A new benefit release features a collection of Christmas-themed songs by John Lennon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jon Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart. Proceeds from the release will go to the Special Olympics.
Icon: A Very Special Christmas,’ available now via Universal Music Enterprises, includes Lennon and Yoko Ono's ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over),’ Tom Petty's ‘Christmas All Over,’ Bon Jovi's ‘Please Come Home for Christmas,’ Sting’s I Saw Three Ships’ and Stewart's ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’
Other artists appearing on the collection include Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, and Elvis Presley.
The ‘A Very Special Christmas’ series has proven very successful, raising over 116 million dollars for the Special Olympics programs since 1987.
KISS, Deep Purple, Yes, Gabriel Among Rock Hall Nominees
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations were announced yesterday with KISS, Deep Purple, Yes, and Peter Gabriel among the nominees.
Other nominees include Nirvana, the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, The Zombies, Cat Stevens, influential guitarist Link Wray, the Meters, disco band Chic, and rap stars LL Cool J and N.W.A.
Fans will once again have a small say in who may be inducted next April at a black tie ceremony in New York City by voting in a poll on Rolling Stone magazine's website that will be open until December 10th.
The top five winners of the poll will get one ballot among the reported over 600 ballots that will be cast for next year's nominees. Long snubbed by the Rock Hall, KISS is featured in a photo above the online poll.
Here's the nominees:
•Paul Butterfield Blues Band
•Hall and Oates
•LL Cool J
The Supergroup thing got started with Blind Faith, Cream and the US's CSNY.
In the top 10 are:
Them Crooked Vultures
C, S, N, Y
Original story linked to us below:
Aerosmith members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford just met with Uruguay President Jose "Pepe" Mujica as the band continues its month-long tour of South America.
The three visited Mujica at his Presidential offices in downtown Montevideo, the city which the band played. "We believe in what he stands for," explained Tyler as to why the band wanted to meet with the President.
"We believe that some of the best American Presidents who were those that fought in war themselves. President [Mujica] is a freedom fighter; in many ways, we fight for freedom ourselves – with music – it transcends all languages.
"His behavior – the way he gives 70% of his salary to the people to build homes here, in a very small country, I think he's doing it the right way – grass roots – and we believe in that."
John was my favorite Beatle when he went solo. I related to everything he was writing. My daughter and I stopped by Central Park's Strawberry Fields to leave him some flowers.