Danny Martindale/Getty ImagesThe attorney whose courtroom behavior was in question during his recent copyright-infringement lawsuit trial against Led Zeppelin has been suspended from practicing law for his misconduct in another high-profile copyright case.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Francis Malofiy's suspension of three months and a day from practicing in Pennsylvania, stemming from his actions in a 2014 infringement trial against R&B singer Usher, was upheld by an appellate panel Thursday.
A three-judge district court panel had found in 2015 that, during an infringement trial over Usher's song "Bad Girl," Malofiy tricked an unrepresented co-defendant, William Guice, into signing an affidavit without consulting a lawyer by hiding that their relationship was adversarial in nature.
The jury ruled in favor of Usher in that case. Following the trial, Judge Paul Diamond issued the suspension and ordered Malofiy to pay $28,000 in court costs. The attorney appealed, countering that he didn't break the rules and, even if he did, the punishment was too harsh.
Maloify's conduct during the Led Zeppelin trial -- in which the band was accused of lifting the familiar acoustic guitar opening of its iconic "Stairway to Heaven" from "Taurus," a 1968 instrumental by the band Spirit -- was controversial. During the six-day trial, the attorney accumulated more than 100 sustained objections and multiple admonishments from Judge R. Gary Klausner, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
A jury ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin on June 23. Following the verdict, Malifoy said he lost on a technicality and hinted at an appeal.
While Malofiy's suspension is in Pennsylvania, it could affect his work in California as well, because his admittance to the bar in that state depends on him being in good standing in another jurisdiction.
CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesThis doesn't happen very often. A rare piece of Beatles memorabilia offered for auction didn't sell -- in this case, a Ludwig drum kit that was used on the recording of The Beatles' debut album.
Apparently, no one ponied up the minimum bid of $150,000 for the kit, which was used on the September 11, 1962, recording of "Love Me Do."
Newly hired drummer Ringo Starr had played on a version of the song in the studio the week before, according to Rolling Stone, but producer George Martin was unsatisfied with the results. Andy White was recruited to play drums on a new version of "Love Me Do," with Ringo on tambourine, as well as on "P.S. I Love You." The bass drum head has White's name emblazoned on it.
Nonetheless, Starr's version of "Love Me Do," with "P.S. I Love You" on the B-side, was released as their first U.K. single in October 1962. White's version was used on the first Beatles LP, Please Please Me, the following March, and on the 1964 U.S. single.
Larry Marano; ABC/Byron CohenFull-length concerts by Bad Company and Poison frontman Bret Michaels will air later this summer as part of a new AXS TV series hosted by the high-definition channel's founder, Mark Cuban. AXS TV Concerts Hosted by Mark Cuban premieres August 11 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a performance by The Monkees.
Each episode of the five-week series will feature a 90-minute concert recorded live at a state-of-the-art venue in Dallas called The Bomb Factory. Bad Company's concert will close out the series on September 8, while Michaels' show will air on August 25.
Disco legends The Village People and KC and the Sunshine Band also will appear on episodes of AXS TV Concerts, on August 18 and September 1, respectively.
"With this exclusive series, I wanted to craft a fun live concert event, giving viewers the best seat in the house to experience these legendary acts," says Cuban. "From disco and funk to classics and metal, there's truly something here for everyone to enjoy as we send summer out on a high note with some of the most beloved anthems of all-time."
Credit: Ross HalfinThe Hollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, kick off their first official U.S. tour tonight in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The band's set list mainly consists of tunes by some of the late, great rockers that Cooper used to drink with at the Sunset Strip's Rainbow Bar and Grill during the 1970s.
At a recent red carpet event, Cooper told reporters that despite the Hollywood Vampires' star-studded lineup, he considers them to be "a glorified bar band"…not that that's a bad thing.
"Every single band in the world started out being a bar band," the shock rocker maintains. "Us, The [Rolling] Stones, The Beatles -- everybody started out playing everybody else's music."
With regard to Depp being involved in the group, Cooper said that although most people know him as a great actor, he also is "a killer guitar player."
