LOS ANGELES TO HOST ‘DAY OF THE DOORS’ ON 50th ANNIVERSARY
Los Angeles will honor The Doors with a special commemorative day on January 4th, 50 years after the band released its self-titled debut album. Los Angeles City Council member Mike Bonin will make the proclamation during a public celebration at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the “Venice” sign. Founding Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger are expected to attend the event in Venice, California, along with family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.
Densmore said in a statement, “Very apropos that The Doors are jumpstarting our 50th in Venice where we started. Our songs sprang up out of the Pacific like beautiful, edible silver fish … and apparently the world took a big bite.”
City Council member Bonin added, “Venice is a place where many have chased their pleasures or dug their treasures. It is a place that birthed The Doors and taught us all to cherish the funky, weird, and world-renowned vibe that Jim, Ray, Robby, and John helped make famous.”
The Doors album was released on January 4, 1967 by Elektra Records.
The album features “Light My Fire,” “Break On Through (To the Other Side),” “The End” and “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar).”
The Doors recorded their debut album over six days at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles.
In 2015, the Library of Congress announced the album would be included in its National Recording Registry. It’s frequently ranked by media publications as one of the best albums of all time.
ELO DRUMMER WANTS TO MAKE PEACE WITH GROUP’S FRONTMAN The Electric Light Orchestra’s founding drummer, Bev Bevan, hopes that the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next April will put an end to his 30-year rift with frontman Jeff Lynne. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bevan admitted, “I hope we shake hands. I definitely do hope that happens. I think I’m certainly at an age now where I don’t want to bear grudges or have enemies. I just want to make friends. I’d be pleased to do it.”
Bevan and Lynne argued over the legal rights to the band’s moniker after Lynne initially broke up the group. Though the two reached an agreement, Bevan reveals that while he plans to attend the ceremony, he isn’t sure if Lynne will allow him to perform with ELO. He said, “It would be nice. Even if I just got up and played one song or played tambourine or something, I don’t care.”
Other inductees of the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Journey, Yes, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, with Chic’s Nile Rodgers tapped for the Award for Musical Excellence. The induction ceremony will be held on April 7th at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center, with a truncated version of the evening’s events airing on HBO later this spring.
On Saturday, December 24th, Status Quo member Rick Parfitt died in Spain at the age of 68. He suffered a infection from a pre-existing soldier injury. The group’s frontman, Francis Rossi, said in a released statement, “I was not ready for this . . . Rick Parfitt had been a part of my story for fifty years. Without doubt the longest relationship of my life, this was also the most satisfying, frustrating, creative and fluid . . . From those early days, we worked together to create the QUO sound, look and hits. We spent years on the road, on the stage and in the studio, rarely far from each other, honing what we did. We were a team, a double act, a partnership and yet also two very different people, handling the pressures of growing older, constant touring, dealing with success and keeping the creative flame burning in different ways . . . He developed his own sound, his own style, casually inspiring a generation of players.”
MORE DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT GEORGE MICHAEL’S DEATH
Former Wham! member and pop superstar George Michael died in his sleep on Christmas Day at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom. The singer’s body was found by his long time boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, during the early morning hours. On Monday, December 26th, Fawaz took to Twitter to share his grief. He tweeted, “ITs a xmas i will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning.”
The celebrity hairstylist later changed his Twitter bio to include a photo of him and Michael kissing with the caption, “I will never stop missing you xxx.”
The couple had been together since 2009 when Michael broke up with Texas art dealer Kenny Gross.
No official cause of death has been listed but the singer’s manager, Michael Lippman, said the cause of death was heart failure. In a September 14th photo of Michael going out to dinner in Oxfordshire, he was almost unrecognizable as the pop star appeared to be heavy and bloated in the face. Michael was 53.
Following his death, streams of Michael’s music have skyrocketed 3,158 percent according to Spotify. The Top Five streamed songs by Michael and Wham! are “Last Christmas,” “Careless Whisper,” “Faith,” “Freedom! ’90,” and “Wake Me up Before You Go-Go.”
In addition to his success, Michael has been a great philanthropist. He’s donated millions to AIDS charities, Ethiopian famine, children’s charities and individuals in need.
BACKGROUND George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25th, 1963 in East Finchley, London. He met Andrew Ridgeley at Bushey Meads School and the duo formed Wham! in 1981. The group released three albums: 1983’s Fantastic, 1984’s Make It Big and 1986’s Music from the Edge of Heaven.
Michael released his debut solo album, Faith, in 1987. The set would win the 1989 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Michael went on to release five more albums: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 in 1990, Older in 1996, 1999’s Songs From Last Century, 2004’s Patience and 2014’s Symphonica.
In April of 1998, Michael was arrested in Beverly Hills for engaging in a lewd act. In 2006, he was accused again of attempting to engage in anonymous public sex. The singer was also arrested multiple times over the years for drug possession and operating a vehicle under the influence. At one point, Michael admitted to smoking 25 joints a day. Last year, Michael checked himself the Swiss rehab clinic Kusnacht Practice.
John Fogerty has announced his initial 2017 dates with a handful of U.S. shows now on the books. Fogerty kicks off the New Year on February 13th at San Antonio Texas’ AT&T Center, with two more shows set for Stateside — February 15th in Port Chester, New York’s Capitol Theatre and February 16th at Mashantucket, Connecticut’s Grand Theater. Additional dates are expected to be announced soon — including a new Las Vegas run.
’80s hitmaker Richard Marx, along with fellow passengers, jumped into action to restrain an out of control passenger during a recent Korean Air flight when he began attacking the crew. Marx’s wife, Daisy Fuentes posted on Instagram: “On our flight from Hanoi to Seoul a guy sitting in the next row from us got crazy & started attacking the flight attendants & passengers. When he started pushing the female staff and pulling them by the hair (Richard) was the first to help subdue him. This went on for FOUR hrs. I feel horrible for the abuse the staff had to endure but no one was prepared for this. They never fully got control of him. They didn’t know how to use the taser & they didn’t know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their rope restraints 3 times).”
Marx later posted: “Daisy and I are home safe and sound. No big ‘hero’ move at all. Just did what I would hope anyone would do in same situation. Tnx 4 concern”
According to The Associated Press: “Yonhap News Agency reported that the passenger was a 34-year-old South Korean man who became drunk after having two and a half glasses of hard liquor on the flight. Incheon police officials could not be reached for comment.”
Bad Company will be featured on the January 5th episode of PBS’ Soundstage. Joining the band for the taping was Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, who subbed during the band’s summer North American dates for co-founder Mick Ralphs. Other artists set for the new season of Soundstage include Kenny Loggins and Blondie (Ultimate Classic Rock)
James Taylor canceled his February concert in Manila in light of reports of executions of alleged drug offenders prior to fair trials. Taylor apologized to fans and offered full refunds for the canceled February 25th concert at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena. Taylor posted, in part, “For a sovereign nation to prosecute and punish, under the law, those responsible for illegal trade in drugs is, of course, understandable, even commendable. But recent reports from the Philippines of summary executions of suspected offenders without trial or judicial process are deeply concerning and unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law.” (The Associated Press)
Peter Frampton announced via Facebook that he and longtime songwriting partner Gordon Kennedy wrote and recorded a new song, called “I Saved A Bird Today.” The track will begin streaming/downloading in early 2017.
Bee Gees fans Down Under are clean out of luck after Barry Gibb canceled his 2017 tour — including a headline spot at the Bluesfest open-air concert. Although Live Nation blamed “a change in international commitments” for the cancelation, the usually reliable Noise11.com posted that it was actually due to poor ticket sales.