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The Rolling Stones Join Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen for Sandy Relief Concert.

The Rolling Stones has signed on to perform during the star-studded Sandy Relief concert taking place on 12-12-12.

On Wednesday, the Stones will by Browse to Save”join previously announced performers including Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and others at Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from the benefit will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which helps those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Other performers include: Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.

The event will be broadcast starting at 7pm.

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ICONIC RECORD PROMOTER TO THE BEATLES AND ROLLING STONES DIES

The man Billboard Magazine named “World’s Top Promotion Man,” Pete Bennett, 77, died suddenly of a heart attack Thanksgiving day in Connecticut.

Bennett, born in the Bronx, NY is credited for propelling the careers of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor and many others.

Described by Paul McCartney as “the promotion man responsible for getting the Beatles on the radio,” Bennett was named Director of Promotion for the Beatles’ Apple Records label in 1968. After the break-up of the group, Bennett guided the promotional efforts to radio for the solo releases by John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and McCartney.

Over the years in interviews when Bennett was asked why his services were in such demand, he would say “I make unknowns into stars and stars into superstars.”

Among his many legendary achievements, Bennett, working side-by-side with Harrison, produced the world’s first global charity event, “The Concert for Bangladesh,” at Madison Square Garden in 1971. The former Beatle requested Bennett to use his clout and relationships to secure some of the biggest rock stars of the time, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston.

In 1975 when Michael Jackson and his brothers were looking to leave Motown Records, Bennett orchestrated a deal to bring the Jacksons to Epic Records

Well known for his eye for talent, Bennett is recognized as the first music executive to discover Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, when he was in a Yonkers, NY band called Chain Reaction.

As impactful as Bennett’s accomplishments were in the music industry, his long list of relationships spanned a who’s who of politics, sports, television and movies, including Bob Hope, Muhammad Ali, Richard Nixon, Elvis Presley, Dick Clark, Nat King Cole, John Wayne and Bobby Vinton.

Bennett is survived by his wife of 47 years, Annette, and his two sons, Peter and Joseph, all of Connecticut. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Eric Clapton Spends Millions On Sports Car

Eric Clapton has spent $4.8 million on a custom-made Ferrari to add to his collection.

The British guitarist, a renowned car collector, teamed up with designers at the Italian manufacturer’s Special Projects division to re-body the Ferrari 458 Italia.

It was built in homage to one of Clapton’s favorite vehicles, the 1970s Ferrari 512BB, which he crashed.

The sleek red model was put on display at a Ferrari dealership in London but was removed after it attracted too much attention.

One fan said, “It was on display very briefly but caused a big stir in the car community.”

The Mac Wire Special Report— Adrian Niles: A True Blues Survivor

Special To The Mac Wire… Blues Musician Adrian Niles

Somewhere in the blues nexus – between Dave Matthews, John Mellancamp, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan- resides a secret weapon named Adrian Niles. With his eponymous band, Miles has been churning out riveting music for the past several years, most recently with this summer’s Roll & Move; his sixth release. Niles writes like a true survivor (especially on the track “Skylark”) and, having opened for Dave Mason and Los Lonely Boys, his take on the American landscape is stunningly real and on the money. His midwest-honesty immediately brings to mind Dylan. Says Niles, “I was actually around 15 when I first heard his ‘Bringin’ It All Back Home’; it was a definitive turning point for me; everything changed. I started writing my first songs when I heard that track. I got a true feeling of where he came from and how he lives … I can’t find that in a lot of other artists I’ve heard.” Niles signed with NY-based manager David Salidor (who also runs his praisery, the dis COMPANY), and is poised to be here in person come December. “When I first heard his music, I immediately knew it was something real and special. Everyone that’s heard has felt the same way.”

Britain’s Susan Boyle’s "The Gift" is Already a Big Hit

Susan Boyle is set to repeat her end-of-2009 album success this year— the Scottish singer’s new album has shot to the top of Amazon.com’s Be stsellers chart more than a month before its release.

The Gift won’t be released until November 9,  but the talent show se nsations is already assured of another big hit – fans are already despera te to pre-order the album.
Amazon’s director of music Craig Pape tells Billboard.com, “It’s the se ason of Susan and it’s a pretty significantly number one. The Gift has le apfrogged fourth-quarter efforts by Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton and Neil Young on the bestsellers tally, with only pre-orders of Bob Dylan’s The Wi tmark Demos coming close to Boyle’s sales.” Boyle’s 2009 debut I Dreamed a Dream broke records as Amazon Music’s la rgest CD pre-order ever.
The new album will feature festive favourites “O Holy Night” and “The First Noel”, as well as performances of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” —  the song she was banned from performing recently on a U.S. TV talent show.
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Eric Clapton "The 1960s Review" on DVD 10/19 The Story of Clapton’s Formative Years

While few would argue that Eric Clapton is one of the finest guitarists of all time, it is sometimes forgotten just how pivotal, influential and downright startling this man was during the 1960s. And while, throughout the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s, Clapton has remained a musician and songwriter of rare ability with moments of glory resplendent on album after album it was during the decade in which he emerged that his awesome skills were used most creatively. As an early member of the Yardbirds, a crucial part of the Bluesbreakers, a founder member of Cream and ‘the one who mattered most’ in the short lived Blind Faith, EC, to many, really was a deity.

In this extraordinary documentary, his life and career throughout these crucial ten years is put under the microscope, and with the help of archive interviews with the man himself, exclusive contributions from friends, band mates and colleagues, rare and classic performance footage, seldom seen photographs, location and period archive plus a host of other features, the story in question is told in a manner it never has been before.

Includes brand new interviews with musicians and performers; John Mayall, Paul Jones, Neil Innes, Tom McGuiness, Chris Dreja, Top Topham, Ben Palmer, Dave Kelly and Cream producer Bill Halverson, plus expert insight from Cream biographer Chris Welch, Yardbirds biographer Alan Clayson and Uncut magazine’s contributing editor, Nigel Williamson.

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