DELUXE EDITION OF DYLAN’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT DUE ON DVD
It has been decreed that a new, bolstered deluxe edition of Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration shall be released on March 4. Filmed in 1992 at Madison Square Garden, the once-in-a-lifetime event features outstanding performances of Dylan classics by Neil Young, The Band, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder and the late George Harrison and Lou Reed, among many others. Forty minutes of never-before-seen footage have been added to the forthcoming deluxe edition.
PAUL, RINGO A GO TO SHARE STAGE ON BEATLES TRIBUTE TV SPECIAL
The two surviving members of the Beatles will play together on an upcoming television special marking the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s arrival in America, Ringo Starr confirmed. He told Access Hollywood, “To celebrate the 50 years since we landed in New York…they are putting on a big show on Monday and we will be doing it there.” The “big show,” The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, will be taped this Monday in Los Angeles, and will air on CBS on February 9 at 8p. Starr and McCartney are also scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards this Sunday, albeit separately, when the Beatles will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
RINGO REMINISCES ON BEATLES ON ED SULLIVAN MOMENT
Millions of lives, including those of countless future musicians, were changed on February 9, 1964 when the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. After receiving the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award from director David Lynch’s Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education ad World Peace, Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone, “It was Ed Sullivan, and it was a big show, and we didn’t know while we were playing that 70 million people were watching, but it was being in America that was so exciting. All the music we loved was in America; it came from America to England. I could feel the buzz…it was so exciting.”
BUCKINGHAM TO JOIN SUPERGROUP FOR GRAMMYS FINALE
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place this Sunday in Los Angeles, and it was announced on Tuesday that a supergroup will close out the ceremony. The All-star lineup of stellar musicians making up the once-in-a-lifetime band will include Fleetwood Mac guitarist extraordinaire Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. So far, there is no news on what tune(s) the group will perform.
NICKS SPEAKS OF VISITING WITH WOUNDED SOLDIERS
In a recent interview with Ultimateclassicrock.com, Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks touched on her touching conversations with wounded soldiers during her many visits to military hospitals. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member said, “You can’t have an opinion…all you can do is support what’s happened. It’s not about the war at that point. It’s just about the kids who came home from the war. Nicks added that details of her conversations will always remain private, saying, “You talk to them, and they tell you their stories. You don’t tell anybody what they say. You can’t.”
PERRY MAKES VERY RARE APPEARANCE, TALKS “WRITING MUSIC”
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry journeyed out for a rare public appearance in Los Angeles at Guitar Center’s Drum-Off on January 18, where he served up “some background vocals and cowbell” during longtime friend drummer Steve Ferrone’s set. Asked by reporters what he’s been up to, the press-shy Perry replied, “I’ve just been writing music and seeing what I can find… It’s such a new cool…world of music when your mixing electric music and rock like Muse and Imagine Dragons. I think it’s such a cool new kind of direction.”
NEXT SLASH ALBUM “MORE SERIOUS AND MORE FUN AT THE SAME TIME”
In a long post on his official website, Slash bassist Todd Kerns expressed his passion for the songs to be found on the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love, which debuted at No 4 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart. Kerns wrote: “Not only do I feel that the material surpasses Apocalyptic Love, I think we are 10 times the band we were when that album was recorded. The material on this album is more serious and more fun at the same time, which is a tough balance indeed. The songs are sleazier, tougher and more dangerous. We are all very excited to unleash the monster upon you as soon as we can.”