News in Review: Eagles, Rolling Stones, Grammy Award Nominations
First Appeared in The Music Box, January 2012, Volume 19, #1
Written by John Metzger
Tue January 17, 2012, 05:30 AM CDT
Eagles, Stones Celebrate Major Anniversaries in 2012
Both the Eagles and the Rolling Stones will celebrate major anniversaries next year — their 40th and 50th, respectively. Although there was a point in time when members of the Eagles adamantly stated that they would not reunite under any circumstances, the group now seems destined to never go away. At least for its next sojourn, the outfit is planning to revamp its set list. According to Joe Walsh, the band is planning to dig deeper into its catalogue as well as unveil some new material when it hits the road during the latter half of 2012.
In the meantime, the members of the Rolling Stones have yet to make a formal decision regarding their plans for next year. Nevertheless, it is difficult to imagine that the band will allow its 50th anniversary to pass without much fanfare, especially considering the money that is at stake. In recent years, the outfit has been slowly revisiting material from its back catalogue — Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, Exile on Main Street, and Some Girls have all been reissued as deluxe packages — but concert tours tend to be significantly more lucrative. Given that Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Woods tested the waters with a formal rehearsal in November, fans can probably bank, at the very least, on multiple-night engagements in key cities at some point in 2012.
Paul Simon to Revisit Graceland
Paul Simon's latest set So Beautiful or So What is his most successful album in years. Nevertheless, when he hits the road next year, he's planning to highlight material from Graceland, the album that revitalized his career in 1986. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African choral group that sang on Homeless, will join him for the tour. Simon is also in the process of compiling a Graceland-oriented boxed set in honor of the endeavor's 25th anniversary.
54th Annual Grammy Award Nominations Revealed
On November 30, The Recording Academy released the list of nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Scheduled for broadcast on CBS, the ceremony to unveil the winners in several key categories will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12. Earlier this year, The Recording Academy made a controversial move when it opted to reduce the number of categories for awards from 109 to 78. The decision drew protests from several high-profile acts — including Herbie Hancock, Santana, and Paul Simon. Regardless, only a handful of victors will be announced during the CBS program.
Kanye West received seven nominations, while Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars each received six nods. Performances by Adele (Rolling in the Deep), Bon Iver (Holocene), Bruno Mars (Grenade), Mumford & Sons (The Cave), and Katy Perry (Firework) will compete in the Record of the Year category. Adele's 21, Foo Fighters' Wasting Light, Lady Gaga's Born this Way, Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and Rihanna's Loud were honored with Album of the Year nominations.
Elsewhere, Radiohead's The King of Limbs squares off against My Morning Jacket's Circuital, Bon Iver's self-titled set, Death Cab for Cutie's Codes and Keys, and Foster the People's Torches for Best Alternative Music Album. Ry Cooder's Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down will battle with Lucinda Williams' Blessed, Emmylou Harris' Hard Bargain, Levon Helm's Ramble at the Ryman, and Linda Chorney's Emotional Jukebox for Best Americana Album. Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues, Eddie Vedder's Ukelele Songs, Steve Earle's I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Civil Wars' Barton Hollow, and Gillian Welch's The Harrow & the Harvest will compete for Best Folk Album. Foo Fighters' Wasting Light dukes it out with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm with You, Kings of Leon's Come around Sundown, Wilco's The Whole Love, and Jeff Beck's Rock 'n‘ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul for Best Rock Album.
Also of note, Elvis Presley received his 16th Grammy nomination when Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Masters was honored in the category of Best Historical Album. The other contenders are Paul McCartney's Band on the Run: Deluxe Edition, Syl Johnson's Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology, and a pair of compilations (The Bristol Sessions, 1927–1928: The Big Bang of Country Music and Hear Me Howling!: Blues Ballads, & Beyond as Recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Schris Strachwitz in the 1960s).
Last but not least, in mid-December, the Recording Academy announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, The Memphis Horns, Diana Ross, and Gil Scott-Heron will be honored during the 2012 ceremony.
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