This Day in Music: June 13th

Monday, June 13, 2011    12:01 AM

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Born on this day:

1934, Uriel Jones, session drummer for Motown Records
1940, Bobby Freeman, soul singer
1949, Dennis Locorriere, guitar, Dr. Hook
1963, Robbie Merrill, bassist, Godsmack
1963, Paul De Lisle, bassist, Smash Mouth
1968, David Gray, singer, songwriter
1970, Rivers Cuomo, singer, songwriter, guitarist, Weezer

1964, The Beatles performed two shows at Centennial Hall, Adelaide, South Australia. Drummer Jimmy Nicol filled in for Ringo Starr, who had been ill. Starr rejoined The Beatles the next day in Melbourne.

1969, The Rolling Stones held a press conference in Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor.

1970, Grand Funk Railroad, supported by Steel Mill (featuring Bruce Springsteen), appeared at the Ocean Ice Palace in Bricktown, New Jersey. Tickets were $5.00.

1972, Clyde McPhatter, the original lead vocalist with The Drifters, died of a heart attack in New York. McPhatter joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes in 1950, then formed The Drifters in 1953. He would go on to have several hits as a solo artist, including 1962’s “Lover Please.” He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

1995, Alanis Morissette released Jagged Little Pill. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide. Morissette also became the first Canadian woman to score a #1 album in the U.S.

2000, 37-year-old Susan Santodonato fell and died outside of New York radio station WMRV-FM. A crowd had gathered outside the station after a disc jockey claimed Britney Spears was in the studio. It was a hoax using a Britney Spears impersonator.

Two and a Half Men Producer Says Pat Metheny ‘Demolished’ His Music Career

Monday, June 13, 2011    12:01 AM

Chuck Lorre, the producer of Two and a Half Men (and recent target of Charlie Sheen tirades), recently admitted that he once dreamed of pursuing a career as a guitarist, a dream that was scuttled by none other than jazz great Pat Metheny. Speaking on his website’s “Vanity Card,” Lorre revealed that an episode of his other Top 10 program, The Big Bang Theory, was inspired by an early run-in with the guitar great.

Lorre recalled being a 22-year-old guitarist with “serious chops,” or so he thought until one fateful afternoon at a University of Miami guitar class:

“A painfully shy, 16-year-old boy walked into the room,” he recalled. “He could barely speak nor make eye contact with anyone, seemed dwarfed by his big jazz guitar, and was ludicrously introduced as a visiting professor to the university. His name was Pat Metheny. I’ll never forget how I felt when he began to play. It was an imploding feeling, like the kind you get when your ego is being demolished like an old Vegas casino. Thankfully, the feeling was accompanied by a soft, reassuring voice in my head that whispered, ‘Find work in television, nobody’s a prodigy there.’”

Alice Cooper wants Rock Version of X Factor

Monday, June 13, 2011    12:01 AM

Rock legend Alice Cooper has said that he wants to create a rock and roll TV reality show. According to NME.comCooper feels that contemporary rock bands lack “attitude.”

He told the U.K.’s Daily Star, ahead of his appearance at the Download festival, “Forget The X Factor, I’d like to see a TV show that discovers a real songwriting rock genius,” he said. “I’d call it Lunatic Fringe. Bands don’t have attitude any more. They’re all beige and have no showmanship. My generation was the opposite. Striving for normality was never an option.”

Alice Cooper also said that he’s a fan of pop acts with attitude, like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. “It’s infinitely more fun watching somebody like Lady Gaga. The same with Katy Perry. She’s got a great pop sense.”

Beady Eye to Provide TV Theme Song

Monday, June 13, 2011    12:01 AM

Beady Eye have been tapped to provide the theme song for a new BBC television show, according to the U.K.’s MetroIn with the Flynns is a remake of the short-lived U.S. TV show, Grounded for Life, and will star Will Mellor of Waterloo Road and White Van Man fame. Liam Gallagher and company’s “For Anyone” will serve as the show’s theme song.

Meanwhile, the group just played at the Isle of Wight festival this weekend, where they filmed a video for their next single, “The Beat Goes On.” The group will also be playing at the Reading and Leeds, T in the Park and Oxegen festivals this summer.

Beatles’ First U.S. Concert Photos to be Auctioned

Monday, June 13, 2011    12:01 AM

U.S. photographer Mike Mitchell is auctioning his Beatles photo collection at Christie’s in July.

According to a Reuters report, Mitchell received a press pass to The Beatles’ first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum in 1964, two days after their historic The Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

“Things were much different back then,” he told Reuters. “There was no big security presence, the press wasn’t corralled and I was free to sort of embrace my own ambition.”

