Quick Takes on Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, Cheap Trick, Jefferson Starship, And U2
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Quick Takes on Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, Cheap Trick, Jefferson Starship, And U2
Steven Tyler surprised audience members at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe on Tuesday night (September 4th). Tyler was on hand to support songwriter Marti Frederiksen, who was one of the songwriters performing in the round at the 90-seat venue. Tyler was invited by Frederiksen to perform Aerosmith's "Jaded" from 2001's Just Push Play. In addition to sitting in with his co-writer, Tyler took to the piano and performed a rousing rendition of "Dream On." (The Associated Press)
John Fogerty is set to appear at L.A.'s Grammy Museum on September 26th at 8:00 PM for an intimate interview and audience Q&A. Fogerty's appearance kicks off the unveiling of the museum's exhibit, John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone, which is named after Fogerty's legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival song and his new album of duets. The exhibit promises, "a unique look at the musical career of the singer, songwriter and guitarist, who, for more than 45 years, has been making music that continues to speak in a powerful way to generations of musicians and music lovers alike." The exhibit runs through January 2014.
Key items set to be displayed are: Fogerty's Centerfield "Baseball Bat" guitar; the dobro guitar from CCR's 1969 Green River album cover; Fogerty's personal scrapbook from his time with CCR; the handwritten lyrics to "Proud Mary"; Fogerty's high-school diploma and yearbook; costumes, posters, awards and albums; personal correspondence, tour ephemera and photographs; and the original recording contract CCR signed with Fantasy Records that came back to haunt him in his long legal suit with the label.
Cheap Trick is counter-suing its drummer Bun E. Carlos. Carlos, who has been replaced on the road by guitarist Rick Nielsen's son Daxx, has claimed in his suit that, "among other things," the band -- Nielsen, Tom Peterson, and Robin Zander -- are "refusing to allow Carlos to participate in any of the activities of the band (including the recording of a new studio album), entering into numerous contracts on behalf of the Cheap Trick Companies without Carlos' consent and otherwise preventing Carlos from participating in the management and operations of the Cheap Trick Companies." Classic Rock magazine shed light on the countersuit, reporting that the band claims that the drummer "was removed as a director of Cheap Trick Unlimited, Inc. and two other corporations in a valid manner."
Back in 2010 the band went on record about Carlos, who was sitting out of the road dates due to a bad back: "Bun E. Carlos is not currently the touring drummer for Cheap Trick. Bun E. remains a band member. Everyone is healthy and Cheap Trick will continue to tour as planned."
Last year Carlos issued a statement saying, "I'm still in the band, but I don't tour, I don't hear from them. I prefer to be out on the road performing with them. Maybe we'll kiss and make up." (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Out now is the double-CD archival release, Jefferson Starship: Live In Central Park, NYC - May 12, 1975. The collection, which has long been bootlegged and is legendary amongst the band's die-hard fans, features the early lineup of Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, David Freiberg, Craig Chaquico, Pete Sears, John Barbata, and Papa John Creach.
The tracklist is: "Ride The Tiger," "Fast Buck Freddie," The Witcher," "Devil's Den," "Caroline," "Driving Me Crazy," "Papa Creach's Down Home Blues," "Play On Love," "Better Lying Down," "Have You Seen The Saucers," "Come To Life," "White Rabbit," "Sweeter Than Honey," "Somebody To Love," and "Volunteers." 
U2 bassist Adam Clayton got married on Wednesday (September 4th) to his girlfriend of four years, Brazilian model Mariana Teixeira. Clayton proposed earlier this year in Brazil and the couple made it official at a registry office in Dublin, Ireland. In attendance was U2 guitarist The Edge and his wife, Morleigh Steinberg. The Claytons will head to France this weekend for a three-day wedding reception at which they will be joined by more than 150 guests beginning on Friday (September 6th). (BBC)

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