Singer/songwriter Beck brought his innovative sheet music album to life on stage in London last week (ends07Jul13) with help from stars including Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and rockers Franz Ferdinand. The Loser hitmaker released his latest record, 2012's Song Reader, only in sheet format, with the album package including instructions so fans could play the tracks themselves.
He played the album on stage in London on Thursday (04Jul13) and enlisted a number of famous friends to interpret his music.
Beck performed at London's Barbican centre with Cocker and Franz Ferdinand, as well as Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg and The Guillemots, and all the guest stars gave the album's tracks their own spin.
The concert was preceded by a special Song Reader exhibition at the Barbican which featured artwork and a presentation of the best amateur interpretations of the album.
Former Grateful Dead star Bob Weir returned to the stage on Wednesday night (12Jun13) over a month after cancelling a string of shows following a collapse at a gig in New York. The veteran rocker was performing with his group Further in Port Chester at the end of April (13), when he fell to the floor in the middle of a song, and then exited the stage with what bandmate Phil Lesh called a "strained shoulder".
Weir was back onstage with the group in Atlantic City, New Jersey on 27 April (13), but an ongoing mystery health issue forced him to scrap a series of appearances and shows, including a performance at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival in California.
A statement from the band read: "Grateful Dead & Furthur co-founder Bob Weir is unable to perform in any capacity for the next several weeks."
However, the guitarist returned to the stage on Wednesday to tape a new episode of his weekly web series, Weir Here, which has been on hold since his stage collapse, in front of a live audience at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California.
Weir offered no official explanation for his leave of absence, but appeared to be in good health and spirits as he performed with Widespread Panic's Dave Schools, Primus' Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti from his band Furthur and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby, among others.
The show also featured a performance from singer/songwriter Beth Orton.
Weir then sat down to chat about his high school memories with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and answered questions from the audience, but no one asked him about his health.
British singer/songwriter Beth Orton has heaped praise on soccer player Joey Barton after the sports star helped in the search to find her missing guitar. The Magpie hitmaker took to her Twitter.com page to alert fans to be on the lookout after her Levin guitar disappeared at the end of March (13) outside London's Heathrow Airport but her search was unsuccessful.
Barton heard about the singer's plight through a friend and joined the online search on Friday (03May13) by posting a snap of Orton's guitar and the details surrounding the incident.
On Sunday (05May13), the singer was reunited with her guitar after a cab driver handed it in and she immediately took to Twitter to notify her devotees, writing, "MY GUITAR IS BACK!!! I'll tell the whole story when I have more than 140 characters!! Thank you to all who helped!"
She later went on to praise Olympique de Marseille player Barton, adding, "(Joey Barton) my guitar is back! THANK U (sic) for getting the word out & putting the heat on right when it was all getting a little close to ebay (sic)."
The Queen of Music is going to make a little more live music after all. Madonna has announced what is likely to be her only U.S. performance in support of her latest album, "Music." She'll perform at New York's Roseland Ballroom on Nov. 5, and tickets will be given away via radio promotions.
Also on hand will be Perry Ferrell, Beth Orton, Everlast and other guests. Liz Rosenberg, Madonna's publicist, said that it is unlikely that more U.S. dates will be announced. Previous reports have said that there will be a performance at London's Brixton Academy on Nov. 28, but that date has not been confirmed.
JAGGERS VETOED BY U2: Irish band U2 has nixed a recording featuring the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and his teen daughter, Elizabeth. U2 guitarist the Edge told Reuters that the Jaggers sang on the rock ballad "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" while visiting the studio where the band was recording an album.
The Edge said on Sunday that he would send a copy of the original mix to the Jaggers, who are also thanked in the liner notes. U2's 10th album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind," will be released Oct. 31.
WILLIE's HIGH ON ...: Country singer Willie Nelson says exercise and marijuana are part of his daily regimen. At least that's what the 67-year-old singer tells Details in its November edition.
"I don't want to call it a drug -- an herb is not a drug. It's good for stress, which is the biggest killer on the planet," Nelson says about pot. "If you need some temporary help getting through the day, cannabis is the best way."
A GREEN HOMECOMING FOR R.E.M.: The rock band R.E.M. performed in their hometown of Athens, Ga., for the first time in eight years Sunday, supporting efforts by the Athens Grow Green Coalition to slow urban growth in the area.
"Athens is special to me, and most of us want to keep it that way," singer Michael Stipe said after the brief performance at City Hall.
SPRUNG!: Former Allman Brothers Band songwriter and lead guitarist Dickey Betts has been released on $10,000 bail from jail in Osprey, Fla., where he was being held on a domestic violence charge, The Associated Press reports. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said Betts, 56, was intoxicated when he was arrested Sunday night after his wife Donna, 45, said he attacked her at their home.
BABY ON THE WAY: Country music supercouple Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black are expecting their first child due in early May. Black, 38, and his singer-actress wife, 44, have been married for nine years. They won the vocal event of the year award for the duet "When I Said I Do" at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Hartman Black starred on "Knot's Landing" from 1979 to 1993.