Quick Takes On Sting, Allman Brothers Band, Def Leppard, And Tom Petty
Sting has tapped touring partner Paul Simon, along with James Taylor, and Dionne Warwick to headline the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert on April 17th at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage. Among the other performers playing on the bill include Renee Fleming, Chris Botti, and Ivy Levan, with additional artists still to be announced. (Vintage Vinyl News)
An Allman Brothers Band show without an Allman Brother??? A case of bronchitis forced Gregg Allman to sit out of Friday and Saturday night’s shows (March 21st and 22nd) as part of the band’s annual "March Madness" run at New York City’s Beacon Theater. On Saturday, the band posted a message on its Facebook page stating: "No guarantees but Gregg is improving and hopes to return to the stage for the last four Beacon shows." The Allmans are next set to play on Tuesday (March 25th). (Rolling Stone)
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott took a swipe at the powers that be at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who have passed the band over for induction for the 10th year in a row. Elliott said, "I see, comically trying to make a movie in your mind, this board room of faceless tuxedo-wearing morons. Mr. Roboto times six or whatever . . . Is it going to pay my mortgage off? Is it going to put my kid through schools? Am I going to sleep better at night?. . . I don’t give a flying rat’s ass about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. . . . Now, truth be known, the other four guys would say, ‘We’ve gotta do it.’ And I go ‘Why? The Sex Pistols told them to shove it.’ They say, ‘We should, it’s going to be good for our. . . " I couldn’t care less. I don’t see where we’re going to sell one ticket more, sell one more record. The cool factor? There’s nothing cool about being inducted into something that I don’t think is very cool." (Hitfix.com)
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will honor Tom Petty with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award on April 23rd. The invite-only gala will be held in Los Angeles at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, and will also salute "the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2013."