Quick quips: Aretha Franklin, Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot, Neil Young, Bryan Ferry, Hank Williams Jr., Kiss
12 October 2011
Aretha Franklin will be headlining the entertainment at this weekend's dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. President Obama will give the keynote address.
Sammy Hagar is being sued by a Detroit woman over a story in his book Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock. Hagar wrote about meeting a Playboy bunny in that city who he later paid thinking that he was the father of her child. The woman is suing, saying that Sammy broke an agreement between the two by talking about the incident and for distorting the facts.
Hagar's current band, Chickenfoot, played a surprise show on Sunday at the singer's Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to celebrate Sammy's birthday. Kenny Aronoff sat in on drums, as he will for their upcoming tour, substituting for Chad Smith who is working with his other band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Sony Pictures has picked up world distribution rights to the Johnathan Demme documentary Neil Young Journeys. The film premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and follows Young on a trip from his hometown in Ontario to Toronto for a pair of shows.
Bryan Ferry will bring an exhibition of the original art from some of Roxy Music and his album covers to the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles from October 20 to November 5. Ferry will also be playing the Greek Theater on October 15.
The "new" Hank Williams, Jr. song, Keep the Change, is actually a song that is a couple of years old. Williams originally released it after the election of Barack Obama in 2008, professing to how he would be keeping his freedom, guns and money under the new promised changes. For the new version of the song, Hank simply tagged it with the statement "You can keep Fox & Friends and ESPN out of your homes, too. Cuz Bocephus and all his rowdy friends and his song is outta there!"
Finally, on October 23 at 8:00 and 11:00 PM ET, CNN will have the documentary Kiss Inc., a look at the band and the merchandising.