This January Marks 50 Years Of Britain’s Best Band

Or, you could sit them down with a beer and their 50-year-old original singles, and make your job a damn sight easier. Back in 1965, The Who released their first song, the single ‘I Can’t Explain’. Designed as a semi-copy of The Kinks, it barely made its way onto the US singles chart, peaking at 93. But despite that, it’s stayed on as a staple of Who concerts ever since and yes, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the original front man and guitarist, are still touring (and surprisingly good live). If you’ve not been a Who fan before now, though, it’s a good year to start and ‘I Can’t Explain’ is the perfect song to start with. Welcome to Soundtrack , what Gizmodo’s staff is listening to every night.
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I take no guff from Siri or any other tool – Pablog by Paul Giannamore – Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto, Mingo, Weirton, Jefferson County | News, Sports, Jobs, HeraldStarOnline.com

Apparently the British get a male voice in their phones, and I haven’t found how to change Mr. Phelps to a man’s voice. And I won’t call it “Miss Phelps” because that would take away from the whole ambience: I’m going for that voice on the old reel-to-reel tapes that Peter Graves (the real Mr. Phelps) would pick up in odd places at the beginning of every “Mission: Impossible” TV episode. You just don’t get the same effect with “Good Morning, Ms.
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You, too, can see great shows in 2015 | Boston Herald

Jed Gottlieb

First night of Rock n Roll Rumble, T.T. the Bears, April 12 Til Tuesday, The Sheila Divine, The Dresden Dolls, and Girls Guns and Glory have all won the venerable Rumble. But you dont go for the history, you go to hear Bostons best young bands and to avoid doing pickleback shots your friends order you on a school night. Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock, Symphony Hall, April 12 A jazz summit of epic proportions. Corea and Hancock are the musics greatest living pianists. The pair will play and thrill with four hands, two grand pianos and one stage. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Tanglewood, June 30 Can you think of a more surprising success than the pairing of these two?
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Tampa Bay things to do: 15 ways to have the most awesome year ever | Things to do in Tampa Bay | Tampa Bay Times

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You won’t regret it. The Who Maybe it’s fitting that The Who will kick off the North American leg of their 50th anniversary tour on Tax Day, April 15. With VIP packages for this gig at Amalie Arena topping out at more than $800, you might have to fudge a few numbers on next year’s forms in order to afford a ticket. Only singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend remain from the iconic British rockers’ classic lineup, but they’ve promised a show filled with hits from their entire half-century-spanning catalog My Generation and Who Are You, Pinball Wizard and Baba O’Riley, I Can’t Explain and Won’t Get Fooled Again. This could be The Who’s final go-around no, for real, we’re serious this time, you guys and if you want one last spin on the Magic Bus, you’d better pony up. Score nosebleed seats for $36.25 and up at amaliearena.com. Taylor Swift OKAY, TAYLOR, YOU WIN. You can have your youth and looks and incredible wardrobe and cool best friends and perfect Manhattan apartment and all of the Grammys, and we will STILL give up our Halloween night on a Saturday, no less! in order to catch your concert at Raymond James Stadium.
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Tampa Bay Things To Do: 15 Ways To Have The Most Awesome Year Ever | Things To Do In Tampa Bay | Tampa Bay Times

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Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer Events Black and Brown Comedy Get Down Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy will come together for one blockbuster lineup Jan. 23 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. So you get a couple of talk show hosts (Lopez and Hughley), two of the four Original Kings of Comedy (Cedric and Hughley) and stars of films and TV shows (Griffin, Lopez and Epps). Tickets are $46.50-$62.50 at amaliearena.com. Through the Lens At St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater celebrating 50 years in 2015 this photographic retrospective opens Jan. 8. That’s also the start of the first Second Thursdays on the Plaza, a new free monthly celebration of the best regional musicians performing on the scenic outdoor plaza that links the Mahaffey with the Dali Museum.
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Music News: Pete Townshend, John Lennon – San Francisco Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame | Examiner.com

