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>>Springsteen, E Streeters Take Charge For Super Bowl Halftime Show
Super Bowl viewers now have a sense of what it's like to be at a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert.  The classic rocker lived up to his nickname "The Boss" during the group's energetic Super Bowl 43 halftime show.  He took command of the stage and requested the undivided attention of the NBC-TV audience, telling those watching from home to, quote, "step back from the guacamole dip," and "put the chicken fingers down" as the band launched into the vintage classics "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" and "Born To Run."  The group also cranked out the new "Working on a Dream" before closing with "Glory Days," for which Springsteen shared the spotlight with band mate Steve Van Zandt.
The mini-concert included an animated Springsteen prowling the stage and engaging in banter with both the crowd and his band mates throughout the four-song set.  Bruce closed the performance shouting the perennial Super Bowl victory line, "I'm going to Disneyland!"  For Springsteen and the E Streeters, Super Bowl 43 was a chance to promote their recently released CD "Working on a Dream" and entice fans to the group's upcoming shows.  Tickets for most dates on the upcoming trek go on sale Monday.  Bruce and the Band are slated to launch their tour in San Jose, California on April 1st.

>>Bob Dylan Appears In Super Bowl Ad
Bob Dylan is helping Pepsi promote its new slogan, "Refresh Everything."  The folk-rock legend is featured with hip-hop star Will.I.Am in the ad, that aired during Super Bowl 43 yesterday, in which the Black Eyed Peas frontman puts a new twist to Dylan's classic "Forever Young."

The clip features vintage images of Dylan followed by current images of Will.I.Am.  Other visual contrasts include Gumby versus Shrek and John Belushi versus Jack Black.  The commercial scored well on "USA Today's" Ad Meter, and received four out of five stars from the paper's readers.


>>Paul McCartney To Rock Coachella Music Festival
Paul McCartney has at least one U.S. performance coming up this year.  "People" magazine reports that the former Beatle has been tapped as a headliner for this spring's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.  The rock legend says he's already geared up for the festival, noting in a statement, quote, "I'm really excited to get out there and rock."  McCartney is slated to lead the talent on the first night of the festival.  Also on board as a headliner is Amy Winehouse, while Leonard Cohen, Booker T and the DBT's, and Jenny Lewis are other veteran stars planning to take the stage over the course of the three-day event.  The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will take place in Indio, California on April 17th through the 19th. Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com.

>>AC/DC, Robert Plant Among Pollstar Concert Award Winners
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AC/DC and Robert Plant are among the winners following the 20th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.  AC/DC got the nod for Major Tour of the Year at the event.  The Australian classic rockers hit the road last fall behind the album "Black Ice."  It marked the band's first trek since 2001.  Plant, meanwhile, got the nod for his road work with Alison Krauss behind their collaborative effort, "Raising Sand."  Their tour was named the Most Creative Tour Package.  Other winners include the Jonas Brothers, who got the nod as the Best New Touring Artist, and Walking With Dinosaurs, who received Most Creative Stage Production honors.  The 20th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards took place at the Club Nokia L.A. Live in Los Angeles Friday night.

 



