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Bon Jovi’s 18th Tour Plays PPG Paints Arena
Going to Church? Chief and ECB Go Solo on Holdin’ My Own Tour
The Chainsmokers Come to Pittsburgh
OUTCRY Presents Worship Ministries
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NKOTB, Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul Team Up for Total Package Tour
Music Giants – Taylor and Raitt Slate July Show for Pittsburgh
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PPG Paints Arena Seating Chart Planning for Next Shrine Circus Begins When 68th Edition Wraps
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Bon Jovi’s 18th Tour Plays PPG Paints Arena By: Pam Thompson
Bon Jovi ‘s This House Is Not for Sale Tour stops at PPG Paints Arena this spring in support of its newest studio album of the same name. In their fourth decade, the founding members, Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer, David Bryan, keyboardist, and Tico Torres, drummer, are joined on the This House Is Not for Sale Tour by two not-so-new-comers to the band. Hugh McDonald, bassist, and Phil X, lead guitarist, joined Bon Jovi last year. Both musicians have been unofficial members of the band for years. It is the band’s first road trip since the Because We Can Tour four years ago, and its first without Richie Sambora on lead guitar. The tour kicked off in February – 30 years after “Livin’ on a Prayer” topped the Billboard Hot 100. Performing in cities across the U.S., Bon Jovi closes the 30-concert This House Is Not for Sale Tour with shows in Pittsburgh, New York City and Toronto. It is the third Bon Jovi tour to play in the nest of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2011, the Bon Jovi Live Tour played the arena for two shows Feb. 11 and 12, and in 2013, the Because We Can Tour performed one show on Feb. 21.
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Bon Jovi’s reputation as a touring act is prodigious.
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Bon Jovi’s reputation as a touring act is prodigious. The group began touring in 1983 and the This House Is Not for Sale Tour is the band’s 18th career road trip. The Because We Can Tour was Bon Jovi’s third tour in six years to be ranked the No. 1 top-grossing tour in the world. The Rolling Stones are the only other act to have attained this distinction. Its Because We Can Tour, which supported the band’s 12th studio album, What About Now, was the highest grossing tour in the world in 2013, earning $205 million. It was ranked No. 1 on Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Tours list. The tour also won Billboard Touring Awards for Top Tour, Top Draw and Eventful Fans’ Choice. Bon Jovi won Billboard’s Eventful Fans’ Choice in 2011, the year after The Circle Tour and the year of “Music Bon Jovi Live. transcends Bon Jovi Live took to the road in support of the borders and band’s compilation album, The Greatest Hits. beliefs.” When Bon Jovi’s successful touring legacy earned it the 2016 Legend of Live Billboard Touring Award, Jon Bon Jovi commented in his acceptance speech: “Music transcends borders and beliefs. We spent our lives traveling to places both near and far to deliver that message to the people who were spending their hard-earned money to hear us tell their stories. We always tried our best to never let them down. “Success can be measured in many ways. It’s not just box-office scores and chart positions. It can also be measured by the impact it has on those you share it with We sing songs for those who are threatened by a wall. In fact, we sang songs to a Soviet Union when there was a wall. We now ask artists to sing their songs to the Muslim, and the disabled, for marriage equality and the LGTBQ community. To sing for the empowered, independent woman because equal rights are human rights. Continued on page 7
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“We can all sing to the disenfranchised and the scared who need a bit of optimism. We sing because we can and because we in this room already know that music is a healer. We have the unique ability to deliver that hug, that handshake, that look into the eye of those we serve with our message of healing and we, this diverse music community, can be the ones to start that evolution. This is my hope, my prayer, this is our peaceful revolution.” Jon Bon Jovi says, that This House Is Not for Sale is the result of “having something to say and nothing to prove.” In November, This House Is Not for Sale made its debut at No. 1 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200, giving Bon Jovi its sixth No. 1 album, following 2013’s What About Now, 2009’s The Circle, 2007’s Lost Highway, 1988’s New Jersey, and 1986’s Slippery When Wet. What About Now, Lost Highway and The Circle all earned multi-platinum status and made their debuts at the pinnacle of the Top 200. This House Is Not for Sale, the group’s 13th studio album also topped the charts in Australia and Japan, and made the Top 5 in 54 countries. It was No. 1 on iTunes charts in 25 countries. The album’s title track reached the Top Ten on the Adult Contemporary Radio Chart, giving Bon Jovi its highest career debut on that ranking. Reviewers frequently note that the singer/songwriter has the ability to create appealing new music after more than 30 years. Critics cite his ongoing ability to create music to fill arenas and stadiums with energetic, fist-pumping, soulful rock. The 12 standard tracks on This House Is Not for Sale each have music video interpretations. Jon Bon Jovi contributed to the writing of every track and has exclusive credit for “Living With The Ghost,” “God Bless This Mess,” and “Reunion.” The album tracks are: o “This House Is Not For Sale” o “Living With The Ghost” o “Knockout” o “Labor Of Love” o “Born Again Tomorrow” o “Roller Coaster” o “New Year’s Day” o “The Devil’s In The Temple” o “Scars On This Guitar” o “God Bless This Mess” o “Reunion,” and o “Come On Up To Our House.” The deluxe edition also includes “Real Love,” “All Hail The King” and “We Don’t Run.” Special performances, contests and offers, led up to the release of This House Is Not for Sale and its tour. Continued on page 9 |7|