Pete Townshend Calls Kiss ‘A Very American Phenomenon’

Whats more, Townshend also stated that the redevelopment will reduce the number of shop space, price music shops out of existence, and jack up rents. In their defense, developers have denied demolishing Denmark Street and Tim Pan Alley, but Townshend has still insisted the redevelopment will change the heart of the Soho streets, and take away its historical culture. In other music news, John Lennon s killer Mark David Chapman is seeking forgiveness from widow Yoko Ono , for murdering the Beatle legend in December 1980. Chapman, who is serving 20 years-to life in prison, and has since been denied parole, has along with his wife Gloria written letters to Ono in a desperate bid to salve his conscience over the murder. They have also reached out to Sir.
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During a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Townshend says that KISS are American to their very core. “One thing that Kiss are absolutely, unquestionably not in any sense, whatsoever is European or English,” he observed. “They are straight out of Creem magazine meets Las Vegas.” He adds, “They couldn’t have happened here. They could maybe have happened in Berlin in which case their music wouldn’t have been like their music.
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Pete Townshend Says KISS Are A ‘Very American Phenomenon’

Townshend struck a somewhat bewildered tone when the subject of Kiss came up during a recent interview , pointing out right off the bat that theres an ocean both literally and figuratively separating the U.K.-bred Who from the proudly American Kiss. One thing that Kiss are absolutely, unquestionably not in any sense, whatsoever is European or English, he observed. They are straight out of Creem magazine meets Las Vegas. Not that theres anything wrong with that, mind you; its just that Townshend cant necessarily relate to it and he knows Kiss couldnt have made it anywhere but in the U.S. They couldnt have happened here. They could maybe have happened in Berlin in which case their music wouldnt have been like their music, he mused. They would have looked like they looked, but they would have made different kind of music. Theyre a very American phenomenon. And on the subject of how Kiss look you know, the makeup and everything Townshend admitted hes a bit confused. The early years of Kiss were difficult, because there was sort of a parody of rock inherent in what they were doing. And also, that business of wearing disguises. Not quite sure about it, he shrugged.
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Northern Essex Community College And College In London Sign Transfer Agreement – Lowell Sun Online

Signing an articulation agreement are Lane Glenn, front left, president of Northern Essex, and Peter John, vice chancellor of the University of West

In back, from left, Grace Young, dean of academic support services, articulation and transfer; Noemi Custodia-Lora, executive director of the Lawrence Campus and community relations; and Marcy Yeager, interim director, Northern Essex Cultural and International Studies Institute. COURTESY PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. HAVERHILL — The University of West London’s impressive list of graduates includes musicians such as Pete Townshend of the Who, the late Freddie Mercury of Queen, and several recent finalists on The X Factor, England’s wildly popular television talent show. Soon, some Northern Essex Community College students may be added to the mix. Northern Essex and the University of West London recently signed an articulation and study-abroad agreement that will allow NECC students to study for one or two semesters at the British university or transfer to the university’s Bachelor Degree programs after graduating with an Associate Degree from NECC. The two colleges are also exploring opportunities for faculty and staff exchanges and online partnerships. NECC President Lane Glenn met with Professor Peter John, vice chancellor of the university, recently to sign the articulation agreement, which is NECC’s second international articulation agreement. The first was signed with Bath Spa University in England, which welcomed its first group of NECC students this fall. Located in the West End of London, which is the heart of London’s creative district, UWL is well-known for its Performing Arts programs and offers a large Business school and degrees in Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Art and Photography, Communications, and Engineering. NECC and UWL have developed articulation agreements in all of those areas, meaning that after graduation from NECC, students can transfer to UWL and earn a Bachelor’s Degree in two years. “The majority of our students are first-generation college students, and their biggest concern is finding a job after graduation,” he said.
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Northern Essex Community College And College In London Sign Transfer Agreement – Lowell Sun Online

Signing an articulation agreement are Lane Glenn, front left, president of Northern Essex, and Peter John, vice chancellor of the University of West

