YOUNG SETS FOUR BENEFIT GIGS IN CANADA TO SUPPORT TRIBAL RIGHTS
Canadian-born Neil Young has announced he will perform four benefit concerts in his native land to raise funds for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. Young’s “Honor the Treaties” shows will take place on January 12 in Toronto, the 16th in Winnipeg, the following night in Regina and January 19 in Calgary. The ACFN is waging a legal battle against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights.
RICHARDS REMINISCES ON ROLLING STONES’ EARLIEST DAYS
During an appearance on 60 Minutes Australia, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards talked about what it was like to start a band back in the day. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recalled, “Suddenly, you bumped into somebody. It all started kind of by accident. There’s music inside people. It’s called folk music, basically. It’s minstrels. It’s passed on without any formality.” Asked about the reason for the band’s longevity, Richards responded, “We crossed the generation gaps somehow. I can only presume it’s good music… There’s the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, and then there’s the Rolling Stones. I guess we’re part of the furniture, you know?”
ROLLING STONES HYDE PARK SHOW DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON SHOWTIME
As part of the Rolling Stones’ ongoing 50th anniversary celebration, the legendary band’s concert documentary Sweet Summer Sun – Return to Hyde Park will make its television premiere Friday, December 20 at 9p on Showtime. The film chronicles the world’s greatest rock and roll band’s return to the central London park for the first time since they staged a free concert there some 44 years ago. Sweet Summer Sun – Return to Hyde Park is also available on DVD and Blu-ray.
GABRIEL GRILLED ON NEXT ALBUM, POSSIBILITY OF GENESIS REUNION
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Peter Gabriel was asked about many things, including his progress (or lack thereof) on a new studio album and the possibility (or lack thereof) of a Genesis reunion. On his next studio set, He said, “It probably hasn’t moved nearly as much as I would have liked… There’s probably twenty [songs], and there are other ideas that are needing formation.” Asked (repeatedly) about the possibility of his involvement in a Genesis reunion, he replied, “It’s never been ruled out. I’m trying to picture a time when it would top my priorities list though. I just don’t know.”
MASON MOUNTS “TRAFFIC JAM” TREK, STARTING JANUARY 3
Rock and Roll Hall of fame member and Traffic co-founder Dave Mason will kick off a new round of tour dates dubbed Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam on January 3 in Atlantic City. The tour will touch down in 27 cities across the country and will feature a healthy helping of hits, a dose of deep tracks dating back to 1967’s Mr. Fantasy, plus memorable Mason numbers and new material as well. The run wraps May 18 in Newtown, NJ. Prior to hitting the highway for his Traffic Jam trek, Mason has three California dates set for this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
METALLICA MASTERS ALL 7 CONTINENTS AFTER ROCKING ANTARCTICA
A major bucket list item was checked off when Metallica performed in Antarctica on Sunday, giving the group the distinction of having performed on all seven continents. The show, dubbed “Freeze ‘Em All,” took place inside a small dome near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini in front of a group of 120 lucky (and hearty) contest winners. In order to preserve the fragile environment, the band played the show minus amplifiers. The sound was instead fed to each audience member via headphones. The show was also preserved on film for later release.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door; Eric Clapton – Give Me Strength: The ‘74/’75 Recordings.