>>A Popular Bruce Springsteen Announces Spring Tour
Bruce Springsteen is a pretty popular guy.  According to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, 65-percent of those planning to watch the Super Bowl Sunday note they intend to stay tuned during halftime to see Springsteen and the E Street Band perform.  Just 25-percent say they aren't interested in checking out the classic rockers' set.  Nearly 70-percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of Springsteen, while only 13-percent don't like him and 17-percent express no opinion.
This popularity could translate into a successful tour for Springsteen and company.  They've announced that they're returning to the road this spring, with a 26-date North American trek scheduled to begin in San Jose, California on April 1st.  The tour is in support of the band's new CD, "Working on a Dream," which hit stores Tuesday.  The road trip includes two-night stands in Boston and Philadelphia, and will come to a close with a pair of concerts in the band's home state of New Jersey on May 21st and 23rd.  Tickets for most cities go on sale Monday, the day after Bruce and the Band's Super Bowl 43 appearance.  The group will give the halftime show performance at the NFL championship game, taking place in Tampa, Florida on Sunday and airing on NBC.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Tour Dates:
April 1 - San Jose, California, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose
(on sale February 2)
April 3 - Glendale, Arizona, at the Jobing.com Arena
(on sale February 2)
April 5 - Austin, Texas, at the Frank Erwin Center (on sale February 7) April 7 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the BOK Center (on sale February 7)
April 8 - Houston, Texas, at the Toyota Center (on sale February 7) April 10 - Denver, Colorado, at the Pepsi Center (on sale February 2) April 15 - Los Angeles, California, at the LA Memorial Sports Arena
(on sale February 2)
April 21 & 22 - Boston, Massachusetts, at the TD Banknorth Garden
(on sale February 2)
April 24 - Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center (on sale February 2) April 26 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Philips Arena (on sale February 2) April 28 & 29 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Wachovia Spectrum (on sale February 2)
May 2 - Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum
(on sale February 6)
May 4 - Wantagh, New York, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (on sale February 2)
May 5 - Charlottesville, Virginia, at the John Paul Jones Arena
(on sale February 2)
May 7 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the Air Canada Centre
(on sale February 6)
May 8 - University Park, Pennsylvania, at the Bryce Jordan Center
(on sale February 2)
May 11 - St. Paul, Minnesota, at the Xcel Energy Center
(on sale February 2)
May 12 - Chicago, Illinois, at the United Center (on sale February 2) May 14 - Albany, New York, at the Times Union Center
(on sale February 2)
May 15 - Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the Hersheypark Stadium
(on sale February 2)
May 18 - Washington, DC, at the Verizon Center (on sale February 2) May 19 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Mellon Arena
(on sale February 2)
May 21 & 23 - East Rutherford, New Jersey, at the Izod Center
(on sale February 2)


>>U2 Joins Star-Studded GRAMMY Lineup
The GRAMMYs are getting bigger and bigger, with Irish rockers U2 now added to the star-studded lineup.  "Access Hollywood" reports the group is set to perform during the year's biggest night in music next month, along with other newly announced performers Kid Rock, Rihanna and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.  Artists already scheduled to perform include Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, the Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney and Kanye West.  Katy Perry will also perform as part of "My Grammy Moment" with clips of fans singing her hit "I Kissed A Girl" airing on stage alongside her performance.
Many other celebrities will be on hand at the music awards ceremony to present the GRAMMYs.  Jack Black, Josh Groban, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Charlie Haden and Simon Baker will all take the stage to present.  The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards air Sunday, February 8th, at 8 p.m. on CBS TV.

>>Lynyrd Skynyrd Loses Keyboard Player Billy Powell
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Billy Powell has died.  The keyboardist reportedly passed away at his Jacksonville, Florida-area home overnight Tuesday.  Surviving Lynyrd Skynyrd members have issued a statement asking the public for, quote, "respect and understanding during this difficult time."  The band has also cancelled several shows in the wake of the loss.  The group will not be performing in Kinder, Louisiana on Friday or Biloxi, Mississippi on Saturday as originally scheduled.  Skynyrd is hoping to offer make good dates, and are directing fans to their website, www.lynyrdskynyrd.com, for more information.
Billy Powell began his career with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1970 as a roadie, and was hired on as their keyboard player in 1972 after band members noticed his skills.  Powell was on board the ill-fated plane that claimed the lives of Skynyrd's lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and two others after it crashed in Mississippi in 1977.  After a ten-year hiatus Powell got back together with surviving Lynyrd Skynyrd members for a tribute tour, and remained with the band until his death.


>>Philadelphia Soul Employee Sues Jon Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi has a new lawsuit on his hands, but it's not about music.  According to the "Philadelphia Inquirer," a former sales manager for the arena football team the Philadelphia Soul is suing the rocker and his partners, accusing them of failing to pay 125-thousand-dollars in wages and commissions.  Joseph Krause alleges in his lawsuit that he was never paid the commissions he was owed for the 2008 or 2009 seasons, and is owed nearly 125-thousand-dollars.  He also claims that Bon Jovi joked about the troubled economic state of the franchise, saying, quote, "If you see us on the street begging for food, please give us a hand."  Reps for the singer and the team have yet to comment.
Bon Jovi is one of the founders of the Philadelphia Soul, which has been in the league since 2004.  The Soul won its first ArenaBowl championship last summer.  Last month the Arena Football League announced that the 2009 season would be cancelled due to the tough economic climate.  League officials hope to resume operations in 2010.