COURTESY PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site. HAVERHILL — The University of West London’s impressive list of graduates includes musicians such as Pete Townshend of the Who, the late Freddie Mercury of Queen, and several recent finalists on The X Factor, England’s wildly popular television talent show. Soon, some Northern Essex Community College students may be added to the mix. Northern Essex and the University of West London recently signed an articulation and study-abroad agreement that will allow NECC students to study for one or two semesters at the British university or transfer to the university’s Bachelor Degree programs after graduating with an Associate Degree from NECC. The two colleges are also exploring opportunities for faculty and staff exchanges and online partnerships. NECC President Lane Glenn met with Professor Peter John, vice chancellor of the university, recently to sign the articulation agreement, which is NECC’s second international articulation agreement. The first was signed with Bath Spa University in England, which welcomed its first group of NECC students this fall. Located in the West End of London, which is the heart of London’s creative district, UWL is well-known for its Performing Arts programs and offers a large Business school and degrees in Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Art and Photography, Communications, and Engineering.
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“THE WHO HITS 50!” North American Tour To Include Special Guests Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – LA.com (Los Angeles, CA)

We’ve been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time. She is the real deal. This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone, Pete Townshend said. After the Runaways ended, THE WHO and Bill Curbishley stepped up, and let me use their studio, Ramport. That gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records. I’ve modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization. I’m so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour. No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than THE WHO, said Joan Jett. Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film which she Executive Produced based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and her fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as Currie.
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N’sync To Reunite For One Night; Phil Collins Cancels Benefit Performance – La.com (los Angeles, Ca)

Jerry Lee Lewis

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV) THE 1990S BOY BAND N’SYNC WILL REUNITE FOR ONE OCCASION,ACCORDING TO FORMER MEMBER LANCE BASS Bass said that he, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and Chris Kirpatrick will reunite on Dec. 20 when he marries Michael Turchin at an undisclosed location, according to Entertainment Weekly. Of course, the boys are going to be there. I couldn’t imagine getting married without those boys being right there, Bass said.
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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

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 http://www.thewho.com . 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 battle for Soho’s soul: How Londoners are fighting development in the capital

The Save our Soho march in central London

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. The venue’s license issues have come at an opportune time for the developers, who are planning to add retail units, a theatre, and a new headquarters for the company. A map showing the planned regeneration of Soho Image: Mashable / Tim Chester Soho Estates told me that they are aiming to honour the areas history and that the proposed developments would include “a re-incarnation of Madame Jojo’s.” They said: Soho Estates approach to Soho is to carry out careful restoration and refurbishment projects and redevelopment in keeping with the character and history of the area.
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THE WHO Hits 50! Tour Launches To Rave Reviews; Tour Launch Video Includes Behind The Scenes Look At First Shows – LA.com (Los Angeles, CA)

Fast-forward to 2014; after 55 years and more than 60 records, rock n rolls original wild child has gifted us with a new 11-track release. A fine follow-up to 2006s aptly titled Last Man Standing and 2010s Mean Old Man, Rock & Roll Time is all Killer, no filler. This latest gem also boasts a host of all-star contributions from loyal Lewis acolytes Robbie Robertson, Neil Young, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Nils Lofgren, and Kris Kristofferson, among others. It seems appropriate, considering he is one of the last living links to the source. The whole album rocks, especially the Kristofferson-penned title track, which Lewis ends with a wry chuckle, and the cover of the great Chuck Berrys Little Queenie, which Jerry Lee kills while Richards lays down the groove.
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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 – LA.com (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 http://www.thewho.com . 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 – LA.com (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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The Rocking Dead: For Stars Like The Who And Bob Seger, There’s Money In Mortality | Tampa Bay Times

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.

