• Aretha Franklin Accepts Icon Honor, Sings "Happy Birthday" to Taylor Swift at "Billboard" Women in Music Awards

    Aretha Franklin Accepts Icon Honor, Sings "Happy Birthday" to Taylor Swift at "Billboard" Women in Music Awards

    Aretha Franklin was paid some significant R-E-S-P-E-C-T on Friday in New York City at the Billboard Women in Music Awards ceremony, where she received the prestigious Icon of the Year prize.  Billboard reports that The Queen of Soul was introduced by her longtime collaborator Clive Davis, who acknowledged that this year Franklin had become the first women to score 100 tunes on the magazine’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. During his introduction, Davis also remembered the first time he met Aretha, noting, “In 1980, she cooked dinner with me and we spent hours in her kitchen, trading music experiences and exploring whether… Read more

  • The Temptations and Four Tops Give Surprise Performance During Visit to the White House on Friday

    The Temptations and Four Tops Give Surprise Performance During Visit to the White House on Friday

    A pair of famous Motown acts, The Temptations and The Four Tops, brought some soulful holiday cheer to the Oval Office on Friday afternoon.  The two groups were on a holiday tour of the White House and while there, stopped in to visit with President Obama. The Temptations and The Four Tops also treated some people who also were touring the White House’s East Room to a surprise musical performance that included abridged versions of “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got.”  In addition, the Motown legends joined a group of White House carolers for a… Read more

  • Alice Cooper's 2014 Christmas Pudding Show Scheduled for Saturday, Features Nils Lofgren, Night Ranger & More

    Alice Cooper's 2014 Christmas Pudding Show Scheduled for Saturday, Features Nils Lofgren, Night Ranger & More

    The 14th annual edition of Alice Cooper‘s star-studded holiday fundraising event, Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding, will take place on Saturday at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.  In addition to a headlining set by the shock rocker, this year’s show will include performances by Nils Lofgren of Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, Night Ranger, ex-Deep Purple/Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, blues rocker Jonny Lang and hard-rock bands P.O.D. and Thousand Foot Krutch. For the first time ever at a Christmas Pudding event, Cooper is planning to play the same 60-minute set he’s been featuring on his latest tour dates.  Alice’s daughter Calico… Read more

  • Mick Fleetwood Talks Photography and "Little Green Magic Mushrooms"

    Mick Fleetwood Talks Photography and "Little Green Magic Mushrooms"

    Stevie Nicks isn’t the only photographer in Fleetwood Mac. This fall Nicks has been showing exhibits of photographic self-portraits, and now band co-founder Mick Fleetwood also is showcasing his photography in an exhibit — Reflections: An Exhibition of Original Photographs by Mick Fleetwood — while the group is on tour. Fleetwood is scheduled to appear alongside his photos at Fort Lauderdale’s Wentworth Gallery on December 18, the night before Fleetwood Mac’s concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. His passion for photography, he said, comes from his childhood. His father was in Britain’s Royal Air Force, and the family lived… Read more

  • AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Metallica Among Most Played Jukebox Artists of 2014

    AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Metallica Among Most Played Jukebox Artists of 2014

    Rock and roll ain’t noise pollution, at least not for folks playing music on jukeboxes.  TouchTunes, the company that maintains a network of more than 60,000 jukeboxes at bars and restaurants across the nation, is out with its list of the most played artist of 2014, and AC/DC is in at #2. Other classic rockers got a lot of spins on TouchTunes machines this year too.  Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd take the#5 position, followed by Detroit rocker Kid Rock at #6. The Rolling Stones come in at #8, with Metallica rounding out the top 10.  From coast to coast, rock… Read more

  • R.E.M. Bassist Mike Mills: "Singles Are What Made Us Love Music"

    R.E.M. Bassist Mike Mills: "Singles Are What Made Us Love Music"

    This week saw the release of 7IN— 83-88, a reissue collection of the 11 seven-inch vinyl singles that R.E.M. recorded for I.R.S. Records from 1983 through 1988. While some of those singles were pop hits — like “The One I Love,” which reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987 — bass player Mike Mills tells Rolling Stone hits were almost beside the point. “Singles for us were just great things in and of themselves, with or without being hits,” he said. “Singles are what we grew up on, singles are what made us love music in the beginning,… Read more

  • Daryl Hall Hosting "Daryl's Rock 'N Soul New Year's Eve" Live Stream

    Daryl Hall Hosting "Daryl's Rock 'N Soul New Year's Eve" Live Stream

    If hanging out in New York City’s Times Square freezing your butt off isn’t your idea of a fun New Year’s Eve, Daryl Hall is offering fans an alternative. Starting at 9:25 p.m. ET on December 31, Hall is hosting Daryl’s Rock ‘N Soul New Year’s Eve, a live-streaming event that you can purchase access to at his website, DarylsHouseClub.com.  Hall himself will perform, of course, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the City of Hope medical research and treatment center.  “This is the first of what will hopefully be an annual event,” Hall said in a… Read more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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