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May 23
  • David Letterman's go-to musical guests for his final show turned out to be the Foo Fighters.  The band was on the set but only briefly seen by viewers Wednesday (5/20) as it played Everlong as the soundtrack to a highlights collection of images from Dave's long late night TV career.  The host has held the song and the group dear since he used it as inspiration to bounce back from his multiple bypass heart surgery in 2000.

     

     

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  • The Rolling Stones, notorious for doing pre-tour warm-up dates for small audiences, did it again Wednesday (5/20), delivering a 90 minute set for a delirious crowd of about 1,000 packed into the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.  Code named Zip Code 90028, the free show required the purchase of a $5 ticket that was reimbursed by the band.  Among the high-profile fans spotted at the show were musicians Steven Van Zandt, Ben Harper, Leonard Cohen and Dave Stewart.  Hollywood types included Bruce Willis, Patricia Arquette and Jack Nicholson.  U2 has also announced plans to do a concert at The Roxy.

    USAToday.com

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    David Crosby inferentially labeled Darryl Hannah a 'poisonous predator' after learning that Neil Young was taking up with the actress after leaving his wife of 37 years.  Speaking with Howard Stern, Young's on-again, off-again CSN&Y band mate said he was wrong to have '...shot off my mouth when I shouldn't have', adding that his own track record makes it obvious that he is '...screwed-up way worse than that girl'.  No word on whether Hannah has accepted Crosby's apology.  If it ever comes down to a fight, bet on Hannah.  She came out looking much better than her previous musical beau Jackson Browne after the couple reportedly had an altercation a number of years ago.

    Music-News.com

     

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  • Eddie Vedder in a suit coat?  Now that's a measure of respect for his departing host, David Letterman.  The Pearl Jam front man was the musical guest on Dave's next to, next to last show on Monday night (5/18).  Despite breaking a string mid-song, Vedder turned in a solid performance on Better Man

     

     

     

     

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  • The version of Panama Van Halen did at the Billbaord Music Awards Sunday (5/17) is an improvement over the one they released on the Live in Tokyo concert album several weeks ago.  Cue to 1:30 to skip the drivel.

     

     

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    A guitar George Harrison borrowed from a repair shop and liked so much that he continued using it after his own instrument had been fixed  brought a mega-buck bid of $490,000 from an anonymous collector during the Jullien's auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City Friday (5/15).  The Mastersound electric guitar was played by Harrison during a number of early Beatle performances.  A Jimi Hendrix vest sold for just shy of $60,000, a Vegas worn jumpsuit belonging to Elvis brough a top bid of $122,000 and the marriage certificate from when The King & Priscilla hitched in 1967 sold for $40,000.  The event's king-sized collectible; a totally tricked-out tour bus Elvis bought for his backing band the year before his death, complete with chandelier-like lighting fixtures and the TCB lightening bolt Elvis log on the side, complete with the $25,000 check Presley wrote for it the day it was delivered.

    DailyMail.co.uk 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

       Photo: Julien's Auctions

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  • David Letterman's exit from the late night hosting spotlight will bring out some heavy weights from the musical guest ranks. Eddie Vedder will be with Dave Monday. Tuesday, Bob Dylan makes a rare appearance. A tight lid has been in place about guests for his final show on Wednesday, but expect several big names to make the scene.

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  • A Chicago concert Thursday (5/14) to raise funds for Teen Cancer America brought Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, Joe Walsh and Joan Jett together for a 17 song set of Who classics including Won't Get Fooled Again, Eminence Front, The Kids Are Alright and Summertime Blues, along with a cover of Pearl Jam's Better Man.

     

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  • Riley B. King passed away Thursday night (5/14).  The guitar legend born to sharecroppers in Mississippi in 1925 gained world-wide recognigtion, becoming one of the most revered musicians in American musical history.  The 89 year old, known and loved as BB King, had been in hospice care at his Las Vegas home following a rapid decline in his health in recent months. King's edaly love of music inspired him to become a disc jockey on WDIA in Memphis where he acquired the nick name Beale Street Blues Boy, later abreviated to just BB.  

    A station encounter with T-Bone Walker is said to have convinced King to become an electric guitarist. Under the early guidance of Sam Phillips, King's recording career began in 1949. Relentless touring (he logged 342 performances in 1956 alone and routinely did around 300 concerts a year for decades) propelled BB to wider recognition, better recording contracts and bigger touring opportunities.  King opened dates on the 1969 Rolling Stones tour.   The following year, he won a Grammy for The Thrill Is Gone.  The doors to three halls of fame opened to King, the Blues Hall Of fame (1980), the Rock Hall Of Fame (1987) and the Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame (2015). He also earned the National Medal of Arts (1990) and a Presidential Medal of Freedom (2006).  The Thrill is gone, but BB King has and will continue to inspire guitarists for generations.

     

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  • The Edge took a frightening fall off of U2's new touring stage during the opening night of the Irish band's 2015 world tour on Thursday (5/14) in Vancouver. Ironically, the fall came as he meandered along the edge of the stage's runway while playing I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.  Evidently, that would be the edge. He later posted an Instagram photo of a scrape on his arm the fall caused.

     

     

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  • R40, likely the last full-scale tour Rush will perform, opened at the BOK Center in Tulsa Friday (5/8).  Here's a look at what fans can expect from one of Rock's leendary power trios on this tour.

