- Eric Clapton was joined by such heavyweights as Ron Wood, Steve Winwood, Roger Waters, Paul Rodgers, Kenney Jones, and Paul Carrack last night (February 17th) for “A Tribute to Ginger Baker.” The concert, which was held at London's Apollo Hammersmith in London, also included Chris Stainton, Nile Rodgers, Steve Gadd, Willie Weeks, Baker’s son, Kofi Baker, singers Katie Kissoon and Sharon White, Sonny Emory, Henry Spinetti, and Clapton’s nephew, Will Johns.
- Legendary Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker died last October 6th at the age of 80.
- The setlist for the show was: “Sunshine Of Your Love,” “Strange Brew,” “White Room,” “I Feel Free,” “Tales Of Brave Ulysses,” “We’re Going Wrong,” “Badge,” “Blue Condition,” “Outside Woman Blues,” “Had To Cry Today,” “Presence Of The Lord,” “Can’t Find My Way Home,” “Well All Right,” “Do What You Like,” and “Cross Road Blues (Crossroads)” (Best Classic Bands)
- On February 15th, Elvis Costello received his first royal honor. Costello was awarded the prestigious O.B.E — Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medal — for his services to music, by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Costello, who called the honor a “curious and gracious” experience, spoke to the press afterward about how his father, Ross MacManus, an entertainer, had sung at the Palace 50 years ago: “I know my dad would've loved the idea of one of the family coming through the front door.” (The Daily Mail)
- American Utopia, the hit musical by former Talking Heads leader David Byrne, is headed back to Broadway for a 17-week run. The show is set to ramp back up on at New York's Hudson Theatre starting on September 18th and running through January 17th, 2021. A Spike Lee-directed big screen version is currently in production. (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Out now on DVD and Blu-ray is Lynyrd Skynyrd's new concert film, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour. The film features the band's 2018 hometown stadium performance at TIAA Bank Field — home of the Jacksonville Jaguars — in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as “an intimate interview with the band about their experiences on tour and what performing together has meant to them.”
- Co-founding guitarist Gary Rossington said in a statement: “We are so excited to share this amazing night and performance with the Skynyrd Nation, especially those that weren’t able to be there that evening. The energy, passion and reaction to the music and band was something we will never forget.” (Press release)
- Billy Joel has just added an August 3rd concert to his ongoing Madison Square Garden monthly residency. The show marks the “Piano Man's” 79th show of his now-sixth year of MSG dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 21st. (Press release)
- Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story, a new musical based on the life and music of Bob Marley, is set to open at the Lyric Theatre in London's West End on February 6th, 2021. The show is being written by Lee Hall, the Billy Elliott playwright and Rocketman screenwriter. Tickets for the production go on sale on April 21st. (Broadway World)
- Yes guitarist Steve Howe has announced a new solo album and memoir. The new collection, titled Love Is, will be released on April 17th, and features current Yes lead singer Jon Davison, along with Howe's son, drummer Dylan Howe. Steve Howe's autobiography, titled All My Yesterdays, will be published on September 3rd. (Ultimate Classic Rock)
- Peter Frampton just released a new live video for his cover of Freddie King's “Me And My Guitar” — one of the highlights from his latest All Blues collection. All Blues, which was released on June 7th, 2019, debuted at Number One on the Billboard Blues Albums chart.
Quick Takes: Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Joel, Bob Marley, Steve Howe, Peter Frampton
By Music News Feb 17, 2020 | 7:00 PM