Photo: MJ KimThanksgiving isn't known for being a particularly musical holiday, save for a few football halftime shows. That's about to change with this year with A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, a concert special airing tonight on VH1. The two-hour show will feature performances from a variety of well-known acts that hit the Tennessee music festival's stage over the years, including Paul McCartney and Elton John, who headlined 2013's and this year's installment of the event, respectively.
A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, which encourages viewers to take to social media with the hashtag #GobbleRoo, will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Meanwhile, Bonnaroo also is looking to be part of your Black Friday. Tickets for the 2015 edition of festival will go on pre-sale on November 28 at noon ET. Bonnaroo 2015 will be held June 11-14.
Live Nation EntertainmentHere's one more reason to be thankful on Turkey Day, rock fans: KISS is one of the artists who will be performing at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The three-hour holiday extravaganza will air live on NBC starting at 9 a.m. ET.
In conjunction with the band's performance, 600 cheerleaders from throughout the U.S. will salute KISS during a medley of the group's classic songs. More than 3.5 million people are expected to gather along the route of the parade, while an estimated 50 million-plus viewers will be watching on TV nationwide.
KISS is scheduled to make their appearance on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade sometime between 11:13 and 11:18 a.m. ET. This marks the first time ever that the band will play the event. This year's entertainment lineup also includes Idina Menzel, Nick Jonas, The Madden Brothers, Meghan Trainor and American Authors.
Courtesy Library of CongressIf watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade or football isn't your thing, you may want to spend your holiday watching The Piano Man instead....over and over again.
Starting at 8 a.m. ET, the MSG Network is airing A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon, an entire day's worth of programming dedicated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. You can watch six concert events, as well as a 30-minute documentary about Joel's residency at Madison Square Garden. This summer, he'll set the record for most shows performed at the legendary venue by a single artist: 65.
Among the concerts that will be airing are Live from Rome, The Last Play at Shea, Live from Yankee Stadium, Live from Long Island, The River of Dreams and Live from Shea. Each special will be repeated throughout the day, and the whole thing wraps up at 2 a.m. on Friday. Check your local listings for more details.
Amanda Edwards/WireImageThe Doors' two surviving members, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, recently reestablished their friendship after being estranged for a number of years. Still, the longtime band mates won't be spending Thanksgiving together, and have very different plans for the holiday at opposite sides of the U.S.
Densmore tells ABC News Radio that he will celebrate the holiday close to home with his girlfriend, who he says is "making a giant feast" for her family and his family.
The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that rather than focusing on the pilgrims who colonized America, he wants to acknowledge the first settlers of the continent during the festivities.
"Before we start chewing on the turkey, I'm gonna mention the Native American culture," he declares. "I was raised Catholic, you know, and I was always taught to thank Jesus. Well, I'm gonna say, 'Let's first thank the turkey for giving us our energy and, second, let's thank the Native Americans for giving us the idea of Thanksgiving.'"
As for Krieger, he'll be on tour in the New York area during the holiday so, tells ABC News Radio, "I'll probably be eating Thanksgiving dinner at a motel." Following a show Wednesday in Norfolk, Connecticut, with his current group Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen, the 68-year-old guitarist will have the holiday off, but then he and the band will play a concert the following day in Amityville, New York. In addition, Robby also will be performing at a Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute concert this Saturday at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in New York City. The event's lineup also includes Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge.
Speaking about feasts, Densmore and Krieger have been promoting the recently released Doors video Feast of Friends, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray. The release features restored documentary and performance footage of the band shot in 1967 and '68.
Image Courtesy of Gibson BrandsGibson will be releasing two new acoustic guitars based on the SJ-200 model played by Bob Dylan and designed with input by the legendary singer-songwriter.
The first is the limited-edition Bob Dylan Autographed SJ-200 Collector's Edition, which exactly replicates Dylan's custom-made SJ-200. Only 175 on the instruments will be produced, each one boasting a label autographed by Bob. The guitar features a headstock with an inlay of Dylan's "eye logo," as well as fancily decorated double pick guards. The instrument will come with a hard-shell carrying case featuring an embroidered version of the aforementioned eye logo.
The second guitar is called the SJ-200 Player's Edition, and features a design similar to that of the Collector's Edition, but made with different types of wood. This model comes with an an LR Baggs brand Anthem pickup.
