Quick Takes on Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, John Mellencamp, Elton John, And Blue Oyster Cult
Aerosmith will perform live today (November 5th) in Boston at Noon ET in front of their early band apartment. The band, which lived at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue from 1970 to 1972, will be performing to raise awareness of tomorrow's (November 6th) Presidential election and the release of its long awaited new studio set, Music From Another Dimension. In keeping with the Bostonian spirit, Aerosmith will be introduced by New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft and a couple of Patriots captains, along with a group of Patriots cheerleaders.
It's looking as though Rod Stewart's first holiday album, Merry Christmas, Baby, will enter the Billboard 200 charts in the Top 10, with sales of about 80,000 units in its first week of sales. Rod can thank his appearance on HSN for accounting for a whopping 28,000 of those copies sold. (Billboard)
Rod, along with Neil Diamond, Alicia Keys, and others have signed on to perform on November 19th in front of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip at the Royal Variety Performance at London's Royal Albert Hall. (Vintage Vinyl News)
John Mellencamp will appear today (November 5th) with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, at Richmond, Virginia's Historic Tredegar Iron Works. On Saturday (November 3rd), Mellencamp appeared with President Obama at a grassroots rally in Dubuque Iowa.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin have been cleared of plagiarism charges by a U.S. District Judge after a songwriter filed suit that the pair plagiarized a song of his for the 1985 Top 10 hit, "Nikita." The plaintiff, Guy Hobbs, claimed that he first saw the song's lyrics in the early 2000's -- over 15 years after the song was first released -- and explained that he never heard the song due to living in Africa since 1984. His suit claimed that he had written his song, titled, "Natasha," in 1982 and sent it to various publishers -- including Elton's own company, Big Pig. (The Daily Mail)
Vintage Vinyl News posted that Judge St. Amy Eve ruled in her judgment for Elton, that despite the lyrics being similar between both songs, "these themes are not protected under the Copyright Act because they are rudimentary, commonplace, and standard under the scenes a faire doctrine. Moreover, phrases and themes that are common, trite, or cliched are not protected under copyright laws . . the phrases, 'you'll never know,' 'to hold you,' and 'I need you' are commonly used in musical lyrics. Also, short phrases that do not express an 'appreciable amount of original text' are not subject to copyright protection."
The original members of Blue Oyster Cult (B.O.C.) will reunite tonight (November 5th) in New York City. The original lineup -- Eric Bloom, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, Allen Lanier, Joe Bouchard, and Albert Bouchard -- were originally set to play at Manhattan's Best Buy Theater on October 28th, but postponed the gig due to Hurricane Sandy. The band is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the recent release of its 17-disc box set, The Complete Columbia Albums Collection.
The new set features all 11 B.O.C. studio albums released between 1972 and 1988 for Columbia, three live collections, two discs of rarities, and a DVD showcasing the band caught live in concert in 1978. (Ultimate Classic Rock)