- Neil Young will release a new archival live album later this year, titled, Young Shakespeare. He took to his official website and spoke about the set, which was recorded on January 22nd, 1971, explaining he doesn't know whether the album and film will be issued separately, or as a part of an upcoming 50th anniversary After The Gold Rush collection.
- Young posted: “The earliest known film of any of my (solo) performances, Young Shakespeare, was recorded and filmed in January 1971 at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut. As we listen and compare, (my producer) John Hanlon and I both feel Shakespeare is superior to our beloved (album) (Live At) Massey Hall (1971). A more calm performance, without the celebratory atmosphere of Massey Hall, captured live on 16mm film. Young Shakespeare is a very special event. To my fans, I say this is the best ever. Young Shakespeare is the performance of that era. Personal and emotional, for me, it defines that time.” (NeilYoungArchives.com)
- The surviving original members of the Lovin' Spoonful reunited on Saturday night (February 29th) at Glendale, California's Alex Theatre. The Spoonful joined the Wild Honey Orchestra for its annual benefit concert to raise funds for the Autism Think Tank, which this year featured a celebration of the band's music. John Sebastian, Steve Boone, and Joe Butler hadn't played together since the group's 2000 Rock Hall induction. Guitarist Zal Yanovsky died in 2002. The event featured such high profile artists as Micky Dolenz, the Cars‘ Elliot Easton, Marshall Crenshaw, Carnie Wilson, the Blasters' Dave Allen, the Smithereens‘ Dennis Diken, and many more.
- Highlights included the Spoonful opening the concert with Mississippi John Hurt's, “Coffee Blues,” the lyrics of which provided the band with their name. Sebastian, Boone, and John's younger brother Mark Sebastian — co-writer of “Summer In The City” — played a spot-on rendition of the 1966 chart-topper; Micky Dolenz sang “Daydream”; the Cowsills' Susan Cowsill tackled “You Didn't Need To Be So Nice,” with Sebastian singing his 1976 solo Number One hit, “Welcome Back.” (Best Classic Bands)
- An Elton John fan went into labor on February 25th, during the “Rocketman's” concert Down Under in Coffs Harbour in New South Wales. The following night, during his second show in the city, Elton told the crowd: “Last night, someone nearly gave birth at the show during 'Tiny Dancer.' They were rushed to hospital and they had a beautiful little boy.” He went on to joke: “That's what we do to people. So if any of you are pregnant tonight, watch out.”
- Mary Wunderlich and her partner Brendan McGregor posted on social media a photo of the new family, writing, “We did want to say a huge thank you to Sir Elton John. . . We had a surprise visit from a member of the production crew today who gifted little baby McGregor on behalf of everyone with some merchandise so that we'll never forget his entry into the world. Best. Story. Ever!” (The Daily Mail)
- Billy Idol has joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the city's fight against cars idling in the street. Idol, who briefly lived on New York's Long Island when he was a child, volunteered for the city-wide campaign and joined the Mayor on Thursday (February 27th) in front of City Hall. The New York Post reported Idol telling the crowd, “I love New York City. When I heard about this campaign, it just made sense. It’s amusing, but at the same time, it’s serious. If you can — shut off your engine and save my health — I need my lungs to breathe and sing.” Idol yelled: “shut it off!” before leading the crowd through chants of “Billy never idles!” The ad campaign, online at BillyNeverIdles.nyc, publicizes the $350 fine vehicles can cited for by idling in the street. (The New York Post)
- Twisted Sister co-founder, guitarist Jay Jay French revealed that although currently inactive, business is booming for the band due to musical licensees. French told 80's Glam Metalcast: “We stopped playing live, but that's it. The business of Twisted continues on. We're basically a licensing machine at this point. I don't know if you saw the Super Bowl ad with 'I Wanna Rock', but we just did a huge deal with Facebook to use 'I Wanna Rock.' And we are now musically the most licensed heavy metal band in history. So this little band from Long Island that started 47 years ago now has its music in more TV shows, soundtracks, movies, movie trailers and commercials than any heavy metal band — more than AC/DC, Kiss, Guns N' Roses — and, of course, these are wonderful bands.” (Blabbermouth)
Quick Takes: Neil Young, The Lovin Spoonful & Micky Dolenz, Elton John, Billy Idol, Twisted Sister
By Music News Mar 1, 2020 | 7:00 PM