"After years of design and development overseen by the artist's personal guidance, these new models represent the best in artistry and performance just as Bob Dylan represents the best in American songwriting," says Gibson Brands chairman Henry Juszkiewicz. "Taking elements from the historic SJ-200 line and blending them with Bob's personal vision for a signature model, these guitars represent the best of music history."
No release date has been announced for the guitars.
Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoWhat do The Who's Roger Daltrey and R&B star Beyonce have in common, other than both being singers? Could be a lot more than that, depending on Daltrey himself.
In a recent video interview with GulfNews TV, Daltrey was asked for his opinion about several contemporary pop and rock artists, including Beyonce, and he reported that he's actually considering recording one of her songs.
"Class," Daltrey declared when the pop/R&B superstar's name was mentioned. "I'm making a solo album at the moment and I'm toying with doing one of her own songs -- a Beyonce song, just kind of changing the lyrics a bit and put it in the male."
Daltrey also addressed recent comments he made in the press about U.K. boy band One Direction, in which he apparently implied that he thought the group's music would not be considered significant over time. Roger explained that he'd been "rather misquoted with One Direction," and that he hadn't been attacking the band. "They've done incredibly well, and you can't knock that, that they've become the biggest pop band in the world," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stressed. "We were a pop band once, and there's nothing wrong with that...but I don't know what music will have significance in the future."
The 70-year-old singer also put his two cents in about Justin Bieber and his recent troubles. "What a shame. The boy needs help," said Daltrey, then addressed Bieber directly, saying, "Justin, give me a call, otherwise you're gonna end up like Keith Moon, and it'll be 'Goodnight, Vienna,' and I've lost too many friends. You don't need to go. You've got a lot to offer."
Daltrey also commented briefly about Taylor Swift, whom he called a "good country artist" and a "good-looking girl," and Kings of Leon, which he said are a "good" American rock ''n' roll band.
Lastly, Roger was asked to share his thoughts on the oft-maligned Coldplay. He praised Chris Martin's melodies and said that the sound that the band created "was totally original in its day," but noted that he isn't a fan of Martin's stage antics.
"I just wish he wouldn't run around so much on the stage, because it takes away from the music. It doesn't make the music stronger. It weakens it," Daltrey maintained. "He doesn't need to do it. When did you ever see Elvis run on the stage?"
Roger added that he has the same criticism of Mick Jagger. "Stop it!" he declared. "Stand still and dance."
Lloyd Bishop/NBCThere have been some odd rumors about Billy Joel over the years, but one recent one prompted the Piano Man to issue a statement. It turns out he did not, during a recent trip to the White House, take a smoke break with President Obama.
The D.C. publication The Hill claimed earlier this week that Billy was overheard at a Washington bar telling someone, "I was at the White House recently, and President Obama...said, ‘I’m going out on the North Portico to have a smoke. Do you want to come with me?” According to the publication's claim, Billy said that he replied, "Well, I haven’t smoked in a long time,” but then admitted that he couldn't turn down the offer.
The Hill further reported that Billy may have been referring to the time last December when he was at the White House for the Kennedy Center Honors.
However, Billy said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "The Obama part of the story is completely untrue. Nothing like that ever happened. I think their 'spy' had a few too many cocktails at that bar."
But if the "Obama part" of the story isn't true, which part is? Likely the other half of The Hill's report. It stated that Billy told a source at the bar that when he was on Capitol Hill last week to accept the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, he was inRep. John Boehner's office, and the Speaker of the House "pulled out a pack of cigarettes and offered me one. And I said, ‘No thanks, I quit.’”
Badman Ltd.; WeTVOn February 5, three days before the Grammy Awards, a special concert event called "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy" will take place that will feature performances by a variety of previous Grammy winners, including Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge and country legend Willie Nelson.
The event is the 17th annual concert staged by the Grammy Foundation, and it's designed to highlight the organization's efforts to preserve our musical legacy. Also on the bill are contemporary artists Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc. The theme of the event is the evolution of music's role in helping charitable causes, and so the concert will celebrate iconic charity songs and concerts.
More artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Tickets to the event, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, cost $45 and are on sale now at GrammyFoundation.org.
