Every holiday season for nine straight years Andy Kim has called up his closest musician friends and those he admires, from Rush’s Alex Lifeson to Sam Roberts, to join him at his Andy Kim Christmas Show in Toronto. Proceeds go to a charity of his choice. This year’s concert on Dec. 11 at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club is raising money for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation’s Gifts of Light, which provides Christmas gifts for the hospital’s patients.
The Montreal-born and Juno award-winning singer-songwriter had nine Billboard Top 40 hits in the 1960s and 70s, including No. 1 smashes “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar.” To date, Kim has sold over 30 million records, according to the musician’s web site. His still untitled album is set for release in the spring on Arts & Crafts but he won’t be playing any new songs from it at the 2013 Andy Kim Christmas Show.
His all-star lineup this year features The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, Stars’ Amy Millan, Dan Hill, Kardinal Offishall, Sexsmith, treble charger, The Trews, Glass Tiger and — returning for their sixth Andy Kim Christmas Show — Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew from Broken Social Scene. All 540 tickets have already sold out at $30 apiece.
Earlier this month, Monkees fans got the shocking news that reclusive guitarist Michael Nesmith will hit the road with the surviving members of the band for a fall tour. “It’s shocking to us, too,” says Monkee drummer-singer Micky Dolenz. “It just caught us all by surprise. It wasn’t this massive plan that people had been concocting for years or months or anything. It sort of happened organically.”
When Davy Jones tragically passed away in February, many Monkees fans presumed it was the end of the group. Even members of the band thought it was probably over. “There is a faint chance we’ll continue,” Peter Tork told Rolling Stone. “I don’t know whether we could structure something without Davy. I had a couple of thoughts, but I don’t know if they’re workable.”
What he didn’t count on at the time was former Monkee Michael Nesmith returning to the fold. With the exception of a short European run of dates in 1997, Nesmith hasn’t participated in any of the Monkees many reunion tours since their split in 1971.
As Rolling Stone announced this morning, he’s had a change of heart and the three surviving members of the band will hit the road in November. We spoke with Nesmith via e-mail about the reunion tour and his other future plans.
Leave it to Monkee Michael Nesmith to let the cat out of the bag. Late Tuesday afternoon, Twitter and Facebook were abuzz with news that The Monkees were going to make a big announcement on Wednesday. A photo submitted by Rhino Records featuring only Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork provided a tantalizing hint.
However, Nesmith, who last played with the group during their 1997 30th anniversary tour in the UK, took matters into his own hands and quietly announced on his official Facebook at 12:30 EST that the Monkees are indeed reuniting for 12 U.S. concerts come November.
Paul McCartney, whose Twitter account rarely is from him personally, made an exception to the rule to comment on the Olympics opening ceremony he played on Friday night.
“Thanks for the great response guys! Tonight was terrific, great, really cool. It was a trip and very exciting. It was a great opening ceremony! Didn’t realize Her Majesty was such a good parachutist!”
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Ringo Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday on July 7, 2012 in Tennessee, first at the Hard Rock Nashville—where at 12:00 noon local time he asked the world to join him in a wish for Peace & Love—and then at the Ryman Auditorium, where he performed with the 13th edition of his All Starr Band. Members of the group this year, along with Ringo, are Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Bissonette, and newbies Steve Lukather and Gregg Rolie.
One of the stops on Ringo’s tour was Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida, on July 1. I had the pleasure of attending that concert and have uploaded the photos I took to an album on Facebook. Click here to check them out; no Facebook account or login required!
The happiest of birthdays to my favorite Beatle. Here’s to many more years of music, entertainment … and Peace & Love.
They were a band. Take them for all in all. We shall not look upon their like again. With apologies to Shakespeare, watching The Beach Boys perform Saturday night, July 7, 2012 at the Grand Canyon University Arena, one felt as if they were witnessing history. (Read more by clicking the link below)