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Lennon Regretted Political Statements?
Joe Flannery, The Beatles’ booking agent during the band's early career, claims John Lennon confessed that he had gone overboard with his political statements and had made a "t**" of himself.
Lennon was also planning to return to his hometown of
"'We should start talking about me coming home, before that b**tard Nixon gets me', he said. I was rather taken aback and asked him to explain. John launched into a diatribe against the former president. He was convinced that even out of office Nixon carried power and wanted him dead.
"He felt some kind of curse was hanging over him... His tone bothered me a little, expressing as it did what sounded like a touch of paranoia. 'It would be good to come home for a bit', he finally stated... He even suggested that I should fly out to
Lennon’s ‘65 Ferrari Up For Auction
John Lennon’s first car, a blue 1965 Ferrari 330GT, will be going up on the auction block in July.
Lennon paid a little over $10,000 (about $171,000 in today’s inflation-adjusted dollars) and put just over 20,000 miles on the car before selling it in October 1967.
As one of just 500 of this model Ferrari made and one of the few still with the original engine and chassis, this vehicle would be a valuable commodity on its own. But with its rare history the car is expected to sell for nearly $340,000.
Pop Star Perry, High School Choir Guest with the Stones
The Rolling Stones welcomed pop star Katy Perry and the
Perry duetted with Mick Jagger on ‘Beast Of Burden.’
Once again Mick Taylor, in addition to highlighting ‘Midnight Rambler,’ joined the band for the final encore of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’
Choir director Kim Ritzer said she thought it was a joke when she first got a message on Facebook from someone she didn't know inviting them to sing backup. She later learned a friend who teaches music at the
"When I announced it to the kids, I think their parents were more excited than they were because some of them didn't even know who the Rolling Stones were," Ritzer told KLAS-TV.
They sealed the deal with an audition via Skype for a representative of the band in
"I called my dad. He was screaming at me over the phone and said, 'Are you kidding me?'" said Kyle Sorenson, a freshman in the Green Valley High choir.
Organizers of Toronto’s Stratford Festival will hold a special daylong event to celebrate the upcoming opening of a revival of the stage musical based on The Who‘s 1969 rock opera, ‘Tommy.’
As part of the promotional extravaganza, dubbed “Pinballpalooza,” one-hundred pinball machines will be set up in the lobby of
The event also will offer special ticket deals for the new ‘Tommy’ production and performances by some of the cast members. A special ‘Tommy’-themed video pinball game can be played online at StratfordFestival.ca.
The revamped version of the ‘Tommy’ musical is in previews now at the Avon Theatre in
Astronaut Covers Bowie In Space, Posts Video
A Canadian astronaut has paid tribute to David Bowie, appropriately covering ‘Space Oddity’ while 230 miles above Earth.
Commander Chris Hadfield recorded his version to mark the end of his time on the International Space Station, posting his music video online on Sunday (12 May 13) ahead of his scheduled return to Earth the following day (13 May 13).
In the clip, Hadfield sings
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Hadfield writes, "With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here's Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World."
Hadfield has spent the last five months aboard the Iss, and has become an Internet sensation by tweeting regular updates about his experiences in zero gravity.
Foreigner: Gramm Recalls Brain Tumor
Just published is ‘Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock N’ Roll’ by original Foreigner frontman and co-founder, Lou Gramm. The book discusses Gramm’s experiences in Foreigner as well as his successful battle with substance abuse and near fatal brain tumor in 1997.
Lou Gramm shed some light on the tumor that threatened to permanently derail his career and possibly kill him: “It was a non-cancerous tumor, but it was the size of a large egg and it was in my frontal lobe and it had tentacles wrapped around my pituitary and optic nerve.”
Gramm was asked how he first realized that something was critically wrong with him: “I started getting incredible headaches — worse than any hangover I’d ever had. My long and short-term memory started to become spotty, and my eyes would cross once in a while. And I went for an
Sabbath: ‘CSI’ Behind the Scenes Video Posted
CBS has released a special behind-the-scenes video of the season finale of ‘CSI,’ which features a special appearance by Black Sabbath.
In the three-minute clip, star Ted Danson explains that the episode centers around the search for a serial killer, with three potential suspects, leading to a season-ending cliffhanger. At some point, Danson and co-star Marc Vann wind up at a club where Black Sabbath are performing. The episode will feature the premiere of the studio version of ‘End of the Beginning,’ from Sabbath’s album ‘13,’ which will be released June 11.
“It’ll be my first Black Sabbath concert,” Danson said. “How cool is that?”
For bassist Geezer Butler, a longtime fan of the show, the feeling was mutual. “I’ve watched every episode since it started,” he said while barely able to contain his excitement. “‘Cause I like crime stuff, and it was realistic.”
