Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart for stage reunion with Ronnie Wood

The ‘Maggie May’ hitmaker is expected to welcome his former Faces bandmate onto the stage at London’s Hyde Park towards the end of his headline set at Hard Rock Calling tomorrow to play some of their old hits.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: “Rod’s back catalogue is huge but it will be a really special moment for his fans when Ronnie comes on.”

Meanwhile, last night’s headline band, The Killers have hinted they could debut some of their long-awaited new material alongside classic hits including’ Bones’, ‘When You Were Young’ and ‘Mr. Brightside’.

Speaking after their intimate warm-up show at London’s Scala earlier this week, drummer Ronnie Vannucci said: “Hard Rock Calling is a f***ing great show – I love that show. We’re having our cake and eating it too.

“These intimate gigs are sweaty, where everyone’s like five feet away and you can see the whites of their eyes. You really connect on a more immediate and personal level.

“But when you have 70,000 people, your gestures have to be bigger. It’s so important about being able to address a group, making a group feel as one.

“And that’s something that’s a learned thing, we’re still trying to get our heads around it. As for us playing new songs, we might have a surprise for you.”

Joining The Killers and Rod as headliners of this year’s Hard Rock Calling, Bon Jovi will top the bill tonight.

Chaka Khan to receive Hitmaker Award

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan

Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb announced today that Chaka Khan will be the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

‘Chaka Kahn’s signature voice and unique vision have influenced the sound of popular music in a way that has endured,’ commented Chairman Jimmy Webb. ‘We are proud to bestow this well-deserved honor upon her.’

Music icon Chaka Khan is legendary for her all-powerful voice, show stopping stage presence and fearless style. The soul singer/songwriter has won 10 Grammys® and countless other awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from both BET and the World Music Awards, as well as the prestigious UNCF Award of Excellence for her outstanding accomplishments in the music industry. Her albums have received platinum and gold recognition and throughout her career, she has collaborated with artists such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Steve Winwood, Michael McDonald, Rod Stewart and Mary J. Blige.

Concert Ticket Prices Expected To Drop In 2011 After Sluggish 2010.

Concert Ticket Prices Expected To Drop In 2011 After Sluggish 2010.

Concert Ticket Prices Expected To Drop In 2011 After Sluggish 2010.

