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Bruce Springsteen Out on Tour

Bruce Springsteen is out on tour with ‘The River,’ a tribute to the 80s album of the same name, and it’s selling out like hot cakes. The show will feature songs that did not make the River album, and this will be a tour without Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici who have gone on to that rock and roll band in Heaven. Bruce is in Europe and countries like Norway and Switzerland right now, but returns in August for the following dates and cities…

August 23, East Rutherford, NJ
August 25, East Rutherford, NJ
August 28, Chicago, IL
August 30, East Rutherford, NJ
September 1, Washington DC
September 3, Virginia Beach, VA
September 7, Philadelphia, PA
September 9, Philadelphia, PA
September 14, Foxborough, MA

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Other Great Museums

We still don’t know why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, but it is. Suffice to say, this is the mecca of museum or halls, and a must visit this summer. Every conceivable item of note, along with the photos, instruments and back story is here.

We all know what a Grammy is, but did you know that there is a Grammy Museum at 800 W. Olympia Blvd Los Angeles. This may be the final resting place of tribute and paraphernalia of the greatest rockers of all time, from the Beatles to Motown – all those that won a Grammy.

If you were to be walking down McLemore Street in Memphis you might turn to your left and be surprised to be standing at a national landmark. Yup, the Stax: Museum of American Soul Music Museum is right there! Issac Hayes, Booker T. and the MGs, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Clarence Carter, the Staple Singers, The Bar Kays, the Dramatics and more all recorded at the studio under the Stax label.

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The B-52s Keep Moving Foward

The B-52s began at an impromptu jam session at a Chinese restaurant in the late 70s at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. And what an impressive career they put together over the years.

The original early 70s lineup consisted of Ricky Wilson (guitars, bass), and Keith Strickland (drums, guitars, keyboards, Fred Schneider (vocals, percussion, keyboards), Kate Pierson (organ, keyboards, bass, vocals), and Cindy Wilson (vocals, bongos, tambourine). The band lost Ricky to AIDs at the age of 32, becoming an ardent supporter of AIDS research and the AIDS foundation.

Their name B-52s is derived from the fact the girls liked the beehive hairdos, and the boys in the band though it resembled the WWII fighter plane.

Their biggest single of course is “Rock Lobster,” but the real genius is the charming and exciting on stage presence of the ‘boys vs. the girls’ vibe that make them a highly sought act for concerts and outdoor events.

In August the B-52s will be in Costa Mesa and San Diego, CA, while in early September they will be in the Northeast areas of Lenox, Lowell and Boston. MA.

Ronnie Van Zant and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Ronnie Van Zant died in the fiery Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in 1977. What people don’t know is that he’s wearing a Neil Young T-Shirt underneath the dress shirt in his coffin.

Waylon Jennings played bass in 1959 for up and coming rock star Buddy Holly. That fateful night in February, they tossed a coin to see who would get the seat on the plane, which would drive on the freezing bus. Buddy won the coin toss, telling Waylon he hopped he would freeze on the way to the next stop, Waylon told Buddy he hoped the plane would crash. 12 minutes after that fateful moment it did.
The Rolling Stones will be in concert at the Empire Polo Club on October 7th and 14th. They will also appear in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena on October 19th.

“Take it Easy’ was the Eagles first single, and a song written by Glenn and Jackson Browne in early 1972. The song put Winslow Arizona on the map, and if you ever visit Winslow, Arizona, you’ll see a real standing stature of Glenn at the corner of Second St. & Kinsley Ave.

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Digging Into the Goo Goo Dolls

Buffalo, NY is famous for wings and harsh winters, but it’s also a city that gave the world the awesome group The Goo Goo Dolls. Original member, lead singer and guitarist John Rzeznik, on bass Robby Takac, and drummer George Tutuska began their journey in the mid-80s, selling over 25 million albums to date and releasing nearly 20 albums. Who are these guys?

Like all garage bands, the Goo Goo Dolls met while they were classmates in high school in Buffalo. Their odd name comes from a ‘True Detective’ comic book ad, selling ‘Goo Goo Dolls.’ The boys had moderate success until a horrible difference of opinions forced drummer George Tutuska out of the band, where they brought in replacement Mike Malinin to push the band to new heights.

The Goo Goo Dolls are activists and big into giving back. The band supports the charity USA Harvest with donations and free appearances, while John is the spokesperson for VH-1s ‘Save the Music’ foundation, Robbie ‘Music is Art’ foundation.

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