Columbia RecordsA new documentary focusing on the making of Bruce Springsteen's latest studio album, High Hopes, will premiere on HBO on Friday, April 4, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The half-hour show includes behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions, as well as new interviews with Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who collaborated closely with the Boss on the project.
Bruce is featured discussing various aspects of the recording, including the unique contributions Morello brought to the proceedings. In addition, the special offers performance footage from Springsteen and his E Street Band's 2013 tour of Australia, on which Morello joined them as a fill-in for the group's longtime guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who took time off to film his Netflix series Lillyhammer.
During the trek, Morello's guitar playing inspired the Boss to invite the modern rocker to add his innovative musicianship to a variety of unreleased tracks Springsteen had amassed during the past decade or so. The resulting album was High Hopes, which was released in January and proceeded to top the charts in the U.S. and 19 other countries. Morello wound up on eight of the record's 12 tracks, and even contributed co-lead vocals to an updated version of the 1995 Bruce tune "The Ghost of Tom Joad."
Morello has continued to tour with Springsteen and the E Street Band in 2014, and will be with the rockers when they launch a new U.S. leg in April.
RockHall.comThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that it will simulcast this year's induction ceremony, which will honor Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, KISS and Nirvana -- but only in Cleveland.
The ceremony will be beamed live on April 10 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself, where fans can watch their musical heroes be inducted on one of several screens in the facility, and can stroll around and check out the rock exhibits, all of which will be open to event ticket holders beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The screening of the ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Tickets for the induction simulcast are $20 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. this Monday, March 10, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, RockHall.com.
Matador PicturesWith the new Jimi Hendrix biopic, JIMI: All Is by My Side, scheduled to get its premiere U.S. screening this Wednesday at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, clips from the movie have started to pop up online. The flick, which debuted this past September at Canada's Toronto International Film Festival, stars Andre Benjamin -- aka Andre 3000 of the hip-hop duo OutKast -- as Hendrix.
RollingStone.com currently features an exclusive clip showing Jimi and his British girlfriend Linda Keith, played by Imogen Poots, at a New York City diner, while Animals bassist and Hendrix manager Chas Chandler, portrayed by Andrew Buckley, implores the guitar legend to come to London to play music. In the minute-and-a-half scene, Hendrix intensely explains his musical philosophy and aspirations.
"It's not about style. I want my music to go inside the soul of a person," says the Jimi character. "For me, it's colors. I want people to feel the music the same way I see it."
Another clip, which can be seen at EW.com, shows Hendrix and Keith at a London club shortly before Jimi was to fly back to the U.S. to play the famed Monterey Pop festival. The rock icon asks Keith to accompany him to the festival, even though he's involved with another woman. He tells Linda that he wrote the song "Red House" for her, and she responds by pointing that her old boyfriend, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, wrote "Ruby Tuesday" for her when they broke up.
"I've got all these men writing songs to me," she says. "And then I go home and listen to them alone."
JIMI: All by My Side will be shown at 9 p.m. local time on Thursday at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. The film was written and directed by John Ridley, who also penned the screenplay to this year's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave.
Radius TWC; Jimmy KingIt appears that David Bowie may be working on a new project with veteran soul and gospel singer Claudia Lennear, one of the backing singers profiled in the recent Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Lennear tells New York Post's Page Six that Bowie phoned her up a few days before the Academy Awards and offered to collaborate with her.
"I got a call from David Bowie out of the blue," she reveals. "He told me he wanted to write my next project. I couldn't believe it when I first heard his voice."
Lennear points out that it's been 20 years since she last saw the influential singer/songwriter, with whom she previously collaborated during the 1970s and was rumored to have had a romantic relationship. She adds, "I am not sure what my next project will be. . .but I will definitely hold David to his promise."
Like many of the other singers featured in 20 Feet from Stardom, you may not know Lennear by name but you probably are familiar with her work. She was a member of Ike and Tina Turner's backing group The Ikettes, and also sang with such other stars as Joe Cocker, Leon Russell and Stephen Stills. In addition, she performed at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh benefit show and reportedly was the inspiration for The Rolling Stones classic "Brown Sugar" and Bowie's tune "Lady Grinning Soul."
