Boston’s own Boston kicked off the night with “Rock & Roll Band” followed by “Smokin',” “More Than a Feeling” and “Foreplay / Long Time.” Singer Tommy DeCarlo told the sold-out crowd, “Tonight, we are all Boston.”
Among those who followed them were The J. Geils Band, Dropkick Murphys, New Kids on the Block with special guest Boys II Men; country singer Jason Aldean; and comedians Steven Wright and Dane Cook.
Also performing was James Taylor with Carole King, who did an eight-song set that included “You’ve Got a Friend,” which was followed by Jimmy Buffett joining Taylor on “Mexico” before he did a set of his own.
Aerosmith closed out the five-hour-plus show with a seven-song set that included “Train Kept A-Rollin',” “Sweet Emotion,” The Beatles’ “Come Together” and Boston’s unofficial anthem, a cover of The Standells' “Dirty Water.” Tyler said, "Boston got its heart broken a couple months ago, something real bad, but if they think they can keep us down, they can dream on"
IN OTHER NEWSBad Company and Heart will take part in Doobie Brothers manager Bruce Cohn's 27th annual charity weekend -- September 21st and 22nd. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be spread among several charities, including the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, The Guardsmen and Wounded Warriors.
Jack Bruce has signed a deal with Esoteric Antenna for his first studio album in nine years. It will be released next March.
Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" has been remixed by Teris Zega for the new Jamie Foxx movie, White House Down, which opens on June 28th.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Serj's Disarming TimeSystem of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has added painting to his resume.
Tankian uploaded a clip to YouTube explaining his new "artistic adventure." He calls it Disarming Time Musical Paintings, and says, "I'm writing a piece of music first, as I usually do, and then I am making a painting from it and embedding the music -- with speakers and MP3 players -- within the actual frame of the painting. So this is really exciting for me, 'cause I've never painted in my life before."
Why painting? "The urge came to me in the discovery that music has become so temporal and devalued in the world today -- even though we love music, anyone watching this and myself inclusive. So I wanted to create an exclusive experience. I wanted to create something unique for someone to hold, that they're the only person to get to experience that."
Tankian will reveal more details about the project next month.
COURTNEY LOVE: Bassist WantedCourtney Love went a non-traditional route to find a bassist for her upcoming tour.
She tells Bust Magazine, "I put an ad on Craigslist that said, 'Band in the style of Hole looking for bassist in the style of Melissa Auf der Maur.' I got exactly one response. There's just not a lot of chick bass players." Courtney adds that she'll be releasing a new solo album called Died Blonde later this year.
Love's tour starts June 20th in Philadelphia.
PEARL JAM: Get a McCready BobbleheadThe Seattle Mariners are giving away a bobblehead of Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.
Fans who purchase special tickets to the June 28th game against the Chicago Cubs at Safeco Field will get the bobblehead. A portion of the ticket sales will go to McCready's pet charity, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
McCready will also perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game.
TOM PETTY: Mike Likes Avoiding the HItsTom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell is enjoying going deep into the band's catalog this summer.
Campbell says the amphitheater and festival shows they booked for this year are basically there to finance the runs at New York's Beacon Theater and L.A.'s Fonda Theater. Campbell tells Rolling Stone, "We're doing a couple of other shows to help pay for the party, but these two runs are the main reason we're out here."
Campbell admits that doing the same hits tour after tour can be difficult. He explains, "There is a part of me after the show -- not during the show, but afterwards -- where I think, 'Well, I kind of wish we didn't have to play the same songs tomorrow night. It would be nice to change it up.' And here we are."
AEROSMITH: Release Date SetAerosmith have set July 22nd as the release date for Rock for the Rising Sun, a DVD of their 2011 show in Japan.
Aero were one of the few performers to play there following the catastrophic earthquake that March, and the film combines concert footage with a behind-the-scenes look at not only of the band, but of the devastation. Director Casey Patrick Tebo says, "I have never seen any band I've ever worked for be revered like this band was by the Japanese people. They're bigger than The Rolling Stones, bigger than The Beatles. They're very special over there."
Aerosmith had no idea Tebo was making the film. "I rented a theater in L.A. and showed it to them. When the movie was done, Joe Perry stood up and gave me a hug and started crying. It was a pretty cathartic thing."
Among the 16 songs featured in the film are "Draw the Line," "Love in an Elevator," "Livin' on the Edge," "Hangman Jury," "Mama Kin" and "Toys in the Attic."
See video HERE!
KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD: Announces Oklahoma BenefitKenny Wayne Shepherd is turning his upcoming show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma into a benefit concert for tornado victims.
The June 7th show at the Diamond Ballroom is now dubbed We Can Help Moore, and all proceeds will go to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. There are also VIP packages that will include admission to the soundcheck party, a meet-and-greet with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and early admission to the venue.
BRIAN MAY: Brings in Slash to HelpBrian May was in London's Abbey Road Studios on Tuesday, recording a song that will feature Slash. The track will be used in his campaign to stop the killing of badgers in the U.K.
