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Quick Takes On Tom Petty, Steven Tyler And Joe Perry, Kiss, And Bono's Protest Song Agit8
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Quick Takes On Tom Petty, Steven Tyler And Joe Perry, Kiss, And Bono's Protest Song Agit8
Tom Petty has worked out a deal for audience members at the Heartbreakers' June 8th L.A. gig at the Fonda Theatre to receive full refunds for their tickets. Although it remains unclear as to exactly why fire marshals deemed that the venue was too overcrowded for the show to continue three-fourths of the way through, Petty is making good for his fans that missed the final 30 minutes of the show.
 
Petty's representatives posted a message to fans on his website which reads in part: "The satisfaction of fans is of paramount importance to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and the band shares the frustration of the fans in attendance that evening who deserved to experience the entire performance. As a result, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Goldenvoice are pleased to announce that full refunds for the June 8th show are now available at the point of purchase. We are also pleased to confirm that Ticketmaster has agreed to refund all incurred Ticketmaster fees. Fans who attended the June 8th show at the Fonda Theatre can request a refund with proof of purchase anytime prior to September 10th, 2013."
 
For more information on how audience members at the June 8th Fonda Theatre can reclaim their money, log on to TomPetty.com/blog.
 
In addition to being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame tonight (June 13th) in New York City, on June 22nd, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame at the venue's season opening. Following their induction, Tyler and Perry will perform with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, with other special guests still to be announced. Proceeds from the evening benefit the L.A. Philharmonic and its education programs, which reach more than 120,000 children, teachers, and adults every year.
 
Kiss drummer Eric Singer is once again on the defensive against fans that yearn for the band's original lineup to reunite -- or at least be the only ones allowed to wear the iconic Kiss makeup. Singer, who replaced Eric Carr in 1991, was sidelined when Peter Criss rejoined the band in 1996, but has been back for a decade -- yet dressed as Criss' legendary "Catman" character. Singer spoke to Radio Nova and said: "The people that want to complain about 'I don't like this,' or 'I don't like that,' 'They should play this song,' or 'I only want the original band. . . ' The bottom line is: this is how Kiss exists right now, in 2013. Be glad there's some version of Kiss and that we're out there touring. We have just as much passion and care just as much as the band ever did or ever could. That's what counts. If we didn't, we wouldn't be here. I mean, Gene (Simmons) and Paul (Stanley) don't need the money; they don't need to do this. They do it because they love doing it." (Ultimate Classic Rock)
 
A number of artists, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Mumford And Sons and Macklemore, have been recruited by U2 frontman Bono for a protest song compilation called Agit8, which is aimed at raising poverty awareness before next week's G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. The compilation is a One Campaign initiative that is featured on the advocacy groups' website. It's evenly split between older material recorded by the original artists and more recent acts covering classic protest songs. You can find the entire playlist, including lyrics, info on the artist and the song's meaning, at http://www.one.org/protestsongs/. (Billboard)

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