Sunday, February 25, 2007

Weekend Music news, notes and concert dates

By Art Shimko

-- A misdemeanor assault charge against country singer Hank Williams Jr. was dismissed almost a year after cocktail waitress Holly Hornbeak accused Williams of verbal and physical abuse which she said left behind red marks and bruises on her neck following being choked by him. D.A. General Bill Gibbons said that he didn't feel the case could be proved but didn't say whether the case was dropped or if both parties settled financially.

-- Billboard's This Day In Music 2/25:
2004 - Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer. He is 77. Born Aaron Corthen in Wardell, Mo., Reed moved to Chicago in 1942, where he took up the sax and studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music.

2003 - Massive Attack principal 3-D (real name: Robert Del Naja) is arrested at his home in Bristol, England, in connection with downloading child pornography form the Internet. The 36-year-old musician is also questioned on an alleged discovery of class-A drugs _ believed to be ecstasy _ before being released.

2001 - The Fox Network's hit animated series "The Simpsons" continues its tradition of featuring musical guests in an episode titled "New Kids On The Blecch," in which the members of 'N Sync add voices to their animated selves.

1999 - The Artist Formerly Known as Prince files a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against nine Web sites, with allegations that include selling bootlegged recordings and offering unauthorized song downloads.

1998 - Vince Gill performs at the Grammy Awards, replacing an ailing George Strait who is suffering from laryngitis.

1992 - Natalie Cole is the sentimental favorite at the Grammy Awards in New York City. "Unforgettable", her tribute to her father, receives two awards, including album of the year. The single of the same name wins record of the year and traditional pop performance for Cole, plus two other honors, including song of the year for songwriter Irving Gordon.

1990 - Johnnie Ray, known as the "Prince of Wails" for his 1950s ballads, dies in Los Angeles of liver failure. Age 63. His biggest hit is "Just Walking in the Rain", a No. 2 song in 1956.

1983 - Men at Work wins a Grammy, Best New Group.

1983 - Marvin Gaye wins two Grammys for "Sexual Healing", Best Male Vocal R&B Performance and Best Instrumental R&B Performance.

1981 - The Manhattan Transfer wins a Grammy for "Birdland", Best Vocal or Instrumental Jazz Fusion Performance.

1965 - Filming begins on the Beatles' film "Help!" in the Bahamas.

1958 - Mike Peters, lead singer of the Alarm, is born.

1957 - Buddy Holly & the Crickets record "That'll Be the Day" in Clovis, N.M. The single sells more than 1 million copies and tops Billboard's pop chart.

-- The new Queens Of The Stone Age album Era Vulgaris features guest appearances by Trent Reznor, Julian Casablancas [the Strokes], Mark Lanegan and Billy F. Gibbons [ZZ Top] and is due out in June.

-- [BLENDER]: Anthony Kiedis: The Pursuit of Happiness

-- Line-up for this year's Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Tickets go on sale 3/10 @ 10AM.

-- Upcoming concerts at the Theater Of Living Arts [334 South Street] in Philadelphia: (3/1) Robin Thicke; (3/2) Zach Galifianakis; (3/3) Badly Drawn Boy with Adem; (3/4) Pepper featuring special guests The Mad Caddies, The Supervillains and Splinta; (3/5) VH1 Soul Presents Alter Ego Tour 2007 featuring Tyrese with Luke & Q, Stixx and Black Buddafly; (3/8) Sister Hazel and Pat McGee Band; (3/9) Anti-Flag with Alexisonfire, Big D and The Kids Table, and Set Your Goals; (3/10) Switchfoot; (3/11) Janeane Garofalo; (3/12) The Saw Doctors; (3/13) Isis with Jesu and Torche; (3/140 Mute Math with The Cinematics and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin; (3/16) Pat Martino; (3/17) Cartel with Cobra Starship, Boys Like Girls and New Atlantic ; (3/18) Shaw/Blades; (3/21) Daughtry; (3/24) Finally Philly: Danny Gidi & Friends; (3/25) Augustana with Vega 4; (3/27) Lindsey Buckingham; (3/28) Ted Leo & The Pharmacists with Love of Diagrams and Love or Perish; (3/30) Butch Walker and the Let's Go Out Tonites with The Honorary Title

-- Electric Factory [Philadelphia] shows in March: (3/2) Scissor Sisters with DJ Sammy Jo; (3/3) Guster with Mason Jennings; (3/10) Relient K with Mae and Sherwood; (3/13) The Shins with Viva Voce; (3/14) Tempest Release Party hosted by Insane Clown Posse w/ performances by Dead By Wednesday, Wolfpac, Boondox and Stars of JCW; (3/16) The Pogues with Starving Goliath; (3/17) Pete Yorn with Minibar and Moses Mayfield; (3/22) Rodrigo y Gabriela with Krystle Warren; (3/23) Lamb of God with Trivium, Machine Head and Gojira; (3/24) Take Action Tour featuring Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, Scary Kids Scaring Kids and A Static Lullaby; (4/1) Down
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