In addition to Cooper on vocals, and Perry and Depp on guitars, the touring lineup of the Hollywood Vampires includes ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo. At previous shows, the band's sets have included well-known songs by John Lennon, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Motorhead and T. Rex, along with a couple of tunes featured on the group's self-titled 2015 debut album.
Sorum recently told ABC Radio that playing classic songs by some of Cooper's departed musical pals is "kind of a cool thing, 'cause they'll always live through the music."
Matt also noted that since the Hollywood Vampires members haven't played many concerts together, the upcoming gigs will be as on-edge [for us] as it will be for the fans…so it's gonna be like this sort of loose, exciting thing happening."
7/1 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 7/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino 7/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Resort Spas and Casino - Event Center 7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest - BMO Harris Pavilion 7/7 -- Aurora, IL, River Edge Park 7/8 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre 7/9 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Stage at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino 7/10 -- Brooklyn, NY, Coney Island Amphitheater 7/12 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion 7/13 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort 7/14 -- Cadott, WI, Rock Fest 7/16 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/18 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena 7/22 -- Rohnert Park, CA, Weill Hall 7/23 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion 7/24 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 7/25 -- Paso Robles, CA, California Mid State Fair
Paul Simon performs in August 2015; Kevin Mazur/WireImageDespite the success of his new album Stranger to Stranger, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard album chart, Paul Simon recently told the New York Times, "Showbiz doesn't hold any interest for me." He also said he wanted to "see what happens if I let it go." Well, if he does, he'll make a lot of fans very unhappy.
On Thursday night, Simon played the first of two shows in his hometown of Queens, New York. The show took place at Forest Hills Stadium, which he last played in July of 1970 with his former musical partner Art Garfunkel. It was the duo's last show before breaking up. While he has a European tour scheduled for the fall, if Simon does retire, those two shows would be his last ones ever in the U.S.
While one fan at Thursday's concert was skeptical of Simon's talk of retirement, others were upset about the 74-year-old legend's hint that he's hanging up his guitar. "He should not give up music," said one fan. "Paul Simon should perform here [in Forest Hills Stadium] every summer for the next ten years!"
Another fan noted, "I'm very sad at the thought that he would retire...[and] sad if this is his last concert, but he's entitled to retirement like the rest of us."
Simon didn't seem like a man ready for retirement on Thursday, as he led his nine-piece band through a 27-song set that included music from every stage of his career. He performed Simon & Garfunkel classics like "Homeward Bound," early solo hits like "Mother and Child Reunion," hits from Graceland like "You Can Call Me Al," and material from his most recent few albums.
He also described the experience of being back at Forest Hills Stadium as a "time warp" and "a beautiful dream."
Here's the set list:
"Boy in the Bubble" "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" "Dazzling Blue" "That Was Your Mother" "Rewrite" "Slip Sliding Away" "Mother & Child Reunion" "Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard" "Spirit Voices" "The Obvious Child" "Stranger to Stranger" "Homeward Bound" "El Condor Pasa/Duncan" "The Werewolf" "The Cool Cool River" "Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes" "You Can Call Me Al" "Wristband" "I Know What I Know" "Still Crazy After All These Years" "That's All Right" [Elvis Presley cover, tribute to Elvis' late guitarist Scotty Moore] "Late in the Evening" "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor" "The Boxer" "American Tune"
Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 features pictures snapped by Shimpei Asai, who was the only Japanese photographer given access to the band while they were in the city. The photos, which have never been published outside of Japan, capture the group's members performing, chatting with the press, sightseeing, painting, playing traditional Japanese instruments and more.
The Beatles were the first rock band ever to perform at the Nippon Budokan, a venue that previously had been used solely to stage traditional Japanese cultural and sporting events such as sumo wrestling matches. The group's performances led to protests by some conservative factions in the country. The Fab Four's engagement at the Budokan ran from June 30 to July 2, 1966. Since The Beatles' performances, the venue has become famous for hosting international music acts, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and, of course, Cheap Trick.
Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 will be released by Genesis Publications as a high-quality, limited-edition volume in November. For more information, visit hello-goodbye-book.
