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Sam Smith

Posted on 15 October 2020 by Brian Walsh

Smith, Warwick, Knight, Kenny G and Cynthia Erivo collaborated on “That’s What Friends Are For.” Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, who co-wrote the classic, introduced the performance.

Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Rod Stewert were among the other acts who were at the virtual Carousel of Hope event.

The livestream also featured Adam Lambert and Erivo performing Aretha Franklin and George Michael’s “I Knew You Were Waiting.”

The event raised about $1 million for the Barbara Davis Centre for Childhood Diabetes in Colorado, according to Variety. This year’s event market the celebration of Davis’ 90th birthday.

The music was accompanied by a video of photos celebrating the legacy of Davis and the Carousel Ball.

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Eddy Van Halen

Posted on 15 October 2020 by Brian Walsh

Songs from Van Halen saw a sharp spike in streams following the death of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen last Tuesday (October 6).

According to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the band’s songs were streamed over 31 million times in the U.S. since Eddie’s passing.

On October 6-7, Van Halen’s collected songs earned 31.19 million on-demand streams — up 1,369% compared to 2.12 million clicks on October 4-5, the data showed.

The band’s top five most-streamed songs on October 6-7 were all tunes that were originally released between 1978 and 1984. The group’s lone No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Jump” garnered 2.33 million streams, a whopping 554% surge over the previous two days.

“Panama” attracted 1.97 million streams, a jump of 653%, “Runnin’ With the Devil” saw a 925% spike to 1.78 million streams, while “Hot for Teacher” and “Eruption” logged 1.51 million and 1.37 million streams, respectively, soaring 1,044% and 2,662%.

Sales of the band’s albums and songs also skyrocketed, generating 112,000 in sales on October 6-8 — up 4,896% compared to the 2,000 sold on October 3-5.

The group’s 1978 self-titled debut album sold nearly 6,000 copies on October 6-8.

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Tony Lommi

Posted on 15 October 2020 by Brian Walsh

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi recalled in a recent interview a street fight involving the band members before starting recording work on their breakthrough album Paranoid.

After playing a show in Weston-super-Mare in southwest England in June 1970, bassist Geezer Butler had entered a phone box to call the band’s manager over a pay dispute when he was surrounded by a mob of skinheads.

“Geezer’s normally Mr. Peaceful and not one to go looking for trouble. He got out of the phone box and came running back in to tell us what was going on. It felt as if a member of our gang had been threatened, so we all headed out front to sort it out. That’s when Ozzy [Osbourne] grabbed the hammer but, to be fair, they had all sorts of weapons, too. They were yobs, and they were ready for a proper fight,” Iommi said in an interview with Kerrang!.

After escaping from the rowdies, he drove back to his home in Birmingham. “I remember getting home and my mum shouting up the stairs saying, ‘How did it all go?'” he said. “I replied, ‘Oh, yeah, really good, thanks!’ as I was looking at myself in the mirror with a black eye and blood everywhere.”

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Rod Stewart

Posted on 15 October 2020 by Brian Walsh

Legendary British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart has recalled how frightened he was before his first U.S. show in a new episode of the “How to Wow” podcast.

In February 1967, Stewart joined the Jeff Beck Group, guitarist Jeff Beck’s new post-Yardbirds venture, as vocalist and sometime songwriter.

During their first American show in 1968, Stewart says he hid behind the Grateful Dead’s wall of amplifiers for fear of being branded a “fake” by the audience.

“I was so nervous,” he said of the show. “I always tried to sound like Sam Cooke, sound like a black singer, all my life. I thought, ‘I’m gonna be found out – there’s gonna be lots of black people sitting there, going, ‘Fake! You’re a fake!'”

“Of course, it was a load of hippies when I eventually came from behind the rack of amps,” Stewart added. “Jeff said, ‘Come on, you can come out now!’ And it was just a load of hippies!”

Stewart claims that his band had blown the Grateful Dead away during the show.

“America had never seen anything like this – me singing, Jeff playing guitar and Ronnie [Wood] playing bass, and Micky Waller on the drums and Nicky Hopkins on piano. What a lineup! They’d never seen Chicago blues being given back to them, fed back to them,” Stewart said.

He added, “This was before Led Zeppelin – of course, the [Rolling] Stones were big then – but this was us… and they’d never seen anything like it, especially a couple of tarts like me and Woody, all dressed up in lurex [and] high bouffant hair.”

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