George Harrison's son Dhani and stars like Beck and Norah Jones will honour the late Beatle as part of a 'Harrison Week' on U.S. late-night host Conan O'Brien's show. The TV personality will turn his Conan show into a daily tribute to one of his heroes, beginning on Monday (22Sep14).
Harrison Week will coincide with the release of box set The Apple Years: 1968-75, which features the beloved singer/songwriter's first six solo albums.
The late Beatle's legacy will also be celebrated in the week after the Conan engagement at an event dubbed George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison. Dhani Harrison and Jones will also perform at that concert, scheduled for 28 September (14) at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, along with Brian Wilson, Brandon Flowers and 'Weird Al' Yankovic.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Sweet Relief, a charity that aids struggling musicians.
Guitar great Jeff Beck has scrapped his European tour after receiving "emergency medical attention" which has sidelined him for the next six weeks. The veteran rocker, who has struggled with health issues in recent years, was due to kick off the second leg of his trek in Austria on Friday (27Jun14), but an undisclosed ailment prompted Beck to pull the dates.
A statement posted on Beck's website reveals he will now undergo a "short hospital procedure" to treat the problem and rest up ahead of his scheduled U.S. tour with ZZ Top in August (14).
Apologising to fans for the cancellation, a representative adds, "He sends his profound apologies to those fans who had bought tickets for the European concerts and very much looks forward to playing for his American audiences after he has completed his treatment."
The 70 year old previously had to play through the pain on his joint tour with Beach Boys star Brian Wilson last year (13) after undergoing an endoscopy for another illness in between live shows.
Brian Wilson's daughters Carnie and Wendy have expressed their disappointment at guitar great Jeff Beck after he publicly questioned the Beach Boys legend's mental state following their joint tour last year (13). Beck hit headlines last month (May14) when he opened up about the old pals' "nightmare" tour, claiming the notoriously private Wilson, who has suffered decades of mental health issues, hardly spoke to him while on the road, adding, "He's clearly in need of attention. But that's just my opinion."
The Good Vibrations rocker has yet to respond to Beck's comments, but his singer daughter Carnie Wilson has taken aim at Beck for failing to take up any issues he might have had with her father in private.
She tells the New York Daily News, "It is crass and out there. I thought they had a good time on tour."
Carnie's sister and Wilson Phillips bandmate Wendy adds, "I think you have to support your colleagues and the people you work with. It is in good taste to say nice things about them, even if you think otherwise."
Carnie insists their father is doing well, but she has been urging the 71 year old to take it easy: "(He) is doing OK. He is laying back a little bit, which is about time. I want him to do that.
"He has been on the road for 15 years, and he has continued to do whatever he wants. I like to make him dinner and hang out... I want him to slow down."
Rocker Jeff Beck has opened up about his recent health crisis, revealing he played through the pain on his joint tour with Brian Wilson despite undergoing an invasive medical procedure. The veteran guitarist headed out on the road with the Beach Boys legend last year (13) for a series of shows, but the gruelling schedule took its toll on him.
During a stop in Chicago, Illinois, Beck attended a hospital and underwent an endoscopy - an internal examination with a flexible camera - but he was determined to continue with the concerts.
He tells Mojo magazine, "What I didn't realise was that (the tour bosses) wanted me to spend the whole afternoon doing promo to prop up the ticket sales. So we did this meet-and-greet stuff where audiences pay good money to watch rehearsals which robbed me of the afternoon nap.
"I ended up in Chicago University Hospital having an endoscopy. They still had me playing the next night. It was a bit blood and guts, but I had fallen in love with the idea of playing with Brian Wilson."
However, Beck also reveals he struggled to click with the notoriously private Wilson, who has suffered decades of mental health issues, adding, "(It was) a bit of a nightmare. He doesn't speak. He's clearly in need of attention. But that's just my opinion."
Guitar greats including SLASH, Brian May, Peter Green, and Jeff Beck have been photographed with their most beloved instrument for a new charity exhibition. The rockers joined other stars including Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, MC5 rocker Wayne Kramer, and the Stone Roses' axeman John Squire for the display, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
They all posed for snapper Scarlet Page while clutching their most treasured guitar, and the images will be exhibited at London's Royal Albert Hall during the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs later this month (Mar14).
Page confesses one of the hardest stars to convince to take part was Fleetwood Mac's Green, telling Mojo magazine, "I felt truly honoured that he said yes and, aware that photography is not one of his favourite things, I tried to keep it as quick and painless as possible."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Former Beach Boys bandmates Brian Wilson and Blondie Chaplin are set to reunite on the road. Singer/guitarist Chaplin will join the rock icon for select dates on his upcoming tour, which will also feature guest spots from Beach Boys founding members Al Jardine and David Marks.
Chaplin, who was a Beach Boy in the early 1970s, will be part of Wilson's performances in Florida, New York City, Las Vegas, Oakland and Los Angeles.
Wilson tells the Los Angeles Times, "Blondie was one of my favourite singers in the '70s. He blew my mind with Sail on Sailor, and he also sang on a song called Funky Pretty, on the Beach Boys' Holland album.
"Until two weeks ago, I hadn't seen him since 1974. It was great to see him again. He came into the studio and sang on one of my new tracks called He Come Down - he sang it great! It will be fun to have him at a few of our concerts."
Wilson is touring North America from 27 September (13) on a split bill with Jeff Beck, who also has been contributing to the Beach Boys star's new solo album.
The Good Vibrations singer and Jardine and Marks last hit the stage together last year (12) for the 50th anniversary Beach Boys reunion tour, which ended when former bandmates Mike Love and Bruce Johnston announced plans to resume touring with an alternative group.
Beach Boys star Brian Wilson is heading off on a joint tour of North America with Jeff Beck. The musicians, who recently collaborated in the studio, will kick off the trek on 27 September (13) in Florida and visit cities including Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts before concluding in Akron, Ohio on 27 October (13).
It seemed like it would be impossible to replace King of Mediocrity Jay Leno from his throne at The Tonight Show, but maybe his recent jabs against NBC have unseated him. Today the New York Times announced that Jimmy Fallon would replace Jay Leno as the next host of the show and that when he does, the show will move from Los Angeles back to New York where it started in the '50s.
It's not like Jay Leno is being chased out the door or anything, but the network wanted to cement its line of succession and let the world know that renovations are being done on the network's famous headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center — including a new Tonight Show set. They speculate that Fallon, who currently tapes his hipper take on late night in Manhattan, will take over in the fall of 2015.
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Those with even a slightly adequate memory can recall that this is exactly what happened to Conan O'Brien, who was promised the show and then had it yanked back when Jay Leno decided he didn't want to retire after all. Considering the resources they're putting into the new set and the network's souring relationship with the bechinned host, it seems like history won't be repeating.
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