January 5, 2014 by Amy Gold
During the week of December 29, 2013, the world mourned the passing of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, one of pop music's most famous and influential vocal duos of all time (see video below).
Also that week, it was announced that several songs from Bruce Springsteen's latest album, "High Hopes," will be premiered on "The Good Wife" during this show's January 12, 2014 episode. Also, nine KISS albums that include the band's 1974 self-titled debut LP are set to be reissued on vinyl this March.
This January, Art Garfunkel will be launching a month-long U.S. tour. Eric Clapton will begin a tour this February in Japan and other countries in the Far East. The Allman Brothers will be returning this March to New York’s Beacon Theatre for a 10-show residency. After being diagnosed with cancer last October, John McVie has returned to the stage with Fleetwood Mac for a private New Year's Eve concert and other shows. Also, KISS is set to perform at Los Angeles' first outdoor hockey game late this January. This event, which takes place at Dodger Stadium, will air live on NBC Sports.
This April, KISS guitarist Paul Stanley will be publishing a memoir titled "Face the Music: A Life Exposed." Also, Joe Perry of Aerosmith will be publishing an autobiography which is due out in October, 2014.
Finally, a massively oversized reproduction of the Eagles' "Hotel California" album has been constructed and now sits on top of the newly-reopened Forum in Inglewood, CA. With a diameter of 407 feet, it has been dubbed the "World's Largest Vinyl Record."
December 28, 2013: Paul Stanley Of KISS To Publish Memoir
On April 22, 2014, KISS guitarist Paul Stanley will be publishing a memoir titled "Face the Music: A Life Exposed." This book discusses various adversities Stanley had to overcome as he rose through the ranks, such as a birth defect which resulted in deafness in one of his ears.
December 29, 2013: Joe Perry Of Aerosmith To Publish Autobiography
Joe Perry of Aerosmith announced that he will be publishing an autobiography titled "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith," which is due out on October 5, 2014. This work, which will cover Perry's life and times with the famed rock band, is the third memoir from an Aerosmith member so far.
December 30, 2013: Eric Clapton To Launch Tour
Eric Clapton will soon be launching a tour, and he has also put together a new band. Clapton's tour kicks off in Tokyo, Japan on February 18, 2014 and wraps up in Dubai, UAE on March 6. He will also be giving shows in Singapore and other cities in Japan.
December 31, 2013: Allman Brothers Band Announce Residency At New York’s Beacon Theatre
The Allman Brothers will be returning to New York’s Beacon Theatre, where they have given many performances over the years, for a 10-show residency starting March 7, 2014. Tickets go on sale January 10. Afterwards, the band is scheduled to perform at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL on April 11 and 12. A Gregg Allman biopic will begin production this January, and he will be honored with a tribute concert on January 10 at Atlanta's Fox Theatre. The Allman Brothers will also be releasing two live albums and a DVD later this year.
December 31, 2013: Art Garfunkel To Launch U.S. Tour
Art Garfunkel will be launching a tour in the U.S. that begins on January 30, 2014 and ends on February 28, with shows in Franklin and Knoxville, TN; Atlanta, Macon, and Augusta, GA; and Orlando, Clearwater, and Ponte Vedra, FL. The singer was diagnosed with vocal problems in 2011 and had to take time off for recovery.
December 31, 2013: Nine KISS Albums To Be Reissued On Vinyl This March
Nine KISS albums from mostly the 1970s and 1980s are set to be reissued on vinyl this March. They include the band's self-titled debut album (1974); "Hotter Than Hell" (1974); "Alive!" (1975); "Destroyer" (1976); "Dynasty" (1979); "Unmasked" (1980); "Lick It Up" (1983); "Animalize" (1984); "Psycho Circus" (1988); and "Revenge" (1992).
January 2, 2014: Songs From New Bruce Springsteen Album To Debut On 'The Good Wife'
Several songs from Bruce Springsteen's latest album, "High Hopes," will be premiered on the CBS drama series, "The Good Wife," during the January 12, 2014 episode. "High Hopes" was to be officially released on January 14, 2014, but this album was accidentally leaked out by amazon.com. CBS will host a streaming of this album starting January 5, 2014.
January 2, 2014: Eagles' Album Made Into The World's Largest Vinyl Record
As part of the celebration of the re-opening this January of the Forum in Inglewood, CA, a massively oversized reproduction of the Eagles' classic 1977 album, "Hotel California," has been constructed. Made of vinyl, this huge record is 407 feet in diameter and sits on top of the Forum. It spins at around 70 RPM.
January 2, 2014: John McVie Of Fleetwood Mac Returns to Stage
Last October, John McVie of Fleetwood Mac was diagnosed with cancer and the band had to cancel a number of shows so that McVie could get treatment. On December 30, 2013, McVie returned to the stage for the first time with Fleetwood Mac to perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The legendary band also gave a private New Year's Eve concert the next night and has another show scheduled for January 8, 2014.
January 3, 2014: KISS To Perform At L.A.'s First Outdoor Hockey Game
On January 25, KISS is set to perform at Los Angeles' first outdoor hockey game before it starts and also during the first intermission. This event, which is part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, takes place at Dodger Stadium and will air live on NBC Sports.
January 3, 2014: Phil Everly Passes Away
Famed singer, songwriter, and guitarist Phil Everly died on January 3, 2014 at age 74 in Burbank, CA of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was one half of the legendary Everly Brothers, one of pop music's most famous and influential vocal duos of all time. Formed in the mid 1950s with older brother Don Everly, the Everly Brothers' signature sound came from the sweet harmonic melding of Phil's tenor and Don's baritone and the duo's unique fusion of rock, country, and rockabilly styles.
Born Phillip ("Phil") Everly on January 19, 1939 in Chicago, IL, he began singing at an early age along with Don on his father's radio show on KMA and KFNF in Shenandoah, IA. The Everly family also performed together, and as the brothers grew up, they increasingly performed as a duo. In 1956, the Everly Brothers signed to Acuff-Rose as songwriters, and in early 1957, signed to Cadence Records. Their fame took off when their first Cadence single, "Bye Bye Love," peaked at #2 in 1957. This was followed by a very long string of hits through the late 1960s that included the chart topping "Wake Up Little Susie" (1957), "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (1958), "Bird Dog" (1958), and "Cathy's Clown" (1960). The duo became hugely successful and, along the way, influenced many other top bands and artists, including Buddy Holly, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Simon and Garfunkel.
In 1974, the Everly Brothers disbanded, and both Don and Phil pursued solo careers. They reunited in 1983 and had a string of hits on the Country charts lasting through 1989. They continued to perform and record through 2006 both as a duo and with other bands and artists.
In 1986, the Everly Brothers were one of the first ten acts to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The duo's many other honors and accolades included being inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. They were also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, and they have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the Everly Brothers at #33 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Times.
Phil Everly is survived by his wife Patti, his brother Don, their mother Margaret, sons Jason and Chris, and two granddaughters.