Credit: Ross HalfinHaving already conquered the world of music, Metallica has turned its attention to the world of high fashion. The legendary metal band stars in a new ad campaign from Brioni, an Italian luxury menswear brand.
The ads feature James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo wearing tuxedos while positioned in a way inspired by the cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" single. You can view photos from the campaign on Metallica's Facebook page.
"We are beyond thrilled to have been invited to be the face of Italian luxury menswear powerhouse Brioni as they kick off their first creative campaign under the direction of newly appointed creative director, über cool style star Justin O'Shea," Metallica says.
Metallica has been unusually involved with the fashion industry lately -- Ulrich was recently tapped to take photographs for a new fashion line starring his wife, Jessica Miller.
ABCABC's new musical tribute show, Greatest Hits, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET. The debut episode will feature live performances from a variety of acts who had major hits from 1980 to 1985, including REO Speedwagon and Kenny Loggins, as well as from some contemporary artists.
As previously reported, REO will play two songs on the episode -- a version of their 1980 chart-topper "Keep on Loving You," and a duet with rap star Pitbull on his new single "Messin' Around," which samples the veteran rockers' hit "Take It on the Run." In a preview of the show, REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin says he loved the way Pitbull reworked "Take It on the Run."
"We're a real heartland group, and to have Pitbull take it and give it kind of a hip-hop, Latin thing, that was just awesome," Cronin gushes. He adds, "When one of your peers does a song of yours, it's the greatest feeling in the world. It's the ultimate compliment."
For Pitbull's part, he says getting to do one of REO's songs with the band was "a true honor." The rapper also notes that the popular artists during REO Speedwagon's 1980s heyday were focused on "making music for the people to enjoy, to have fun."
Loggins, who will be playing his infectious 1984 hit "Footloose," says he hopes his Greatest Hits appearance will help remind fans about him, noting, "It's always good to get your name out there and have people remember that you can still sing and you can still work."
Greatest Hits' debut show also features Rick Springfield, Kool & the Gang, Kim Carnes, Ray Parker Jr. and Jason Derulo. The program, which is co-hosted by Arsenio Hall and country singer Kelsea Ballerini, will have a six-week run on ABC.
Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesGrammy-winning bass player Rob Wasserman, who co-led the band RatDog with Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir, and recorded with rock greats Van Morrison, Lou Reed and Elvis Costello, among others, has died. He's believed to have been 63 or 64.
Bob Weir announced the news on Facebook Wednesday. Just hours after posting that Wasserman had been hospitalized, Weir wrote, "I'm devastated to pass along that Rob Wasserman lost his struggle today, and we have lost a beautiful friend and artist."
Weir continued, "I can still hear the sound of his bow playing those strings unamplified and pure. It's one of the most glorious sounds I've ever heard, and the music and warmth he gave us will live on in the hearts of everyone he touched."
Weir also announced the news on his Twitter, declaring, "One of the world's most beautiful friends and artists has left us. May Rob's warmth and music live in your hearts as it always has in mine."
There was no further information about Wasserman's cause of death.
Wasserman won a Grammy for his track "Brothers," recorded with jazz singer Bobby McFerrin for Wasserman's 1988 Duets album.
Credit: Kirk WestThe recently launched Allman Brothers Band spinoff group Les Brers has announced a new series of tour dates, kicking off with an August 11 appearance at the Allmans-curated Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The group's itinerary also includes four shows in various New England states in early September.
Les Brers features founding Allman Brothers Band drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, as well as longtime Allmans bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. The band also includes ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pierson, frequent ABB guest keyboardist Bruce Katz, journeyman guitarist Pat Bergeson and singer Lamar Williams Jr., whose late father played bass with the Allmans during the 1970s.
Les Brers' sets are made up mostly of Allman Brothers Band songs, along with some select covers. The group previously has performed at the Wanee Festival in April, as well as at two benefit shows in Macon, Georgia in March, that raised funds for The Allman Brothers Band's Big House Museum.
Speaking with Billboard in April about the new collective, Trucks said, "Nobody is playing music like this, like the Allman Brothers, and there's still a lot of fans out there, so that's what we're doing with Les Brers. We're taking this stuff and getting loose with it and improvising and really having a good time."
