• Brian Wilson Biopic to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September

    Brian Wilson Biopic to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September

    Love & Mercy, the upcoming biopic focusing on troubled Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, will be among the movies that will get their world premieres at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Billboard reports.  The fest is scheduled to run from September 4 to September 14. As previously reported, Love & Mercy will feature John Cusack as an older Brian, while Paul Dano will portray Wilson as a young man.  The film is described as presenting “an unconventional portrait” of Wilson that will depict various important episodes in his life, including his artistic achievements with The Beach Boys, his struggles… Read more

  • Tree Planted in L.A. Park in Honor of Late Beatle George Harrison Eaten by Beetles

    Tree Planted in L.A. Park in Honor of Late Beatle George Harrison Eaten by Beetles

    A pine tree that was planted in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park in 2004 in memory of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has met an ironic fate.  L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge revealed recently to the Los Angeles Times‘ “Pop & Hiss” music blog that the tree has died after being infested with, yes, beetles. The tree, which was only a sapling when it was planted near the Griffith Park Observatory, featured a commemorative plaque at its base acknowledging Harrison’s contributions as a musician and a humanitarian, as well as his love for gardening.  The tree had grown to 10 feet in… Read more

  • Hall & Oates: "The '80s Weren't as Much Fun as You Might Think"

    Hall & Oates: "The '80s Weren't as Much Fun as You Might Think"

    Daryl Hall & John Oates ruled the charts in the early to mid-’80s, scoring a seemingly endless string of hits, appearing on MTV 24/7 and even headlining Live Aid.  But now, looking back, the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inductees say those days weren’t really the endless party that most people assume they were. “The ’80s weren’t as much fun as you might think,” John Oates tells the British paper The Guardian.  “The demands were so great.  When you’re in a rock band, traveling in a van, you may wish you were in a private plane, but you really… Read more

  • Billy Joel to Receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

    Billy Joel to Receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

    Not bad for a kid from Long Island.  Billy Joel will be the next recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  The Library of Congress made the announcement Tuesday morning. The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a musician “whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin,” the pianist/composer and lyricist brothers who together wrote some of pop music’s most enduring standards. The announcement of Joel’s honor calls him “one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world” and “a storyteller of the… Read more

  • James Brown Takes the Stage Again at the Apollo with "Get On Up" Premiere

    James Brown Takes the Stage Again at the Apollo with "Get On Up" Premiere

    Monday night, James Brown‘s music lit up the famed Apollo Theater once again, with the star-studded premiere of the biopic Get On Up: The James Brown Story in New York. Directed by The Help‘s Nate Taylor, the project stars 42‘s Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. It took years for Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer to get it off the ground, but it took a Rolling Stone to get it rolling. Mick Jagger came on as co-producer, and on the red carpet, the rock legend said proudly, “I’m so glad this movie’s finally come out and I’m really pleased with… Read more

  • Yes' Chris Squire Says Lead Singer Jon Davison Helped Freshen Band's Whole Approach on New Album

    Yes' Chris Squire Says Lead Singer Jon Davison Helped Freshen Band's Whole Approach on New Album

    Yes‘ latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, hits stores today.  The record is the first to feature the band’s new lead singer, Jon Davison, who officially joined the lineup in early 2012. Beyond lending his voice to the project, Davison made significant songwriting contributions too, writing or co-writing seven of the album’s eight tracks.  Founding Yes bassist Chris Squire tells ABC News Radio that “he encouraged [Jon] as much as possible to” collaborate with the band’s other members and he says he’s extremely pleased with the results. “It’s turned out to be surprisingly fresh, and Jon’s input has definitely freshened… Read more

  • New Upstate New York Hotel Celebrates Bob Dylan and the Woodstock Festival

    New Upstate New York Hotel Celebrates Bob Dylan and the Woodstock Festival

    A new hotel named after Bob Dylan opened last month in Woodstock, New York, that pays tribute to the musical history that emerged in and near the small Catskill Mountains town during the late 1960s.  Hotel Dylan features 11 rooms with names that evoke the Flower Power era and the famous Woodstock Festival, including “The Jimi,” “The Joplin,” “The Cocker,” “The Roadies,” “The Van” and “The Hippie Chick.” The hotel’s largest room is called The Band Suite, named after the influential Americana outfit that served as Dylan’s backing group early in its career, and recorded that legendary Basement Tapes with… Read more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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