Mitchell was just 18 years of age when he shot the historic photographs. “You cannot forget 8,000 screaming girls,” he said. “It was like the birth of my generation.”

Cathy Elkies, from Christie’s called the pictures, “extraordinary.”  “There’s a lot of Beatles images out there, no question,” she said. “(But) they are amazing, highly intimate, high-access kinds of images … To find a treasure trove of art — you just don’t find that any more.”

Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton: ‘We Don’t Plan on Retiring’

Monday, June 13, 2011    12:01 AM

At a recent press conference in Sölvesborg, Sweden, all five members of Judas Priest fielded questions at a press conference. Topics of conversation included K.K. Downing’s departure, the Epitaph tour setlist and the group’s future plans. Regarding the latter, guitarist Glenn Tipton squashed any rumors that this was it for the metal gods.

“We don’t plan on retiring,” said Tipton. “We’ve said that this is our last world tour. It takes a chunk out of your life—18 months. We won’t be doing any more world tours, as such, and in many parts of the world, it will be the last time people will get a chance to see us. But we’re not gonna stop. We’ve got an album in the can now, we will start to write with [new guitarist] Richie [Faulkner], there will be more albums, and who knows? There might be a string of dates that we can manage to do. We’re just not going to do another major world tour. We’ve been doing it for 40 years and it’s time to let the younger bands have the chance.”

Regarding the departure of founding member K.K. Downing, frontman Rob Halford said the group still is not completely sure of the guitarist’s reasons for walking away from the farewell tour.

“I don’t think any of us will really know,” the singer said. “You probably read what he put on his website about saying that he just felt that if he was to stand on the stage not for the right reasons, then that was the wrong thing to do. And that’s a really sincere thing to say. When you walk out on stage in front of those thousands and thousands of fans, you want to be there, you want to be able to play. None of us really understand the true reasons [for his departure], ’cause we’ve all got different theories. I think what we would really love everybody to focus upon now is that this is a great time to celebrate for Judas Priest, ’cause it is a farewell. We don’t want people to be depressed and sad, we want people to rock out and have a great time and enjoy seeing this amazing guitar player, Richie, with us in the band and just live the metal.”

Judas Priest at Sweden Rock Festival Press Conference, June 9





Paul McCartney on Playing Yankee Stadium

Monday, June 13, 2011    12:01 AM

Paul McCartney made a high-profile stop at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this week to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show, Love. The appearance gave McCartney a chance to open up about his recent announcement that, for the first time ever, he will play Yankee Stadium on July 15.

“I love New York… I’ve always loved New York. But Linda was from New York, so I’ve got family there,” the 68-year-old McCartney told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, mentioning his late wife who passed away from cancer in 1998.

“[Someone] would say, you know, ‘Would you like to play at Yankee Stadium?’ And [I’d] go, ‘Yeah.’ So it sort of happens like that,” he continued.

While McCartney is a Yankee fan, drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr., a Boston native, is not. “I’m not prejudiced,” Sir Paul laughed.
The show will kick off the Beatles legend’s 2011 On the Run Tour. The title is an allusion to his 1973 album, Band on the Run. McCartney’s set list from his previous tour brought a mix of beloved Beatles classics (“Yesterday,” “Hey Jude”), Wings tracks and solo songs. As with that tour, Macca’s On the Run Tour will once again feature band mates Laboriel, Jr., Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Brian Ray (guitar).

Ray Davies Works out Kinks for Meltdown Festival

Monday, June 13, 2011    12:01 AM

Prepping for London’s Meltdown festival this past weekend, Ray Davies had special reason to look back on his years with The Kinks. Much of that looking back, in fact, was essential preparation for his performance, which included a run through The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society in its entirety, backed by the London Philharmonic and a local chorus. Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Davies copped to some last-minute cribbing for the event.

“I’m doing the Village Green in its entirety,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve played most of the songs since they were recorded. I had to read the liner notes to the original record to remember why I made it.”

Davies also discussed some of his early hits, often marked by a sense of weariness in his vocal performance.

“I recorded “You Really Got Me” when I was 19 and I was weary. Maybe I watched too much Perry Como. I remember watching when I was a kid. He said, ‘The reason I’m so relaxed is I’m so tired all the time.’ There were elements of that maybe. A 19-year-old world-weary person.”

He continued, “What amazed me are things on [1966 album] Face to Face, like “Too Much on My Mind” and “Fancy,” which internalized the surprise of being famous at 21 or 22. Songs like that were written by somebody looking inward for a way to express emotions that I thought only I had. You’ve got the hard attitude of the person of “All Day and All of the Night,” then you’ve got this sensitive, delicate, jelly-like person wobbling around the wor

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