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TBS’s Conan show will have no shortage of talent during next week’s nightly tribute to George Harrison, with Paul Simon being added to the festivities. The tribute to the "Quiet" Beatle is in celebration of the eagerly awaited new Harrison box set, George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-'75, which hits the streets on Tuesday (September 23rd).
George Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison says that some critics and fans misinterpreted George's spiritual lyrics as being so serious that they bordered on preachy. She says that George often used his songs as his own form of spiritual guidance: "He also wrote these things to remind himself. People sometimes accused him of preaching (laughs). But you know, he was really preaching to himself. He wasn't trying to say, 'You be like this because I'm already like this.' No, he was always trying to remind himself. And that's the reason he liked India so much, because he said that, 'Everywhere you went, there was a reminder.'"
The Conan George Harrison musical tribute schedule is:
Every one of Billy Joel’s shows during his ongoing residency at New York City’s Madison Square Garden has been special in its own right -- but Wednesday’s show (September 17th) marked a special moment during Billy's "Big Apple" stand. For the first time since 2009, Billy performed his massive Top Three breakthrough hit "Just The Way You Are" for the hometown crowd. Billy -- who wrote the song about his first wife and early manager, Elizabeth Weber Joel -- has stayed away from the track for the better part of 20 years despite it being by far the biggest copyright in his entire catalogue.
Billy also took time out during the show to salute Jimi Hendrix’s September 18th birthday with a quick run-through of "Hey Joe," played a portion of AC/DC’s "Highway To Hell," and paid homage to his idols, the Beatles, inserting snippets of their "A Hard Day’s Night" and "With A Little Help From My Friends" into "The River Of Dreams."
Robert Plant’s new solo set with backing band Sensational Space Shifters has earned the former Led Zeppelin frontman a Top 10 hit \on the Billboard 200 album chart. Vintage Vinyl News reported that the album, Lullaby . . . And The Ceaseless Roar, came in a full five spaces under Plant’s previous studio set, 2010’s Band Of Joy, and far below his Top Two runaway hit with Alison Krauss on their groundbreaking 2007 Raising Sand collection. Plant's 2004 album, Mighty Rearranger got as high as Number Four.
On Wednesday (September 17th), Plant joined former squeeze and frequent collaborator Patty Griffin in Nashville to perform Griffin’s "Ohio" during the Americana Music Honors and Awards.
It was 33 years ago tonight (September 19th, 1981) that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited in front of a reported 500,000 fans for a free concert in New York's Central Park. Although the duo had performed together several times after their 1970 break up -- most notably at a fundraiser in 1972 for Democratic Presidential nominee George McGovern, and scoring a Top Ten duet with "My Little Town" in 1975 -- the Concert at Central Park was Simon & Garfunkel's first full-blown reunion concert.
Prior to the show, Simon & Garfunkel butted heads about how the concert should be performed. Garfunkel preferred just the duo as they did in the '60s; two voices along with Simon's guitar. Simon insisted on a full band, including a horn section. Simon explained in Simon & Garfunkel - The Definitive Biography how he convinced Garfunkel to see his way: "I kept saying to him 'Artie, the band will jell and when it does, you'll want to sing. You'll like it.'" The majority of the backing band was familiar with the songs' arrangements, having backed Simon on his then-recent One Trick Pony tour.
Jack White launched into a humorous "rant" during a show on Wednesday night (September 17th) at Fenway Park in Boston. According to The Wrap, White trashed Rolling Stone magazine's website for its heavy coverage of the Kardashian family, while also touting mock headlines like "15 Outfits That Will Blow Your Mind That Taylor Swift Wore This Month" and "12 Reasons Rolling Stone Won’t Put a Black-And-White Cover on Your Magazine Unless You’re Dead." He also noted that Rolling Stone owns Us Weekly, which White called the "tabloid capitol of magazines" that had been "keeping paparazzi alive for 20 years."
It was 41 years ago Saturday (September 20th, 1973) that singer-songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Croce had performed that night at Northwestern State University and was scheduled to spend the night in Natchitoches and fly to Dallas the next day, but due to a last minute change of plans, Croce and guitarist Maury Muehleisen left immediately after the show. Their plane crashed shortly after taking off, killing all six passengers on board. Jim Croce was 30-years-old.
Croce is best remembered for his early '70s hits such as the Number One "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)," "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," "I Got a Name," and "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song."