May says, "Great day in Abbey Road Studios. The new badger track is heavy. For a while, I could forget the tragedy beneath. Great talent here... I played most of the guitar, bass and piano, and prepared a 'bed' for Slash to rock out."
Kerry Ellis, who May has been working with recently, will sing.
Headlines for Thurssday, May 30, 2013
BON JOVI: Fall Tour Leg Added
Bon Jovi have announced a fall leg for their Because We Can Tour. They've also added shows to their summer leg in Cleveland; Saratoga Springs, New York; and Darien Center, New York.
The fall run kicks off on October 2nd in Vancouver and winds down on November 8th in Montreal. Tickets for these shows go on sale on June 8th.
Bon Jovi's summer run begins on July 12th at Chicago's Soldier Field.
AEROSMITH, GEILS, JT & BUFFETT: Coming Together for Boston
Aerosmith, Boston, James Taylor, The J. Geils Band, Carole King, Jimmy Buffett, Godsmack and others will come together tonight, Thursday, for Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration at the TD Garden in Boston.
Net ticket proceeds will benefit The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help the people most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th. Also on the bill are country star Jason Aldean, comics Dane Cook and Steven Wright, Extreme and New Kids on the Block.
Performing at this benefit "means everything" to Aerosmith as Steven Tyler says, "When you’re listening to songs, it builds hope and strength. We want to warm the cockles of people’s hearts.”
Bassist Tom Hamilton, who had to sit out the band's Australian tour due to a lung infection, adds, "We will be feeling the gravity of the moment, but our job is to get up on stage and make people feel good."
Aerosmith has a short set, but Tyler says they'll most likely play "Livin’ on the Edge” and “Sweet Emotion.”
LYNYRD SKYNYRD: Ooh That PawnLynyrd Skynyrdwill be on TV Thursday night as they star on the season premiere of Pawn Stars on The History Channel.
The top-rated show, set in the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, has moved to Thursday nights and its new theme song is Skynyrd's "Winning Isn’t Everything.” They wrote the song specifically for the show, and to celebrate, they recently performed in the Gold and Silver parking, which is what you will see tonight. The song is also available for download on iTunes. Pawn Stars airs at 9 p.m. ET.
See video HERE!
LINKIN PARK, STP: Chester Gets HonoredLinkin Park frontman Chester Bennington will be honored at the Musicares MAP Fund benefit on Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda will present the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Bennington, and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis will present the From the Heart Award to skateboard legend Tony Alva. Bennington will perform with his new "side project," Stone Temple Pilots. They'll be joined on a couple of songs by Slash and Duff McKagan.
FLYLEAF, P.O.D.: Teaming Up for TourFlyleaf and P.O.D. are hitting the road together this summer.
Their co-headline jaunt starts July 13th in Kenosha, Wisconsin and visits 19 cities before it wraps up August 10th in San Diego. Tickets for most shows go on sale Friday.
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Helping OklahomaKillswitch Engage are helping the families devastated by the recent Oklahoma tornadoes.
The group's summer tour starts Thursday night at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, and they've announced that part of the ticket proceeds from the show will go to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The band is also selling a special Killswitch Engage T-shirt just for that show, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the RFBO.
3 DOORS DOWN: Court Dates Pushed Because of Rehab3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell had his two court dates this week pushed back because of his stint in rehab.
Harrell was supposed to appear in a D'Ilberville, Mississippi court Tuesday to face DUI charges stemming from a July 2012 arrest. The judge presiding over the case recused himself after ethics complaints were filed because of how the court records were handled. The new judge plans on setting a trial date for sometime in July, after Harrell completes his rehab stay.
Harrell's original date in a Nashville court for vehicular homicide and other charges was Wednesday, but will be moved to a future date once Harrell's rehab stint is over. Harrell was arrested last month after he allegedly clipped a truck and caused a crash that killed the truck's driver. He checked himself into rehab after he was released on bail.
METALLICA: We'll Keep That Bass, ThanksThe bass that Metallica's Robert Trujillo signed for the governor of Jakarta, Indonesia will remain government property.
The Corruption Eradication Commission asked Joko Widodo to surrender the bass earlier this month because all public officials must report any gifts they've received to the anti-graft commission within 30 days. The commission decided to take possession of the bass because it exceeded the monetary limit for gifts -- and there was a mysterious note on it, separate from Trujillo's message, that said, "To Jokowi, keep playing that cool, funky bass." The commission decided that the other signature meant that the bass could be construed as a bribe.
Source: Jakarta Globe
GUNS N' ROSES: Check Out a Young AxlA demo recording of Axl Rose in a pre-Guns n' Roses band has hit YouTube.
The track is called "Ready to Rumble" and was done by the band by Rapidfire. That band's guitarist, Kevin Lawrence, uploaded the clip recently and says it was recorded on May 25th 1983 -- three days before Rose met future bandmate Slash at a Rapidfire concert.
Headlines for Tuesday, May 29, 2013
SHINEDOWN: Back at the Carnival
Shinedown will return to the festival they launched, the Carnival of Madness, this summer.