Bill Clinton may have both Southern charm and years of high-level diplomatic experience on his side, but even he could not convince Led Zeppelin to reunite.
He asked the band to get back together and perform at last year's Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York, and was roundly rebuffed, the CBS 60 Minutes Overtime webcast reported.
Who did have some success in the whole attempt? Film exec Harvey Weinstein, who flew to DC to ask Clinton to approach the band, the AP reports.
Led Zeppelin last played together publicly in 2007, but surviving members Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jimmy Page did see fit to appear together just 10 days before the December concert; they were awarded Kennedy Center Honors.
The Rolling Stones have announced that they will be making additional $85 tickets available to shows on their upcoming “50 & Counting” North American tour.
Fan demand for the low-price tickets was so great when seats originally went on sale that they immediately sold-out.
Now, the Stones have revealed that fans may now have a second opportunity to but the special $85 tickets.
Tickets will be available once the band’s staging and production is loaded in to the venue and additional seating availability can be determined.
Some tickets will be among the best seats in the house - in the Tongue Pit - with others spread around the arena.
To be part of the special opportunity, fan must register now at the Stones facebook page here.
Registered fans will be notified the day of show if these seats will be available for the concert in their city.
The Stones will launch their “50 & Counting” arena tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this Friday May 3; the original May 2 show was moved due to the NBA playoff schedule. Tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled date.
The tour will see the Stones play 17 shows across North America, wrapping up June 21 in Philadelphia.
It’s been nearly 13 years since Don Henley released a solo album, which has given him plenty of time to think — and as it happens, his next release sounds like it’ll find the longtime Eagle in a fairly reflective mood.
While making the promotional rounds for the new documentary ‘History of the Eagles,’ making its home video debut today (April 30), Henley stopped for a chat with Canada’s JAM! Music — and after looking back at his band’s distinguished history, he took a few moments to clue listeners in on what they can expect when his next solo set, ‘Cass County,’ arrives in September.
“That’s the name of the rural county I come from in northeast Texas,” Henley said of the title. “The album was recorded mostly in Nashville, with some additional recording done in Texas and California. The material on it is a reflection of a part of my musical foundation — songs I heard on the radio and on my parents’ record player in the ’50s and ’60s. It’s not exactly a ‘retro’ album, but neither does it reflect much of what’s going on in ‘modern’ music.”
Continued Henley, “It’s primarily a record for grown-ups — people who’ve done some living. It explores the landscape of memory and experience. There are a few cover songs on the album, but most of the content is new, original material.”
Reminded of his days as a Reagan-excoriating songwriter during the ’80s, Henley was asked how much of the new record explored political themes. “The mood of the country has changed since the ’60s,” he explained. “I think there’s always a place for a little social commentary — after all, that is one of the basic principles of rock, folk, blues and country music — but you can’t hit people over the head with it; you can comment, but you can’t preach.”
In other words, don’t expect another ‘End of the Innocence’ in 2013. As Henley put it, “The new album is very candid, very honest, and covers a wide range of moods and topics, but above all, it’s musical. All the guest singers and players did an amazing job. It’s a stellar ensemble of artists and I’m proud and grateful to have all that talent on my record. Everyone was very generous.”