Musical Notes – February 24


This week’s Musical Notes features news on Neil Young, Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Beyonce, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dave Grohl, and a guitar auction.

Neil Young:
Folkie Neil Young is releasing his films “Rust Never Sleeps” and “Human Highway” on DVD for the first time in April.

“Human Highway” was made in 1982. The film includes Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, and Devo. It has been digitally restored for the April 22 release.

“Rust Never Sleeps” was recorded in 1978 and features the song “I Am a Child”, “Cinnamon Girl”, “Like a Hurricane”, and “Hey Hey, My My”.

But before the DVD releases, the films will be shown in movie theaters across the nation on February 29. “An Evening with Neil Young” includes an exclusive Q&A with Cameron Crowe. The live interview includes Gerald V. Casale from Devo, Russ Tamblyn, and Charlotte Stewart.

Pre-orders for the DVDs will also begin on February 29.

In the wake of the court decision February 19 that denied pop singer Kesha from breaking her record contract, she has received a great deal of support from fellow musicians…and offers from producers to work with her; including Jack Antonoff and DJ Zedd.

At issue for Kesha were allegations of abuse and assault by producer Dr. Luke. The record producer offered to step away and let Kesha work with other producers, but the singer refused; insisting instead that only a release from her contract was acceptable.

Cyndi Lauper:
Award winning pop rocker Cyndi Lauper is continuing a recent trend by rock stars to record Country music albums. But Lauper isn’t taking on the Pop Country music of today, she has chosen to go back in time to when Country music was better known as Country and Western music.

She calls the new album “Detour” a labour of love. Speaking on the album Lauper said, “when I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what I grew up listening to. These songs are part of my earliest memories.”

Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Jewel, and Alison Krauss all make guest appearances on the album.

The song list for “Detour” is:
“Funnel of Love”
“Misty Blue”
“Walkin’ After Midnight”
“Heartache by the Number”
“The End of the World”
“Night Life”
“Begging to You”
“You’re the Reason Our Kids are Ugly”
“I Fall to Pieces”
“I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”
“Hard Candy Christmas”

Not everyone was happy with Beyonce and her newest single “Formation”; especially members of law enforcement. A number of police unions are calling for a boycott of her concerts.

Off duty police are used for security detail at concert venues. Working those concerts are on a volunteer basis.

Since the police are not willing to work Beyonce’s upcoming concerts when she begins her tour in late April, Louis Farrakhan – the Nation of Islam leader – has said that the Fruits of Islam would take over the security detail if law enforcement refuses to do the job.

So far, Beyonce has not responded to the offer…or the potential law enforcement boycott.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct the 2016 class of rocker and rollers on April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, The Black Keys, and Rob Thomas are set to be presenters at the gala event.

Dave Grohl:
The Grammy Award ceremonies on February 15 featured a number of tribute performances for rockers who have died recently. Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie, Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix paid tribute to Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire, The Eagles with Jackson Browne paid tribute to Glenn Frey, and Bonnie Raitt and Chris Stapleton paid tribute to the great Blues legend B.B. King.

But there was one more tribute that would have happened if it had not been for the efforts of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

Grohl was asked to introduce Alice Cooper and his mates from Hollywood Vampires. Grohl said that he would agree but only if they did, “something for Lemmy” – the former member of Motorhead who recently passed away. The Hollywood Vampires performed the Motorhead song “Ace of Spades”.

Guitar Action:
On February 27 Guernsey’s in New York City will auction off 225 instruments previously owned by famous rockers including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Eddie Van Halen.

Held at the Bohemian National Hall on 73rd, at, and Guernsey’s has a 1982 Charvel Van Halen estimated between $60 and $80 thousand that was once owned by Eddie Van Halen.

Also on the list of items to be auctioned are four guitars from Eric Clapton – two of which have been signed, Jimi Hendrix’ guitar strap from his appearance at Woodstock in 1969, two “In Cold Blood” guitars – one of which was used in the Truman Capote movie and the other was once owned by murderer Perry Smith, and a 1959 Gibson guitar that was owned by Franny Beecher.

photo credit:
Musical notes by Bob Williams


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