The Super Bowl halftime show hasn't always been a showcase for the hottest names in music. The first two decades of the Super Bowl featured many college marching band and Up with People. Chubby Checker was actually the first rock-era artist to be a part of the halftime show in 1988 in San Diego. Gloria Estefan appeared at halftime of Super Bowl 26 between the Redskins and the Bills.
The 2013 Winter Dance Party is underway, with four days of events in Clear Lake, Iowa dedicated to the legacy of Buddy Holly. Buddy was killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake in 1959. There are exhibits and events featuring a screening of the 1979 move The Buddy Holly Story. Actor Gary Busey, who played Buddy in the movie, will join Saturday's all-star concert along with Eric Burdon, Denny Laine, Terry Sylvester, Tommy Allsup (from Buddy's band) and host Peter Asher.
There's a new live DVD release out this week from Chicago. This one captures the highlights of their 2011 world tour. Chicago Tour 2011 contains concert footage from London, Paris, Rome, here in the U.S. and many more stops on their 2011 tour. There's also behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, archival photos and more. It's available on the band's website: www.ChicagoTheBand.com.
Eric Burdon has released the album 'Til Your River Runs Dry. The former front-man of The Animals says he's finally comfortable enough with his British Invasion legacy to write and record the kind of blues-jazza material that's meant the most to him.
Meat Loaf is still uneasy as he recovers from knee surgery last November. A post on his Facebook page says, "Still in pain but rest assured, it ain't affecting Meat's creative brain. The ideas are flowing for this tour. I'm excited for when you guys finally get to see what Meat's got in store for you!". Meat Loaf's Last at Bat tour begins in April in Europe.
The Eagles were recently in Park City, Utah for the premiere of their documentary, The History of the Eagles, which will be shown on Showtime next month. Don Henley recently said the documentary will set the stage for The History of the Eagles tour, which will start in June. He said, it "very well may be [their] last tour," and that it will feature fromer members Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon, but not former guitarist Don Felder, since they aren't on speaking terms with him.
Brian Wilson says he still doesn't know if and when The Beach Boys are going to record more music together. He went on to say that if nothing is happening with the group, he may forge ahead on his next solo project, but says he hasn't gotten too far on writing the rock and roll album he's been talking about.
Paul McCartney has written a new essay about being a vegetarian. The piece for The Huffington Post is tied into the new ad campaign for the Linda McCartney brand's vegetarian food line that will start running in England this week. McCartney wrote, "Growing up in Liverpool, I would have thought of a vegetarian as a wimp." But he's happy that attitudes about going meat-free have changed over the years.
Lady Antebellum spent the weekend with Stevie Nicks, working up the set list for their upcoming CMT Crossroads special. Stevie also practiced singing the opening lines of the Lady A hit Need You Now.