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David Bowie producer shoots down Harry Styles comparisons

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There are some who have compared Harry Styles to the late icon David Bowie, but someone who knows Bowie pretty well doesn’t agree at all.

Consequence reports that music producer Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie for years and produced his final album, 2016’s Blackstar, shot down any such comparisons between Bowie and Styles in a Facebook post about Sunday night’s Grammy Awards.

“What’s the difference between the Grammys and Las Vegas? Nothing!” he wrote in the post, which has since been taken down. He later commented, “Someone just told me that Harry Styles is the new Bowie? From what I saw tonight he’s not worthy of shining his shoes.”

Whether he’s the new Bowie or not, Styles did have a pretty great Grammy night, winning Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Harry’s House.

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Sheryl Crow believes Grammy mishap would have made Christine McVie giggle

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Sheryl Crow was part of the beautiful and emotional tribute to the late Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie at Sunday’s Grammys, but apparently the performance didn’t go off without a hitch. Crow reveals on Instagram there were problems with her piano during the performance, which also featured Bonnie Raitt and Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood.

“Beautiful Christine! Last night during our tribute, something really strange happened. I sat down to play with @bonnieraittofficial and @mickfleetwoodofficial and the piano was not working right,” Crow shares. “I still cannot wrap my brain around it because I’ve never had it happen but the clock started for Mick and the first chord I played, only a couple of notes at a time would play. At one point, the piano in our ears was in a different key than what I was playing!” 

Sheryl says folks behind the scenes quickly noticed the problem so what the audience heard sounded “completely normal,” but it still left her disappointed.

But soon Sheryl had a new outlook on the mishap. She notes, “Mick and I decided after the performance that perhaps Christine might be up there sipping champagne and giggling, having been a keyboard player herself.”

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Ozzy Osbourne reacts to Grammy wins: "I'm one lucky motherf***er"

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Ozzy Osbourne has shared his reaction to winning two awards at Sunday's Grammys.

The Prince of Darkness earned Best Rock Album for his latest solo effort, Patient Number 9, and Best Metal Performance for "Degradation Rules," featuring Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi.

In a press statement reflecting on his Grammy victory, Ozzy declares, "I'm one lucky motherf***er."

"I was blessed to work with some of the greatest musicians in the world and Andrew Watt as my producer on this album," Ozzy says. "Winning the Best Metal Performance was equally gratifying being that the song featured my longtime friend and Black Sabbath bandmate, Tony Iommi."

The Grammy wins were undoubtedly a bright spot during a tough week for Ozzy, who announced last Wednesday that his long-delayed European and United Kingdom tour would be canceled due to the lingering effects from a fall he suffered in 2019, which has required extensive surgery and recovery time.

"Never would I have imagined that my touring days would have ended this way," he said.

Ozzy was also nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance with the Patient Number 9 title track, which features the late Jeff Beck. Americana artist Brandi Carlile won both awards with her song "Broken Horses."

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Van Morrison announces three-night stand in Las Vegas

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Van Morrison is the latest artist headed to Las Vegas. The “Moondance” singer just announced a three-night stand at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

The three shows are set for September 6, 8 and 9, with tickets going on sale Friday, February 10, at 10 a.m. PT.

The new dates come as the 77-year-old Morrison is getting ready to release his new studio album, Moving On Skiffle, on March 10. In addition to the Vegas dates, he has a few European shows lined up to promote the release, including March 13, 14 and 15 at The Stables in Milton Keynes, England, and April 6 and 7 at Whitla Hall in Belfast, Ireland.

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Items from Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac & more bring in big bucks at MusiCares auction

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Items from Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Joe Perry and more brought in big bucks at the annual MusiCares Charity Relief Auction, which was held at Julien’s Auction House in Beverly Hills this weekend.

Big sellers included a personally signed copy of McCartney’s The Lyrics book, which sold for $25,600, 25 times more than expected, as well as a Rolling Stones signed 2022 60th anniversary European tour poster, which brought in $16,000, 16 times its original estimate.

