The Rocking Dead: For Stars Like The Who And Bob Seger, There’s Money In Mortality | Tampa Bay Times

N’Sync to reunite for one night; Phil Collins cancels benefit performance – (Los Angeles, CA)

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: (L-R) JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick of N’Sync attend the 2013 MTV Video

Bob Seger, the 69-year-old Detroit howler who plays Amalie Arena on Feb. 5, is calling his latest, and perhaps last, go-round the “Ride Out Tour,” a comically creaky-bones title that makes it sound as if he’ll gently collapse right after a group sing-along of Against the Wind. Average face and resale value of Seger’s tickets $101, $211 are higher than those for, say, the Foo Fighters, led by 45-year-old Dave Grohl ($72, $208). Yes, the Who and Seger not to mention fellow touring oldsters Tony Bennett (age 88) and the Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, 71; Keith Richards, 70; Charlie Watts, 73) have hits, history and huge fanbases. They also court older, well-heeled followers who can afford exorbitant fees. But there’s something else happening here, something akin to the old warning “It’s later than you think.” Townshend, who first threatened to retire in 1982, is, well, legitimately old now. He knows it; we know it, too. “With concerts, there’s money in mortality, absolutely,” says Dr. Debra Dobbs, an associate professor of aging studies at the University of South Florida.
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The battle for Soho’s soul: How Londoners are fighting development in the capital

The Save our Soho march in central London

Tour Launches To Rave Reviews; Tour Launch Video Includes Behind The Scenes Look At First Shows Posted: 12/11/2014 11:43:46 AM PST (Courtesy ) THE WHO HITS 50! tour will kick off its spring run April 15 in Tampa, FL and include 20 stops throughout the east before wrapping May 30 in Forest Hills, NY. The fall leg will launch September 14 in San Diego, CA and begin with west coast dates throughout the U.S. and across Canada before concluding November 4 in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are currently on sale at . THE WHO HITS 50! tour is being presented by AEG Live. collection. Released October 27 on Geffen/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), this definitive collection of THE WHOs greatest tracks–from their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up to the present day with the brand new track Be Lucky–is being released to coincide with the bands 50th anniversary tour. THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. As they enter their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews for their performances of QUADROPHENIA in 2013. THE WHOs 2015 North American tour dates are as follows:
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THE WHO Hits 50! Tour Launches To Rave Reviews; Tour Launch Video Includes Behind The Scenes Look At First Shows – (Los Angeles, CA)

In addition, the lawsuit claims that Fogerty has been advertising that he performs the albums of Creedence Clearwater Revival in concert, and this violates the agreement. No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs, said Fogerty in respnse to the claims. RETIRED PHILL COLLINS CANCELS BENEFIT PERFORMANCE Retired singer-drummer Phil Collins was to have unretired for the first time in four years, for one night Dec. 6 at the Little Dreams benefit concert at the Fillmore in Miami Beach. He appeared, but he didn’t sing, to the disappointment of the packed house. The 63-year-old English transplant said he would sing three or four songs accompanied by his 13-year-old son Nicholas, but he took the stage and said that a neurological affliction that hit him earlier in the week left him unable to sing. The crowd shouted out for him to give it a try anyway, to which he replied: Trust me, you wouldn’t enjoy it. MCCARTNEY’S NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART RELEASES Paul McCartney’s new single, Hope for the Future released Dec. 9, was written specifically for the hot mythic sci-fi video game Destiny, McCartney said in a press release. A new promo video also premiered on Dec. 9 that shows a hologram of McCartney, who is transported into the futuristic universe of the game. The anthemic power ballad finds the 72-year-old Beatle backed by a 120-piece orchestra conducted by Giles Martin, the 45-year-old son of The Beatles longtime producer, George Martin and the co-producer and co-arranger with his dad of Cirque du Soliel’s Love that uses Beatles music exclusively we well as the music for The Beatles: Rock Band video game. The new single also contains four additional remixes of the song, including a Thrash Mix and a Beatsession Mix that transforms it into, among other genres, a real rocker and an electronic dance tune.
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For the Who’s 70-year-old singer Roger Daltrey and fellow arena-rattling oldsters, mortality helps ticket prices, sales and resales (think StubHub), one more way to squeeze out a buck before kicking the bucket.

A petition started by Alexander Parsonage, who has been running a cabaret night at Jojo’s for eight years, has over 8,000 signatories. An open letter asking London mayor Boris Johnson to help preserve Soho’s identity, meanwhile, has been signed by Benedict Cumberbatch and The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend among others including Stephen Fry, who tweeted his support. For many, the loss of Jojo’s isn’t just another Soho venue closing, it’s symptomatic of a gradual change in central London, where development or gentrification is irrevocably changing the landscape. Image: Mashable / Bob Al-Greene Madame Jojos has a long and illustrious history. A former gangster favourite in Sohos post-war red light district, it was bought by infamous porn baron Paul Raymond in the 60s and quickly became the home of cabaret, burlesque and drag performances, before welcoming DJs and indie bands throughout the 80s and 90s and giving the likes of Adele and Lorde early breaks on stage. A quirky cavern of red velvet, Art Deco motifs and geometric railings, its a unique venue and has proved a perfect location for films like Eyes Wide Shut and The Look of Love. I just love the people and the atmosphere, Rob Messer, a Northern Soul aficionado and one of the DJs from the venues Friday night Good Foot club night, tells me as the march on Old Compton Street draws a crowd on. Clad in a top hat and leaning on a cane, hes dressed the part and passionate about the deceased dive. Its such a beautiful venue, and inside you just feel like youve gone back in time. Youll never get that again. The funeral march for Madame Jojo’s passes some of Soho’s businesses Image: Mashable / Tim Chester Jojos eclecticism and welcoming approach was unique even among central London haunts, which has made its loss all the more poignant for a number of locals especially as it’s at the hands of property developers with plans to clean up the area. Soho Estates , which is run by Paul Raymonds granddaughter Fawn James, wants to develop the Walkers Court area of Soho around Jojo’s, a famously seedy alleyway riddled with sex shops and clubs.
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