Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Line Up: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Spike Lee, Usher and Cheech and Chong have been added to the long line-up of celebrities honoring the eight 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees at the annual ceremony held in Los Angeles this spring.

Oscar-nominated director Lee will partner with Harry Belafonte to pay tribute to hip hop group Public Enemy, while comedians Cheech and Chong ("Up in Smoke," "Still Smokin") will present Lou Adler - who produced the duo's movies - with the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement. Usher, a new judge on "The Voice," will perform for Quincy Jones, the second Lifetime Achievement award recipient of the evening.

This year's other inductees include Rush, Heart and Randy Newman - all scheduled to perform - as well as post-mortem inductees Donna Summer and Albert King.

Jackson Browne and John Fogerty will join Newman on stage during his set. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains will perform with Heart during the ceremony, while Chris Cornell will induct the "Crazy on You" rock band.

Carole King, the 2013 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, is also set to perform for record exec Adler, who once served as her manager.

No special guests have yet been announced to play with Rush, but Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will present the Canadian rock trio.

The evening celebrating eight artists' induction into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum takes place on April 18 at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, where it will be taped for HBO broadcast on May 18.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Justin Timberlake Releases New Album

Justin Timberlake released his eagerly awaited comeback album, The 20/20 Experience, on Tuesday. His popular single "Suit and Tie" is part of the album, which is expected to to top the Billboard 200 chart next week.

Speaking of his new record Timberlake said: “Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.” He added: “What I came up with is something I couldn’t be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some new found muses that I’ve discovered along the way.”

The new album marks the return of Mr. Timberlake to the world of pop music after six years in which he focused on his acting career, appearing in films like “The Social Network” and “Friends With Benefits.”

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bulgaria Violin 'May Be Stradivarius Stolen in London'

British detectives are investigating whether a violin recovered during a police operation in Bulgaria is a $1.8 million Stradivarius stolen from a London train station more than two years ago.

The 300-year-old violin was snatched from Euston station in central London in November 2010, when its owner, Korean-born classical musician Min-Jin Kym, stopped at a restaurant to buy a sandwich.

Two bows stored inside the instrument's case, a Peccatte worth 62,000 pounds and another made by the School of Bazin valued at more than 5,000 pounds, were also taken.

The antique violin, made in 1696, was never found. A reward of 40,000 pounds was offered for its safe return.

Officers from the British Transport Police (BTP) were working with Bulgarian authorities following the discovery of the violin, a BTP spokesman said on Monday.

"BTP detectives are aware of the recovery of a violin in Bulgaria and will investigate, with insurers, underwriters and international colleagues, whether it is the 1696 Antonio Stradivarius antique violin stolen from a café at Euston rail station in November 2010," the spokesman added.

Monday, March 4, 2013

New Jimi Hendrix Album to Debut on March 5

People, Hell and Angels, released on CD tomorrow, is a collection of twelve previously unreleased studio performances by Jimi Hendrix.

These twelve tracks, recorded between 1968 and 1969, encompass a variety of unique sounds and styles showcasing many of the elements Jimi wanted to incorporate within his new music; including horns, keyboards, percussion and second guitar.

People, Hell and Angels, presents some of the finest Jimi Hendrix guitar work ever issued and provides a compelling window into his growth as a songwriter, musician and producers apart from the Jimi Hendrix Experience.