Lennear also released a solo album titled Phew! in 1973, before leaving the music business later in the decade. She eventually became a language teacher at a California college.
We knew the announcement was coming. Now Queen and Adam Lambert have confirmed they're hitting the road together for a North American tour.
Lambert has performed with the legendary British rock group on a number of occasions, both in the U.S. and overseas, but he and Queen have never actually toured in the U.S. That changes beginning June 19 at Chicago's United Center, the first of 19 dates in all in the U.S. and Canada, wrapping July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, D.C.
When he performs with Queen, Lambert stands in for the band's founding lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 of AIDS-related illness. They first joined forces in 2009 for a performance of "We Are the Champions" on American Idol. In the summer of 2012, Queen Adam Lambert performed six shows in Europe, and this past fall, they also performed at a multi-artist show in Las Vegas.
"I'm honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory," Lambert said in a statement. "He's a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band." Queen guitarist Brian May kept his comment succinct: ""Let's ROCK those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!”
When May says "just one more time," he isn't kidding. He tells ABC News Radio that this is likely going to be the last time he and drummer Roger Taylor head out on tour together as Queen. "Speaking for only Roger and myself, I don't know how much more we will be able to do this," he says. "So we looked at each other and thought, y'know, 'Should we go for this one more time? Just the one more?'"
Lambert says that what really provided the impetus for the tour was that one-off show that he, May and Taylor did in Las Vegas last fall. "It just felt perfect, it just felt like it was totally in the cut, it was really really good and we figured we had to bring it to more people," he tells ABC News Radio. "And so I'm really excited that this worked out. I feel very humbled and very excited at this opportunity...and lucky. I feel lucky."
May says what gave him and Taylor even more motivation to do the tour was the prospect of returning to all those legendary venues that they had once rocked with Freddie Mercury.
"For us, Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A., that's magical nostalgia in a sense for us, but much more than nostalgia, because that's what we do, and that's when we were at our peak and I think we can be at a new peak with Adam," May explains. "For Adam, he hasn't done these things but he's played with us, he knows us and he's the man. He's the guy to pull this off. He's incredible."
Both May and Taylor feel that there is no question that Mercury would have heartily approved of the job that Lambert does fronting the band.
"It goes without saying, really," notes May. "Freddie admired quality and talent and I know Freddie would gasp at some of the stuff that Adam takes on."
"I don't even think about it when we're on [stage] there to be honest, you know, it feels right, it feels comfortable, in a good way, and I don't mean complacent," he adds. "I just mean it feels good and everything is at maximum potential."
So far, the set list hasn't been decided upon, but you can expect all of Queen's biggest hits, as well as some deeper cuts.
6/19 -- Chicago, United Center 6/21 -- Winnipeg, MTS Centre 6/23 -- Saskatoon, Credit Union Centre 6/24 -- Edmonton, Rexall Place 6/26 -- Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome 6/28 -- Vancouver, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 7/1 -- San Jose, SAP Center 7/3 -- Los Angeles, The Forum 7/5 -- Las Vegas, The Joint 7/6 -- Las Vegas, The Joint 7/9 -- Houston, Toyota Center 7/10 -- Dallas, American Airlines Center 7/12 -- Detroit, The Palace of Auburn Hills 7/13 -- Toronto, Air Canada Centre 7/14 -- Montreal, Bell Centre 7/16 -- Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center 7/17 -- New York, Madison Square Garden 7/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 7/20 -- Washington, D,C, Merriweather Post Pavilion
RCA/Sony Latin IberiaIt's turning out to be a very eventful year for Santana. Not only will the band be hitting the road with Rod Stewart for a recently announced joint summer tour, but they'll also be busy promoting their previously reported first-ever Spanish-language album, Corazón.
The veteran rockers recently unveiled the cover and release date for the album, which will hit stores on May 6. The Corazón sleeve features a colorful, psychedelic portrait of Carlos Santana's face that incorporates a variety of spiritual images while displaying the influence of native Latin American folk art.