However, Ozzy Osbourne noted that playing a rock singer on a television show is considerably difference from being one, due to the delays that pop up during filming. “I’m not an actor,” he said. “It’s like a hurry-up-and-wait. When you see it on TV, it’s all done, but when you’re filming, there’s a lot of stuff going on.”
The episode will air this coming Wednesday (May 15) at Eastern.
Sabbath Starved During Early Years
Black Sabbath struggled to book shows in their native
The band landed a residency in
He tells Mojo magazine, "It was f**cking horrible. We were literally starving. Sometimes I'd cry because I'd be so hungry. But we couldn't get any gigs in
"You couldn't afford the petrol to go for just one gig so you had to stay there for two or three weeks. We used to push the van across
Mellencamp Musical To Tour In The Fall
‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,’ the Southern gothic musical with lyrics by Stephen King and music by John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett, will embark on a 20-city American tour beginning in October.
Mellencamp sparked the collaboration, which took place over a 13-year span, when he mentioned that a pair of brothers had met a grisly end in a cabin on his land. The first was accidentally killed as the two siblings battled over a girl, and the doomed couple then died not long after in a car accident. King quickly drew up an outline for a play, and work commenced from there in an off-and-on fashion.
“John can make rock ‘n’ roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives,” King says in a news release. “But that’s the safe way to do it — and that’s no way to live if you want to stay creative. We were willing to be educated, and at our age, that’s an accomplishment.”
Set in the village of Lake Belle Reve, Miss., the ‘Ghost Brothers’ narrative fills in an imagined backstory even while new songs — performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a live four-piece band — help frame their character’s emotions.
“This is a gothic story-driven rock concert,” director Susan Booth says. “I want the emphasis to be on this fantastic score and our great singers and how the story advances us from song to song. In most musicals, the songs advance the narrative. With ‘Ghost Brothers,’ the story will advance the songs.”
Tickets for the tour, which begins in
’Ghostland Brothers’ Tour Dates
24 Ft. Wayne,
25 Madison, Wisc. – Overture Hall
27 Appleton, Wisc. – Fox Cities Performing
Thin Lizzy: Lynott Statue Damaged
Investigators are looking for information after a statue of Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott in
Irish paper the Journal reports that two youths pushed over the monument in the early morning hours on Friday (May 10), tearing its bronze coat in the process. Investigators say the two young men then took off on foot, and they intend to speak to a group of people who came along and lifted the statue back up, as well as a delivery driver who may have been in the area at the time.
“It seems now that it was just a bunch of high spirited boys, who meant no harm,” Lynott’s mother, Philomena, tells Hot Press magazine. “So I am not annoyed with them. I’m only hoping that none of the lads got hurt.”
The life-sized statue of Lynott was unveiled at a ceremony in 2005 that was attended by a number of Lynott’s music industry peers. The attraction is a fixture of
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Rock Almanac/Notable Events
May 14th thru May 20st
Tuesday May 14th
1607 The first permanent settlement by Europeans in
1796 English physician Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox to an eight-year-old boy.
1804 The Lewis and
1897 John Philip Sousa's ‘Stars And Stripes Forever’ was first performed.
1904 The Olympic Games were held in the
1948 British rule in
1973 Skylab, the
1977 Heart released their 2nd album ‘Little Queen,’ featuring ‘Barracuda.’
1988 Atlantic Records celebrated its 40th anniversary with a star-studded gala at
1996 Magic Johnson retired from basketball for a second and final time.
1998 Frank Sinatra died at age 82.
1998 ‘Seinfeld’ aired its final episode on NBC.
1952 David Byrne, vocalist with the Talking Heads
1953 Tom Cochrane, Red Rider vocalist
Wednesday May 15th
1940 Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the
1941 The N.Y. Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio began his record 56-game hitting streak.
1967 Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman for the first time at the Bag O' Nails nightclub in
1970 Pink Floyd played at the Crystal Palace Bowl in
1971 Two experimental John Lennon and Yoko Ono films are screened at the Cannes Film Festival, ‘Apotheosis,’ and ‘Fly.’
1973 Nolan Ryan threw the first of his record seven career no-hitters.
1974 Bill Wyman released ‘Monkey Grip,’ the first solo album by a member of the Rolling Stones.
1975 Fleetwood Mac played their first concert with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in
1976 The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the album chart with 'Black And Blue', the group's sixth No.1 album in the
1976 The Steve Miller Band released their 9th studio album, ‘Fly Like an Eagle.’
Thursday May 16th
1868 The U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson in his impeachment trial.
1929 The first Academy Awards ceremony took place.
1969 John Lennon, declared "an inadmissible immigrant to the
1969 Pete Townshend spent an evening in jail after being charged with assault. Plainclothes police alert the crowd at NY’s Fillmore East that a grocery store next doors was on fire. Townshend thought the officer was an audience member and kicked him off stage. The audience doesn't leave until Townshend is finally dragged off.
