Quick Takes On Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Motley Crew, And America
Paul McCartney was awarded the honorary prize of "Songwriter's Songwriter" at Britain's 2014 NME Awards ceremony last night (February 26th) at London's 02 Academy Brixton. The music paper, known back in the day as The New Musical Express, was a favorite of McCartney's while coming up -- and saluted by the former Beatle when collecting the award, saying, "Gotta give it up for the NME, man. Oh memories. It's been going longer than I have. I saw the very first picture of Elvis Presley in the NME. . . Finally we got down to London and got to meet the people on the NME. The great thing about songwriting is, we don't know how we do it, so we can't talk about it. So thank you!" (NME.com)
Eric Clapton has backed out of his planned March 2nd concert in Bangkok, Thailand due to political unrest. Vintage Vinyl News posted that "Slowhand" canceled the show due to "political protests made the city iffy from a security standpoint," and reporting "since November, 21 people have been killed and 700 injured in clashes with the police." Clapton next performs on Friday (February 28th) at Tokyo, Japan's Budokan Hall.
Neil Young will publish his second memoir through Blue Rider Press this fall. The book -- which is the follow-up to 2012's best selling Waging Heavy Peace -- is being described as an "eclectic amalgam" and will focus on Young's interests in politics, cars and the environment. (Billboard)
Motley Crue has recently added shows to The Final Tour. The new dates include a second show in Hollywood, Florida on October 18th; Spokane, Washington on November 22nd; and the band's final show on October 28th at New York's Madison Square Garden.
America lead guitarist Michael Woods has announced his retirement after 37 years. Woods, who replaced late co-founder Dan Peeks in 1977, first joined the organization as a roadie before becoming an integral part of America's success both on the rod and in the studio. The band issued a statement reading in part: "Beginning as a member of the road crew, Woodz effortlessly migrated into the lead guitar spot in America's band, and over the decades has become a loyal, beloved friend, more like family member, sharing countless hours on planes, trains and in automobiles to help bring America's music to the world via touring and recording. His presence and showmanship on stage will remain unique, along with his fashion sense complete with the classic vintage t-shirts! We love him and wish him all the best. Our gratitude goes out to him for the gift of his time, talent, humor, insight and friendship. Rock On Woodz! See you soon … The Boys in the Band!" (VenturaHighway.com)
Photo Courtesy of Mary McCartney