>>Doors Documentary Falls Short At Sundance
The new Doors movie isn't among the winners from the Sundance Film Festival.  "When You're Strange" was vying for the Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary, but the movie "We Live in Public," about how the Internet has changed human interaction, got the nod.  "When You're Strange," which Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek has described as "the true story of The Doors," had its premiere at the Park City, Utah event earlier this month.  Up next for the film about the legendary classic rock band is the Berlin International Film Festival.  "When You're Strange" is scheduled to be screened at the German event on February 7th.  The Berlin International Film Festival will run from February 5th through the 15th.


>>Another Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Coming Up This Spring
Former Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, and Yes drummer Alan White are among the veteran stars on board for the next Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.  Others on board include Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and the Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, as well as drummer Sandy Gennaro, who's worked with Joan Jett and Bo Diddley; Mark Hudson, who's collaborated with Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, and Ozzy Osbourne; and producer and engineer Eddie Kramer, who's been in the studio with Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and Jimi Hendrix.  Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp gives would-be rockers a chance to learn about the music business and fulfill their rock star dreams, as they get first hand information by meeting and performing with some of rock's greatest artists.  The next Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is scheduled for April 29th through May 3rd in Hollywood.

Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke and The Monkees' Mickey Dolenz were among those representing the event at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.  The were part of the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp All Stars who performed at the SAG Awards after-party following the ceremony.


>>Bruce Springsteen Earns Golden Globe
Bruce Springsteen has another award for his title song to the movie "The Wrestler."  The veteran rocker took the trophy for Best Original Song - Motion Picture at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which aired Sunday night on NBC.  In his acceptance, Springsteen joked about competing with Clint Eastwood for an award.  Eastwood was a nominee as the co-writer for the title song to the film "Gran Torino."  Others in the category included Peter Gabriel's "Down to Earth," from the film "Wall-E;" Miley Cyrus and John Travolta's "I Thought I Lost You," from "Bolt;" and Beyonce's "Once in a Lifetime," from "Cadillac Records."  The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.  This is Springsteen's second career Golden Globe.  He previously earned the award for his song "Philadelphia," from the 1993 movie "Streets of Philadelphia."  It's also his second award for "The Wrestler."  The song got  the nod for Best Song at last week's Critics Choice Awards.


>>Progress On New John Lennon Biopic
A new John Lennon biopic is in the works.  "The Hollywood Reporter" says several key roles have been cast for "Nowhere Boy."  Kristin Scott Thomas has signed on for the role of Aunt Mimi while Anne-Marie Duff will portray the rock legend's mother, Julia.  Aaron Johnson has been tapped for the Lennon role.  Scott Thomas earned an Oscar nomination for her work in "The English Patient," while Duff starred as Queen Elizabeth the First in the PBS miniseries "The Virgin Queen.  Johnson's credits include "The Illusionist" and "Shanghai Knights."  "Nowhere Boy" is based on the book "Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon," written by the late Beatle's half-sister Julia Baird.  The script reportedly focuses on Lennon's childhood and explores his relationships with Julia, who left the family when Lennon was a child, and his Aunt Mimi, who raised him.  Filming on "Nowhere Boy" is scheduled to begin in Lennon's hometown of Liverpool, England in March.


>>Arrests Made in Gregg Allman Home Burglary
Two people have confessed to burglarizing Gregg Allman's Bryan County, Georgia home.  Sheriff's Detective Mickey Sands tells Georgia's "Savannah Morning News" the thieves broke into the house on December 27th when they knew The Allman Brothers Band founder wouldn't be home.  He says they were, quote, "acquainted with Allman" and "knew exactly what they were looking for."  Among the items taken were live recordings Sands calls "one-of-a-kind" and irreplaceable, adding that they were ready to be made into CD and released.  He notes the tapes were being stored with personal papers, and collectible knives, as well as silver dollars, half-dollars, and gold coins in a couple of safes.  Sands says all these items were recovered, but the burglars also took a pistol which was reportedly sold.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was on the road at the time of the theft, performing in Westbury, New York.  Allman's publicist has not offered a comment on the incident.