Santana also has revealed that it will mount a separate tour to promote the record, which features the band collaborating with various Latin and Spanish-speaking music artists, including Gloria Estefan, up-and-coming pop/R&B singer Miguel, award-winning Colombian rocker Juanes and Carlos' son Salvador Santana. So far, only two shows have been confirmed for The Corazón tour, taking place June 13 and 14 at the Borgata Spa & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. These concerts fall during the break in Santana's outing with Stewart, which runs from May 23 to June 7, and from July 31 until August 20.
Prior to the package with Stewart, Santana has mapped out a brief series of early spring performances that gets under way April 23 in Nashville and is mapped out through a May 3 concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Here is the complete list of Santana's confirmed 2014 shows:
4/23 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 4/25 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 4/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre 4/27 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre 4/29 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 5/2 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 5/3 -- San Juan, Puerto Rico, Coliseo de Puerto Rico *5/23 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center *5/25 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun *5/27 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center *5/31 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center *6/3 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center *6/6 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center *6/7 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena **6/13 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort **6/14 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort *7/31 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena *8/2 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena *8/4 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome *8/5 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place *8/8 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre *8/10 -- St. Paul, MN, XCEL Energy Center *8/12 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center *8/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center *8/16 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena *8/19 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center *8/20 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Courtesy of Mary WilsonHere's wishing a very Happy Birthday to Supremes singer Mary Wilson, who turns 70 today, March 6. Wilson was not only one of the founders of the legendary Motown vocal group but also had the longest tenure of any Supremes member.
Speaking recently with ABC News Radio about her birthday, Wilson declared, "I have no idea where the time has gone. They say time flies when you're having fun. I guess I've had fun."
As for how she's planning to celebrate, Mary revealed that some of her friends are throwing her "a pretty large party in Los Angeles." She added that she'd invited some of her "very dear friends," including such fellow singers as Natalie Cole, Rita Coolidge and Brenda Russell, to help her mark the milestone.
Wilson continues to tour as a solo artist, and she revealed to ABC News Radio that she has a new album titled Life's Been Good to Me that she expects to be released in the coming weeks. Mary said the record would include two songs that currently are available for purchase as digital singles, the title track and a Mother's Day-themed song called "Darling Mother (Johnnie Mae)." Of the latter track, which is a touching tribute to her own mom, Wilson said, "I think it's one of the best recordings I've ever done in my life."
Wilson also told ABC News Radio that she is working on setting up her own Las Vegas residency. She explained, "Life's Been Good to Me is definitely a great title for what's going on in my life [because] life has been good. It's not been easy all the time, but it's definitely been good, and things are still happening."
According to her official website, Wilson currently has a few confirmed Florida concerts on her tour schedule, including shows this Friday in Boca Raton, Saturday in Boynton Beach and Sunday in Delray Beach.
Photo: Michael WilsonDr. John's music is the embodiment of the sound of New Orleans, a gumbo of blues, jazz, funk, R&B, rock and zydeco. The legendary musician also known as Mac Rebennack will be paid tribute in his hometown with an all-star concert at the Big Easy's historic Saenger Theatre on May 5, a day after the finale of the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The show, dubbed "The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music," will include performances by Gregg Allman, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Mavis Staples, Jimmie Vaughan and such local luminaries as Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas and Cyril Neville. Dr. John will be joining the other musicians throughout the concert, which also will feature a number of as-yet-unannounced special guests.
Acclaimed producer Don Was will serve as the evening's musical director. "Dr. John transcends genres with a truly distinctive sound that embodies the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and has tremendously influenced the course of music history," Was says in a statement.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public this Monday at 10 a.m. CT at the Saenger Theatre box office and online at SaengerNOLA.com and Ticketmaster.com. Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. The show also will be recorded for future release via a variety of platforms.
PBS PressRoomPaul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Stevie Wonder are among the many stars who appear in a new PBS special that puts a spotlight on the legendary 1960s British band The Dave Clark Five. The two-hour show, The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over, will premiere next month as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.
Along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five were one of the most successful bands that emerged during the mid-1960s pop-music revolution known as the British Invasion. The special will focus on the cultural impact the quintet and other popular groups of the era had.
