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Some Quick Takes On Lots Of Artists
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Some Quick Takes On Lots Of Artists
Rod Stewart will return to HSN October 26th to peddle his first holiday collection, Merry Christmas, Baby, which will be released on October 30th. The album follows Rod's 2010 Fly Me To The Moon. . . The Great American Songbook: Volume V (five) -- which sold over 25,000 units following Rod's performance on HSN. He remains the top-selling artist in the network's history. (Billboard)
 
Details have emerged regarding Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's alleged attack of a fan following a Mickey Hart Band show on Saturday (September 8th) at Terrapin Hill Farm. According to reports, the unnamed accuser actually owns the tour bus that Hart was renting and was called in for a chat by Hart's manager. Upon entering the bus, Hart closed the door, directed the man towards the back of the bus and is said to have beaten the man up. The accuser claimed Hart "threw me down, started (to) cuss (at) me, hitting me, pushing me around then told me to get off MY bus." Hart has gone on record stating that he is innocent of all charges and entirely baffled by any of the accusations. (TMZ)
 
Toto's co-founding bassist Mike Porcaro is battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Toto keyboardist David Paich shed light on Porcaro's condition, telling, Chambers Of Rock, "He's kinda been going downhill for the last three years here 'cos it's a very slow degenerative process. But again Mike mentally is fantastic and if you talk to him his spirits are up and he's. . . He's great and he's like the old Mike Porcaro except that he's disabled, he's in a wheelchair and can't move. . . You know? Can't walk and can't play which is a total. . . Just a heart breaking drag, you know what I mean?" (Vintage Vinyl News) 
 
Carlos Santana will publish his autobiography in 2014 via publishers Little, Brown and Co. The press release for the still-untitled book states: "As he tells his story, Carlos' highest wish is to help readers discover the sanctity, grace, and divinity in themselves. This book is a testament to triumph, victory, and success. Carlos will share his memories of the immortals of music history: Miles Davis, Eric Clapton, and Harry Belafonte, to name a few." (The Huffington Post)
 
Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, and Liza Minnelli will be among the performers today (September 18th) at a memorial for late composer Marvin Hamlisch. The tribute, which will be held at Manhattan's Juilliard School for the arts, will also include violinist Itzhak Perlman, concert pianist Lang Lang, singer Michael Feinstein, trumpeter Chris Botti and former members of the Broadway cast of A Chorus Line and the upcoming Broadway musical, The Nutty Professor, which Hamlisch wrote the scores to. Hamlisch died on August 6th at age of 68. (Reuters)
 
Donovan has announced four U.S. tour dates for this fall -- including next month's Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration in Washington, D.C.
 
Donovan tour dates (subject to change)
September 28 - Chicago, IL - Park West 
October 14 - Washington, DC - Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration at Concert Hall 
October 19 - New York, NY - The Concert Hall At The New York Society for Ethical Culture 
October 28 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
 
Two members of Alice In Chains will pay tribute to the band Heart at the latter group's upcoming induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell and bassist Mike Inez will both give testimonials at the September 25th ceremony. Inez once played bass in Heart's touring lineup, while Cantrell has known the band's Wilson sisters for years as part of the Seattle music community. Heart will receive the 2,481st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the event will take place in front of the Musician's Institute, where a number of other music artists have their stars. The ceremony will be live streamed at www.WalkofFame.com. (Loudwire)
 
Late AC/DC singer Bon Scott will be honored with a statue in Kirriemuir, Scotland, his birthplace and home in his early years. A community group called DD8 Music, which organizes the annual Bon Scott music festival in the town, has asked sculptor John McKenna to design a statue as a lasting tribute. McKenna said, "It's early days, but it's a great honor. Bon Scott was an icon from my teenage years." There's no word on when the statue is expected to be unveiled. The legendary singer was just 33 when he was found dead in February 1980 from acute alcohol poisoning after a night out in London. (HenneMusic)

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