Other items that brought in the big bucks include: a Joe Perry stage-played and signed Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, which went for $25,000; Fleetwood Mac’s band-signed MusiCares Person of the Year Gibson Les Paul, which was purchased for $19,200; a signed SG Electric guitar that belonged to Ozzy Osbourne, which sold for $19,200; Joni Mitchell’s original print of Jimi Hendrix, signed by Mitchell, which sold for $10,240; and a black Epiphone acoustic guitar from the 2015 celebration of honoree Bob Dylan, signed by the artists who paid tribute to him, including John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen, which sold for $12,800. 

The auction also featured items from Robert Plant, Sting, Don Felder, David Lee Roth and others.

Proceeds from the auction benefit MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s charity arm that provides health and human services to the music community.

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Dead Kennedys criticize Grammys for leaving drummer D.H. Peligro out of "In Memoriam" segment

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Dead Kennedys aren't happy about the Grammys leaving late drummer D.H. Peligro out of its "In Memoriam" tribute segment during Sunday's ceremony.

Peligro, born Darren Henley, played with the long-running punk outfit over several stints from 1981 up until his death last October. He also briefly joined Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988.

In a tweet Sunday night, Dead Kennedys wrote, "Hey [Recording Academy] you forgot someone who influenced more musicians than half the people you listed."

"Get with the times please," they added.

Though Peligro was left out of the video tribute, his name is listed on the Recording Academy's online "In Memoriam" list.

Modest Mouse drummer Jeremiah Green, who passed away last December, was also left out of the video.

Among those who were included were Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, Jeff Beck, Television's Tom Verlaine and David Crosby.

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Watch Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Paul Stanley & more in full Workday Super Bowl ad

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Ozzy Osbourne's Super Bowl commercial has arrived.

As previously reported, the Prince of Darkness is starring in an ad for the company Workday, which provides enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, along with Joan Jett and Gary Clark Jr. All three artists appear in the full ad, which is streaming now on YouTube ahead of Sunday's matchup, as do KISS' Paul Stanley and Billy Idol.

The commercial posits that office co-workers complimenting each other as "rock stars" is upsetting to actual rock stars.

"Hey corporate-types, would you stop calling each other 'rock stars'?" an irritated Stanley asks. Cut to Osbourne, Jett, Idol and Clark listing off their rock star cred.

"I've done my share of bad things," Ozzy says while sitting by a pool. "Also your share of bad things."

Of course, an exception can be made if you happen to work with a real-life rock star. That's when we see a shirt-and-tie-wearing Ozzy sitting in a cubicle and introducing himself to his colleagues as Oswald.

Super Bowl LVII airs February 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Carlos Santana announces fall Las Vegas residency dates

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Carlos Santana is extending his residency in Las Vegas. The 75-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his band have just added a string of fall dates at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. This is the 11th year Carlos is headlining the residency.

The 16 new dates for An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live will be happening in September and November. The first set runs from September 6 to September 17, followed by shows from November 1 to November 12.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale February 10 at 10 a.m. local time.

Santana wrapped up his latest set of House of Blues dates on Sunday and will return to the venue in May, with dates confirmed from May 17 to May 28. Tickets for those shows are on sale now. A complete list of Santana tour dates can be found at santana.com.

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Peter Gabriel releases new song, “The Court,” from upcoming album

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Peter Gabriel has given fans another taste of his upcoming album, i/o, which is his first album of new songs in 20 years.

In connection with this weekend’s full moon, Gabriel released the track “The Court (Dark-Side remix),” which was recorded at Real World studios in Wiltshire and The Beehive in London. According to Gabriel, the song “was inspired by the work of NAMATI, whose mission is to provide people around the world access to justice they may not otherwise be able to afford.”

“I had this idea for ‘the court will rise’ chorus, so it became a free-form, impressionistic lyric that connected to justice, but there’s a sense of urgency there,” Gabriel shares. “A lot of life is a struggle between order and chaos and in some senses the justice or legal system is something that we impose to try and bring some element of order to the chaos.” He adds, “That’s often abused, it’s often unfair and discriminatory but at the same time it’s probably an essential part of a civilised society.”

i/o is expected to come out this year, but so far it doesn’t have a release date.

