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For April 22 ,2014

Report: Paul McCartney Selling Converted Fishing Boat for About $100K

Paul McCartney reportedly is selling a 52-foot converted fishing boat on which he used to spend quality time with his late first wife, Linda. According to The Daily Mail, the Beatles star is asking 60,000 pounds, or about $100,000, for the vessel, which is named Barnaby Rudge after a character in a Charles Dickens novel.

The paper reports that Sir Paul decided to sell the boat because it was a bittersweet reminder of his happy years with Linda, who passed away in 1998 at age 56 after a battle with breast cancer. A family friend tells The Daily Mail that ads for the boat don't mention that McCartney is the owner, only that the craft has "an interesting history."

The boat apparently is docked near a private studio Paul owns in Rye, England. A rep for McCartney says the money raised by its sale will be donated to the Oxfam anti-poverty charity.


Man Who Stole Peter Frampton's Luggage at Denver Airport Last Summer Receives Suspended Jail Sentence

A man who was convicted of stealing Peter Frampton's luggage at Denver International Airport last July has received a suspended jail sentence and fines totaling more than $8,800. John Allen Papelbon confessed to a local detective that he stole seven bags from the airport, one of which belonged to the veteran guitar whiz, the Denver Post reports.

According to the newspaper, state records show that a judge sentenced the 52-year-old Thornton to 60 days in jail on Friday, but suspended the sentence so that the thief can work off the fines he owes.

In addition, because Papelbon pleaded guilty to stealing property valued between $2,000 and $5,000, he will spend two years on probation.

Frampton had flown into Denver en route to a concert in nearby Beaver Creek, Colorado, that was part of his 2013 Guitar Circus tour.

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Giving Fans the Chance to Buy the Guitar Off His Back

How would you like to own a guitar autographed by Aerosmith's Joe Perry and played by him at one of the band's Let Rock Rule tour dates this summer with Slash, while also getting to attend that very show? Well, now you can, if you can afford the $6,999 price tag.

A new promotion called "Joe Perry's Guitar Off My Back" is offering a lucky fan at each stop of the 20-date trek a package that includes two premium tickets and a Gibson Les Paul Studio Model guitar that the legendary rocker will use on stage during the gig and then sign, including a personalized message. Each package also will include a Perry-signed Certificate of Authenticity, a private meeting with Joe, a photo op with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, one of his personal guitar picks and a set list from Aerosmith's performance that evening. In addition, Perry will autograph two other items of your choice, guitars excluded. For more information, visit

The North American leg of Aerosmith's Let Rock Rule tour, which includes opening act Slash Featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, is scheduled from July 10 show in Wantagh, New York, through a September 12 performance in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Here are all of the trek's confirmed dates:

7/10 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
7/13 -- Kitchener, Canada, McLennan Park
7/16 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/19 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest
7/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/25 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
8/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/8 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
8/13 -- Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion
8/16 -- George, WA, The Gorge Amphitheatre
8/19 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
8/22 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/25 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/28 -- Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena
8/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
9/3 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
9/6 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
9/9 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/12 -- Sydney, Canada, Open Hearth Park


Paul McCartney Postpones Concert in Santiago, Chile; Announces Three New US Tour Dates

Paul McCartney just kicked off a new Latin American leg of his Out There Tour over the weekend, and the road trip already has hit a speed bump. The legendary Beatle has postponed the trek's second show, which had been scheduled to take place at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, on Monday, April 21, because a plane carrying his equipment didn't arrive in the city on time.

The concert now is scheduled for this Wednesday, April 23. Sir Paul also has a previously announced show at the same venue on Tuesday.

"Though I'm upset that the jumbo jet carrying all my equipment for the show has gone technical and will not arrive in Santiago in time for the show…I will not cancel the concert," said McCartney in a statement. "I would hate to disappoint our great Chilean fans so we are moving the Monday show to Wednesday this week and looking forward to having a rocking time in Santiago."

The tour kicked off Saturday at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay. McCartney reportedly played a whopping 40 songs at the concert.

In other news, McCartney continues to expand his U.S. summer tour itinerary, and has confirmed five new stateside shows -- all in the Midwest. The latest performances will take place July 9 in Chicago; July 12 in Fargo, North Dakota; July 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska; July 16 in Kansas City, Missouri; and August 2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Paul has never played in Fargo or Lincoln before, while his last visits to Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis were during his 2011, 2010 and 2005 tours, respectively.

