Who needs Bonnaroo? Billy Joel will headline that Tennessee mega-festival in June, but if the Piano Man’s fans can wait a while longer to see him pound out his enormous catalog of hits, from "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" to "We Didn't Start The Fire," they can see him in South Philadelphia on August 13th at Citizens Bank Park.
It’ll be the second consecutive summer that Joel will headline CBP, and the record fourth time overall that the 65 year old Long Island Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who has been riding a comeback that began with a performance at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit show at Madison Square Garden, has played the Pattison Ave. baseball stadium. (The first two were co-headlining dates with Elton John.)
Tickets go on sale January 30 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.
Bjork is releasing her new album Vulnicura on iTunes weeks early after it was leaked over the weekend. She broke the news on her Facebook page today, writing "dear websitefolks , fans , tweeters and my music supporters on all the sorts of www :....vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !!
Just last week, the Icelandic avant-pop star first announced the existence of the album, which was scheduled to come out in March, with a handwritten message on Facebook. It's her first new album since 2011 Biophilia, and it was scheduled to coincide with a multi-media retrospective exhibition opening March 7 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (where the Biophilia app is part of the permanent collection).
Bjork addressed her fans with this note about the album:
Kim Fowley was a huckster, a shameless self-promoter, the rock and roll Svengali best known for producing the 1970s teenage femme-rock band The Runaways who got his start in the business working as Doris Day's publicity assistant on the 1960 movie Please Don't Eat The Daisies,and who claimed to have invented the practice of holding lighters in the air at rock shows during John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1970 Live Peace In Toronto concert.
Fowley, who died on Thursday in Los Angeles at 75 after a battle with bladder cancer, had a career in music that dated back to the 1960 #1 hit he produced for the Hollywood Argyles, "Alley Oop," and was still going this month as he he continued to record his radio on Little Steven Van Zandt's Underground Garage channel on Sirius XM satellite radio from his hospital bed.
In between, he carried on a classic behind-the-scenes and sometimes in-front-of-the-camera career, writing songs for Kiss and Alice Cooper, working with The Modern Lovers, Gene Vincent, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and Helen Reddy, among others. In 2014, he had a cameo in Beyonce's "Haunted" video.
Next week, Glaswegian indie rock band Belle and Sebastian are releasing Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, their first album in five years. And on June 9, the Stuart Murdoch led twee-pop group will headline the Tower Theater in Upper Darby.
It will be first local show by the band since a memorable summer's eve performance in 2013 at the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center, and part of a tour that includes stop at the Coachella Festival in Indio, Calfornia in April. The perky and perfectly charming Girls is streaming in its entirety at NPR and can be heard here. Check out lead single "The Party Line," below.
New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup announced: Elton John, The Who, No Doubt, Dr. John, Wilco, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga among headliners
The 2015 lineup for the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place in the Crescent City on the last weekend in April and first weekend in May, has been announced.
The list of A-list pop headliners playing the first weekend at the Fairgrounds Race Track begins with Keith Urban, Wilco, The Who, John Legend, Ryan Adams, Mannie Fresh and Juvenile, Pitbull, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga and Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band. On the second, four day weekend, it continues with Alison Krauss & Union Station, No Doubt, Anthony Hamilton, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, T.I., Galactic fest. Macy Gray, Jerry Lee Lewis and Kacey Musgraves. Intriguingingly, the headlining spot on the final Sunday May 3 is listed as TBA, so there's one more headining spot to go.
As always, the real attraction at JazzFest will be hearing homegrown Louisiana acts performing in their native environment, and there's no shortage of those, from the original lineup of funk foursome The Meters, to Dr. John John paying tribute to Louis Armstrong, to Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty, all doing their thing in The City That Care Forgot.
I never saw Joe Cocker perform live myself, and he didn't hit the generational bullseye for me the way he did for so many counterculture-era music fans who came of age with him in late 1960s and early 1970s.
But the British singer who died on Monday at age 70 from lung cancer and was known for his covers of Traffic's "Feelin' Alright" and The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends" hit the soul-rock sweet spot for many.
Among his ardent fans was Inquirer reader Rob Weiss, who sent me a passionate appreciation of Cocker, and an excellent remembrance of seeing him play the Atlantic City Pop Festival in 1969, as well as Woodstock and the old Electric Factory, among other venues.
Enough with the Stephen Colbert farewell: We'll meet him again, don't know where, don't know when. There's another tearful goodbye happening on late night TV tonight, and this one has more of an air of finality about it.
Darlene Love will sing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," perhaps the greatest of Christmas songs, for the last time on The Late Night Show with David Letterman tonight. Love originally cut the song with Phil Spector (who wrote it with Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry) in 1963, and her career revival began whe she started the annual tradition of signing it on Letterman in 1986. Out of loyalty to Dave and Paul Shaffer, Love has said she won't reprise it for any other late night talk show host, so this is it.
Watch a mash-up of Love-Letterman "Christmas"'s through the years below.
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton to headline Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Delaware in June
The weekend after the massive Firefly Music Festival in Delaware this June, there will be a country music fest of similar proportion taking over The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway.
It's called the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, and it'll happen the weekend of June 26-28. Headliners are Carrie Underwood plus wife and husband team Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. The festival is presented by Firefly and Stagecoach, the latter being the country fest that takes places in Indio, Calif. the week after the Coachella festival goes down in the desert each spring.
As with that arrangement, this one makes perfect logistical sense: As long as you've got all those stages and tents set up, why not use them again the next weekend? It's also a logical turn of events because Red Frog Events which puts on the fest growing Firefly, which drew 80,000 people a day this year, has entered into a joint venture with Golden Voice, the West Coast promoter that books both Coachella and Stagecoach.