Pinball Wizard" "See Me Feel Me" "Love Reign O'er Me" "Long Live Rock" "Won't Get Fooled Again" "Young Man Blues" "Naked Eye" "I Saw Her Standing There" "Summertime Blues" "Twist and Shout"
PRNewsFoto/Music Theories Recordings/MascotJourney's Neal Schon also is a prolific solo artist, and the guitar virtuoso has announced plans to release a new instrumental studio album titled VortexJune 23. The two-CD, 18-track collection finds Schon combining rock sounds with jazz, classical and world music elements.
"This is an evolutionary album for me," says Schon. "I've always aspired to be a better player and push musical boundaries. And sure, I've sold 80 million records with Journey, and I'm proud of that, but this album is really me -- all based on my guitar, which is my 'voice.' It's bold. There's love, and there's definitely fire and an element of danger."
Neal not only handled all of the guitar duties on Vortex, he also played bass and produced the record. He worked on the project with the same musicians with whom he collaborated on his 2012 solo effort, The Calling -- ex-Journey drummer Steve Smith and keyboardists Jan Hammer and Igor Len. Schon has often worked with Hammer, who was a founding member of the influential jazz fusion group the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Schon has dedicated the album to his wife, Michaele, and two songs were written specifically for her, "Lady M" and "Triumph of Love," the latter of which he performed at their December 2013 wedding.
Vortex kicks off with "Miles Beyond," a song that pays homage to Miles Davis' classic forays into jazz rock. The record also includes a sparse acoustic tune called "Mom" that dedicated to Neal's mother, Barbara Schon.
Neal says that in recent years he's "evolved as a person and a player through understanding the value of being in the moment," and that attitude influenced the music on Vortex. As he explains, "When you stop thinking and just play from the heart, you discover your own voice."
Credit: Jo LopezLongtime E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren is set to kick off a short spring tour this week that will see him playing his first solo dates in the northeastern U.S. in about four years. Lofgren says he had "kind of a good excuse" for not hitting the road solo recently, since two-and-a-half of those years were spent on tour with Bruce Springsteen.
The versatile 63-year-old musician tells ABC Radio that he's excited to get the chance to sing his own songs again for audiences, noting, "[I] kind of feel refreshed but I'm not musically rusty 'cause I've been busy with E Street."
Lofgren's trek gets under way Friday in Wyckoff, New Jersey, and his initial series of shows will wind down with a May 10 concert in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. He then will return to the East Coast the following month for a pair of two-night stands, in Annapolis, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia.
Nils says his sets will include some obscure tunes that are featured on the expansive 10-disc box set called Face the Music that he released last August. The compilation, which spans his 45-year recording career, took him about two years to put together and boasts a bevy of demos and other rarities.
Nils will be accompanied at the gigs by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta, whose many talents include playing keyboards, guitar and trumpet, as well as singing and tap dancing. Lofgren says Varlotta has given him some tap-dancing lessons, so he may just bust out some moves during his shows.
"I've gotten to the point now where I'm a good beginner and I'll throw it in the show occasionally with Greg," he tells ABC Radio. "And either it'll be a nice laugh or semi-musical, depending how I am that night."
Lofgren also says fans can expect him to do a lot of jamming on both acoustic and electric guitars, which he likes to play "through some cool foot pedals."
Nils also has begun lining up some shows in July, which he says he'll be playing solo.
In other news, Lofgren's long-out-of-print self-titled 1975 debut solo album, which also is known as the "Fat Man" album, will be reissued this Tuesday, May 5. Nils contributed new liner notes to the updated disc that tell the back story behind the record. Lofgren says the time that he recorded the album actually was quite traumatic for him, since his old band Grin had just broken up after being dropped by its label.
Meanwhile, Lofgren also tells ABC Radio that he's hoping his May concerts will "kind of shake me up and inspire me to start writing new songs." His plan is to start amassing material throughout 2015 for a follow-up to most recent studio effort, 2011's Old School.
5/1 -- Wyckoff, NJ, Carl Pfeifer Performing Arts Stage 5/3 -- Newton, NJ, The Newton Theatre 5/4 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 5/6 -- Somerville, MA, Arts at the Armory 5/7 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall 5/8 -- Millville, NJ, Levoy Theatre 5/9 -- West Long Branch, NJ, Pollak Theatre at Monmouth 5/10 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater 6/5 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 6/6 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 6/8 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 6/9 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 7/10 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live Northfield Park 7/11 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino 9/12 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort - The Showroom
Credit: MJ KimA new Grammy-related auction is offering a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience with the world's most famous rock star, Paul McCartney. Up for bid is the chance for two people to attend one of the former Beatles legend's upcoming concerts in Europe, as well as to meet Sir Paul backstage and watch his soundcheck before the show. Proceeds will benefit the MusiCares Foundation.
The winning bidder and a guest will get to check out the concert of their choice from premium seats. Among the shows available are McCartney's May gigs in London, Birmingham and Liverpool, U.K.; his June concerts in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Paris and Marseille, France; and his July performances in Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden. Travel and lodging expenses are not included.
The experience is valued at $75,000. As of Wednesday night, bidding was at $11,500.
You can bid on the McCartney package at CharityBuzz.com until May 7. The MusiCares Foundation provides programs and services to musicians and music industry people in need.
Paolo PellegrinU2’s Bono says he’s still unable to play the guitar, more than five months after he suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured left hand, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket in a bicycle accident in New York’s Central Park.
In an interview with The New York Times at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the band has been rehearsing in anticipation of the May 14 launch of its iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour, the singer declared, “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand.”
Bono held up his left hand for the Times reporter and admitted, “But this is the hard bit because I can’t play guitar.” He then looked at the other members of the band and remarked with a half-smile, “They don’t seem to mind.”
Pointing out the curled fourth finger and pinky of his left hand, Bono tells the Times, “I can’t bend these...”
The singer says another part of his left hand “is like rigor mortis,” adding, “but they say that nerves heal about a millimeter a week, so in about 13 months I should know if it’s coming back.”
The U2 frontman admitted his shoulder is better and “the face is better,” but his forearm and elbow are still numb in areas.
The tour kicks off May 14 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.