Aaron Neville is set to tape a PBS special based around songs from his upcoming doo-wop album co-produced by Keith Richards. The November 28th show at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York will feature Neville performing songs from My True Story, which is due out January 22nd. The special will air on PBS in March.
John Lennon is the next rock 'n roller with his on app. The John Lennon Letters app is coming soon for Apple devices in Apple's app store. It will contain some of the correspondence in the Hunter Davies book The John Lennon Letters, plus 10 that were not in the book for total of 88. It will also include Beatles music and readings from actor Christopher Eccleston, who played Lennon in the 2010 movie Lennon Naked.
The New York Post reports that the Aerosmith tour is not going exactly as planned. The band members are "barely speaking to each other." There's deep disappointment that CD sales have lagged below expectations. Demand for their new music is lackluster. Not one date on their concert tour is sold out. Lead singer Steven Tyler appears to be distracted trying to juggle a tour and a failed engagement.
Jimmy Page figured that in the five years since Led Zeppelin reunited in 2007 in London that they would've gotten back together for another show or two, but with the passage of time, it looks more and more likely that just won't happen. For now, next Monday's release of that 2007 concert, Celebration Day, on DVD, CD and vinyl will have to do.
Rock 'n roll birthdays this week include Petula Clark, who turns 80. Petula became the #1 female act of the British Invasion in the 60s with hits like Downtown, Don't Sleep in the Subway and I Know a Place. Petula continues to make some appearances.
Happy birthday this week to Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad of ABBA. Frida turns 67 this week. The Swedish supergroup became a 70s pop phenomenon with their hits Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Take A Chance On Me and many others. The group went through an acrimonious split in the early 80s but ABBA tributes continue to draw huge crowds.
Gene Simmons has sworn off groupies. The rock 'n roll legend who claims he slept with 4800 women before marring Shannon Tweed last year says he's not in the market for #4801. He went on to say, " At some point, every guy has got to get over his selfishness and arrogance and lying."
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have launched their new charity, Teen Cancer America. It's an offshoot of Daltrey's Teenage Cancer Trust charity in England. Teen Cancer America's mission is to improve the quality of life for teens and young adults with cancer by partnering with hospitals to create facilities, develop and support programs, and raise awareness. The Who took their Quadrophenia tour to Washington DC this week with a show also planned in Brooklyn.
Ringo Starr is hard at work on his next album, less than 10 months after the release of Ringo 2012. In a video post on his website, Ringo says, "I've started working on it in a slow sort of way...I haven't got a title yet, but we've got plenty of time." Ringo has a tour of the Pacific Rim with his All-Star Band in February and early March.
Now it's Mick Jagger's turn to defend The Rolling Stones' ticket prices to their five upcoming shows, two in London and three in the New York City area. Mick says, "It's a very expensive show to put on. Normally you do a hundred shows and you'd have the same expenses. Most of the tickets go for a higher price than we've sold them for, so you can see the market is there. We don't participate in that profit. If a ticket costs $400 and goes for $1500 (on the secondary market), I want to pint out that we don't get that difference."
Yoko Ono says she's thankful for Paul McCartney's recent comments that she did not break up The Beatles. She says, "I thought people knew that I was not responsible, but surprisingly, many people still felt that. He was very brave. So I'd like to say thank you Paul. I love you, we love you."
John Fogerty is the latest rocker to sell his memoirs. Little, Brown and Company will publish the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman's life story in 2014. Fogerty commented this week, "The kid from El Cerrito (California) wanted to be the best musician in the world...accomplished that goal against all odds, only to have it fall apart on top of me."
The Rolling Stones opened their rehearsal last Thursday to the 40 or so fans gathered outside. They were treated to six songs, including their latest One More Shot from Grrrr!. Keith Richards said what struck him was "the enthusiasm that just comes from the music...The Power and the energy that's coming out of the band, that surprised me...Everybody is dying to get out there and do this stuff."
Rock 'n roll birthday this week include Ruby Nash Curtis, whose group Ruby & The Romantics hit the top of the chart in 1963 with the hit Our Day Will Come. Ruby turns 73. Also, happy 69th birthday to Brian Hyland who turns 69. He's most known for Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini and Gypsy Woman. Booker T. Jones of Booker T & The MG's fame turns 68 this week.
Also wishing a happy birthday to Neil Young this week. Neil turns 67. Neil first gained nationwide fame with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the late 60s. He also had a series of solo hits in the 70s including Heart of Gold, his biggest hit.