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over features new interviews with McCartney, Springsteen, John, Wonder, Dionne Warwick, KISS' Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne, as well as such other celebrities as Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Ian McKellen and British fashion icon Twiggy, all sharing their recollections of the 1960s and the music of the period. In addition, the special will include archival performances by The Dave Clark Five from The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV programs, as well as rare concert footage of the band.
The program also will feature additional performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Wonder, The Who, The Supremes, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Dusty Springfield and Queen's Freddie Mercury, plus previously unreleased footage from Dave Clark's own archives.
In May 1964, The Dave Clark Five became the first English band to mount a full-fledged tour of the U.S. From February '64 to May '66, the group scored more than a dozen top-20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Glad All Over," "Bits and Pieces," and the chart-topping "Over and Over." Hanks inducted the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over is scheduled to premiere on PBS on April 8 at 8 p.m. ET and also will air April 11 at 10 p.m. ET; check local listings for exact dates and air times. The special also will be available from PBS Home Video on DVD and Blu-ray.
High Profile MediaAll has been quiet in Van Halen land recently, but here a little news that might perk up fans of the band's resident guitar genius, Eddie Van Halen. The 59-year-old rocker's merchandise website EVHGear.com recently was redesigned and now boasts a number of cool new features.
Among the updates to the site is a new section called "Ask Eddie" where fans can submit questions about the guitar whiz's equipment, career and just about any other topic. Van Halen occasionally handpicks a question to answer and his response is then posted on the site's "News" page.
Other new features include an updated timeline, new photo galleries, some added free wallpaper designs for use on your computer desktop and a media page that links to various online interviews with and articles about Eddie.
EVHGear.com, of course, continues to feature the latest details about Eddie's EVH line of guitars, amps and accessories, as well as information about the many artists who use and endorse the gear. There's also a link to the EVH store, where fans can buy various official footwear, clothing and collectibles.
Van Halen's most recent performance took place last July 24 in Paso Robles, California. While some media reports suggest the band may be working on a new album, no official announcements have been made regarding their upcoming plans.
PS Records/Elektra RecordsOver the last year, Hall & Oates singer John Oates has been releasing a series of seven digital singles on which he explored a number of different musical genres with help from a variety of collaborators. Now, the soon-to-be-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will release a three-EP, 15-song set titled Good Road to Follow on March 18 that gathers together those tunes along with additional tracks.
The EPs in the collection are titled, respectively, Route 1, Route 2 and Route 3, with each featuring five songs and focusing on a separate musical style. Among the artists John worked with on the project are OneRepublic frontman and prolific pop songwriter Ryan Tedder, country star Vince Gill, pop band Hot Chelle Rae and Americana veterans Jerry Douglas and Jim Lauderdale.
Oates teamed up with Tedder to write and record Good Road to Follow's lead single, "Stone Cold Love."
"This project has been a labor of love," Oates says in a statement. "Almost every song was recorded with a different producer and a different co-writer, so I got to step into the worlds of so many creative and inspiring people."
He adds, "Each song became an intense and focused creative experience...it was a pure collaboration from beginning to end." A series of videos documenting Oates' work on the project has been posted on the singer's official YouTube channel.
Oates and his longtime musical partner Daryl Hall will be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In addition, the duo has a bunch of upcoming U.S. tour dates lined up this year, while John has a few solo shows scheduled as well. Visit JohnOates.com/Date to check out his full itinerary.
Here is the complete track list for Good Road to Follow, according to Amazon.com:
Disc 1 "Stone Cold Love" "The Head that Wears the Crown" (featuring Jerry Douglas & Wendy Moten) "Pushing a Rock Uphill" "Believe in Me" (featuring Bekka Bramlett) "High Maintenance" (featuring Hot Chelle Rae)
Disc 2 "Close" "Stand Strong" "Lose It in Louisiana" "Save Me "Six Men"
Disc 3 "Don't Cross Me Wrong" (featuring Vince Gill) "Bad Bad Love "Edge of the World" "Bad Luck and Trouble" "Different Kind of Groove Sometime"
RockLegendsCruise.comPaul Rodgers is among the latest artists to join the impressive lineup of the Rock Legends Cruise III, which is scheduled to take place in February 2015. Along with the founding Free and Bad Company singer, other newly added performers for the seafaring music festival include Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet and Triumph frontman Rik Emmett.
