*While you were busy at your July 4th barbecue or watching some fireworks, the Grateful Dead played the first set of their "Fare Thee Well" shows at Chicago's Soldier Field.
As you might imagine for a band that has such a loyal following, this weekend set attendance records for the venue. According to Billboard, 70,764 deadheads showed up to say goodbye, beating the previous attendance record of 67,936 set by U2 360 in 2009.
*Concertgoers at Brian Wilson's stop in New Jersey last week got an extra special treat when the state's musical icon, Bruce Springsteen, joined in on the fun.
The former Beach Boy is on tour promoting "No Pier Pressure" but he played plenty of hits, including two that the Boss joined in on. First, he sang backup off stage for "Barbara Ann." Then, he came on stage to play "Surfin USA."
*Paul McCartney held nothing back in a recent interview with "Esquire," including his feelings of frustration following John Lennon's death...and it's not what you might think.
"When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John's a martyr. A JFK," said Macca. "So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, 'Well, he was The Beatles.'”
He went on to say that Lennon did some good work after the Beatles broke up. "But he also did a lot of not-great work," he added. "Now the fact that he's now martyred has elevated him to a James Dean, and beyond."
*Rain, lightning and even a broken leg were not about to stop the Foo Fighters from putting on a massive 20th anniversary concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC on July 4th.
But let’s answer the first question on everyone’s mind – how exactly was Dave Grohl going to rock out when he broke his leg just a few weeks ago? The answer - a rock and roll throne. That’s right, Dave entertained the crowd of at least 40,000 while sitting atop his own thrown, decked out with the Foo Fighters logo, guitars, flashing lights and speakers. Oh, and it also moved, allowing Dave to perform along a catwalk surrounded by screaming fans.
Dave told the crowd "I would never have canceled this show. This is the one!" Dave's hometown show just also happened to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut record.
*Rod Stewart is being sued by the estate of blues musician Armenter “Bo Carter” Chatmon, which claims the singer stole Chatmon’s classic song “Corrine, Corrina.” The tune was written somewhere around 1928, and has been covered by the likes of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson and others.
Chatmon’s estate has an issue with a Stewart tune, “Corrina, Corrina,” which was a bonus track on his 2013 album “Time.” In their suit, they argue that the two songs are “nearly identical,” and they are seeking statutory and actual damages, as well as an injunction against Stewart’s song.
*Billy Joel is hoping a fourth time’s a charm. The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tied the knot July 4th, marrying his 33-year-old pregnant girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, in a ceremony officiated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Billy’s rep told “People” the couple “surprised their guests at their annual July 4th party,” on Long Island by swapping “I Dos.” Guests at the wedding included Joel’s daughter Alexa Rae, and actor Kevin James. This is Joel’s fourth marriage. He was previously married to Elizabeth Webber, Christie Brinkley andKatie Lee.
July has actually been a pretty great month for Billy. In addition to the wedding, on July 2nd he performed his 65th concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden, breaking Elton John’s record for the most concerts by an artist at the venue.