Garth Brooks performs surprise St. Patrick’s Day show in Texas

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 2:58 AM

Garth Brooks performs surprise St. Patrick’s Day show in Texas

Garth Brooks doesn’t officially take the stage at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, until Saturday, but he capped a day that included a South by Southwest keynote and the reveal of his new single with a surprise acoustic show at the Broken Spoke Friday night.

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Strolling on the stage promptly at 11 p.m. wearing a Lone Star Beer T-Shirt with a flannel and a Garth Brooks hat, the country superstar immediately launched into “Friends in Low Places.”

What followed was a speedy 40-minute set that included 17 songs, mostly his, that the capacity crowd of old fans and young Spring Breakers was all too happy to sing along and dance to.

Brooks looked ecstatic on stage, and some fans in the crowd happily lucked into the St. Patrick’s Day show, arriving without knowing he was even going to be there.

After closing with early hit “The Dance,” he returned to do a quick rendition of “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

“If the honky tonks were like this that I was in, I never would’ve left them,” he said as he left the stage.

Brooks plays Saturday night. Tickets are sold out.

Singer Tommy Page dies at 46

Published: Saturday, March 04, 2017 @ 2:28 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 04, 2017 @ 2:28 PM


            Singer Tommy Page dies at 46

Singer Tommy Page, who had a chart-topping single co-written with members of New Kids on the Block, has died.

Page, 46, was found dead Friday. The cause of death is an apparent suicide, according to Billboard.

Page had a No. 1 single in 1990 with "I'll Be Your Everything." The song was written by Page and New Kids on the Block members Jordan Knight and Danny Wood. 

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In addition to releasing nine albums and going on tours around the world, Page became a music executive. He helped promote the careers of well-known artists from pop and rock genres, including Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette and Green Day, according to Billboard.

Page is survived by his husband, Charlie, and their three children.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:19 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:19 PM


            Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

The two surviving members of the Beatles came together in a studio on Sunday for their first recording session together in seven years, according to a social media post from drummer Ringo Starr.

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"Thanks for coming over, man, and playing great bass," Starr wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of himself laughing with Paul McCartney. "I love you, man. Peace and love."

Starr's publicist confirmed to Billboard that McCartney was in the studio to contribute to Starr's upcoming album. The album is set for release this year, although no date has been announced, the site reported.

Starr also shared an image of the pair posing with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Starr's brother-in-law.

"What a day I'm having," he wrote.

Starr shared the photos just days after TMZ reported that McCartney, Starr, Walsh, actor Tom Hanks and musician Dave Grohl went to dinner together in Santa Monica.

Starr and McCartney last collaborated on the drummer's 2010 LP "Y Not," according to Rolling Stone. McCartney sings on the song "Walk With You" and plays bass on "Peace Dream."

Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:04 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:04 PM


            Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Rocker Bruce Springsteen gave an Australian teenager the thrill of a lifetime when the Boss invited him onstage to perform a song with the band, and he stole the show Thursday night at a concert in Brisbane.

Nathan Testa, 14, was holding up a sign that said he skipped school to be there and wanted to perform “Growin’ Up,” a hit song from Springsteen’s 1973 debut album “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”

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The Boss, 67, noticed the sign and asked Testa if he knew the song. When the teen responded that he did, Springsteen brought him up onstage to play, and Testa did not disappoint, playing the song and sharing a mic with the rocker.

The legendary musician also gave the boy a few pointers on how to look like a rock star onstage.

“When I was your age, I bought my first guitar, and I realized it wasn’t how well you played it, but how good you looked doing it,” he said.

“So I go in front of the mirror trying out different poses.”

As it turns out, though, Testa has been onstage with Springsteen before. When he was 11, he did the same thing, the Courier-Mail reported. He held a sign up at a concert asking the Boss to perform a song and Springsteen brought him up to play “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.”

@springsteen An amazing experience that I will never forget. Got the job done. Thanks, Mr Springsteen - Nathan Testa 18 Feb 2017#GrowingUp Nathan and Bruce  <3

Posted by Boss Talk on Sunday, February 19, 2017

‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 1:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 1:43 AM


            ‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, whose 20-second drum break to open James Brown’s 1970 single “Funky Drummer” became one of hip-hop’s most popular samples, died Saturday, Rolling Stone reported. He was 73.

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His wife, Jody Hannon, told The Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and had been hospitalized for a few days, she said.

Stubblefield performed on several of Brown's hits in the 1960s and early 1970s, including "Cold Sweat," ''Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud," ''I've Got the Feelin'," and the album "Sex Machine."

But he was best known for his solo on "Funky Drummer." Rolling Stone said it was sampled on more than 1,000 songs and served as the backbeat for countless hip-hop tracks, including Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride," LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" and Run-D.M.C.'s "Run's House." It even turned up on Ed Sheeran's "Shirtsleeves" and George Michael's "Freedom '90," the magazine said.

"We were sitting up in the studio, getting ready for a session, and I guess when I got set up I just started playing a pattern. Started playing something," Stubblefield told Rolling Stone. "The bassline came in and the guitar came in and we just had a rhythm going, and if Brown liked it, I just said, 'Well, I'll put something with it.'"

Stubblefield was not listed as a songwriter on the track and therefore didn't see many royalties from the decades of sampling.

"All the drum patterns I played with Brown was my own; he never told me how to play or what to play," Stubblefield told SF Weekly in 2012. "I just played my own patterns, and the hip-hoppers and whatever, the people that used the material probably paid him, maybe. But we got nothing. I got none of it. It was all my drum product."

"People use my drum patterns on a lot of these songs,” Stubblefield told the New York Times in 2011. They never gave me credit, never paid me. It didn't bug me or disturb me, but I think it’s disrespectful not to pay people for what they use."

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1943, Stubblefield served as a session musician and toured under Otis Redding before becoming Brown's drummer from 1965 to 1971, Rolling Stone reported. He had lived in Madison, his wife's hometown, since the early 1970s, she told the AP.

When Prince heard in 2000 that Stubblefield was suffering from bladder cancer and was deep in debt with medical bills, he paid $90,000 to cover his chemotherapy expenses, Hannon told the AP. In 2002, he had a kidney removed, and he suffered from end-stage renal disease over the last decade, Rolling Stone reported. 

"We lost another Pillar Stone that held up the Foundation of Funk," Bootsy Collins, who performed with Stubblefield on “Sex Machine,” wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. "Mr. Clyde Stubblefield has left our frequency.”

We lost another Pillar Stone that held up the Foundation of Funk. Mr.Clyde Stubblefield has left our frequency. I am...

Posted by William "Bootsy" Collins on Saturday, February 18, 2017