The third installment Rock Legends Cruise also will include performances by such previously announced stars as The Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, 38 Special, Blue Oyster Cult, Edgar Winter, The Marshall Tucker Band, Ten Years After, Uriah Heep, Savoy Brown, Pat Travers Band and ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle.
The nautical extravaganza is scheduled to embark from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 19, 2015, and will stop off in Nassau in the Bahamas two days later before returning to port on February 23.
Each act will play two or three concerts during the journey. The trip also will feature meet-and-greets and Q&A sessions, and offer such activities as onboard surfing, basketball, boxing, golf, rock-climbing and gourmet dining.
Aretha's Records; Courtesy of Patti LaBelleAretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle are among the stars who will take part in a special concert Thursday night at the White House that will be attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The show, which will celebrate female soul singers, will be streamed live at 7:30 p.m. ET on WhiteHouse.gov and PBS.org/WhiteHouse.
The event also will be taped for an upcoming edition of PBS' In Performance at the White House series that will be broadcast on April 7. Other artists who will perform at the show include Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande and Tessanne Chin. Greg Phillinganes will serve as music director.
In addition to the concert, the first lady will host a special daytime workshop for students, which will also be streamed live Thursday.
Paradise ArtistsWhen it time came to announce the latest celebrity to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, who did the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce call? Ray Parker Jr.! This week, the veteran R&B/funk artist, who is best-known for his chart-topping theme song to the 1984 film Ghostbusters, will become the 2,518th luminary to be honored with a star marker in Hollywood. The unveiling ceremony will take place this Thursday at 11:30 a.m. PT at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.
Parker will be on hand to perform an acoustic medley of some of his hits, while Bill Withers and famed Motown songwriter Eddie Holland will be guest speakers at the event. The ceremony will be streamed live on WalkOfFame.com.
"We have amazing musicians on the Walk of Fame and adding Ray Parker Jr. to our famous Walk of Fame is the icing on the cake," says Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president Leron Gubler in a statement. "His star will be next to fellow musical greats Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and The Funk Brothers!"
The 59-year-old Parker's music career dates all the way back to his high-school years, when he played guitar on sessions for the Holland Dozier Holland songwriting team's Hot Wax and Invictus labels. He went on to tour and/or record with such famous acts as Hancock, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Spinners, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Barry White and Diana Ross. In the late 1970s, Parker formed his own group, Raydio, which scored a series of top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including "Jack & Jill" "You Can't Change That" and "A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)."
Photo: Mark WeissBlondie is one of the acts that will headline TV chef Rachael Ray's Feedback party, which takes place March 15 in conjunction with the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. The event, which is held at Stubbs' BBQ, is one of the fest's most popular bashes -- and it's free and open to the public.
The other artists headlining this year's Feedback party are Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs and Cee Lo Green. The event also traditionally features Ray's husband, John Cusimano, and his band Bob Schneider and the Cringe, who usually are joined on stage by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
Blondie also is scheduled to make two other appearances at the SXSW festival. The New Wave pioneers will take part in a previously announced interview event on March 12 at 3:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center, and will give a midnight performance on the evening of March 13 at Brazos Hall.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2014, and also plan to release a new studio album this year. Meanwhile, singer Debbie Harry revealed recently that Blondie will be performing at the U.K.'s famous Glastonbury festival in late June. The band also has lined up several other European concerts during June and July.
Photo: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have signed on to headline the finale of the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival, scheduled for April 4-6 at Reunion Park in Dallas. The free three-day event is being held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four college basketball championship games.
Springsteen and his group will perform on April 6 at a concert called the Capital One JamFest. The lineup for that event also includes pop-rock act .fun.
The March Madness fest will kick off April with the AT&T Block Party, headlined by country singer Jason Aldean. It also will include an April 5 event called the Coke Zero Countdown Concert, offering an afternoon performance by country superstar Tim McGraw, a live broadcast of the first semifinal game of the tournament, and an evening show by modern rockers The Killers.
