Classic Rock News

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

TYLER, PERRY TAPPED TO RECEIVE SPECIAL ASCAP HONOR

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will present Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry with the ASCAP Founders Award during its 30th annual Pop Music Awards on April 17 In Los Angeles. The honor is given to songwriters in recognition of the exceptional contribution they’ve made to music. Previous recipients include Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Patti Smith and Neil Young, to name just a few.

 

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND SETS DATES FOR SECOND PEACH MUSIC FEST

Details were rolled out Tuesday for the Allman Brothers Band’s second annual Peach Music Festival, taking place August 15-18 at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain Sno Mountain Ski Area in Scranton, PA. Early lineup information includes ABB and Bob Weir & RatDog performing two nights a piece, plus additional performances by the Black Crowes, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Rusted Root, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and many more acts to be announced soon. Tickets for the four-day camp and rock event go on sale Friday.

SIR PAUL, PETTY TO HEADLINE BONNAROO BILL

Bonnaroo, one of the biggest, most successful and highly anticipated festivals of the year, announced its lineup Tuesday, with Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers andGRammy winners Mumford & Sons serving as headliners. Additional acts slated to perform over June 13 through 15 in Manchester, TN include ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule, Wilco, Billy Idol, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Dwight Yoakam, the Gaslight Anthem and “Weird Al” Yankovic, among others, with more acts to be named soon.

PETTY, PEPPERS AMONG ACTS INKED FOR DELAWARE’S FIREFLY FEST

Organizers of the second annual Firefly music festival, scheduled for June 21-23 in Dover, DE confirmed Tom Petty (with special guest) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be among the 72 acts slated to perform. The diverse lineup also includes the Lumineers, the Avett Brothers, Public Enemy, MGMT, Alabama Shakes, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People and Grizzly Bear.

THREE MORE LYNNE, ELO RELEASES DUE IN 2013

As part of ongoing celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of Electric Light Orchestra, three more Jeff Lynne and ELO-related releases will see the light of day this year. On April 23, Frontier Records will serve up Electric Light Orchestra Live as well as two reissues: a remastered and expanded edition of ELO’s Zoom and a bolstered version of Lynne’s 1990 solo debut album Armchair Theatre, featuring guest appearances by George Harrison, Tom Petty and Richard Tandy.

RECORD BIZ LEGEND DAVIS COMES OUT ON TV’S KATIE

Music industry icon Clive Davis reaffirmed Tuesday what he’d already written about in his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life (out yesterday): he is bisexual. In an appearance Tuesday on Katie, he told Katie Couric that following his “failed marriage” in the mid-80s, “I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have a relationship with a man as well as the two that I had with a woman.” Davis is currently “in a monogamous relationship,” though he stopped short of saying with whom.

COOPER CONCERT CRUISE CANCELLED

Apparently, spending Halloween on the high seas with Alice Cooper spooked lots of people from buying tickets. The rocker’s planned The Ship of Fear Cruise from Miami to the Bahamas for five days starting October 28 has been canceled due to lack of “consumer demand,” which of course is a nice way of saying not enough people purchased tickets.

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