Photo: Carlo Dalla ChiesaPatti LaBelle is among the performers scheduled to participate in the National Christmas Tree Lighting, taking place December 4 in Washington, D.C.
The legendary singer will be joined by Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz and award-winning vocal group The Tenors at the 92nd annual event, which will be held at the White House Ellipse at Presidents Park. The ceremony will be streamed live at TheNationalTree.org starting at 4:30 p.m. ET, but if you miss it, it will air on public television throughout December.
Additional performers and special guests for the event will be announced soon.
Myrna Suarez/Getty ImagesBilly Joel's Tuesday night concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden featured a couple of pre-Thanksgiving treats: guest appearances by his pals Sting and John Mellencamp.
According to multuple reports, Sting joined Billy to perform a duet on Billy's 1986 song, "Big Man on Mulberry Street." Sting sang that same song earlier this month as a tribute to Billy at the ASCAP Centennial Awards. Mellecamp, meanwhile, took the stage to sing his hit "Crumblin' Down," while Billy backed him up. The entire set list is posted on Setlist.fm.
The show was Billy's 11th at the Garden since he started his once-a-month residency there in January. He already has shows scheduled through July 1 of 2015. If he plays it, that show will break the record for most concerts by a single act at the legendary New York venue: it'll be his 65th career show there.
Image Courtesy of RankinThe 45th anniversary of a historic recording session by The Rolling Stones at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, will be commemorated with a marker next week in the nearby town of Florence. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, December 5, at the site of a former Holiday Inn where the band stayed while working on several of their classic songs at the renowned studio.
In early December of 1969, the British rock legends recorded "Wild Horses," "Brown Sugar" and "You Gotta Move," which all eventually were released on the group's 1971 album, Sticky Fingers. Studio co-owner Jimmy Johnson, who also was the guitarist of the famed group of Muscle Shoals session musicians known as The Swampers, engineered The Stones recordings, and will be in attendance at the ceremony.
"The Stones' visit was a major turning point," says Johnson. "I am very excited about the marker and appreciate the state support for our efforts to preserve and promote Muscle Shoals Music."
The acclaimed 1970 Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter includes footage of the some of the band's members recording in Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and also listening to a recording of "Brown Sugar" in a room at the Holiday Inn, which was torn down during the 1970s. Some of those scenes also appear in the 2013 Muscle Shoals documentary, as do new interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recalling the sessions.
The Alabama Tourism Department was responsible for producing the marker.
"Because the Muscle Shoals documentary contained actual film footage of the Rolling Stones' recording sessions here, more people are aware of that history,” says Tourism Department director Lee Sentell. "This should be…a unique photo opportunity for fans of the Stones."
Mark Seliger; James O'MaraTwo of America's all-time great singer/songwriters, Paul Simon and James Taylor, will perform at a benefit event that will pay tribute to their late friend and Grammy-winning sax player Michael Brecker. "The Nearness of You" benefit concert will be held on January 20, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York City.
The show, which also feature Bobby McFerrin and other well-known musicians, will raise money for cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center, and the work of two respected doctors, Azra Raza and Siddhartha Mukherjee, who are focused on finding a cure for Myelodisplastic Syndromes (MDS). Brecker died at the age of 57 in 2007 after a battle with MDS.
Meredith Viera will emcee the event, which is being produced by Michael's widow, Susan Brecker.
"When I learned that a cure for MDS will likely provide the key to curing leukemia, I realized there was no better way to honor my husband's legacy than by raising important funds for research through this benefit concert," says Susan in a statement.
Tickets for the concert are priced starting at $200 and are on sale now. You can buy them at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office in New York, via the phone by calling 212-721-6500 or online at Jazz.org.
Frontiers RecordsMembers of three big rock bands of the '80s, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, have joined forces in a new supergroup called Revolution Saints. Castronovo pulls double duty in the band, serving as lead singer as well as keeping the beat.
Revolution Saints will release its self-titled debut album on February 24. The band was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino, president of Frontiers Records, who wanted to put together a project that would showcase Deen's vocal talents. The 12-track album features songs that combine the soaring melodies and virtuoso musicianship for which the band members' other groups are known.
Two other current members of Journey, guitarist Neal Schon and frontman Arnel Pineda, make guest appearances on Revolution Saints. Schon is featured on a song titled "Way to the Sun," while Pineda sings on a tune called "You're Not Alone."