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Longtime Bruce Springsteen fanzine 'Backstreets' shuts down over ticket controversy

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The Bruce Springsteen fanzine Backstreets, which has been covering all things The Boss since 1980, announced over the weekend that it was shutting down.

The announcement came with a quote from Springsteen’s song "Nebraska": “For a little while, sir, we had us some fun.” Editor-in-chief Christopher Phillips explained that the decision to shut down stemmed from disillusionment regarding the ticket debacle surrounding Springsteen and the E Street Band’s current tour, which saw many fans priced out of tickets due to Ticketmaster’s dynamic pricing.

“After 43 years of publishing in one form or another, by fans for fans of Bruce Springsteen, it’s with mixed emotions that we announce Backstreets has reached the end of the road,” Phillips wrote. Noting the ticket controversy, Phillips continued, “ ... too many Springsteen fans got thrown to the wolves, pushed aside in a way that seems as unfathomable as it was avoidable.”

He added, “Whatever the eventual asking price at showtime and whether an individual buyer finds it fair, we simply realized that we would not be able to cover this tour with the drive and sense of purpose with which we’ve operated continuously since 1980. That determination came with a quickening sense that we’d reached the end of an era.”

In a statement to Variety, Bruce’s manager Jon Landau said they were “very sorry to hear the news” of the mag’s closing, adding they “want to thank Chris Phillips for his 30 years of dedication on behalf of Springsteen fans everywhere.”

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New Paul McCartney documentary to focus on his post-Beatles life & career

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Paul McCartney will be the subject of a brand-new documentary, Man on the Run, which will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville.

The film will focus on McCartney’s post-Beatles life, including how he dealt with the Beatles breakup. It'll also address his personal with wife Linda McCartney, the eventual formation of his band Wings and his hugely successful solo career. The documentary will include archival footage that has never been seen before, along with new interviews.

The film is described as “the definitive document of Paul’s emergence from the dissolution of the world’s biggest band and his triumphant creation of a second decade of musical milestones — a brilliant and prolific stretch” that featured such songs as “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Band on the Run,” “My Love,” "Live and Let Die” and more.

“As a lifelong obsessive of all things McCartney, I’ve always felt that the 1970s were the great under-examined part of his story,” says Neville, whose directing credits include 20 Feet from Stardom and others. "I’m thrilled to have the chance to explore and reappraise this crucial moment in a great artist’s life and work.”

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On This Day – February 6, 1984: The Talking Heads perform their final concert together

On this day, February 6, 1984...

The Talking Heads performed their final concert ever, at the Sweetwaters South Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The 12-song set featured such classic songs as “Psycho Killer,” “Making Flippy Floppy," "Swamp," “Burning Down the House,” and more.

The show didn’t go off without a hitch, though, with drummer Chris Frantz revealing that frontman David Byrne walked off the stage mid-set and had to be dragged back. 

Although the Talking Heads never toured again, they did go on to record three more albums. And while this was their final concert ever, they did briefly reunite to perform together for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, delivering "Psycho Killer," "Life During Wartime," and "Burning Down the House," along with an all-star jam of "Take Me to the River."

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They’ve stopped thinking about tomorrow: Mick Fleetwood says Fleetwood Mac’s “done” following Christine McVie’s death

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Mick Fleetwood has some sad news for Fleetwood Mac fans. On the red carpet at Sunday's Grammy Awards, Mick revealed that Fleetwood Mac is "done" following Christine McVie’s death

“I would say the band is done,” he told Access. “The thought of doing things without her right now seems to be very farfetched," he went on, though he allowed "After a while of healing, who knows what may or may not happen but I would suspect that Fleetwood Mac is put to bed.” 

Fleetwood was at the Grammys to take part in a tribute to McVie, with him, Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt performing McVie’s classic “Songbird.” 

Asked how McVie would feel about the tribute, Mick told Access, “I think she would be, ‘they’re making that much fuss over me,’” noting, “she was a North Country girl from England and very not glitzy at all so I think she would say ‘oh my god, why are they doing that?’”

He added, “But we are, and you’re going to have to put up with it, Chris.”