Here are all of the current dates on Les Brers' tour schedule:
8/11 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival 9/7 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 9/8 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Casino Ballroom 9/9 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 9/10 -- Rutland, VT, Paramount Theatre
Caroline RecordsVan Morrison will release his 36th studio album, Keep Me Singing, on September 30. The 13-track effort is Morrison's first new album since his 2015 collaborative record, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, and his first collection of new material since 2012's Born to Sing: No Plan B.
Keep Me Singing features 12 original compositions, plus a cover of "Share Your Love with Me," a song penned by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey that previously was recorded by Bobby "Blue" Bland, Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers. One of the new tunes, "Every Time I See a River," was co-written by Morrison and acclaimed lyricist Don Black, who has contributed words to many famous movie theme songs. Closing out the album is an instrumental titled "Caledonian Swing," which features Van playing piano and saxophone.
The album's first single, "Too Late," also will be released on September 30. Shortly after the arrival of Keep Me Singing, Morrison will embark on a brief U.S. tour that gets underway on October 9 at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City, and runs through an October 18-19 stand at SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco.
Here's the full track list of Keep Me Singing:
"Let It Rhyme" "Every Time I See a River" "Keep Me Singing" "Out in the Cold Again" "Memory Lane" "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword" "Holy Guardian Angel" "Share Your Love with Me" "In Tiburon" "Look Beyond the Hill" "Going Down to Bangor" "Too Late" "Caledonia Swing"
And here are all of Morrison's confirmed U.S. dates:
10/9 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium 10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 10/15 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 10/17 -- San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall 10/18 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center 10/19 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center
Credit: Steve KerosChad Smith took a break from drumming with Red Hot Chili Peppers this week to jam with some busking musicians on the streets of London. You can watch footage of the Red Hot Street Buskers now on YouTube.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring Europe in support of their new album, The Getaway. The band will return to the U.S. next month to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago.
Credit: Mark SeligerThe Rolling Stones' Keith Richards will be featured reminiscing about growing up in post-World War II England in a new U.K. television documentary that will premiere in July. The 60-minute program, titled Keith Richards -- The Origin of the Species, was directed by award-winning filmmaker Julien Temple and is part of the BBC Two channel's My Generation season, celebrating the history of U.K. pop music.
The documentary will focus on Richards' life before The Rolling Stones, and will tie in his recollections with a look at how the conditions in the postwar U.K. led to the cultural changes exemplified by the 1960s music scene that included The Stones and The Beatles.
"There was a feeling late '50s/early '60s that there was a change coming," says Richards in the film. "I certainly felt that for my generation, what was happening and the feeling in the air was -- it's time to push limits. The world is ours now and you can rise or fall on it."
In a video preview of the flick, Richards recalls his childhood interest in airplanes, revealing that he used to enjoy putting together model airplanes and joking that he "liked the glue."
Temple says of Keith Richards -- The Origin of the Species, "This film sets out to explore how both [Richards] and the '60s in England came about."
Meanwhile, Richards is set to host a special TV programming block in September that will air on the BBC Four channel. Keith Richards' Lost Weekend will feature various films, programs and/or concert movies chosen by the guitar legend. Each show will include an introduction by Keith, in which he discusses why he picked the program.
Credit: Amy GranthamGraham Nash will serve as host of a special multi-day rock-themed movie marathon on the HDNet Movies channel that will kick off on Saturday, July 9, and run through Sunday, July 17.
"Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs" will feature the folk-rock legend sharing stories about and insights into the various artists featured in each film, including Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Prince, Rush and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The marathon will include 13 documentaries, several of which will be getting their TV premieres. Among them are The Allman Brothers Band: After the Crash, which focuses on the group's career after the death of founding lead guitarist Duane Allman; Rush: The Rise of Kings, about the Canadian prog-rock trio's path to stardom; Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review, which delves into the first decade of the guitar legend's solo career; Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade, a documentary about the lauded Northern Irish artist's music from 1977 to 1987; and Bob Dylan: In & Out of the Folk Revival, which takes a look at the influential singer/songwriter's emergence as a folk icon.
"Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs" will feature two films screened during primetime each night from July 9 through July 16, and culminating with an all-day nine movie marathon on July 17.
In conjunction with the film series, HDNet Movies has launched an online contest offering fans the opportunity to win an electric guitar autographed by Nash. To enter, visit HDNetMovies.com and choose an image of one of the rock documentaries being shown on the channel to make as your Facebook cover photo.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of FamePaulSimon is one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of his generation and at 74 he's still making new music. His most recent album, Stranger to Stranger, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month, the highest debut of any solo album of his career. But, Simon tells The New York Times, he may be "coming towards the end."
Simon is gearing for the final shows of his current North American tour in Queens, New York, this week, where his career with Simon & Garfunkel began.
"It's an act of courage to let go," Simon says. "I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I'm going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did?"
Simon explained that he struggles to write songs but suddenly finds himself thunderstruck by breakthroughs. "I was 21, maybe 22, when I wrote 'The Sound of Silence,' which seems to me like quite a big jump from where I was before that," he says. "I thought the same thing when I wrote 'Bridge over Troubled Water' -- whoa, that song is better than what I've been doing."
But he says the moments that lead to those breakthroughs don't happen very often.
So will he actually retire after his European tour this fall? He's not saying definitively yes or no, but, he tells the Times, "I don't have any fear of it."
Eagle Rock EntertainmentFounding Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has been experiencing a period of transition in the wake of his famous band's 2015 breakup, as his main focus is now on his solo career. That change is reflected in the title of Robinson's just-released fourth full-length studio album, Flux, which he says is a word that best describes "where things are" for him.
Robinson wrote and produced Flux's 13 tracks, while also handling lead vocals, guitar duties and most of the bass parts on the album. Flux finds the 47-year-old rocker exploring roots-rock, blues-rock and psychedelic sounds reminiscent of much of The Black Crowes' work, while adding his own fresh and modern twist.
In The Black Crowes, Rich was content with his brother, frontman Chris Robinson, being the man in the spotlight, but he tells ABC Radio that with regard to being a solo artist, "It's really interesting and really cool to be able to have this platform…to express myself on this level."
Robinson reveals that Flux came together in a similar way as his previous solo album, 2014's The Ceaseless Sight, which he says he mostly wrote in the studio.
"[With The Ceaseless Sight,] I only had a few completed songs…but I really used the energy of the studio to create that record," he explains. "And I enjoyed it so much that with this record I went up with even less. I had a bunch of just parts, but no songs yet."
As previously reported, Robinson currently is filling in for Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs on that band's U.S. co-headlining tour with Joe Walsh. After the trek winds down this Sunday, Rich will launch his own North American outing on July 19 in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
6/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion* 6/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion* 7/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastian Park Amphitheatre* 7/3 -- Nashville, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre* 7/19 -- Whitesburg, KY, Appalshop Room - Summit City 7/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall 7/22 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 7/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Live at the Ludlow Garage 7/24 -- Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag 7/25 -- Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter's Players 7/26 -- Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter's Players 7/28 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater 7/29 -- Floyd, VA, Floydfest 7/30 -- Washington, D.C., The Hamilton 7/31 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 8/2 -- Fairfield, CT, FTC Stage One 8/3 -- Haddon Heights, NJ, Sundown Music Series 8/5 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Bears Den Theater 8/6 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom 8/7 -- Uncasville, CT, The Wolf Den 8/10 -- Pawtucket, RI, The Met - Hope Artiste Village 8/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 8/12 -- Allston, MA, Brighton Music Hall 8/13 -- Hudson, NY, Club Helsinki 8/15 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Shakas Live 8/16 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh 8/18 -- Northampton, MA, Iron Horse Music Hall 8/19 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016 8/20 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016 8/21 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016 9/4 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre* 9/8 -- Columbus, OH, Woodlands Tavern 9/9 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom 9/11 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery 9/16 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 9/17 -- Ferdinand, IN, Ferdinand Folk Festival 9/24 -- Austin, TX, Stateside - The Paramount 9/25 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts
Robert Knight Archive/RedfernsGuitar legend Scotty Moore, who accompanied Elvis Presley on his original Sun and early RCA recordings, helping to lay the foundation for rock guitar, died Tuesday at 84, reports Memphis' Commercial Appeal.
Phillips Record Service engineer Matt Ross-Spang confirmed the news on Instagram. "We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today...The guitarist that changed the world...especially mine; I hope you don't mind if I keep stealing your licks. Love you Scotty," he wrote, posting a picture of himself with the late guitarist.
Moore, who combined jazz and country influences into his distinctive style, played guitar on many of Elvis' early hits, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Jailhouse Rock." He reunited with Presley in 1968 for the TV special Elvis, which launched the King's late career comeback.
Moore was named to Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the "Sideman" category in 2000, and in 2002 received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gibson guitar company.
Moore was elected to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame last November. Although he was too sick to attend the ceremony, Keith Richards accepted the award on his behalf. "I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric," Richards said at the ceremony, according to the Commercial Appeal. "That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys."
Credit: Sean EvansFounding Pink Floyd bassist/singer Roger Waters has signed a long-term publishing agreement with BMG to represent the song catalog he amassed while he was a member of the famous U.K. rock band. The deal covers songs that Waters wrote beginning with the group's 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and running through his last record with the band, 1983's The Final Cut.
Waters noted in a statement that BMG had supported him when he organized and performed at the Music Heals benefit show for wounded veterans last October in Washington, D.C., adding, "I'm very glad to be back in the same team."
Meanwhile, BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch says of the deal, "We are honored that Roger Waters has chosen BMG, the youngest of the big international music companies to represent his legendary and exquisite catalog. To win the endorsement and trust of one of the world's most successful songwriters is a significant milestone less than eight years after our launch."
Among the many classic songs Waters wrote or co-wrote for Pink Floyd are "Money," "Wish You Were Here," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Another Brick in the Wall," "Hey You" and "Comfortably Numb."
Courtesy of Heritage AuctionsA blond lock of David Bowie's hair clipped from the late singer in 1983 fetched $18,750 at a memorabilia sale held over the weekend at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. The winning bid was more than four times the expected sale price of $4,000.
The lock of hair was cut by and belonged to Wendy Farrier, who worked as the wig mistress at Madame Tussauds in London. Farrier clipped Bowie's hair so that she could replicate it for a wax statue that was displayed at the wax museum during the height of his popularity. Wendy, who was a big fan of the singer, held on to the hair snippet as a souvenir.
The winning bidder receives the lock, which is bound with blue thread, as well as a black-and-white photograph of Bowie standing next to Farrier and a letter of authenticity from Wendy.
"David Bowie changed music forever and fans are hungry for related precious objects that bring them closer to their favorite musician," said Heritage Auctions executive Margaret Barrett. "What brings you closer than a lock of hair?"
Part of the proceeds from the Bowie hair will be donated to the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand, a charity that rescues and cares for stray dogs.
Among the other, rather morbid, items that were sold at the auction was a shirt stained with John Lennon's blood that was worn by an employee of the Dakota Hotel in New York City the night the ex-Beatles star was shot to death. The winning bid was $42,500.
Courtesy of Nate D. Sanders AuctionsThe Ludwig drum kit used in the recording of The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do," in September 1962 is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction that takes place this Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. PT. The kit originally belonged to session drummer Andy White, who was called in by producer George Martin's assistant Ron Richards to rerecord the track with the Fab Four while Ringo Starr played tambourine.
The version of "Love Me Do" featuring White, who died in November 2015 at the age of 85, wound up on The Beatles' debut U.K. album, 1963's Please Please Me, and also was released as a single in the U.S. in 1964. In addition, White played the kit on a rendition of "P.S. I Love You" that was recorded during the same session.
The drum set features the original bass drum, floor tom, tom-tom and snare, although the drumhead is new. The kit is being sold by current owner Clive Edwards, who studied drumming with a good friend of White's named Reg Weller. Weller purchased the drums for Edwards. The winning bidder also will receive a letter of authenticity from White's widow, Thea.
Bidding on the drum set starts at $150,000. The sale is being hosted Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, and bids also will be accepted online.