"Revolution Saints, to me it's '80s-vibe rock with nuts," says Castronovo in a promo video for the album posted on the Frontiers Music YouTube channel. "I mean, you got …tons of melody, huge hooks and then you got amazing musicians."
Adds Deen, "Nobody really played it safe on this. It had enough freedom and it had enough air in it to where we could bring each one of our styles into this."
Revolution Saints will be available on CD and high-quality vinyl, as well as in a deluxe edition CD/DVD set and as a digital download. The deluxe release will offer three bonus tracks, and the DVD will include a making-of documentary, three promotional videos and one lyric video.
Here's the track list for Revolution Saints:
"Back on My Trail" "Turn Back Time" "You're Not Alone" (featuring Arnel Pineda) "Locked Out of Paradise" "Way to the Sun" (featuring Neal Schon) "Dream On" "Don't Walk Away" "Here Forever" "Strangers to This Life" "Better World" "How to Mend a Broken Heart" "In the Name of the Father (Fernando's Song)"
Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition only) "You Are Not Alone" (Arnel Pineda version) "Way to the Sun" (Doug Aldrich version) "You Are Not Alone" (Deen Castronovo version)
DVD Content (Deluxe Edition only) Making of the Album documentary "Turn Back Time" (promo video) "Back on My Trail" (promo video) "Here Forever" (promo video) "Way to the Sun" (lyric video)
Jonathan Meyers; ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA couple of years ago, there was talk of a movie version of the book Girls Like Us, which focused on the impact of female singers Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King. There also was word that pop superstar Taylor Swift had been cast as Mitchell in the film, but it was never made. Now Joni is claiming it was she who pulled the plug on the project.
Speaking to the Sunday Times of London, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, "I squelched that! I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones. It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes.'" She also says she didn't agree with the source material, which was written by Sheila Weller. "There's a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assumptions," Mitchell tells The Times.
In October of 2012, Swift said she was eager to portray Mitchell, telling Rolling Stone, "I wish I could say it's confirmed! But the thing about movies that I've learned is -- I've been reading scripts for five years, and you just don't know what ones are going to get greenlit and which ones aren't, so I can't talk about it unless it's the real thing."
Girls Like Us would've been Swift's first dramatic role, after making her acting debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine's Day. The 24-year-old singer finally got that dramatic role this year, when she appeared in the movie The Giver.
Image Courtesy of Steven ErleAerosmith's Steven Tyler is one of the music artists chosen to perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will be held on December 11 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. The concert takes place the day after the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which will honor two human-rights activists, India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, for "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education."
Tyler says in a statement, "I am excited to bring rock 'n' roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world's most courageous activists."
Other performers on the concert's lineup include hip-hop star Queen Latifah, British soul singer Laura Mvula, and Norwegian singer Gabrielle. Queen Latifah will also host the event.
The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is broadcast around the world, both on television and online: check NobelPeacePrizeConcert.org to find out when and where to watch the show in your area. Artists that have performed at previous Nobel Peace Prize Concerts include Paul McCartney, Sting, Santana, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Bon Jovi and A-ha.
Geffen/Universal MusicThe Who has premiered an official lyric video for their new song, "Be Lucky," streaming now at VEVO.com. The track, which appears on the recently released The Who Hits 50! compilation, is the first new tune from the band since 2006.
The video features a montage of archival clips -- both rare and recognizable -- from throughout the band's career, while the lyrics pop up in animated form, reflecting the same classic comic-book graphics featured on the cover of The Who Hits 50! Among the recognizable segments are clips from the band's promotional videos for "Happy Jack," "Who Are You," and "Don't Let Go the Coat."
All royalties from sales of "Be Lucky" are being donated to Teen Cancer America, the charity that The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend co-founded in 2011.
The Who kicked of their 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, which was the band's first-ever concert in the Middle East. The rock legends will begin the U.K. leg of the trek this Sunday, November 30, in Glasgow, Scotland.
The 53-song, four-CD collection, which was curated by Mitchell herself, began as the soundtrack to a planned dance production that was to have been put on by Canada's Albert Ballet, but was abandoned when she was unable to settle on a list of tunes for the project. Joni eventually wound up gathering the songs into four separate themed sections, each one that she views as a potential ballet act, and each corresponding to a disc in the box set.
