*A serious music revival happened in New York at the Little Kids Rock Benefit last night.
The evening featured performances by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Social Distortion’s Mike Ness, Beastie Boys Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, and many more – at an event produced by Steven and Maureen Van Zandt.
The sixth annual fundraiser show benefits the Little Kids Rock organization, which trains public school teachers and donates instruments, resources and support in an effort to get music education back into schools. Jake Clemons, a member of the E Street Band along with Little Steven, received the Big Man of the Year award and Joan Jett got the Rocker of the Year award.
*In an era of declining album sales, it's is hard to fathom how hard it is to actually sell records. Still, there are peeps who can succeed and the funny thing? They tend to be the “older guard” – as in the little pop heads may be blasted on the radio, but that isn’t translating to record sales.
As proof, consider that to date, NO ALBUM released in 2014 has made it to Platinum status (indicating sales of over one-million units). And so far, only the soundtrack from “Frozen,” which was released in 2013, has sold more than one-million copies this year. Albums are making it to Gold level (500,000 units sold) including eleven released this year including Michael Jackson's “Xscape” and the 70's infused rocker “Guardian's of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1.”
The big news, though, for older albums is that Fleetwood Mac's “Rumors”has been given its twentieth platinum certificate, indicating sales of over twenty-million. That moves it into a tie for eighth place with Shania Twain on the list of the biggest selling albums of all-time in the U.S. Here’s a look at the list:
*Elton Johnis sticking around Las Vegas. The Rocket Man has extended his Caesar’s Palace residency for three more years, with performances in January, March and April of next year going on sale Sunday. Elton’s “Million Dollar Piano Show,” has him playing a piano decorated with LED video screens.
Elton is one of many artists that play Caesars’ Colosseum. Rod Stewart and Shania Twain currently perform there, although Shania’s gig is expected to wrap up in December. Celine Dion is also a regular at Caesars, although she put her career on hold in July to help care for her ailing husband.
*Fans will get their first take-home opportunity to hear Yes in concert with current lead singer Jon Davison on the forthcoming ‘Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome.’
Available on two-CD/DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on Dec. 9, this new live package features Davison interpreting both ‘The Yes Album’ and ‘Going for the One’ with a veteran lineup including Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White and Geoff Downes.
Meanwhile, Yes’ ongoing concert dates begin again on Nov. 10 in New Zealand, with concerts throughout the month in Australia and then Japan.
*Shopping for the turntable-owning Cream fan on your holiday gift list just got a whole lot easier (and a lot more expensive).
The pioneering band’s classic catalog will get its vinyl due on Nov. 24 with the descriptively titled ‘Cream 1966-1972,’ a six-LP box that collects its live and studio output on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and comes in a rigid slipcase. The press release announcing the compilation doesn’t mention anything about remastering, but it does point out that each album will boast “exact reproductions” of the original artwork.
Now available for pre-order, ‘Cream 1966-1972′traces the rise and fall of the jam-friendly power trio, which brought Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce together for a tumultuous (yet prolific) brief run before splintering due to tension between band members.
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.