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New Elton John Concert in Concert To Air on PBS

An intimate show put on by Elton John for the BBC will make is American television premier on Saturday, October 5 via PBS.

Elton John in Concert was taped at the BBC Radio Theatre in front of a lucky audience of 300 selected from over 79,000 ticket requests. The show includes two songs from Elton’s latest album, The Diving Board, along with eight of his greatest hits.

The set list:

Bennie And The Jets
Tiny Dancer
Home Again
Oscar Wilde Gets Out
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Levon
Rocket Man
I’m Still Standing
Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
Your Song


As always with PBS shows, check with your local station to confirm air time.



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Hugh Laurie to Hit Road for U.S. Tour in October; New Album, New Tour

  If any of you  Hugh Laurie (House) fans have seen in him concert, then you know how amazing he is live on stage. Laurie will be hitting the road in October to promote his second album, Didn’t It Rain out in the U.S. August 6. For more info, check out the official press release below:

Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor, and performer Hugh Laurie, has announced that he will hit the road for a U.S. tour in October performing in theaters across the country in support of his new album, Didn’t it Rain which will be released in the U.S. on Aug 6th.

Laurie will be joined by The Copper Bottom Band, which is David Piltch (bass), Vincent Henry (horns), Elizabeth Lea (trombone), Jean McClain (vocals), and Gaby Moreno (vocals) – and is completed byHerman Matthews (drums) and Mark Goldenberg (guitars).

Didn’t It Rain is Laurie’s second album and the follow-up to his celebrated 2011 debut album Let Them Talk, was a New Orleans blues driven celebration that included guest vocals from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Tom Jones. For Didn’t It Rain, Laurie follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It includes songs dating back to early pioneers W.C. Handy (“St Louis Blues”)and Jelly Roll Morton (“I Hate A Man Like You”) to more recent artists such as Dr. John (“Wild Honey”) and Alan Price of The Animals (“Changes”). Produced by  Let Them Talk producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg),  Didn’t It Rain was recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January of this year.

On Aug 3rd, PBS will air “Live On The Queen Mary,” an intimate live performance by Laurie with the incomparable Copper Bottom Band filmed — as the title indicates — aboard the historical Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. The special includes songs from both Didn’t It Rain and Let Them Talk, along with the hilarious and charming repartee that only Laurie can deliver. It’s a great night of viewing so check your PBS listings for details. Click here to catch a glimpse.

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Davy Jones of The Monkees Concert Special This December

TJL Productions announced today that ’60s music icons Davy Jones of The Monkees and Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits will co-host the latest installment of its popular MY MUSIC series this holiday season. Recorded live in concert at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center earlier this year, ’60s POP, ROCK & SOUL: MY MUSIC will premiere on PBS stations nationwide December 3.

Dedicated to the 1960s pioneers who forever changed our world through their music, this brand-new concert special showcases some of the biggest hits of the AM radio era, including crowd-pleasing singalongs “Daydream Believer” (The Monkees’ Davy Jones) and “Mr. Tambourine Man” (The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn); frat rock anthems “Louie, Louie” (The Kingsmen) and “Devil With A Blue Dress” (Mitch Ryder); garage rock nuggets “Kicks” (Paul Revere & The Raiders) and “96 Tears” (Question Mark & The Mysterians); soulful sounds from Percy Sledge (“When A Man Loves A Woman”) and Eddie Floyd (“Knock On Wood”); heavenly ballads from Eddie Holman (“Hey There Lonely Girl”) and The Miracles (“Ooo Baby Baby”); infectious ear-candy like “This Diamond Ring” (Gary Lewis & The Playboys) and “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” (Gary DeCarlo from Steam); a pair of classic rock staples from Jefferson Starship (“Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit”); and a trio of Herman’s Hermits hits from Peter Noone (“I’m Into Something Good,” “There’s A Kind Of Hush” and “I’m Henry The Eighth, I Am”). The special also includes a memorable performance of Glen Campbell’s “Turn Around, Look At Me” by Pennsylvania vocal group The Vogues – featuring the reunited tandem of original lead vocalist Bill Burkette and first tenor Hugh Geyer, the team that recorded their biggest ’60s hits.

“This special is all about happy, great times,” says Davy Jones. “It’s music from the ’60s generation that my kids and grandkids listen to – they’re into it. This is fun stuff, thanks to PBS.”

’60s POP, ROCK & SOUL: MY MUSIC premieres December 3, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS and airs throughout the December pledge period. Check local listings for stations and times.

Paul McCartney On Playing Live at the White House

For the 68-year-old rock ‘n’ roller, the evening was clearly meaningful. He sang “Michelle” to Michelle Obama, adding that he hoped the president wouldn’t punch him out. For the first time, he performed “Ebony and Ivory” live with Stevie Wonder. And he performed one of the more star-studded singalongs of “Hey Jude,” complete with the Obamas joining onstage.
McCartney was so fond of the concert – which he called “a little club gig” – that he has already rewatched it, and plans to again. Sir Paul took a moment out of his North American tour to reflect on his trip to the White House. 
Clip of Sir Paul McCartney performing “Hey Jude” at the White House with President Obama, Jack White, Dave Grohl, Stevie Wonder, and more. Video courtesy of PBS.