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In October, before the release of This House Is Not for Sale, Bon Jovi performed the upcoming album in its entirety in four intimate theater settings. The brief tour concluded with a performance at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre in New York City. The band had an exclusive, limited-time channel on SiriusXM last fall for a month and again in February for the tour kickoff. Bon Jovi conducted a contest for local entertainers to determine an opening act in Jon Bon Jovi was Pittsburgh. Similar contests are being held in most cities on this year’s tour. Bon Jovi honored with a management selects winners for each tour Clinton Global Citizen date from a short list of 10 finalists winnowed Award for exemplary from online entries by Live Nation. leadership and work Fans had a chance to win two seat to effect positive upgrades to their concert tickets by social change. registering to use Bon Jovi’s official app. Tour tickets include copies of This House Is Not for Sale on CD. Jon Bon Jovi was honored last September with a Clinton Global Citizen Award for exemplary leadership and work to effect positive social change. The award recognized the tenth anniversary of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation which focuses on providing basic needs. He founded the JBJ Soul Foundation which addresses hunger and homelessness in 2006. Five years later the JBJ Soul Kitchen opened. The kitchen provides healthy, organically grown food in a restaurant setting. Last year, the Soul Kitchen reached its goal of 51 percent paying diners and 49 percent diners in need. The project is a pay-what-you-can-model. Diners either pay a minimum donation for their meals or volunteer for an hour to earn a dining certificate that will feed the volunteer and up to four family members.
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Planning for Next Shrine Circus Begins When 68th Edition Wraps By: Pam Thompson
No sooner than the 68th edition of the Shrine Circus of Pittsburgh wraps its five performances this spring at PPG Paints Arena than it will be time to begin planning the 2018 show. “You finish one and it’s time to start working on the next one,” according to Paul Leavy, the Shriners circus chairman and promoter. Leavy should know. He has been heading up this major fundraiser for the Shriners of Pittsburgh for 24 years. The circus is the largest fundraiser of the Shriners of Pittsburgh and it benefits the Shriners’ network of 22 children’s hospitals across the country which provide free care to youths up to age 18. The closest Shrine Hospital to Pittsburgh is in Erie, Pa. It provides ambulatory pediatric medical services, including surgery, outpatient physical and occupational therapy, and medical care through its Outpatient Clinic. Shriners’ physicians also provide inpatient surgery at partner hospitals. Describing the circus, Leavy says, “It has the most broad-based appeal of any entertainment event out there. It is ever changing and appeals to all ages. It is ageless. There is no plot or drama. Sit, relax, and take it all in. There is a lot to see.” While the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus holds its final performances this May, Leavy is confident of the future of the Shrine Circus of Pittsburgh. “We don’t plan to go anywhere,” says Leavy noting that the Shrine Circus is a “totally different business model” than Ringling Brothers. “We are all volunteer. We don’t have the overhead, the administrative costs, the train, the cooks. We are able to stay very nimble and change quickly,” he adds. Leavy designs each year’s circus for families, and his own family has been involved with the Shriners’ Pittsburgh circus for four generations. His father, Continued on page 22
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Jack, recently stopped working actively with the circus after volunteering since the 1960s. Jack had followed his father-in-law, Al Lennon, an original member of the Shrine Clowns, into the Shriners fraternity. And Paul’s son, Matt, joined his father’s circus team last year. “Once you get the circus in your blood, it doesn’t go away,” says Leavy. “It just grabs you, and it’s all for a good cause.” Filling PPG Paints Arena’s performance space is one of Leavy’s considerations for planning circus acts. “That building (PPG Paints Arena) is so big that something that works well in a small venue might not play well here,” Leavy says. As acts are signed on for each year’s show, he takes into consideration what is needed to fill the floor of the arena. “We are loaded with animal acts this year,” he says enumerating the fourloggers in this year’s show. “We have eight tigers, one lion, two bears, three elephants, eight camels, and there will be dogs.” Castle’s Performing Bears, which join this year’s circus, is one of only two bear acts in the nation, according to Leavy. Acts this year also include Spider Man, and The Human Fuse. Leavy explains that The Human Fuse lights himself on fire and then, using a giant crossbow of sorts, launches himself across the arena. “I wouldn’t try it at home. Let’s put it that way. I wouldn’t try it,” says Leavy who has presented daredevil acts of every ilk. Shrine Clowns also will perform, and “The parade is back by tradition and popular demand,” says Leavy. Annually, the circus includes the Shriners parade at the start of the Saturday evening show. Groups of Shriners in bands, playing bagpipes, riding horseback, singing and driving Model Ts, mini trucks, motorcycles and other motorized conveyances assemble for the march. The 2017 Shrine Circus of Pittsburgh performs at PPG Paints Arena April 7-9. | 22 |