No tickets are required to attend the NCAA March Madness Music Festival, which is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional performers for all three events will be announced soon. Visit NCAA.com/MusicFest for all the latest details on the event.
Springsteen and the E Street Band's March Madness fest show takes place two days before the group's previously announced U.S. tour kickoff date in Cincinnati. The trek is plotted out through a May 17-18 stand in Uncasville, Connecticut.
David Palmer, front row, center (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Founding Steely Dan member David Palmer has launched a breach-of-contract lawsuit against his former band mates, claiming he's owed a percentage of royalties that the group earned from streaming digital services.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Palmer says he discovered that he wasn't receiving his proper due after he was contacted last summer by the performers union AFTRA, which asked him whether he was entitled to royalties from his old band. The singer contends that as part of an agreement he signed in 1972 establishing Steely Dan Inc. -- the company that oversees the band's music rights -- he is supposed to receive one-sixth of the royalties earned by each song on which he appeared. AFTRA directed Palmer to SoundExchange, the organization that administers digital-performance rights, and which apparently found that all streaming royalties from tunes on which Palmer sung were going to SDI.
Palmer says after contacting SoundExchange, his royalty situation was resolved moving forward from this past year, and he was issued a modest $8,000 check from SDI. However, he contends that he's still owed money from digital royalties earned between 2000, when SoundExchange was founded, until 2013. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his suit, which was filed Friday in Los Angeles, charges SDI with "breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, money had and received, and accounting."
Palmer sang lead and backing vocals on Steely Dan's 1972 debut album, Can't Buy a Thrill, and also contributed to the group's sophomore effort, Countdown to Ecstasy, before leaving the band in 1973. He's best-known for singing lead on the well-known Can't Buy a Thrill track, "Dirty Work."
NOTP.comNight of the Proms, a long-running series of European concerts featuring various pop artists backed by classical musicians, will make its U.S. debut in June. The four-show tour will include performances by Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, The Pointer Sisters and Nile Rodgers & Chic, among others, and will take place June 19 in Dallas; June 20 in Little Rock, Arkansas; June 21 in Kansas City, Missouri; and June 22 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Performing with the veteran stars will be Night of the Proms' regular orchestra, Il Novecento, as well as Belgium's Fine Fleur orchestra, a 24-member choir and an eight-piece pop-rock band led by U.K. singer/multi-instrumentalist John Miles. Comedic opera singer Natalie Choquette also will appear at the shows. The concerts will include a combination of pop hits by the headlining acts and classical pieces.
Night of the Proms originated in Belgium in 1985 and has visited a variety of European countries over the years. Among the many stars who have participated in the overseas editions of the trek are Joe Cocker, Christopher Cross, Sting, Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, The Zombies' Colin Blunstone, Toto, Bryan Ferry, Roger Hodgson from Supertramp, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, James Brown, Meat Loaf, Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Tears for Fears, Gloria Estefan and Foreigner.
Visit NOTP.com/USA to find out when tickets for the concerts will be available.
Photo: Gary BurdenFour Neil Young studio albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma -- will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl together in a limited-edition box set in conjunction with the next installment of the Record Store Day campaign. The event, scheduled for April 19, will see the release of a variety of limited-edition albums, new singles and rare and previously unavailable materials -- all on vinyl -- to support independent record stores.
The four-LP Young collection, titled Official Release Series Discs 5-8 Vinyl Box Set, will mark the first time that the aforementioned albums will be available on 180-gram vinyl. Each album has been remastered from the original analog recordings, and features artwork that's been reproduced by Gary Burden, who's been Neil's art director for decades. Only 3,500 copies of the box set will be produced. Worth noting, Time Fades Away has long been out of print and is the only official Young studio effort that's never been released on CD.
Special T-shirts featuring the album covers of Time Fades Away, On the Beach, Tonight's the Night and Zuma also will be sold at independent music stores on Record Store Day. In addition, an Eric Clapton T-shirt commemorating a canceled show in August 2006 that the guitar legend had been scheduled to play in Moscow's Red Square also will be available in connection with the Record Store Day promotion.