SANTANA, JOEL AMONG 2013 KENNEDY CENTER HONOREES
Fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Carlos Santana and Billy Joel along with jazz superstar Herbie Hancock have been named to receive 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The three musical masters will be welcomed by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the 36th annual ceremony, scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on December 7.
BEATLES ON-AIR-LIVE AT THE BBC VOLUME 2 DUE NOVEMBER 11
The New York Times reports the Beatles second set of BBC Radio sessions, On-Air-Live at the BBC Volume 2, will arrive November 11and will feature 63 tracks over two discs. The compilation is the follow up to the 1994 double-CD collection issued on Capitol Records which held 69 tracks. As with Volume 1, the new package will include interviews, intros and studio banter, including early live takes on Beatlemania favorites “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Please Please Me” and “This Boy.”
SIR PAUL CAUGHT ON CAMERA SINGING “NEW” TUNE
Cameras were rolling backstage when Paul McCartney was spotted first whistling, then humming and eventually singing his new song, “New,” while preparing to hit the stage at a recent undisclosed performance. The video ends with the former Beatle’s current band members joining him for an impromptu barbershop quartet-like rendition of the title track to his upcoming album, New, due October 15.
BON JOVI STICKING IN MEXICO WHILE DRUMMER RECOVERS
The members of Bon Jovi have announced they’ll stay in Mexico until drummer Tico Torres is fully recovered from emergency appendix surgery. The New Jersey rockers were forced to cancel their planned Tuesday gig in Mexico City at the last minute after Torres was rushed to a hospital to undergo the unscheduled procedure to remove his appendix. The decision to stay south of the border could lead to the cancellation of upcoming gigs. Jon Bon Jovi said in a statement: “We are sorry for any inconvenience this sudden change of plans may have caused. We’ll reschedule any dates that we can and will continue the tour through December.
YOUNG DEBUTS NEW TUNE AT TINY CLUB
Fans of Pegi Young, wife of Neil Young, were treated to a very special surprise Wednesday night at Pegi’s gig at the 30-capacity Johnny D’s in Somerville, MA when her husband jumped onstage and performed a brand new tune. Fan footage captured the Youngs jamming to Neil’s new song, apparently titled “Drive My Car.” As previously reported, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young will headline the 27th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, set for October 26 and 27 in Mountain View, CA.
SIXX SAYS BACH BEING ASKED TO JOIN MOTLEY CRUE NOT TRUE
Last week, Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach made news when he revealed he’d once been asked to replace Vince Neil in Motley Crue. Now, Nikki Sixx says Bach being asked to join the band is news to him. The longtime Motley Crue bassist said, “I don’t know where Sebastian got this. I think maybe Sebastian wanted to be in Motley Crue and just forgot to tell us that he wanted to be in Motley Crue when we were looking for a singer. Which I don’t think we would have taken him anyway, just because of our friends from Skid Row.”
IRON MAIDEN SHOOTS DOWN REPORT SINGER MAKES MILITARY WEAPONS
Simple semantics may have been the spark that led a seemingly misinformed blogger to accuse Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson of inadvertently funding the manufacturing of military drones through his investment in the company Hybrid Air Vehicles. In an article titled Bruce Dickinson: Rock ‘n’ Roll Warmonger, the unidentified writer alleges HAV was awarded a $500,000 million contract to manufacture military drones for the U.S. government. I a statement, an Iron Maiden spokesperson said, “Rather than being involved in attacks in the Third World, as this writer as claimed…HAVs are designed to offer much needed assistance to civilians, businesses and governments that would be unavailable otherwise, due to the unique nature of these vehicles.”
MORRISON’S MOONDANCE REISSUES OFFERED IN 3 PACKAGES
Warner Bros Records is preparing to expand brilliance personified with the October 22 release of not one, not two, but three separate reissues of the Van Morrison 1970 masterpiece, Moondance. The classic collection will be available as a remastered single-CD straight reissue, a two-disc expanded edition and a monstrous five-disc box set featuring three discs of previously unreleased material, a Blu-ray with 5.1 surround sound audio and extensive booklet.