In addition to compiling Love Has Many Faces, Mitchell designed the package, which includes six new original paintings, a selection of lyrical poems and extensive liner notes telling the story behind the project.
Check your local listings to find out when Tavis Smiley airs in your area.
ABC/Kelsey McNeal; Warner Bros. RecordsArianaGrande's sexy dance moves go over well with her fans, but music legend Bette Midler is calling out Grande and other young pop stars for using their sex appeal to sell albums.
In an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph Midler, 68, bemoaned the state of today's female artists while discussing her latest album, It’s the Girls, a compilation of covers of the girl bands of her youth. She calls what's happening today "terrible."
"It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous," she explains, adding, "I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it."
Midler stresses that she doesn't think it's Ariana's fault. She believes the "Problem" singer's managers are at the bottom of it.
"I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager," Bette says. "Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold."
Midler thinks artists have the freedom to do whatever they want these days, but that's not always a good thing. "Whatever strictures there were have fallen apart," she tells the newspaper. "And now it’s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex. They really like to slap each other’s butts."
Midler acknowledges that she could be the one who's out of touch, but adds, "I don’t know what the end game is going to be. I don’t know where you go from all that sex in your twenties. I don’t know how you sustain it."
Midler's advice for a young woman who wants to get into show business today: "Trust your talent," she advises. "You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t."
It’s the Girls features The Divine Miss M tackling songs made famous by The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and others. The album also includes a cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”
Image Courtesy of Kim Bergeron for East St. Tammany Habitat for HumanityThe two surviving Beatles have lent a hand to help raise money for an effort to build affordable homes for local military veterans in the New Orleans area.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have both autographed a restored piano decorated with painted images of the Fab Four. The piano is scheduled to be auctioned off soon to benefit an effort of a branch of Habitat for Humanity.
Kim Bergeron, a freelance public-relations strategist who worked pro bono for the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in Slidell, Louisiana, was instrumental in getting the rock legends to sign the piano -- no easy task since McCartney and Starr rarely autograph items these days. NOLA.com reports that Bergeron contacted McCartney first, hoping that Sir Paul would lend his signature when he played an October 11 show in New Orleans. That couldn't be arranged, but she was able to get Ringo to agree to sign the instrument when he and his All-Starr Band performed in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 17.
Getting McCartney's John Hancock took a bit more doing. His reps contacted Bergeron to tell her that Paul would be able to sign the piano if the instrument could be brought to Louisville, Kentucky, where he performed on October 28. What was supposed to be a 10-hour journey turned into a 30-hour ordeal when the truck hired to transport the piano broke down multiple times along the way. Eventually, the piano was brought to Louisville's KFC Yum! Center, where Macca signed it, and treated Bergeron and some of her associates to a meet-and-greet too.
The story behind the piano also is interesting. The antique, upright instrument, which dates back to the late 1800s, was donated to the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity in August by a Mississippi woman. The piano was then restored and painted by Slidell artist Lori Gomez, and the initial plan was auction it at East St. Tammany Habitat's "Home Is Where the Art Is" gala this past Friday. However, when McCartney's and Starr's signatures were procured, it was decided to make the instrument available for bidding via a national auction, the details of which are still being finalized. The piano was put on display at the Slidell charity event.
Funds raised by the sale will go toward the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build initiative, which will supply housing to one or more local veterans. Bergeron tells ABC News Radio that now that the piano has been autographed by the Beatles band mates, the organization is hoping it can bring in enough money to fund homes for as many as 10 vets and their families.
You can read the story behind the piano and Bergeron's quest to get it signed by the rock legends at her personal blog, RightBrainDiaries.com.
KVPI-FM is a NBC News Radio Affiliate. Hear the latest National and International News headlines on the hour every hour from NBC News Radio on Oldies 92-5 KVPI-FM.
Sign up today
and join our free Loyal Listener E Club and qualify to win exclusive contests and stay updated in what is going on at Oldies 92-5 KVPI.
The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum operated by the City of Ville Platte is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come view the amazing artifacts, photos, records, Wall of Fame and hear the music. Admission charge is $3 adults, $2 seniors and $1 for children under 12. The museum is located on Northwest Railroad Avenue.