Concert Ticket Prices Expected To Drop In 2011 After Sluggish 2010.  Concertgoers sick of ballooning ticket prices should have some extra pocket change to rattle with their rock ‘n’ roll in the new year. 2010 was tough for the concert business as high prices kept many fans at home. Promoters now say they plan to make shows more affordable in 2011. But they’ll also try to sell more T-shirts and other merchandise to make up for lost revenue. Heading into last summer, usually the busiest time of the year, prices were set too high despite the sluggish economy. Managers and promoters believed fans would keep paying for the one or two concerts they see on average each year. Instead, many stayed home and dozens of shows were canceled. Lots of venues filled seats with fire-sale prices. Now, rather than charge lots early and offer discounts later, some promoters say they’ll offer cheaper tickets from the start, partly because they know fans will spend as much as usual on beer and tchotchkes when they arrive.  ZZ Top, for one, expects to set prices below the 2010 average of $55. Some tickets will go for as little as $10. ”It’s time to give the value back,” said Carl Stubner, manager of the long-bearded rock band from Texas. “We’ll find other ways to make money.” That doesn’t mean all acts will be cheap – not even Cheap Trick, whose tickets for 2011 are selling for around $80 with fees. Fans of hot performers including Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga also shouldn’t expect to get much of a break. Neil Diamond, for instance, who’s continuing his comeback tour in New Zealand in February, said he’d like to bring ticket prices down, but can’t because of the size of his production. “As the shows get bigger, the expenses get bigger, so it’s got to be translated somehow to the ticket price,” he told The Associated Press. “If I just used the guitar it’d be a lot simpler, but then I’d have to put 50 people out of work.” Overall, though, more artists than ever are going out on the road to make up for falling CD sales. With more tickets on sale and consumers still pinching pennies, the pressure on prices is down. Concert attendance fell 12 percent in the first half of 2010, compared with the same period a year ago, according to trade magazine Pollstar. The world’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation Entertainment Inc., said attendance from July to September dropped 16 percent from a year ago, even after it slashed fees and prices for dozens of acts, including Rod Stewart. ”It’s just getting too expensive,” says Michael Nemcik, who lost his job as a stockbroker in 2009 and now works as a bartender in Los Angeles. He went to about a dozen concerts in 2010, about half as many as the year before. Paying more than $200 for decent seats to see A Perfect Circle in November was just too much.  “I’m a little more hesitant on spending money than I used to be,” he said. Concert ticket prices had climbed steadily until recently, beginning in the 1990s when promoters began moving from one-price-fits-all ticketing to a tiered model that charges much higher prices for seats close to the stage. North American concert ticket prices rose from an average $26 in 1996 to a peak of $67 in 2008, an increase four times faster than inflation. That doesn’t include ticket fees for everything from “order processing” to “convenience,” which can tack on $10 or more. In 2009, ticket prices came down by about a buck, as managers braced for the worst of the recession. Fans responded by buying 12 percent more tickets than in 2008. Promoters figured fans were coming back for more in 2010 and raised prices. It backfired. That’s when the promoters had to offer deep discounts to fill seats. The average ticket cost a little less than $61 in the first half of 2010. Second-half numbers are expected to show a drop, too, because the discounts have continued. ”People felt they could go back to pushing the envelope again,” Pollstar editor-in-chief Gary Bongiovanni said. “The economy has proven that a lot of people probably reached too far.” Although the average isn’t expected to fall drastically in 2011, there’ll be bargains at the back of the house. Prices for front row seats may actually go up as part of Live Nation’s bid to grab revenue that might otherwise go to ticket resellers. But the company has said it wants to cut prices even further for the cheap seats to let in more fans.  When Live Nation cut prices in 2010, fans spent about the same amount as always – nearly $18 in North American amphitheaters – on beer, merchandise and other stuff, all of which helps the company’s bottom line because it owns major venues including the House of Blues in 13 cities. Live Nation also is developing a long-overdue shopping basket for its websites to lure fans to spend their ticket savings on CDs, clothes and other items and it recently rolled out an iPhone app that could be used in the future to sell merchandise.  None of those extra businesses works unless fans buy tickets, though.  ”We know that if you lower the price, they’ll come,” Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino told investors in November. But some of the most powerful managers in the business are motivated to secure as much money as they can for their artists, and Live Nation faces pressure to outbid rival concert promoters by paying artists more. Artists struggling to make up for income lost to plummeting CD sales also may push fans to pay more. Those factors can cause prices to inch up.  Rapino said the company may simply have to walk away from some deals and hold fewer shows, especially ones that have low or no profit margins.   Demi Lovato, whose Camp Rock 2 tour with the Jonas Brothers had to cancel a dozen North American shows in 2010, told the AP recently that she’ll do her best to keep prices reasonable for a solo tour planned for 2011 to promote her third album. (Her camp says the tour is still on track, despite her entering treatment for “emotional and physical issues.”) ”I have best friends that aren’t in the industry and are dealing with just buying groceries and things like that, so I want to do my part,” she said.

Designer Karen Mathews has filed a claim agiainst Rod Stewart.

Designer Karen Mathews has filed a claim agiainst Rod Stewart.

Designer Karen Mathews has filed a claim agiainst Rod Stewart.

Designer Karen Mathews has filed a claim agiainst Rod Stewart. Rod Stewart is being sued for $7,500 for not paying for his wedding suit. Designer Karen Mathews has filed papers at the Los Angeles Small Claims Court against the ‘Maggie May’ rocker – who married Penny Lancaster in Italy three years ago ‘ alleging he ordered custom made clothes for several events in 2007 but never paid for them. A spokesperson for Karen said: ‘The clothes were never paid for in full and [Rod] kept the rest of the clothes without ever returning what hadn’t been paid for.”    The spokesperson added Karen had not had a problem like this in 30 years which “speaks for itself’. However, Rod claims he didn’t pay for the wedding suit because the quality was ‘unsatisfactory’. His representative said: ‘t wasn’t produced on time and was ill-fitting and totally unusable. He had to buy a proper suit at the last minute.” A court date has been set for November. Over the course of his career Rod, 65, has been accused of being frugal with his millions. His son Sean has labelled him ‘cheap’, while Ronnie Wood ‘ who played with Rod with the band the Faces ‘ has previously described him as ‘tighter than two coats of paint’. But Rod ‘ who is expecting his second child with Penny – has always refuted the suggestion he is ‘cheap’ insisting he is merely ‘careful with money’.