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Grammys 2023: Scenes from backstage and the red carpet

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Backstage and on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, artists were grateful for the recognition, though some had a hard time believing that they'd actually won.

Harry Styles' Harry's House beat out albums by Adele and Beyonce to win the Album of the Year trophy. Backstage, the pop superstar told reporters, "It's obviously incredibly nice to receive this. I don't think is the reason that any of us in the room do it. I'm so, so grateful that they thought the album was worthy of it...and I think more than anything, it just kind of feels like validation that you're on the right path."

But nobody was more shocked than Bonnie Raitt, whose song "Just Like That" beat out number ones by Harry, Adele, Beyonce, Lizzo and more to win Song of the Year.  Backstage, she said it reminded her of when she swept the Grammys in 1990.  "I can't believe this. I just can't," she squealed. "It's like when I won for Nick of Time. I just could not believe that they called my name...get the hell outta of Dodge, yknow?"

Kim Petras became the first transgender woman to win in the Best Pop Vocal Duo/Group Performance category for her duet with Sam Smith, "Unholy." Backstage, she said, "I never, ever thought I would get this kind of recognition for my music. So it's really special. And I've got to get really, really drunk to process it!"  She then joked, "I want to find out if you can do a shot out of a Grammy, so wish me luck!"

Ozzy Osbourne, who recently announced his retirement from touring, won two Grammys for his album Patient Number 9. Andrew Watt, who co-wrote and produced the album and accepted it on Ozzy's behalf, said on the red carpet that the metal legend is "so overjoyed to be recognized," adding, "He's such a humble, amazing guy. And the smile on his face...was just amazing."

Country solo stars Ashley McBryde and Carly Pearce became the first women ever to win the Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their hit "Never Wanted to Be That Girl." Backstage, Ashley said if she could talk to her 16-year-old self, she'd tell her, "'I want to tell you what happens, but it's so cool...You're going to get a text from Reba [McEntire], but I'm not going to tell you why.' Which is what happened to me today!

Singer/songwriter Muni Long, who won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for her song "Hrs & Hrs," told reporters backstage that she hoped her win means that, finally, she won't be ignored any longer.  "Hopefully this means that people will just listen to me the first time when I say something and I don't have to continue to fight to get my vision across," she said. "For me, it means that maybe I might know a little bit!"

A highlight of the Grammy telecast was a special 50th anniversary salute to hip-hop featured dozens of notable rap performers, including the man who started it all back in 1973: Grandmaster Flash. On the red carpet, he said he's most proud of the fact that  "people who don't speak the English language, gravitated to this thing...this thing is not just an American art form. This is a global art form!" 

 

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Grammys 2023: Bonnie Raitt wins Song of the Year; Christine McVie remembered & more

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Bonnie Raitt proved once again she's a Grammy favorite. The 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer picked up three trophies Sunday, including the coveted Song of the Year award for “Just Like That,” beating out such big hits as Harry Styles’ "As It Was," Lizzo’s "About Damn Time," Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul,” and others.  

Earlier in the evening, Bonnie won two other trophies -- Best Americana Performance for “Made Up Mind” and Best American Roots Song for “Just Like That” -- bringing her career total wins to 13. The two wins for “Just Like That” also mark her first Grammy wins as a songwriter. 

While Sunday’s Grammys were filled were great performances, some of the most touching moments came during the In Memoriam segment, which paid tribute to the artists we lost last year.

One of the more emotional moments came during the touching tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, who passed away in November. The performance of her classic “Songbird” featured Christine’s bandmate Mick Fleetwood on drums and Sheryl Crow on piano and vocals, with help by Raitt on vocals as well.

Jeff Beck, who passed away in January, was also remembered during the segment with a clip of him playing guitar, while a tribute to David Crosby, who also passed away January, featured a clip of his classic Crosby, Stills & Nash tune 'Guinevere."

The segment also featured images projected on the screen of others we lost, including Jerry Lee Lewis, The Crickets Jerry AllisonThe Rascals Dino Danelli, Tom VerlaineForeigner’s Ian McDonald, The Clash’s Keith Levene, and others.

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