     

     

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  • The sequel to the giant Claw U2 last toured on is a much more spartan at first glance - but it appears to have a good deal of technology built into it.

     

     

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  • A group of young Louisville, KY percussionists that posted a version of Crazy Train on YouTube have earned a $10,000 donation toward more instruments from the man who made the song famous.  Ozzy Osbourne accompanied the check with a note to the Louisville Leopard Percussionists that read, 'Myself, ny whole family and my fans all loved your rendition of Crazy Train. Keep up the good work.'  The group's instructor, Diane Downs, told the Louisville Courier-Journal she really appreciated the generosity and encouragement of Osbourne because she wants her students '...to feel like rock stars' and realise '...this is why we work so hard in rehearsals', adding that, 'Hopefully they're going to carry that over into their lives once they grow up'.
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  • Director Ron Howard wants his documentary about the Beatles to make people seeing it feel as though they've been transported back to the very years they are viewing.  The yet-to-be titled film will debut at the Cannes Film Festival.  It covers the years from the group's inception through their final full scale concert in 1966. At the time the documentary plan was first announced, Howard said his goal was to have film goers '...actually feel like you're somewhere in the 60's seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it.' Both surviving members of the band approved the film, as did Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

    Gibson.com

     

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Noteworthy Then
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    1950 Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin born     1965 Bob Dylan releases Bringin' It All Back Home     1966 Bruce Springsteen records his only single with the Castilles in Bricktown, NJ     1980 Jimi Hendrix gold album awards stolen from Electric Ladyland Studio in New York   1997 Fleetwood Mac reunite to record MTV special   2007 Ozzy Osbourne releases Black Rain   2010 Bono undergoes emergency back surgery in Munich, Germany, next US Leg of 360° tour delayed     2010 Clarence Clemons of E Street Band performs and gets degree during graduation at University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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  • 1943 Animals Hilton Valentine born     1955 Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker's Stan Lynch born     1968 Rolling Stones Brian Jones arrested on marijuana charges in London apartment     1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young record Ohio in LA     1996 Soundgarden releases Down on The Upside     1997 USC Marching Band does Louie Louie with Stone Temple Pilots before San Diego concert 
     

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  • 1944 Joe Cocker born     1949 Fabulous Thunderbirds Jimmy Vaughan born     1967 Jimi Hendrix signs recording contract     1968 Peter Cetera of Chicago beaten by fans at Dodger Stadium because of his long hair     1968 Pete Townshend marries Karen Astley     1970 Let It Be premiers in New York     1995 Don Henley marries Sharon Summerall, Eagles, Springsteen, Sting, Bob Seger attend Malibu wedding     1998 Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan attend Frank Sinatra funeral     2006 Ozzy Osbourne plays Prince's Trust 30th anniversary concert in London     2009 Santana, Queen and KISS appear on season finale of American Idol   2012 Bee Gee Robin Gibb dies of cancer
     

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    1945 Who's Pete Townshend born    1949 ZZ Top's Dusty Hill born     1952 Joey Ramone born     1954 AC/DC's Phillip Rudd born    1975 Guess Who & Strawbs Syracuse War   1978 Kinks release Misfits     1997 Billy Joel delivers commencement address at Hofstra, gets honorary degree     2001 Eddie Van Halen reveals he is undergoing cancer treatment     2007 U2 does unannounced red carpet performance at Cannes Film Festival     2009 Drummer Liberty DeVito sues Billy Joel over royalties claim     2009 Mike McCready of Pearl Jam does National Anthem Hendrix style before Angels-Mariners game at SafeCo Field  2012 Mick Jagger hosts and is musical guest on Saturday Night Live

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    1949 Rick Wakeman of Yes born     1968 Doors, Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, Jefferson Airplane play northern California Folk Rock Festival     1980 Yes replace Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman with Trevor Horn & Geoff Downs     1991 Elvis Costello plays Saturday Night Live     1993 Clay County Florida dedicates Ronnie Van Zant Park in honor of the late Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist     1999 Jimmy Buffett releases Beach House On The Moon     2006 Beatles Apple Corp. loses trademark infringement case against Apple Computer     2007 Roger Waters opens US tour doing Dark Side Of The Moon during second set.

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    1948 Yes & King Crimson's Bill Bruford born     1964 Pearl Jam's Dave Abbruzzese born     1971 Paul McCartney releases Ram     1975 Mick Jagger cuts hand in fall through restaurant window in New York     1980 Peter Criss of KISS goes solo     1987 Tom Petty loses LA house to arson     1989 Doobie Brothers release Cycles     1989 Bill Wyman opens first Sticky Fingers restaurant  

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  • 1951 Jonathan Richman born     1966 Beach Boys release Pet Sounds     1969 John lennon declared 'inadmissable immigrant' by State Department     1969 Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane arrested on drug charge in New Orleans hotel     1969 Pete Townshend jailed for hitting plain clothes cop who went on stage during Who Fillmore East concert to tell audience to evacuate due to a fire next door     1970 Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane busted on drug charge in Bloomington, Indiana hotel     1974 Queen cancels US tour when Brian May comes down with hepatitis     1975 Kinks release A Soap Opera     1986 Elvis Costello marries Caitlan O'Riordan of the Pogues      2010 Ronnie James Dio dies of stomach cancer in Houston hospital 
     

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