1974 Queen’s Brian May collapsed in
1980 Former Buggles members Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes joined Yes, replacing Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson.
1985 The Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year.
1986 The movie ‘Top Gun,’ starring Tom Cruise, opened.
1987 U2 topped the singles chart for the first time with ‘With or Without You,’ which stayed on top for three weeks.
1990 Muppets creator Jim Henson died at age 53.
1998 Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book in his
2010 Ronnie James Dio, singer with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and solo, died at age 67, after a battle with stomach cancer.
Friday May 17th
1875 The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, in
1954 The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against segregation in schools in Brown v. Board of Education.
1971 Paul and Linda McCartney released the album ‘Ram.’
1973 Televised Watergate hearings started.
1975 Just two weeks before the start of the Rolling Stones' ‘Tour of the Americas '75,’ Mick Jagger put his right hand through a window at a restaurant on Long Island. The injury required 20 stitches but the tour goes on as scheduled.
1980 Peter Criss left KISS to establish a solo career.
1980 Joe Walsh released the single ‘All Night Long’ from the ‘Urban Cowboy’ movie soundtrack.
1987 A fire started by an arsonist destroyed Tom Petty's
1989 Bill Wyman's first ‘Sticky Fingers’ restaurant opened in
1989 At the Cannes Film Festival, Roger Daltrey said he wanted to become a doctor of Chinese medicine. He said he never felt that singing and acting were proper careers and that he wanted to study herbal medicine and acupuncture.
1998 N.Y. Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to throw a perfect game.
2010 ZZ Top made a cameo appearance on ‘Two and a Half Men.’
Saturday May 18th
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France.
1963 The Beatles kicked off their first headlining tour with a concert at the Grenada Theatre in
1979 Journey hosted ‘The Special’ and performed ‘Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’’ & ‘City of the Angels.’
1982 Joe Strummer reappeared after disappearing for a month moving to
1991 R.E.M. went to No.1 on the album chart with 'Out Of Time.'
2004 Randy Johnson, age 40, became the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game.
2011 John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' sold for $237,132 at an auction.
1949 Rick Wakeman, keyboardist with Yes
Sunday May 19th
1536 Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded.
1588 The 130-ship-strong Spanish Armada set sail for
1884 The first Ringling Brothers circus was performed.
1928 The first annual
1935 British author and soldier, T. E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.
1960 DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.
1962 Marilyn Monroe sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Pres. Kennedy.
1965 FBI Agents visited the Wand Records offices to investigate the lyrics to ‘Louie Louie.’
1976 Keith Richards crashed his Bentley into a highway divider in Newton Pagnell, north of
1978 Dire Straits released their first major label single, 'Sultans Of Swing.’
1979 Supertramp was No. 1 on the album chart with ‘Breakfast in
1979 Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr perform with Eric Clapton, Denny Laine and Mick Jagger at a wedding reception for Clapton and the former Mrs. Harrison, Patti Boyd. The two married the previous March.
1980 Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach were involved in a car crash. Although the car was totaled, they were not seriously injured.
1981 Sting was named “Songwriter of The Year” at the 26th Ivor Novello Awards.
1986 Peter Gabriel released the ‘So’ album.
1992 Vice President Dan Quayle criticized ‘Murphy Brown’ for its title character giving birth out of wedlock.
1994 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in
1996 Peter Frampton made a guest voice appearance as himself on ‘The Simpsons.’
1945 Pete Townshend, The Who and solo guitarist-vocalist
1949 Dusty Hill, ZZ Top guitarist-vocalist
1952 Joey Ramone, Ramones frontman
1954 Phil Rudd, AC/DC drummer
Monday May 20th
1927 Charles Lindbergh began the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, departing from
1932 Amelia Earhart took off from
1966 Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive for their gig at the Ricky Tick Club in
1967 Jimi Hendrix signed his first American record contract with Reprise Records. The Jimi Hendrix Experience had already released records on the Polydor and Track labels in
1968 Pete Townshend married Karen Astley, daughter of British composer and producer Edwin Astley.
1989 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were the musical guest on the season finale of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ performing ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’ & ‘Free Fallin.’
1993 The last episode of ‘Cheers’ aired on NBC. Over 80 million tuned in.
1995 Don Henley married Sharon Summerall in
1997 The last episode of ‘Roseanne’ aired on
1997 U2 caused chaos in
1998 Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was taken to a hospital in
2000 The Guess Who performed at a
1944 Joe Cocker, singer-songwriter
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