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If you Google Donavon Frankenreiter looking for a music bio and tour itinerary, you’re much more likely to find his surf team roster at the top of the list.
While it’s true that Laguna Beach, Calif., resident is a team rider for Surf Prescriptions with sponsors including Surf Rx, Billabong and Von Zipper, the Jack Johnson protege is a budding acoustic music star as well.
If surfing truly is a way of life, one can tell that Frankenreiter is deadly serious about his music career – because he’s not going to be doing much surfing on his upcoming 35-city North American tour.
In fact, he might want to invest in a nice parka before hitting the ski towns of Colorado starting January 15 in Telluride, before moving on to cities that don’t exactly evoke images of surf, sand or swaying palm trees.
The winter caravan includes stops in Minneapolis, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Atlanta before finally making its way back to the West Coast, where Frankenreiter can break out the board in between gigs in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Then he’ll head up the coast to Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle before tentatively winding down the outing in Vancouver, B.C., March 6th.
Frankenreiter’s eponymous debut was produced by Johnson and released on the his signature label, Bushfire Records. The buzz on this laid back dude has been growing ever since.
The tour marks his first major American outing after a year spent primarily in Europe and Australia when it wasn’t spent catching waves.
Legendary country, rock and jazz guitarist Hank Garland has died at the age of 74. Garland, who performed with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers and Patsy Cline among others, died in Florida on Monday. Walter “Hank” Garland was renowned guitarist on Nashville’s country scene during the 1950s and 60s.
He had his first million-selling hit at 19 with Sugar Foot Rag, a famous country tune, and worked with Elvis during the 1950s and 60s on hits such as Little Sister and Big Hunk of Love.
In addition to performing with Elvis and other Nashville stars, Garland was at the forefront of the rock ‘n’ roll movement and enjoyed a successful career as a country virtuoso.
Garland, who spent the final years of his life fighting ill health and record companies over royalties, died of a staph infection at Orange Park Medical Centre.
With memories of a successful summer tour in Southeast Asia still fresh in their minds, the members of Linkin Park are spearheading an effort to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated the region. With an initial contribution of $100,000 by the rock act, the newly created organization Music for Relief will directly support American Red Cross programs to provide immediate help and long-term support to those in need.
“We are fortunate to be in a position to help, but this needs to be a broader effort,” guitarist Brad Delson says, saying the band will call on fans and peers to join the effort.
“If one of our fans can donate $10, then that’s going to help… We are also going to appeal to our musical peers by asking them to donate as well,” he adds. “The bottom line is the more we can do, and the quicker we can do it, the more lives we can save.”
At deadline, news services were reporting more than 114,000 are confirmed dead in the wake of a tsunami that followed Sunday’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the depths of the Indian Ocean, off of the coast of Sumatra.
Over the summer, Linkin Park played sold-out stadium shows in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. “The outpouring of emotion from our fans there was overwhelming,” Delson admits. “It really affected us.”
Linkin Park is no stranger to charity, having donated $500,000 to various charities throughout 2004, according to the band’s label, Warner Bros. The group’s official Web site includes an “Awareness” section, with links to such organizations as the International Child Abuse Network, the United Way and the Japanese American National Museum.
Delson describes the band’s creation of Music for Relief as “our way of giving back to the people who so desperately need it.”
Those interested in information about contributing to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, can visit the Music for Relief Web site at www.musicforrelief.org.
Initial dates have been announced for a reunion tour featuring Gary Louris and Mark Olsen, both founding members of the late 80
Adrian Belew has set Jan. 25 as the release date for his latest solo album, “Side One” (Sanctuary). The nine-track set was recorded with Primus leader/bassist Les Claypool and Tool drummer Danny Carey.
“‘Side One’ deals with the concept of the power trio and writing in that headspace,” says Belew, who is a member of King Crimson and has played with everyone from David Bowie and Frank Zappa to Trent Reznor and David Byrne. “As the guitar player in that equation, you’re only as good as your rhythm section and I can’t imagine a better rhythm section than Les Claypool and Danny Carey.”
Two more albums from the sessions — “Side Two” and “Side Three” — are completed, although no release dates are yet confirmed. A trio tour is being planned for 2005, as is the fourth studio album from another Belew project, the Bears.
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Prince’s tour of North America has made him the continent’s most lucrative live performer of the year. His 69 city, 96 show tour took $87.4m during 2004, beating Celine Dion’s Las Vegas residency, which came in second, taking $80.4m. The figures were published by trade paper Pollstar, which named Madonna as the third most lucrative performer. Madonna’s tour took $79.5m, while Metallica were ranked fourth in the magazine’s table, taking $60.5m.
Of the top 100 performers, the average ticket came in at $52 – with Elton John’s tickets the most expensive, at $158 each.
TOP US/CANADA TOURS
1) Prince $87.4m
2) Celine Dion $80.4m
3) Madonna $79.5m
4) Metallica $60.5m
5) Bette Midler $59.4m
6) Van Halen $54.3m
7) Kenny Chesney $50.8m
8) Sting $50.1m
9) Toby Keith $43.7m
10) Elton John $43.3m
Jane Wiedlin, Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock and Kathy Valentine, a.k.a. The Go-Go’s, are heading south in February, getting a chance to pick up some John The Conqueroo before visiting Disneyworld.
Starting February 2nd, The Go-Go’s go to Louisiana’s Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, then Bossier City’s Isle of Capri Casino and back to N’arlens’ House of Blues February 6th.
After a stop at Atlanta’s Earthlink Live February 9th, the women visit Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, Fla., February 11th, then the next night at Orlando’s Universal Studios.
That should give The Go-Go’s enough time to enjoy the sites. Here’s hoping you fans down there get a chance to enjoy their visit.
Reggie White, a fearsome defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers and one of the NFL’s greatest players, died Sunday, his wife said. He was 43.
The cause of death was not immediately known, however White had a respiratory ailment for several years that affected his sleep, according to Keith Johnson, a pastor serving as family spokesman. An autopsy was scheduled.
“Today our beloved husband, father and friend passed away,” White’s wife, Sara, said in a statement. “His family appreciates your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of Reggie White. We want to thank you in advance for honoring our privacy.”
White died at Presbyterian Hospital, where he was taken after his wife called 911. A police officer was outside White’s Tudor-style home in a gated community, and would not let a reporter approach the house.
A two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and ordained minister who was known as the “Minister of Defense,” White played a total of 15 years with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina. He retired after the 2000 season as the NFL’s all-time leader in sacks with 198. The mark has since been passed by Bruce Smith.
Millions of Americans went shopping for comedy this weekend, giving the star-studded “Meet the Fockers” the record for the best single Christmas Day box office take. The sequel, reuniting Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro and adding Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Stiller’s parents, earned $44.7 million over the holiday weekend according to studio estimates.
“Meet the Fockers” knocked last week’s top film “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” to third place, with $12.5 million. Second place was taken by the live-action version of “Fat Albert,” which debuted Saturday with a two-day total of $12.7 million, according to studio estimates.
“Meet the Fockers” succeeded in part because of an aggressive ad campaign, including the release of the DVD of the original “Meet the Parents” as well as the return of Streisand to the big screen after an eight-year absence.
It also captured the clash between families, which resonates at the holidays.
“It’s a clash of cultures,” said Marc Shmuger, vice chairman of Universal Pictures. “It’s about the coming together of completely different families, but that’s exactly what the world is going through right now.”
“Meet the Fockers” opened Wednesday, bringing its five-day total to $68.5 million.