Tickets for the new dates will go on sale to the general public on April 28 at 10 a.m. local time, while American Express Card members will get the chance to purchase pre-sale tickets starting this Thursday, April 24, also at 10 a.m.

McCartney's 2014 U.S. leg now features a total of 15 shows, spanning from a June 13 event in Lubbock, Texas, through an August 7 concert in Salt Lake City. More dates will be announced soon.

Here are all of McCartney's confirmed U.S. concerts:

6/14 -- Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena
6/16 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
6/19 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
6/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
6/22 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
6/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
6/26 -- Louisville, KY, Yum! Center
7/5 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
7/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
7/9 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/12 -- Fargo, ND, Fargodome
7/14 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/16 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
8/2 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Field
8/7 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena


Steven Tyler Rescued by Danica Patrick in New Can-Am Spyder Spot

Star auto racer Danica Patrick comes to the aid of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler in a new ad for the Can-Am Spyder motorcycle.

In the minute-and-a-half-long spot, Patrick touts a new campaign centered around the three-wheeled motorcycle that she calls the "Paparazzi Escape Vehicle." She explains that when celebrities are hounded by photographers, they can call 1-844-SPYDER-LA to have a Can-Am Spyder pick them up and whisk them away.

By way of example, we see footage of Tyler being rescued by Patrick from a crowd of shutterbugs. He makes an obscene gesture toward the photographers as they drive away.

Believe it or not, this is a real offer from Can-Am Spyder. According to USA Today, Los Angeles-area celebs will be able to utilize the rescue service for one week by calling the number.

Incidentally, Tyler was involved in creating and lobbying for an anti-paparazzi law that was passed last year by the Hawaiian legislature. The law helps protect celebrities from intrusive photographers.

Sir Paul McCartney To Perform At Target Field This Summer

And the big summer concert at Target Field this year is … Sir Paul McCartney. The Minnesota Twins made the announcement at 11 a.m. Monday.

McCartney will bring his Out There tour to Target Field on Aug. 2. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

McCartney’s Target Field show will be his first at the ballpark but not his first time in the Twin Cities. McCartney has brought tours through town in 2005, 1993 and 1976, not to mention The Beatles’ one and only show in Minneapolis in 1965.

According to a press release, McCartney’s Out There tour will feature music from his solo career, his time as a member of Wings and of course, The Beatles hits we all know and love.


Neil Young's New Album, A Letter Home, Available Now Online

Happy Record Store Day, Neil Young fans! A day before the big audiophile promotion, and without any fanfare or official announcement, the folk-rock legend has made his new album, A Letter Home, available for purchase via the official online store of ex-White Stripe frontman Jack White's Third Man Records label. A vinyl LP version of the record can be ordered for $20, not including shipping fees.

A Letter Home was co-produced by Young and White, and features 10 cover tunes by various singer-songwriters who have inspired and influenced Neil. Among the songs are Bob Dylan's "North Country Girl," Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" and Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Only Read My Mind." Several of the tunes included on the album have been featured in Young's recent concert sets.

As previously reported, Neil recorded A Letter Home on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth that's located at White's Third Man Records store in Nashville. The device allows the user to record a song directly onto a vinyl disc. A statement from Young describes the album as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology [that] captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever."

Here is a complete track listing of A Letter Home, along with the artist who originally recorded each song:

"Changes" (Phil Ochs)
"Girl from the North Country" (Bob Dylan)
"Needle of Death" (Bert Jansch)
"Early Morning Rain" (Gordon Lightfoot)
"Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin)
"On the Road Again" (Willie Nelson)
"If You Could Only Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot)
"Since I Met You Baby" (Ivory Joe Hunter)
"My Hometown" (Bruce Springsteen)
"I Wonder If I Care as Much" (Everly Brothers)


Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Boxer Who Inspired Bob Dylan Song, Dead at 76

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer who inspired a Bob Dylan song and a movie starring Denzel Washington, has died following a battle with prostate cancer.

Carter's friend, John Artis, says the boxer died in his sleep Sunday morning in Toronto, according to CTV News. He was 76.

Carter spent 19 years in prison on a murder conviction that was overturned after several appeals and a groundswell of support by civil rights groups and celebrities. He was released in 1985.

In 1975, Dylan released a song about Carter's case, titled "Hurricane." Washington portrayed Carter in the 1999 film The Hurricane, earning him an Oscar nomination.


