‘The Apollo’: Pharrell, Paul McCartney Talk Famed Venue in Doc Trailer – Rolling Stone

I am truly looking forward to this HBO documentary as a patron of the arts.

 

Pharrell Williams, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson and more talk one of music’s greatest landmarks in the new trailer for ‘The Apollo.’

Source: ‘The Apollo’: Pharrell, Paul McCartney Talk Famed Venue in Doc Trailer – Rolling Stone

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Favorite Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction

I have read a great deal about last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction. Thanks to the eye of the camera lens which captured two wonderful “emotional” moments that took place for Nirvana. How could the music of our heart not be consoled and glad for all.

I am eager to see the HBO broadcast of the 2104 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 31, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST.

1) Kurt Cobain‘s Mother

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I’m probably going to cry. I’m already crying because he’d be so proud. He’d say he wasn’t, but he would be. I just miss him so much. He was such an angel,” said Kurt Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, after Nirvana was inducted. Cobain was 27 when he died.

2) “The” Healing Hug

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Many Nirvana fans were probably holding their breath last night when Courtney Love walked up to the podium. She’s done little to mask her feelings about Dave Grohl over the years and one never know what she’ll say in front of an open microphone. But Courtney seemed overwhelmed by the moment — particularly after watching Kurt Cobain’s mother cry — and she completely abandoned a long speech she prepared and used the time to pay tribute to her Nirvana “family,” speaking for no more than a minute. When she got to “Mr. Grohl,” she teared up, walked over and gave him an enormous bear hug. It was one of the emotional high points of an extremely emotional night, and a very classy move for Courtney. ​

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Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes

A new documentary about the making of Bruce Springsteen‘s latest album will air on HBO next month, a few days before his group the E Street Band receive a special award at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The half-hour film, Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes, will detail the making of the singer-songwriter’s most recent record, High Hopes, which came out earlier this year and debuted at Number One in 20 countries. The film, which premieres April 4th at 9:30 p.m. EST, will feature scenes of studio sessions, rehearsals and interviews with Springsteen and his High Hopescollaborator, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Santana “Corazon, Live From Mexico: Live It To Believe It,”

I am always fascinated how the lens of a camera in the right eyes and hands can capture and preserve incredible moments we never see during live concerts.

Erik Kabik is a defining concert photographer. I am grateful to Erik for his photographic documentation of Santana in Las Vegas and now in Mexico. Erik has a keen eye for photographing Carlos Santana in performance as well as the Santana Band.

Last night, December 14th was the Santana All Star Concert in Guadalajara Mexico. Erik’s photographs let us  have a front row seat!

I’ve included just a few of the photographs from Erik’s Facebook Album. Please note and honor the copyright notice for Erik’s work.

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I can’t wait to see the HBO Special and DVD with all these fabulous musicians, the rich multimedia visuals of the stage backdrop and of course the Santana Band.

There is nothing like a Santana concert 😉

Santana featuring Juanes performing La Flaca

The first single from Santana’s forthcoming superstar album CORAZÓN, “La Flaca” which features multi-platinum recording artist Juanes was unveiled today at the Latin Grammy’s Press Conference in Las Vegas at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.

 

“CORAZÓN, LIVE IN MEXICO: LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT,” scheduled for December 14 at the Arena VFG is sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board.  Famed director Nick Wickham will be at the helm shooting the concert film, scheduled to air in spring 2014 on both HBO Latino and Latin America, and later will be released on DVD via RCA/Sony Latin Iberia.  Also, there will also be a documentary film shot in Puerta Vallarta and Guadalajara, entitled “Live It To Believe It,” documenting “the making of” this soon-to-be historic concert event.

2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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We watched the HBO Special last night, the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The show was taped at the Cleveland Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14th. It was a very entertaining and well-coordinated event. I like that it was held in a huge arena in Cleveland because it allowed many more fans to attend than the annual event at the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom permits.

I wanted to watch this event primarily out of respect for Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys who had passed away on Friday. It was a sharp contrast to just see the two Beastie Boys approach the podium and accept their induction award. They read a message from Adam, MCA who was too ill to attend. It really reached my heart what he wrote for them both. So sad to lose MCA as we did.

Highlights of the event:

  • John Mellencamp inducting Donovan. I loved the enthusiasm John Mellencamp expressed for Donovan. Mellencamp brought with him to the podium his personal copy of Donovan’s vinyl album, Fairytale which I dug seeing him do. Donovan’s induction has been way over due.
  • Bette Midler inducting Laura Nyro. Her love and genuine emotion for Laura Nyro’s music affect epitomized how Laura Nyro won my heart as a music fan. So glad to see Laura Nyro finally recognized for her talent.
  • The Guns and Roses music segment hit it perfectly. “Sweet Child of Mine” with Slash playing those chords and notes on his Gibson Goldtop guitar really did it for me. Axl Rose’s decision not to attend and accept his award was truly his blunder.
  • I was moved to see the members of various groups like The Miracles, The Flames, Bill Haley and the Comets, Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps on the same stage, acknowledging their awards and admiration of their fans. You could so feel the love and mutual respect for these pioneers of music.
  • Flea’s acceptance speech was my favorite acknowledgement of the night.The Red Hot Chili Peppers live music segment was the performance highlight of the evening. They played my favorite song, “By The Way”. Their energy levels are amazing.