>>Jimmy Page's Manager Changes his tune Regarding Led Zeppelin
Jimmy Page's manager is doing a 180 regarding the continuation of Led Zeppelin.  Peter Mensch is emphatically telling MusicRadar.com, quote, "Led Zeppelin are over!  If you didn't see them in 2007, you missed them.  It's done.  I can't be any clearer than that."  These remarks directly contradict what he told BBC 6 Music just last week.  In that interview Mensch said the guitarist planned to keep working with bassist-keyboard player John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham, even if frontman Robert Plant wasn't involved.  At that time Mensch noted that the classic rockers were looking for a new singer and were intending to go on tour.  He added that a new album was also possible.  The only uncertainty seemed to be whether this group would keep the Led Zeppelin moniker or give themselves a new name.  But now Mensch is saying, quote, "There are absolutely no plans for them to continue.  Zero."  He adds, quote, "Frankly, I wish everybody would stop talking  about it."

Rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour began cropping up nearly 18 months ago, when surviving members of the legendary band were suspected to be planning to take part in the December 2007 Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London.  The group ended up headlining the show, which was Led Zeppelin's first full concert since the 1980 death of original drummer John Bonham.  In the weeks before and after the show both Page and Jones expressed an interest in sustaining the reunion beyond that one performance, but Plant was never on board with the idea.  In recent years he's been working with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, and he's repeatedly said he'd rather continue with this current collaboration than revive his past.


>>Judas Priest Thinking About A Live Release
Judas Priest might already have the material for their next release.  Guitarist Glenn Tipton tells SundayMercury.net the band is considering putting out a live album.  He explains, quote, "We've recorded quite a few shows so we have to get together and listen to those and think about that." Tipton says he's really not sure what the next step will be, noting that the group will likely take a break before reconvening to determine their direction.  He adds, quote, "We're very lucky in this band that we have a great writing formula. We never know what we're going to come up with."  Tipton calls that element of surprise "the beauty of Priest."



>>Cheech & Chong Animated Film In The Works
The Cheech & Chong reunion continues with a new project on tap.  "The Hollywood Reporter" says an animated film featuring the classic rock comedians is in the works.  Big Vision Entertainment and Chambers Bros. Entertainment are behind "Cheech and Chong's Smokin' Animated Movie."  The companies are working on the movie, which will be based on Cheech & Chong's recordings, with Ode Records owner Lou Adler.  Adler is credited with discovering the duo, and owns the rights to their catalog.  The duo's Tommy Chong says he's pleased with the idea, noting, quote, "It's great to be doing a movie where Cheech and I never have to get out of bed or be on camera."  Cheech Marin adds, quote, "It's about time that we got animated because we've been doing animation without the animation for years."

Cheech & Chong, who are known for their stoner comedy, were behind such hits as "Basketball Jones," "Earache My Eye," "Sister Mary Elephant," "Dave," and the holiday bit "Santa Claus and his Old Lady," while their films include "Up In Smoke," "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie," and "Nice Dreams."  The duo announced their reunion over the summer.  They launched their "Light Up America..." tour in September, marking the first time they'd worked together since the mid '80s.  The next stop on the trek, which extends into March, will be in Reno, Nevada on Friday.



>>Eagles' "Long Road" Among Best-Selling CDs Of 2008
The Eagles have one of the best-selling albums of the year for a second consecutive year, with the same album.  The group's 2007 effort, "The Long Road Out of Eden," has fourth place on Neilsen's list of the Top 10 Albums of 2008.  R&B singer Alicia Keys' "As I Am" leads the pack, followed by Josh Groban's holiday effort, "Noel," and rapper Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter Three."  Other discs on this year's list include Taylor Swift's self-titled album, Kid Rock's "Rock N Roll Jesus," and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends."  CDs from country stars Carrie Underwood and Garth Brooks and the compilation "NOW 26" round out the top ten.  Neilsen and "Billboard" magazine compiled the list, using sales information from November 2007 and November 2008.

For The Eagles, it's the second time "Long Road" has been a top seller.  The album hit stores October 30th, 2007, and in its first week moved 711-thousand copies.  Before the year was over U.S. sales of the disc had surpassed the two-million mark, making "Long Road" the best-selling country album of 2007 and the fifth best-seller of the year overall.  "The Long Road Out of Eden" marked the studio return of The Eagles.  The two-disc set was the group's first full collection of new material since 1979. 

 

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