September 22, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of September 15, 2013, oldies fans mourned the passing of Bobby Mansfield, the lead singer of the Wrens best known for the doo-wop classic, "Come Back My Love."
Alice Cooper will be launching his upcoming "Raise The Dead" tour in North America this October, and he has announced that it will be extended through the end of November. Christie McVie will be joining Fleetwood Mac on the band's European tour for the second two shows. The Eagles will be playing at the Forum in Inglewood, CA next January, and tickets go on sale starting September 28, 2013. Also, Paul McCartney is set to be interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live on September 23, 2013. Afterwards, he will be giving a free concert in Los Angeles on Hollywood Boulevard which will be viewable online through the Jimmy Kimmel Live Stream.
It was announced that Billy Joel and Carlos Santana will be among this year's Kennedy Center Honors recipients. The award ceremonies will be televised this December on CBS. Also, Carole King was named MusiCares Person Of The Year for 2014.
Finally, in an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC World News Now (see video clip below), Linda Ronstadt discussed her brave battle with Parkinson's disease which has gradually robbed her of her beautiful singing voice.
September 15, 2013: Billy Joel And Carlos Santana To Receive Kennedy Center Honors
The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual award given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime achievements. This year's honorees will include Billy Joel and Carlos Santana, and the award ceremonies will be televised December 29, 2013 on CBS.
September 16, 2013: Christie McVie To Join Fleetwood Mac For European Tour
It was announced that former Fleetwood Mac member Christie McVie will be joining the band on its European tour which begins on September 20, 2013 in Dublin. McVie is scheduled to perform one song during the second two shows, which is expected to be "Don't Stop," her biggest hit as a songwriter for Fleetwood Mac. This song was performed by Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham in the original 1977 hit version.
September 17, 2013: Bobby Mansfield, Lead Singer Of The Wrens, Passes Away
Bobby Mansfield, who was the lead singer of the Wrens, died on September 16, 2013 at age 76 in the Bronx where he was born and lived all his life. The Wrens were a highly acclaimed but nationally little known Bronx-based doo wop group best remembered for "Come Back My Love." This song, which became a hit in 1955 in the New York area, is now considered an oldies classic. The Wrens were formed in 1950, and Mansfield joined the group in 1952 at around age 15. In 1954, the Wrens won a contest being held by Fred Johnson, an arranger and pianist who became the group's manager. Later that same year, the Wrens signed on with Rama Records and recorded around a dozen songs, many of which were penned by Mansfield. Mansfield left the Wrens in 1956 to pursue a solo career, and he continued performing and recording to well into the 1990s. The Wrens were inducted into the United In Group Harmony Association's Hall of Fame in 1998.
September 17, 2013: Tickets For Eagles 2014 Forum Shows Go On Sale
The Eagles will be playing at the newly-renovated Forum in Inglewood, CA on January 15, 17 and 18, 2014. Tickets go on sale starting September 28, 2013 for the general public. Early access tickets have been offered to American Express cardholders and Eagles fans who registered on the band's official website.
September 17, 2013: Linda Ronstadt Speaks Out On Battle With Parkinson's
In an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC World News Now (see above video clip), Linda Ronstadt discussed her brave struggle with Parkinson's disease which has gradually robbed her of her beautiful singing voice and made her unable to perform. Her last public performance was in 2009 in San Antonio, TX at the Brady Memorial Auditorium. Ronstadt's memoir, "Simple Dreams," is scheduled to be released on September 17, 2013.
September 17, 2013: Paul McCartney Gives Free Concert On Hollywood Boulevard
Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake will both be giving free concerts in Los Angeles on Hollywood Boulevard the week of September 22, 2013. Prior to McCartney's concert, which takes place on September 23, the former Beatle is scheduled to be interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. For those who cannot make the concert, it can be viewed online through the Jimmy Kimmel Live Stream starting September 24.
September 19, 2013: Carole King Named MusiCares Person Of The Year
Carole King has been named as the 2014 Person Of The Year for MusiCares, a foundation established in 1989 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis. The award ceremonies will take place on the evenings of January 24 and 25, 2014. They will include a gala dinner and a concert in tribute to King, with performances by Bette Midler, James Taylor, Steven Tyler and other top bands and artists. Previous MusiCares Person Of The Year honorees include Bruce Springsteen (2013) and Paul McCartney (2012).
September 19, 2013: Alice Cooper Extends Upcoming North American Tour
Alice Cooper announced that he will be extending his upcoming "Raise The Dead" tour in North America through the end of November, 2013. This tour will kick off on October 13 in Port Chester, NY and wrap up on November 26 in Costa Mesa, CA. Cooper is also offering VIP tickets to his first show, which will take place in the Presidential Box at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. For more info and tickets, go to Alice Cooper's website.