Sting received the BMI Icon award on Monday night (October 10th) in London, and performed a three song set, premiering a new tune from his upcoming album, 57th & 9th — “Heading South On The Great North Road,” along with two Police standards — “Message In A Bottle” and “Every Breath You Take.” In addition to the Icon award, “Every Breath You Take” was saluted for 13 million plays on U.S. radio alone.
Sting told the crowd: “It’s a fabulous honor. It’s a little premature. But I’m extremely grateful. I want to say something controversial though; the greatest compliment you can pay a songwriter is not this. One of the greatest compliments you can receive is when a member of the public comes up to you and says, ‘I fell in love to one of your songs or, We played one of your songs at our wedding’ or, ‘When we brought our first kid home from the hospital, your song was on the radio’ or, ‘When we buried Uncle Charlie, we played one of your songs at his funeral.’ These things have been said to me often enough to me over the years that I realize that is the real reward for your efforts. Somehow your real job as a songwriter is to provide the soundtrack to people’s emotional lives, touchstones for their emotional landscapes, their memories – and that’s an unexpected and unanticipated honor, as well as a privilege. Of course, I’d be lying if I said that’s why I started writing songs. Like any of us, I just wanted the glory.”
Sting went on to say: “But that dream to become a songwriter started many years ago. As a kid, I dreamt I would write songs, that I would sing those songs all over the world to millions of people, that I would be famous, that I would be paid extravagant amounts of money and win prestigious awards like this one, Grammys and Academy Award nominations, million selling albums. Well, I must have dreamt it pretty hard because, in fact, here I am, it happened for me.” (MusicWeek.com)
Sting’s new album, 57th & 9th, drops on November 11th.
Some of Linda Ronstadt‘s high profile friends are teaming up for a tribute concert to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Ronstadt, who had lost the ability to sing due to disease, will be saluted on December 11th at L.A.’s Ace Hotel, with “The Bluegrass Situation Presents: A Tribute To The Music Of Linda Ronstadt.” Performers include Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, Maria Muldaur, David Lindley, Grace Potter, Sean & Sara Watkins, Dawes, Gabby Moreno, Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz, and more artists still to be announced.
Tickets for American Express holders go on sale today (October 12), with a general on sale set for Friday (October 14th). (Vintage Vinyl News)
Dixie Cups co-founder Joan Marie Johnson has died at the age of 72 of congestive heart failure. The Dixie Cups, who are best remembered for the 1964 chart-topper, “Chapel Of Love,” originally featured Johnson along with her cousins Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins. Johnson left the group after a few years after being diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. (The Associated Press)
A Pennsylvania space that was to serve as a museum celebrating the life and work of the Monkees’ Davy Jones burned yesterday (October 11th). The converted home, which was once a church, was housed in Jones’ adopted U.S. home of Beavertown and was damaged due to “a blaze of unknown origin.” Prior to his 2012 death at age 66, Jones had purchased the property in hopes of turning it into a local theater. According to Pennlive.com, in 2015, “a life-long fan purchased the former Beaver Lutheran Church and was planning to turn it into a memorial for Jones.”
Coming to CD, DVD and Blu-ray and digital formats on December 2nd is Heart‘s latest live set, Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The 17-track collection features leaders Ann and Nancy Wilson live in London in June 2016 running through a cross section of their greatest hits from the 1970’s and ’80s
The tracklisting for Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is: “Magic Man,” “Heaven,” “Dreamboat Annie,” “What About Love,” “I Jump,” “Sweet Darlin’,” “Two,” “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “Beautiful Broken,” “Mashallah!,” “Silver Wheels / Crazy On You,” “Sand,” “No Quarter,” “Barracuda,” and “Kick It Out.”