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.
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Sting feted at Kennedy Center Honors – Business Insider

“I’m not sure when I’ll wear it again, but I think I look rather fetching in it,” he quipped. “It’s still pretty overwhelming. I’m dealing with it quite well.” Bestowed by the nation’s premier performing arts center, the Kennedy Center Honors are regarded as the highest recognition of cultural achievement in the United States. Sting is the eighth British rock and pop musician to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. Others include Elton John, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend from The Who, Paul McCartney and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. This year’s honorees were all smiles and laughter as they took their balcony places alongside President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Kennedy Center’s vast opera house.
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Led Zeppelin Remastered: The Second Batch (IV & Houses of the Holy)

(December 4, 2014) Iconic guitarist Slash will receive the prestigious Les Paul Award during the 30th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards , to be held Saturday, January 24 in Anaheim, California. Comedian Sinbad will provide the laughs as the evenings host. The NAMM TEC Awards honors individuals and companies across 30 categories, for outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production. The Les Paul Award named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, honors individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology.
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Slash to be Honored with Les Paul Award at the 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards – LA.com (Los Angeles, CA)

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It may have rocked, and rocked hard, but Page’s ear for guitars layers and Jones’ rampant multi-instrumentalism (both born of years spent as studio musicians in the ’60s), along with Bonham’s ability to work in mixed meters even as he laid down grooves few could touch, all resulted in a groupand, here, an albumthat nobody else could have made. Even “Stairway to Heaven”overplayed and, consequently, parodied and sometimes (unfairly) ridiculedis, in fact, an epic blend of folkloric acoustic guitars and recorders that slowly builds, with the addition of Fender Rhodes, electric 12-string guitar and, ultimately, bass and drums into a powerhouse solo spot for Page that may be one of his best evera combination of blues-drenched bends and rapid-fire pull-offs that, nevertheless, is absolutely singableand one of Plant’s most memorable vocal deliveries on record. In fact, what makes Led Zeppelin IV such a success is not any one contributionthough Plant’s singing continues to evolve, his range reaching seemingly impossible heights and his ability to squeeze every possible meaning out of a single, cracking scream a rare thing of beautybut the confluence of everyone’s contributions. It’s not about posturing solosthough Page certainly did his fair share in performanceit’s about a group that hit the ground running with its first album, expanded its purview with its second and third, and here, with its fourth, reached a pinnacle that it would ultimately have a difficult time topping. The second disc contains a complete set of alternate versions and mixes that reveal more about the process of making the record and the matter of choice, but at the end of the day is incidental.
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The Rocking Dead: For Stars Like The Who And Bob Seger, There’s Money In Mortality | Tampa Bay Times

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.

Impending death makes for good concert business, say industry insiders and academics. We want to see our heroes “one last time” before they die. Or, gulp, we die. For the Who 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. Their proximity to that “long goodbye” also allows them to charge more than many younger pop and rock acts. 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.
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Sting feted at Kennedy Center Honors – Business Insider

“It’s still pretty overwhelming. I’m dealing with it quite well.” Bestowed by the nation’s premier performing arts center, the Kennedy Center Honors are regarded as the highest recognition of cultural achievement in the United States. Sting is the eighth British rock and pop musician to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. Others include Elton John, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend from The Who, Paul McCartney and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. This year’s honorees were all smiles and laughter as they took their balcony places alongside President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Kennedy Center’s vast opera house. First to be honored was Green, with Earth, Wind and Fire putting the black-tie crowd in a soul-swinging groove, Usher crooning “Let’s Stay Together” and a huge chorus backing Mavis Staples and Sam Moore on “Take Me To The River.” Earlier, on the red carpet, Green — an ordained pastor in Memphis, Tennessee who branched out into gospel music in the 1980s — said the honor was merely a milestone in a career that is still unfolding. “They give me all these great accolades and then they tell you, ‘Alright, go out and earn it’,” he said. “So we gotta keep writing and keep making songs.” “Soul music is alive and well.
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Led Zeppelin Remastered: The Second Batch (IV & Houses of the Holy)

