THE BEACH BOYS: Pick up another big career honor
The Fourth of July will be an extra special day for The Beach Boys.
Mike Love and his band will receive the National Artistic Achievement Award and then perform on on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for A Capitol Fourth. The annual PBS telecast is hosted by their part-time member John Stamos.
Love calls it "an extraordinary recognition for our band. We are grateful to everyone involved with A Capitol Fourth for this beautiful honor. The Beach Boys have been synonymous with [the] Fourth of July and performing on the West Lawn for decades now. It is an enormous source of pride."
Previous recipients include Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Reba McEntire and John Williams.
The Beach Boys are branding this summer's shows as the Now and Then tour. It begins tomorrow (Friday) night in Springfield, Illinois.
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BELINDA CARLISLE: Set to headline an 80's summer tour
Belinda Carlisle will reach into both The Go-Go's and her solo catalog as she he headlines this summer's Retro Futura tour. She enjoys the chance to celebrate the musical legacy of the '80s.
Belinda Carlisle talked about headlining the '80s-based Retro Futura tour:
"Well, I think that was the last great decade of music with a signature sound. I mean, like the '60s had theirs, the '50s had that. These kind of things are always fun for me, because for an audience, it's like instant gratification. It's not sitting through half an hour of filler material -- you just get all the hits."
When it comes to her solo hits, Belinda says working with great writers -- such as Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, who gave her "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and Diane Warren, who penned "I Get Weak" -- enabled her to build a strong second chapter of her musical life.
Belinda Carlisle says she's chosen the right material in her solo career:
"I like to think I have a good ear. I may not have the best voice in the world. But it's distinctive -- and that distinctive voice has carried me through my solo career, too. I think I have a real good knack for a melody, a good sense of myself and I've also happened to work with some of the world's greatest songwriters."
The 2018 Retro Futura tour -- co-starring Martin Fry of ABC, Limahl from Kajagoogoo, Tony Lewis of The Outfield, Modern English and Bow Wow Wow's Annabella -- begins July 11th in Atlanta.
JOHN FOGERTY & ZZ TOP: New song out for their new tour
John Fogerty and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons have a surprise in store for their audience at the start of the Fogerty - ZZ Top Blues & Bayou tour Friday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey -- a new song.
Fogerty and Gibbons will perform "Holy Grail," which the two recently recorded.
The song will be released on June 8th. Fogerty says, “I am so happy to be playin' and singin' with the Reverend BFG. That Sharp Dressed Man, himself." And Gibbons, who plays guitars and also grunts on the song, adds, "It’s not an overstatement to say that writing a song with John Fogerty is a genuine bonus! It’s fair to say that John and I are both pumped about our collaboration and we think 'Holy Grail' holds true with some great storytelling and some solid guitars movin’ the number right along. It begs a shout of, 'Turn it up!’”
Following Atlantic City on Friday, the tour heads north on the Garden State Parkway to Holmdel, New Jersey on Saturday and then up to Uncasville, Connecticut on Sunday.
Eddie Money, a former New York City policeman, honored three officers last week at the 25th annual National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPs Awards in Washington, D.C.
Thomas Dolby has added summer shows in New York and several other East Coast cities to his previously announced dates in L.A. and the Washington-Baltimore area.
Swing Out Sister believe they're ready to "Breakout" again. The British group fronted by Corinne Drewery will release Almost Persuaded on June 22nd. A preview track, "Happier Than Sunshine," has been posted on SoundCloud.
Furniture, household items, clothing, antiques, drums and beaded chairs from the collection of the late Leon Russell have gone on sale through EstateSales.net.
Ringo Starr went to see Paul Simon perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Wednesday night. Simon posted a photo of the two backstage on his website. The tour moves to Oakland, California on Friday.
David Crosby will tour Europe in August and September in support of his latest album, Sky Trails. He’s currently on tour in the U.S. with shows in New Orleans tonight (Thursday) and Orlando, Florida on Saturday.
How’s this for a contrast: John Travolta stars in the bio-pic Gotti, which hits theaters on June 15th. That's one day shy of 40 years after Grease opened on June 16th, 1978.