Olivia Newton-John tops list of sexiest songs

Olivia Newton-John tops list of sexiest songs

Olivia Newton-John tops list of sexiest songs

Olivia Newton-John tops list of sexiest songs    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Billboard has ranked the 50 sexiest songs by popularity — and Barry White didn’t even make the list.  Instead, it’s Olivia Newton-John who is tops — her hit “Physical” is No. 1, followed by Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright).”  Rounding out the top five: Boyz II Men’s ballad “I’ll Make Love to You,” Next’s “Too Close” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On.” (Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” is No. 35)  It’s not until No. 10 — Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” — that sex is mentioned in any song title.  Billboard’s list, released Thursday, is based on the popularity of songs from 1958 until early January of this year.

Robbie Williams set to rejoin Take That

Robbie Williams set to rejoin Take That

Robbie Williams set to rejoin Take That

Robbie Williams is set to rejoin Take That.  The 35-year-old singer – who quit the pop group in 1995 – spent five hours in a Los Angeles studio on Tuesday (26.01.10) singing and recording songs with his old bandmates and was then spotted hugging each of them as he left.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “All the signs are looking good. It’s great news for the fans. They’re using this time in Los Angeles to start working together as a band again.

“They were delighted with Tuesday’s session and were congratulating each other as they left. They’re using this time together to crack on with reunion songs.”

Take That – Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Jason Orange – were in the US city to record their parts for Simon Cowell’s charity single, which is set to raise funds for the relief effort for Haiti’s earthquake victims.

The track, a cover version of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’, features a star-studded line-up which includes Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey and Rod Stewart among others.

A spokesman for Take That last night (27.01.10) said: “Take That didn’t go to Los Angeles with plans to officially write or record with Robbie, but they’ve been hanging out together, which is great.”

Take That and Susan Boyle back Cowell’s Haiti single

Take That back Cowell’s Haiti single.  Take That and Susan Boyle have both agreed to appear on Simon Cowell’s charity record.  The pop singers have joined an ever growing list of stars who will record a version of REM’s song ‘Everybody Hurts’ to aid the victims of the two earthquakes that have struck Haiti in the last two weeks. Susan told The Sun newspaper: “The Haiti earthquake has caused devastation and suffering that most of us will never experience nor could imagine.  “I feel privileged to be a part of such a wonderful project that will raise money to help the country.” The line up for the single so far includes Rod Stewart, Mika, Michael Buble, Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, JLS and Westlife and Alexandra Burke. ‘Broken Heels’ singer Alexandra is flying from Germany to the UK on Monday to record her part for the song. She said: “I hope the single raises lots of money. It’s great that we can come together and do this. It’s a very special song.”  REM have agreed that all royalties from the single – including those they would get from originally writing the song – will go to the Haiti appeal.  Lead singer Michael Stipe said: “Any time anyone does something good, or tries to do something positive, the world shifts ever so slightly towards love and towards goodness.”  U2 and Jay-Z are also assembling their own charity single to raise money for the disaster in the US.

Duffy Starts Work On Second Album

Duffy

Duffy

Duffy is already at work on her follow-up to `Rockferry`. The Welsh singer has hit the studio with Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and recruited Albert Hammond to help write the songs.  Hammond is the father of The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr and has written global hits for Barbra Streisand, Leo Sayer and Rod Stewart. As a pop singer himself back “in the day” Hammond had the hits ‘It Never Rains In Southern California’ and ‘Down By The River’. Duffy is recording the album in New York with insiders saying that the sound is like 1963.  The yet-to-be titled album will be released later this year.

JLS beat Robbie Williams to top of album chart

JLSJLS have beaten Robbie Williams to the top of the UK albums chart today (November 15) with their self-titled debut album.  The boyband’s effort out-sold Williams’ new effort ‘Reality Killed The Video Star’ by around 2,000 copies, leaving the former Take That member at Number Two in the chart. Elsewhere in the chart Biffy Clyro went in at Number Eight with their new album ‘Only Continue reading →

Paolo Nutini gets new celebrity fan

Paolo Nutini Paolo Nutini Paolo Nutini’s ever growing legion of adoring celebrity fans is just getting bigger and bigger. Pink is the latest subscriber to have fallen in love with Paolo’s music after hearing his No.1 album ‘Sunny Side Up’. She joins Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Paul Weller, Quincy Jones and Taylor Swift. Pink tweeted: ‘Paolo Nutini’s new record is incredible. It makes me love music again.’ His 400,000-selling album ‘Sunny Side Up’, which leapfrogged into the Top Five last week is set for yet another Top Ten position come Sunday. Incredible results for an album, which was released nearly half a year ago. Paolo’s new single ‘Pencil Full Of Lead’ (November 2nd) is currently lighting up RTV Channel,  the radio and is featured on the Radio One B-List.

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