Eleven lanterns were lit during a vigil after dark near the U.S. Bank Arena on the city’s waterfront, one for each of the victims crushed to death on Dec. 3, 1979, outside the venue, then known as Riverfront Coliseum. In addition to the 11 fans who died, 26 others were injured when thousands of concertgoers waiting to get into the coliseum rushed the gates after they heard the band going through its sound check and thought that the performance had started. The British rockers went on with the concert, unaware of the tragedy until Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were informed after the show. “To help you bear that pain and to remember those who we lost 35 years ago tonight, I think it is proper and fitting to erect a memorial for them here on the Cincinnati riverfront,” Mayor John Cranley said to friends and relatives of the victims attending the vigil on Wednesday night. The stampede was blamed in part on the combination of unreserved general admission and festival seating, which prompted many fans to show up hours early to get as close to the stage as possible. Only 3,500 of the 18,348 tickets sold were reserved.
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Cincinnati marks 35th anniversary of Who concert tragedy – Yahoo News

As different a song as it is, what ties “Levee” to the album’s side two opener, “Misty Mountain Hop”what links every song on which he plays, in factis Bonham’s almost impossible fat snare, roaring toms and dark, splashing cymbal work. Every bit the virtuoso as The Who’s Keith Moon, what differentiates the two is that, as bombastic and busy as they both could be, Bonham grooves in ways that Moon never could; he also had a more sophisticated sense of time, as his playing on “Black Dog” demonstrates, playing across the rhythm of Jones and Page’s riff as effortlessly as he bolsters the aptly titled “Four Sticks” where he did, indeed, play with two sets of sticks, shifting between 5/8 and 6/8 time as effortlessly as Page’s layered acoustic and electric guitars and Jones’ blend of bass and VCS3 synth came together to create one of the band’s most abstract yet still positively grounded songs yet. What differentiated Zeppelin from some of its peers at the time was its degree of sophistication. It may have rocked, and rocked hard, but Page’s ear for guitars layers and Jones’ rampant multi-instrumentalism (both born of years spent as studio musicians in the ’60s), along with Bonham’s ability to work in mixed meters even as he laid down grooves few could touch, all resulted in a groupand, here, an albumthat nobody else could have made. Even “Stairway to Heaven”overplayed and, consequently, parodied and sometimes (unfairly) ridiculedis, in fact, an epic blend of folkloric acoustic guitars and recorders that slowly builds, with the addition of Fender Rhodes, electric 12-string guitar and, ultimately, bass and drums into a powerhouse solo spot for Page that may be one of his best evera combination of blues-drenched bends and rapid-fire pull-offs that, nevertheless, is absolutely singableand one of Plant’s most memorable vocal deliveries on record. In fact, what makes Led Zeppelin IV such a success is not any one contributionthough Plant’s singing continues to evolve, his range reaching seemingly impossible heights and his ability to squeeze every possible meaning out of a single, cracking scream a rare thing of beautybut the confluence of everyone’s contributions. It’s not about posturing solosthough Page certainly did his fair share in performanceit’s about a group that hit the ground running with its first album, expanded its purview with its second and third, and here, with its fourth, reached a pinnacle that it would ultimately have a difficult time topping. The second disc contains a complete set of alternate versions and mixes that reveal more about the process of making the record and the matter of choice, but at the end of the day is incidental. It may be played a few times for the sake of interest, but ultimately it will be the first disc that most will reach foras close to a perfect recording as Led Zeppelin would ever make, without a weak or questionable moment throughout 43 minutes that are by turns hauntingly lyrical, viscerally rocking and, as a whole, exhilaratingly cathartic. Led Zeppelin Atlantic 2014 (1973) With an album as perfect as IV, Led Zeppelin was faced with a significant challenge in delivering its follow-up, and it was a full 16 monthsthe longest gap between albums to datebefore its first titled album (and first album of all-original music), Houses of the Holy was delivered. It was the group’s first record to receive some critical drubbing and there are, indeed, some questionable moments, but even a less-than-perfect Zeppelin record is orders of magnitude better than those from many of its peers.
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Slash To Be Honored With The Les Paul Award At The 30th… — CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

