Quick Takes on Elton John, 2012 Stand Up For Heroes Benefit, And Jackson Brown
Reports out of England say that Elton John and longtime partner David Furnish are expecting their second child in the coming months. The couple has a nearly two-year-old son, Zachary, and is reportedly interviewing candidates for a baby nanny for the couple's estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire. An unnamed source close to Elton revealed that the couple will be using the same surrogate who gave birth to Zachary in 2010 and was recruited via the Centre For Surrogate Parenting in Encino, California: "Elton and David love this lady like a sister and they feel indebted to her for life. Naturally she has been well rewarded. But her identity will never be revealed." The unnamed surrogate is said to be "several months" pregnant. (The Sun)
On Thursday night (November 8th) Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, and John Mayer headlined the 2012 Stand Up For Heroes benefit at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre. Springsteen performed a four-song set -- "We Take Care of Our Own," "Working On The Highway," "Tougher Than The Rest" with Patti Scialfa, and "Land Of Hope And Dreams." "The Boss" then took part in an auction for one of his acoustic guitars and played a bit of the Elvis Presley standard, "Mystery Train" with Backstreets.com posting, "(Springsteen added) perks as bidding escalated -- throwing in his harmonica, a 'personal tour of the backstage area,' and an autograph -- to finally bring in $110,000 for the cause."
Roger Waters performed a particularly heart-wrenching set featuring Levon Helm's "Wide River To Cross," Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," and his own Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here" with 15 disabled guitarists and vocalists he had met while jamming with the veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Since 2008, the annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit serves the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides aid to those who have sustained the "hidden injuries of war," and has helped over "one million veterans, service members, and their families since it began in 2008."
Among the comedians appearing at the benefit were Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, and Jon Stewart.
Jackson Browne has just added a 15-date acoustic swing through the Western states for early 2013. Browne will kick off the trek on January 19th in Portland, Oregon and wrap things up on February 16th in Reno, Nevada. Along the way he'll be hitting Seattle, Washington; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona -- with multiple stops on the books for California, including shows set for San Jose, San Diego, Thousand Oaks, Long Beach, Bakersfield, Temecula, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and San Francisco.
UPDATED: Jackson Browne tour dates (subject to change):
November 12 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theater
November 14 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
November 15 - Colorado Springs, CO - Pikes Peak Center
November 18 - Northridge, CA - Valley Performing Arts Center
November 19 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
January 20 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall
January 22 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Civic
January 26 - San Diego, CA - Copley Symphony Hall
January 28 - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
January 29 - Long Beach, CA - Terrace Theater
January 31 - Bakersfield, CA - Majestic Fox Theater
February 1 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Resort & Casino
February 2 - Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
February 4 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Performing Arts Center
February 6 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center
February 12 - Albuquerque, NM - Popejoy Hall
February 13 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
February 15 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater
February 16 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino