Yesterday Donovan appeared on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Donovan is in New York City for the The Fest for Beatles Fans 2014, a 50th Anniversary celebration event (February 7-9). I wrote about Donovan’s appearance at this conclave on January 12th. This post is a follow-up to this weekend’s events.
Donovan was an affable guest for Howard Stern and his listening audience. Each celebrity had a surprise in store for the other. Howard Stern surprised Donovan with the news that he was being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Donovan knew he had been nominated, but did not know he was actually in the hall. The full announcement is not due until next Monday.
Donovan remarked “A light is shining on all my work. What more can I ask for?”
For his birthday, Donovan presented Howard with the very first guitar in Gibson’s line of J-45’s, the same guitar Donovan wrote all his hits on. Here is a picture of Donovan performing on the original Gibson guitar.
It was a total buzz to catch Graham Nash on the Howard Stern Show this morning. It is electrifying when Howard is on his interview game, especially if he is enamored with a musician. The intimate sense that comes across the satellite is magnetic and captivating.
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Graham Nash was in the studio promoting his new book, Wild Tales. The connection between Graham and Howard was crisp. I liked how open, nonchalant, and free ranging Graham Nash was about his life.
I learned a lot this morning about Graham Nash and his circle of famous musician friends. Many of whom I have come admire and respect these many decades. I can’t wait to hear the audio book of Wild Tales that Graham Nash narrates.
Be sure to visit HowardStern.com to learn Song by Song with Graham Nash and why Graham Nash is a Zelig.
How cool is this?!!!! ZZ Top will be performing live on The Howard Stern Show tomorrow morning May 14, 2013.
My brother in-law and I just saw them in concert sitting 4th row center on Wednesday May 8th at the Oakdale. See the Related Articles section below for the link to the concert review I posted last week. I love the special effects staging they had for us that night….
You’re going to love what you hear from Howard 100 tomorrow trust the music of our heart
They are one of Howard’s favorite bands. Here are some pictures from the Top’s rehearsal taken by Scott “The Engineer” Salem at SiriusXm Studio 69 in New York City.
1) Dusty Hill
2) Billy Gibbons
3) Frank Beard
ZZ Top is in the Metro New York area for two performances on their latest tour
MAY 14, 2013
MAY 15, 2013
Natalie Maines stopped by The Howard Stern Show today. I was surprised and pleased to learn she is an official Howard Stern Celebrity Superfan
If you don’t like Howard Stern then you shouldn’t follow me.
Natalie performed the song, “Mother” (Pink Floyd) live in the studio with Fred Norris playing guitar. I love the edge she creates for this progressive rock classic from The Wall.
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Mother will be available as a track on West of Memphis: Voices of Justice which I reported about yesterday.
Mother is also the name of the new rock solo album by Natalie Maines, produced by her friend and fellow musician, Ben Harper. Mother, the album will release on May 7, 2013, Mothers Day
Here is the YouTube video of Natalie Maine performing “Mother” with Ben Harper and his band from last summer.
I have finally succumbed to the magic and the music of Coldplay. You may be asking what took you so long Ed? My answer would be it’s not that I didn’t try before. Or that I haven’t watched and listened to their music. Until yesterday they just weren’t clicking with my music sensibilities. I have a very open and receptive musical heart as a rule. Coldplay just wasn’t reaching it all the earlier times I attempted to assimilate them.
What won me over was the combination (all in the course of one day) of listening to Chris Martin, Live in the Studio on the Howard Stern Show, the Coldplay “Paradise” video from the new album Mylo Xyloto and their appearance on Saturday Night Live.
My wife Rosemary loves Howard and she convinced me to listen to the rebroadcast of Howard’s interview with Chris Martin. I’m glad she did because I found myself liking him as a person and a musician. He played several songs in the studio, explaining his thought process in writing each song. It was when he played “Clocks” the tumbler in my head turned unlock the music of our heart. I was hooked but I didn’t know it yet. Little did I realize how much I would be participating in the Coldplay media blitz.
A little later that morning I visited my brother Wayne at his apartment. He was watching a music video about an elephant, well a man in an elephant suit. It turned out to be Chris Martin inside that suit and it was Coldplay’s newest video, “Paradise”. I watched with a wry smile as the video ended with all four of Coldplay’s members performing in elephant suits before and a live audience. I liked the concept and found it to be an engaging video. Coldplay was working its way into my blood stream.
Last night we watched Saturday Night Live which is a tradition in the Jennings household. Emma Stone was the host and she was very funny in her skits. Coldplay was the special musical guest and I was eager to see the band perform live in the NBC studio.
They did not disappoint as they performed within a unique dayglo graphics art set (Mylo Xyloto theme vs. the classic Grand Central Terminal set). This created a visual engagement which added to the live performance of “Paradise”. A song I had previously learned from the video earlier in the day.
It was when they performed their second song that I remembered what I had been turned off to about Coldplay. Chris Martin’s live stage appearance used to make me feel he was overstating the music. I didn’t feel that way now. If I had tuned in late, without the day’s Coldplay input and saw them only do “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” then I wouldn’t have written this music post. But fortunately I was part of Coldplay Saturday and I happily consider myself a fan of their music, songwriting and art.
Easter 2011 has come and gone. My Lenten promise was not to buy any new music recordings. If you know me at all, I trust you’ll agree that was not an easy 40 day sacrifice for me. I buy 70+ recordings a year between CD, vinyl and digital download I was only able to honor Record Store Day 2011 in principle, not practice. This was the biggest Record Store Day yet!
I am looking at my short list for what recording I should buy first. My short list of recordings includes:
- Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What? (We are scheduled to see him at MGM Foxwoods on May 29)
- Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (Heard Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins on the Howard Stern Show)
- Radiohead – King of Limbs
- Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive (Available tomorrow April 26th, which is when I am hoping to listen to it on Zune).
- Ray Davies – See My Friends
My next step is to give each of these a listen on Microsoft Zune
. The beauty of a Microsoft Zune subscription is that I can listen to any recording available on Zune. Each month I get to download 10 tracks free. So it’s time to start listening and making a selection ;) Teeing up Paul Simon first…