Queen + Adam Lambert will headline the 2019 Global Citizen Festival on September 28th at New York City’s Central Park. In addition, Carole King, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, and H.E.R. will perform at the free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn. The Festival “encourages global citizens to power the movement to end extreme poverty, calling on world leaders to fight diseases including HIV/AIDS and polio, empower women and girls, combat plastic pollution, and provide quality education for all.”
Queen’s Brian May said in a statement, “Like Live Aid in 1985, we believe this concert will be a milestone. It will generate practical solutions to address the world’s glaring anomalies. Global Citizen is an organization, which has already moved mountains. We hope this concert will be the beginning of a new era in which all creatures on Earth will eventually benefit.”
Roger Taylor added, “We are honored to be a part of this festival and to assist Global Citizen in their amazing quest to help the poorer peoples of our world by attempting to solve some of the most pressing problems of humanity.” (Press release)
The Kinks‘ reissue series marches on with the October 25th 50th anniversary release of Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire). The four-CD set includes a remastered version of the 1969 classic in both its original mono and stereo mixes — along with bonus tracks, demos, rehearsals, remixes, BBC performances and a lost Dave Davies solo LP from the era.”
In a statement announcing the new collection, leader Ray Davies recalled, “I started Arthur before the end of Village Green. The albums piggyback one another because they are joined. I’d already written the song ‘Arthur.’ I think I wrote ‘Australia’ when I was still living at 87 Fortis Green so it was quite early on. I remember taking it over to Dave, he lived in Cockfosters at the time, and playing it to him. We were laughing at the irony in the line, ‘Nobody’s got a chip on their shoulder.'” (Rolling Stone)
INXS co-founding guitarist Tim Farriss is suing a rental boat operator after severing his finger in a 2015 accident. Farriss caught the ring finger of his left hand in an electric anchor, which ripped the finger from his hand. Farriss underwent 11 hours of surgery to reattach the finger, although “it is no longer functional.”
Farris recalled during court proceedings: “I will never forget what I saw next as long as I live. My hand was covered in rust, blood and mud, but I could see one of my fingers had been severed and the others were disfigured, badly lacerated and bleeding.” (Ultimate Classic Rock)
The Allman Betts Band have been forced to scrap the remainder of their European tour following Devon Allman‘s appendectomy on Tuesday (July 30th). The band, led by the late-Gregg Allman‘s son Devon, Dicky Betts‘ son Duane, and Berry Oakley‘s son Berry Duane Oakley, cancelled their remaining shows in Berlin and Nuremberg, Germany, and a tour closing gig in London. The Allman Betts Band is set to perform on August 9th in support of John Fogerty in Providence, Rhode Island at Bold Point Park. (Best Classic Bands)
The Broadway-bound production of TINA – The Tina Turner Musical has announced its full cast. Under the direction of Phyllida Lloyd, with London’s West End lead actressAdrienne Warren on board, the musical will begin previews on October 12th at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with an opening night set for November 7th. (Press release)
The long wait is over, with a healthy serving of the Dave Clark Five‘s catalogue finally available online. Six new sets, all newly remastered, are at long last available: Glad All Over(1964), American Tour (1965), Catch Us If You Can (1965), Coast To Coast (1965), Everybody Knows (1967) and the 2008 career-spanning collection The Hits.
The Dave Clark Five originated from North London and had 17 records on Billboard’s Top 40 between 1964 and 1967. They were best known for their string of ’60s hits, including “Glad All Over,” “Bits And Pieces,” “Because,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Catch Us If You Can,” “Over And Over,” and “Having A Wild Weekend.”
All told, the group racked up a total of 18 appearances on the Sullivan show — more than any other musical act — and all of them were reportedly lip-synched.