Quick Takes 10/25/19

  • Sting and wife Trudie Styler have tapped Bruce SpringsteenJohn MellencampJames Taylor, and the Eurythmics, to play the 17th benefit concert for their Rainforest Fund on December 9th at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. Also appearing will be Bob GeldofShaggyRicky MartinH.E.R., and MJ Rodriguez, among others. Narada Michael Walden will serve as the evening’s musical director. This year’s “theme” will be “a tribute to the ’80s, during which MTV-era acts like Mellencamp and Geldof united for social change and participated in massive benefits like Live AidFarm Aid, and Band Aid.” (Sting.com)
  • Over the years, the differently themed shows have tackled Elvis Presley songs, Frank Sinatra favorites, show tunes, ’80s classics, winter-themed songs, and even a show peppered with the performers’ children, among others. Proceeds from the Rainforest Fund go to help preserve the rainforests as well as to help the indigenous people who live there.
    • Billboard posted: “Tickets for the show will be available for purchase by the general public beginning at 9 a.m. on November 1st. Tickets will also be available at the Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and the Beacon Theatre box office on November 2nd. Prices range from $206 to $586.
  • In what feels like an effort to prove his father is in good health, Wolfgang Van Halen has once again posted photos of Eddie Van Halen on social media. Only days after posting a shot of his dad taking a photo of a fan at an L.A. Tool gig, “Wolfie” posted a four-shot of his mom, Valeri Bertinelli and Eddie looking at a cell phone and cracking up over some photos.
    • Eddie Van Halen  and Valerie Bertinelli were married between 1981 and 2007.
  • Queen and YouTube have presented three new fan made videos for the band’s classic songs. QueenOnline.com reported the “You Are the Champions” campaign included contributions from 10,000 fans from over 120 countries to create new videos for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and “A Kind Of Magic.”
  • According to the website, “(Fans contributed) unique content via the YouAreTheChampions.com microsite, with each video focusing on one of three submission categories. The result is one of the world’s biggest musical collaborations including a musician/singer performance-based video for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ an entire dance-based video for ‘Don’t Stop Me Now,’ and a montage of bespoke work from visual artists for ‘A Kind Of Magic.”
    • Brian May said in a statement: “It’s one of the most rewarding things that can happen to an artist of any kind: to see that our work has inspired folk all around the world to create their own performances and visual art is a thrill.  And the diversity of their vision is astonishing. Big thanks to everyone who participated.” (QueenOnline.com)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd will be joined by the Allman Betts Band, and Asleep At The Wheel on December 31st for a New Year’s Eve concert at Dallas’ American Airlines Center. The show will mark Skynyrd’s final performance in Dallas as part of their current “The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour.” Tickets go on sale Monday, October 28th, at 10:00 a.m. CT (Press release)
  • Geddy Lee is heading back on the publicity trail to promote his critically acclaimed tome Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book Of Bass. The Rush legend’s new signing sessions begin on November 1st in Seattle with additional stops set for Denver, Phoenix, and Austin. (Blabbermouth)
    • JUST ANNOUNCED: Geddy Lee’s ‘Big Beautiful Book Of Bass’ appearances (subject to change):
      November 1 – Seattle, WA – Third Place Books (5 p.m.)
      November 2 – Denver, CO – Tattered Cover Book Store (5 p.m.)
      November 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Changing Hands (4 p.m.)
      November 4 – Austin, TX – BookPeople (5 p.m.)