Paul Stanley's Autobiography Debuts at #2 on New York Times Best Seller List

Paul Stanley has called his story "inspirational" -- and the telling of that story has apparently inspired legions to go buy the book in which the story is told. Paul Stanley: Face the Music: A Life Exposed has debuted at #2 on The New York Times Best Seller list in the nonfiction hardcover category.

The memoir opens with the KISS singer's childhood, a rough tale of being born with a physical deformity, a learning disability and a dysfunctional family -- and overcoming it all to become the frontman of one of the world's most successful rock bands.

Face the Music also debuted at #3 on Publishers Weekly’s Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list, #4 on the Wall Street Journal’s Nonfiction Best Sellers list, and #4 on the Toronto Star’s Original Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

In typical KISS fashion, Stanley has been relentlessly plugging the book with coast-to-coast radio, TV, online and in-store appearances. Amid the flurry of publicity, KISS was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just over a week ago.


The Kinks' Dave Davies Shares Health Advice with Ailing AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Sun
On Wednesday, AC/DC announced that founding guitarist Malcolm Young was "taking a break from the band due to ill health." The news came on the heels of an unconfirmed Australian blog post that claimed Young had suffered a stroke.

While the nature of Malcolm's illness has yet to be officially revealed, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist who had a debilitating stroke back in 2004, The Kinks' Dave Davies, has offered some advice for the ailing musician.

Davies wrote a Facebook message directed at Young that reads, "[N]ever give up -- and remember all the important 'tricks' you learnt and keep going over and over them in your mind -- always [exercise] your hands and fingers -- picking coins from the floor -- picking up pins from a flat surface -- constantly touch the tips of your fingers with the thumb and try to do it faster and faster -- [imagine] playing your best solos ever in your mind before you go to sleep -- daily."

After suffering his stroke, it took a long time before Davies performed again, but he finally returned to the stage last year and has been playing shows fairly regularly ever since.

It's worth noting that the same blog post that reported Malcolm had had a stroke also claimed that AC/DC was set to announce its retirement, something the band refuted in its official statement. The Australian rockers insisted in their message, "The band will continue to make music."


Ex-Santana Percussionist Armando Peraza Passes Away

Cuban-born percussionist Armando Peraza, who was a member of Santana from 1972 to about 1990, died this past Monday, April 14, at a hospital in South San Francisco, California. The musician' wife, Josephine, told the Los Angeles Times that his cause of death was pneumonia, although he also had fought a long battle with diabetes. Peraza was believed to be 89, although he didn't know his exact birth date.

Armando joined Santana for the recording of the band's fourth studio album, Caravanserai, and appeared on most of the group's releases through 1990's Spirits Dancing in the Flesh. He retired from Santana when his diabetes made it difficult for him to tour.

Peraza was born in Havana and was orphaned when he was a child. By the time he was a teenager, he was living on the streets, and eventually taught himself to play percussion instruments such as the conga and bongo drums. While in Cuba, he played alongside renowned Latin percussionist Mongo Santamaria. In the late 1940s, he came to New York City, and soon began performing with a variety of respected jazz artists. Over the years, he would perform and/or record with such legends as George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Cal Tjader and Chick Corea.

In addition to Santana, Peraza also worked with a number of other pop, rock and R&B musicians, including Eric Clapton, Linda Rontadt and Rick James. After leaving Santana, he continued to play on various recordings and at occasional concerts.

Carlos Santana has penned a tribute to Armando that he posted on his official website. The homage reads, "My greatest teacher/mentor/role model crossed over the other side tonight. He is now light more in the body. He is free from gravity and time. Immortality is his playground. Infinity is his domain. Thank you for all and everything, Dearest Armando Peraza. Be with GOD and the angels Dear one. Peace."

Besides his wife, Peraza is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

Former Korn Touring Guitarist Dead at 35

Shane Gibson, who toured with Korn from 2007 to 2010, has died at the age of 35. According to Planet Mosh, the guitarist suffered from a rare form of blood-clotting disorder and passed away at 5:45 a.m. on April 15 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Gibson was a member of the band Stork but was best known to music fans as Korn's fill-in guitarist when Brian "Head" Welch was taking a break from the band. Gibson also toured with Korn singer Jonathan Davis' solo band the SFAs.

Korn drummer Ray Luzier issued the following statement on his Instagram: "Death is so strange and the timing of it is never right. I'm still in disbelief that we lost Shane Gibson. You were way too young to leave this planet. You were one of the most talented, funniest and caring people I've ever known. I'm honored to have shared the stage and travel many places with you for so many years. My heart goes out to the family and friends that you've touched in your short life. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. RIP."

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