Today marks a musical milestone. It was 50 years ago today that the Beatles played their last concert for paying fans. The band took the stage at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 29th, 1966 — playing 11 songs over 30 minutes. Twenty-five-thousand people saw the concert — with tickets costing an average of five-dollars-and-50-cents.
Longevity seems to be in Jon Bon Jovi‘s blood. Not only has he managed to still look great after decades as a rocker, he’s been chosen as one of the honorees at this year’s Clinton Global Citizen Awards (as in Bill and Hillary). A portion of the evening will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, whose focus is on issues of affordable housing and hunger in the U.S. The event goes down on September 19th, and the man himself is also scheduled to take the stage and perform.
Bruce Springsteen broke his own record for his longest concert in the U.S. at his show last week at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. And that record didn’t last long, because just two days later Bruce did it again. During Bruce’s second show at MetLife Stadium, which just happened to coincide with the 41st anniversary of the release of “Born to Run,” The Boss broke his own record, by performing for an even four hours, eight minutes more than he had done Tuesday night.
The 33-song set featured a special appearance by Prophets of Rage’s Tom Morrello as well as a three-year-old who requested Bruce sing “Waiting on a Sunny Day.”
- But one of the highlights of the night occurred while Bruce was performing “Jersey Girl.” During the middle of the song, Bruce stopped everything when he and the band noticed a man proposing to his girlfriend in the audience. Bruce then brought the couple on stage, where he allowed the man to say a few words. The newly engaged man noted that he and his gal had been “to a ton” of Bruce shows throughout their eight-year relationship, but added, “this is by far the highlight of them all.” Check out video.
David Crosby is hitting the road in support of his upcoming solo release, “Lighthouse,” which drops October 21st. The 18-date tour, featuring Snarky Puppy bandleader Michael League, who produced “Lighthouse,” will kick off November 18th in Atlanta, Georgia, and run through December 16th in Ithaca, New York. Crosby is currently in the middle of a North American summer tour, which is set to wrap September 15th in Vancouver, British Colombia. He plays the Uptown Theater in Kansas City tonight.
Check out the first few dates below, and click here for a complete list. Tickets for all shows go on sale September 9th.
- November 18th: Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Symphony Hall
- November 19th: Danville, KY – Centre College @ Norton Center for the Arts
- November 2nd: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
- November 22nd: Stuart, FL – Lyric Theatre
- November 26th: Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing Arts
- November 27th: Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theater
- November 29th: Charlotte, NC – McGlohan Theatre at Spirit Square
- December 1st: Morgantown, WV – West Virginia University
- December 2nd: Greensboro, NC – Carolina Theatre
- December 4th: Roanoke, VA – Jefferson Center
Eddie Vedder was all over the inaugural Ohana festival in California this weekend. Not only did he headline his own set, which featured a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage,” Pearl Jam tunes “Can’t Keep” and “Soon Forget”, and the new song, “Out of Sand,” he also made guest appearances at several sets throughout the day. The Pearl Jam frontman popped up during Elvis Costello’s set to join him on “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding,” and also joined X for “The New World.” He later turned up during former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons set for a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” Eddie also had several guests help him out during his set. Surfer Kelly Slater came out to perform Pearl Jam’s “Indifference,” while X, Band of Horses and Slater, turned up to join in on a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Check out videos
Jethro Tull is re-releasing their 1969 album, “Stand Up.” The record, the band’s second, will be reissued in a two-CD/one-DVD set on November 18th. The new package will feature a remixed version of “Stand Up,” as well as added tracks, and live BBC Sessions recordings. The second disc will consist of a 1969 concert from Stockholm, Sweden, while the DVD has live video footage from the concert.
AC/DC and Axl Rose gave fans a show when they performed “Live Wire” together – it was the first time the band performed the track in over 30 years. Rose took the stage with the band to fill in for Brian Johnson, who had to take a leave from the road when doctors warned he could suffer “total hearing loss” if he continued. As for AC/DC, their “Rock or Bust” tour wraps up at the end of next month in Philadelphia.
If you’re able to hop across the pond, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have just announced they’re bringing Babymetal on tour with them to the U.K. And get this – when you buy a ticket to the show, you also get you a free physical or digital copy of the Peppers latest album, “The Getaway.” Score. Tickets for the short tour go on sale this friday. Here’s a peek:
12/05 – London, England @ O2 Arena
12/06 – London, England @ O2 Arena
12/08 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SSE Hydro
12/10 – Birmingham, England @ Genting Arena
12/11 – Birmingham, England @ Genting Arena
12/14 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Arena
12/15 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Arena