I worked for ABC Studios as the Night Manager when Jay reigned. He was quite a character.
This is how Donald and Walter showed up for work. I loved it when they came in. Quiet and peaceful - no ego trips. All about the music.
Steely Dan are set for a European tour in the summer.
Jury selection (Voir Dire) begins on Monday, March 19, in the first-degree murder trial of record producer Phil Spector in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Spector is accused of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003, found dead of gunshot wounds in his Alhambra, California, mansion after a night out on the town with Spector.
The trial will be televised on Court TV, at the discretion of the judge. More here.
Counsel for the defense is Bruce Cutler, famed for his work on behalf of mobster John Gotti.
Courtesy of Billboard, some observations from backstage at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame,including comments from Michael Stipe (REM going back into the studio), and also Mr. Hagar holds forth on the future of Van Halen, such as it is.
"R.E.M. played live with former drummer Bill Berry following an induction speech by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, but backstage, Michael Stipe and Mike Mills said for now, just one night on stage with their old mate would have to do. "We've been fortunate enough to play with him several times in the past few years. Maybe we'll do it again. He can't wait to get back to his farm," Mills said. "As a matter of fact, he's already left," Stipe chimed in.
The band will hit the studio to record its next studio album in May with producer Jacknife Lee ("I'm writing songs as we speak," Stipe joked). As reported on Monday, the original quartet recorded a cover of John Lennon's "#9 Dream" for an upcoming Darfur charity album. "We chose that song because there are no lyrics in the chorus," Stipe offered.
Mills said he was thrilled at the diversity of this year's induction class, recalling listening to records from the Sugar Hill label back in Athens, Ga., in the late 1970s. "Who knew back in 1979 when we were listening to this stuff that we'd even meet these guys, much less be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," he beamed.
Backstage, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony said there were no hard feelings they were not included on Van Halen's planned summer tour with David Lee Roth, which is now in shambles. "I totally encourage the thing with Dave," Hagar said. "If Van Halen has any move they should do for the fans right now, it's to do a reunion with Dave." Added Anthony of the absent Roth, "I was waiting for him to come busting through at some point during the speech."
"If we all grew up, including me, maybe all of us could do it together," Hagar said of future Van Halen touring. "I'm down with that." He added, "I planned on taking this year off and just hanging with my family. I haven't done that for a long time. [But] I will tour from my birthday in October through next year."
Velvet Revolver performed in place of Van Halen and without Roth. Frontman Scott Weiland explained the ensuing controversy: "We were asked to perform. Kinda what happened was, he wanted to sing the song 'Jump.' We felt from an artistic standpoint, and I'm being totally honest with you, that it wasn't a song we felt comfortable with. We don't have keyboards. To bring a keyboard on stage wouldn't work for us. We said we'd do "Jamie's Cryin'" or "You Really Got Me," and he was adamant that wasn't okay."
Tickets will go on sale this week for Lou Reed's European premiere of the entirety of his 1973 landmark album 'Berlin'. Concerts will feature Reed performing with a 30-piece ensemble including his band, a string and horn section, and a children's choir. The European concerts begin in Brussels on June 18th, and will visit Holland, France, Germany,Italy and Britain where Lou will perform two concerts at the London Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st.
Tickets for the London concerts will go on sale at 9am on Friday March 16th.
These appearances are a rare insight into one of music's most influential minds. "I only do this every 30 years," says Reed. "One time, one time only. You can tell your kids you saw Lou Reed's Berlin."
Bring the kids.
All the details here.
The headline says it all. Story here. Hope he makes a go of it, and we can see Van Halen out on the road after all.
If you know someone who should go into drug rehab or need an intervention by friends and family to get them involved in alcohol rehabilitation, then it's a good idea to get a supportive group together to help them get the treatment they need, so they don't end up going to a drug rehab center when things become worse. Alcoholism has two end results - death or recovery.
Details are scanty at present, but it is reported that Brad Delp, 55, the lead singer of Boston, has passed of unknown causes at his home in New Hampshire. His partnership with Tom Scholz created the hugely successful Boston sound, and Brad is known as being one of the good guys in the rock music world. Brad leaves two children with former wife Micki. He was scheduled to wed fiance Pamela Sullivan during an upcoming Boston tour this summer.
The only original member of Van Halen scheduled to appear on the telecast for the RRHOF awards on March 12, will be bassist Michael Anthony. The band will not perform either(presumably Velvet Revolver will fill in). What this says about the current state of rock music, you can probably figure out. Story from the LA Times. I am sorry to hear it.