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The title track “World On Fire” ascended to #1 at U.S. Rock Radio. World on Fire features Slash with Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass). The album was released on Slash’s label Dik Hayd International, which is distributed through Caroline. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are on a world tour with additional U.S. dates to be announced in early 2015.
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Rock Soundman Glyn Johns Talks Beatles, Stones – Canon City Daily Record

“Coffee would be about it.” He said some acts stopped working with him because he wouldn’t allow them to get high during recording sessions. “I wouldn’t let The Eagles have any drugs in the studio and in the end that was part of my reason for being fired” after producing their first two albums, he said. Still, he noted that their next album, “Hotel California,” was a smash hit and “Sound Man” is full of such even-handed assessments. Johns gave the Stones their first recording session, in 1963, only to see the band go off with producer Andrew Loog Oldham. “I wasn’t best pleased,” Johns said during an interview at his airy London mews house. “But that’s life.” He went on to work with the band as an engineer for well over a decade. He recorded the Beatles in 1969 for the then-disintegrating band’s final album, “Let It Be,” and was the one who suggested they play a gig on the roof of Apple Corps’ London headquarters. “It was a difficult time for them,” Johns said. “But equally I also witnessed them having a really good time and being hysterically funny and just ordinary blokes.” Johns describes several lightning-bolt musical moments, like hearing Led Zeppelin for the first time after Jimmy Page, an old friend, asked Johns to record his new band. “My jaw was on the floor for the next week,” he said.
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Pete Townshend has “symphonized” The Who’s “Quadrophenia.” | UTSanDiego.com

But Santana is a different breed of man than most rock musicians, so those common autobiographical tropes do not form the core of the book. What we are treated to instead is the anatomy of a life lived in music, one steeped in the belief that playing music is a noble calling and that the role of the musician is to seek enlightenment, so that enlightenment might be shared with the listener. This will be rough going for hippie-haters, for Santana is clearly a card-carrying hippie. Yet his take on values we might, sadly, write off as hippie tenets the concept that all men and women are brothers and sisters, that music might awaken us to our true purpose in life, that borders and nationalities and even the idea of race are merely constructs crafted by the hands of unenlightened men and women are run through the authors long-held Eastern-tinged spiritual beliefs. Those beliefs are of the wholly selective variety; Santana is a devout reader of texts on the religious impulse, and he spent a decade as a disciple of the Indian spiritual pedagogue Sri Chimnoy, leaving only when he felt that his discipleship had served its purpose. Along the way, he constructed a personal spiritual code that suited his own needs, based on what he learned over the decades. I believe there is a supreme being, a supreme creator, and whether its Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, or Allah, its as John Coltrane said: All paths lead to God, he writes. Divinity has many names but only one destination.
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Men recall what happened when 11 lost lives at The Who concert 35 years ago – Story

7, 2010 file photo,Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend acknowledge the crowd after performing during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami. Townshend and Daltrey are taking the band on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating its 50th anniversary. Daltrey suggested it would be their last major tour, referring it to the start of their “long goodbye” during a news conference Monday, June 30, 2014, at Ronnie Scott’s jazz bar in London.
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Carlos Santana’s memoirs celebrate music as spiritual quest – Life & Arts – The Buffalo News

Carlos Santana: “God is all harmony - not just one chord or note.”

3, 1979, was an array of Who tunes one in particular Baba ORiley which stuck in my craw. I knew little of the disaster that happened that evening, other than 11 people had been killed in a human stampede. Something gnawed at me, though. Im not sure if it was The Whos music of which I later became an avid fan of or just an irregular attachment to something that occurred when I was all of 2 years old. Either way, I listened to that anniversary broadcast until midnight on a school night and, though I didnt know those who perished at the feet of an unruly mob, I felt a kinship. They loved music. So do I. Flash forward and I’m 1,000 miles from Cincinnati. Uncle Sam had brought me to Ft.
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