Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who, James Brown. These are legends who have written songs that changed the course of rock, and will live on as classics for as long as there are music lovers roaming the planet. In fact, all of these artists appear within the top twenty slots of VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll list, compiled by polling some of the greatest musicians and rock scholars around. So obviously these guys know how to pen a tune. But it would probably surprise you to learn that all these HUGE rock forces have NEVER had a number one song!
If you missed the television premiere of the 2013 Hard Rock Calling music festival last night on Palladia, don’t panic! VH1 Classic is airing the sonic extravaganza this Friday (that’s the 30th, folks!) at 9 PM ET. So you can catch unforgettable performances from Bruce Springsteen, Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown and so many more -all from the comfort of your couch. And you don’t even have to shell out for a ticket! Live is good, music lovers.
The Zac Brown Band brought their unique down-home country fried rock to the crowd of Brits lined up for last weekend’s Hard Rock Calling music festival in London. With three Grammys and nine Billboard Country Chart number ones under their belt, it’s safe to say that guys have been around the block a few times. But this trip to the United Kingdom gave them an experience that they haven’t had in quite some time: They’re back to being the new guys!
Let’s get it out of the way right off the bat. There were no Beatles in sight when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took to the stage last night to thrill forty thousand fans as the headline act for London’s Hard Rock Calling music festival. Nor where there any other special musical guests, for that matter. It was just a high octane burn through three hours of his greatest rock ‘n’ roll. And that was more than enough for us. Judging from from the cheering, we’d say the crowd agreed.
Alright guys, you survived your New Year’s Eve party this year. To think, just 2 days ago it was 2013. Well, out with the old and in with the new. Welcome to 2014!!!
Sorry. I shouldn’t have shouted. I’m guessing your head is still ringing from your NYE hangover… My bad. Those thingd can be brutal. In light of this rather headache-y feeling, I’ve chosen two excellent soothing songs to sweep you into this new year gracefully. Do you think Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire” or Bob Dylan‘s “Tangled Up In Blue” eases the hangover blues best? Vote now and decide for yourself!
You may or may not have been so into Paul McCartney‘s divisive jam sesh with the surviving member of Nirvana, you might have found the line-up a bit too old and a tad to British, or felt that Kanye‘s showstopping kilt was, well, something; but alas, there is now quantifiable proof that the night was for good: The 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief raised roughly $50 million for victims of November’s devastating storm, and the show’s producers expect that number to grow in the coming weeks as additional donations and funds from album sales continue to trickle in.
Ticket sales and corporate sponsors made up the bulk of that $50 million, though merch sales and the phone bank brought in a hefty $20 million. And even the popular ticket resale site StubHub chipped in, donating the $1 million worth of fees they collected off of 12-12-12 tickets (they keep 25 percent of every sale, and tickets were being up-sold for as much as $60,000). Not so shabby, eh?
The New York Times figures that the benefit’s final tally falls a smidge short of the $61 million MTV’s Hope for Haiti concert made in 2010, and that the number pales in comparison to the $55 million (or, about $118 million in 2012 dollars) 1985′s Live Aid raised, but we are certain that those 50 million dollars will be put to good use by the 140 groups the Robin Hood Foundation has lined up and much appreciated by those left devastated by Sandy all the same. A hardy congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to all involved!
Over the weekend, the Rolling Stones celebrated the end of their 50th Anniversary Tour, ending the memorable 2012 run with a blown out and star-studded show at the Prudential Center in New Jersey that included cameos from Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen and our You Oughta Know star Gary Clark Jr. If this really is “The Last Time,” at least the Stones made sure to go out in unforgettable style.
Lady Gaga made a grand and unforgettable appearance halfway through “Gimme Shelter.” Unlike the onstage-chemistry he shared with Florence Welch a few weeks back, Jagger seemed a little unsure what to do with the unusual pop star, who spent most of her turn skittering about in her trademark towering heels and wailing with great bursts of energy about how “it’s just a shout away!” It’s really hard to look away, and that she could throw a rock star so seasoned as Jagger off his game is probably a testament to just how good her weirdo pop-star game is. This is really fun to watch.
So the unlikely story that got the internet spinning yesterday, the one about how Paul McCartney as Dave Grohl to jam and inadvertently ended up getting Nirvana back together? It turns out there was some — well, a lot of — truth to it. Last night McCartney was charged with closing out the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, a challenging task that meant following up nearly six-hours of performances by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kanye West and Billy Joel to the Rolling Stones, and a task that he handily dealt with by calling up his “mates” Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for a “jam.”
Together they played “Cute Me Some Slack,” the new song teased in yesterday’s blodders. There can be no Nirvana without Kurt Cobain, but McVana ground it out their own way. They played a new song called “Cut Me Some Slack,” which was stomping and static with feedback like a Nirvana song wont be, and which got Macca wailing like his blood was running hot: “Mama, watch me run / Mama let me have some fun.”
That was only one of many wonderful moments from last night’s benefit, which . Here are five more you won’t want to miss:
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to see Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who, Paul McCartney and – just added! – The Rolling Stones perform in one night. But next Wednesday December 12th at 7:30pm EST, 121212 – The Concert For Sandy Relief will be broadcast from New York City’s Madison Square Garden to over one billion people in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and you shouldn’t miss it!
Performing together on 12.12.12 to raise awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, these world-renowned, A-list artists will all help The Robin Hood Foundtation raise funds to rebuild communities and lives of those affected by the disastrous storm. Here at @VH1, we’ll be live-streaming the 5-hour long concert at 121212concert.vh1.com, so bookmark the page and feel free to donate what you can as you catch the historical night right here alongside us. If you can’t find an internet connection, tune-in to VH1 Classic or Palladia to watch the show over good old-fashion television airwaves!
Always one to lend a hand to a good cause, Bruce Springsteen did his part to help Hurricane Sandy victims earlier this month when he performed during NBC’s Hurricane Sandy telethon; and because need remains, he and some of the biggest names in music are saddling up once again. When Springsteen reaches the Pearly Gates, the elevator’s going straight up.
On December 12th — or, 12.12.12 — The Boss and his E Street Band will join Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Kanye West and The Who for a night of live music at Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, an organization that provides money, material and know-how to local groups that are serving families and individuals in the tri-state area who have been left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The holidays are upon us, the weather is getting colder and there are still plenty of people in need — perhaps you would like to lend a hand and hear some good tunes (fingers crossed, Kanye re-up’s “Clique” re-up with Bruce and Billy Joel) while you’re at it? Visit 121212concert.org for more details and information.
12.12.12. The Concert For Sandy Relief [BruceSpringsteen]