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Going to Church? Chief and ECB Go Solo on Holdin’ My Own Tour By: Pam Thompson
Going to church – that is Eric Church’s Holdin’ My Own Tour concert at PPG Paints Arena this spring? The Chief and his band are the main and only attraction for the audience which is great news for fans. The Holdin’ My Own Tour marks the first time that Church has no openers or support act on tour. In support of an initiative to keep music education in schools, Church has selected a regional student choir to perform with him on each of his tour stops. The tour kicked off in January and in review after review, Church’s enthusiasm energy and endurance are being noticed. When he released his fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood, it was mailed directly to members of the Church Choir in a surprise move without announcement or any promotion. Continued on page 26
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Its title track was first performed live days later at the 2015 CMA Awards, and a year later, Mr. Misunderstood became the 2016 CMA Awards Album of the Year. It also was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2016 ACM Awards, and the music video for “Mr. Misunderstood” won the ACM Video of the Year Award in 2016. “The way this album came together mandated we release it as a surprise, straight to our fans, as it was important for me to deliver the music the same way the creativity hit me – directly and swiftly,” Church says. Announcing the album and telling the story of how rapidly Mr. Misunderstood came In support of an together, Church says, “It always takes me initiative to keep time to look for inspiration to make a new music education album. This time inspiration came looking for me.” in schools, Church Church says that his newest album came has selected a to fruition so quickly that he was left with regional student open time in his schedule which enabled him choir to perform to focus on the way that fans experience his with him on each live music, including the ticket sale process. of his tour stops. It is Church’s routine to cancel all ticket orders found to be made by scalpers. For the Holdin’ My Own Tour, a new proprietary technology is being used to flag orders from scalpers. Once detected, these orders are being canceled at any time without warning. Church, urging fans to stay away from the secondary market, cautions that tickets purchased there will be invalid by show time. Proceeds from the sale of Chief Cares Platinum Seats benefit the causes of Church’s Chief Cares Foundation, a 501c3 charity. Last fall, the foundation presented a $1 million donation to JDRF. Church’s foundation also has aided families and youth in need in the U.S., Nepal and Haiti, as well as no-kill animal shelter operations. Church’s first album Sinners Like Me was released in 2006, a banner year for the artist. His debut album was preceded by his first single, “How ‘Bout You,” which went to No. 14 on the Hot Country Songs Chart. He performed at the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, and he toured with Rascal Flatts on the Me and My Gang Tour. The gold certified Sinners Like Me produced three singles: o “How ‘Bout You” which peaked at No. 14 on the Hot Country Songs Chart, and o “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me,” both of which reached the Top 20. His second album, the platinum certified Carolina followed in 2009 and produced three more singles: “Smoke a Little Smoke,” and two Top 10 hits, “Love Your Love the Most,” which also is platinum certified, and “Hell on the Heart.” Continued on page 28 | 26 |
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Chief in 2011, Church’s third album, gave him his first debut at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums Chart and the Billboard 200. In 2012, it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Album and it was the CMA Awards Album of the Year. The album’s singles, “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen” earned Church his first two No 1 singles, as well as the hits, “Homeboy,” “Creepin’” and “Like Jesus Does.” “Springsteen” is three-time platinum certified and “Like Jesus Does” is platinum. Church was honored as an Artist of the Year by the CMT in 2012. The Outsiders, Church’s fourth album in 2014 resulted in five singles: o “The Outsiders” o “Give Me Back My Hometown,” No. 1 on the Country Airplay Chart o “Cold One,” gold certified o “Talladega,” No. 1 on the Country Airplay Chart and gold certified, and o “Like a Wrecking Ball,” which is platinum certified. | 28 |
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The Chainsmokers Come to Pittsburgh By: Pam Thompson
Memories: Do Not Open, The Chainsmokers biggest tour ever brings the duo to PPG Paints Arena this spring for one concert. Alexander Paul and Drew Taggart – The Chainsmokers – are performing concerts internationally, releasing new music, including their debut album, and winning music awards, including their first Grammy. Kiiara and Emily Warren are the duo’s special guests on the tour. The Chainsmokers’ 40-city North American arena tour was preceded by a string of 2017 performances in 11 nations across Europe, North America and South America. The Chainsmokers kicked off 2017 with the release their newest hit single, “Paris,” and announced the advent of their debut album, tour and an exclusive three-year residency with Wynn Nightlife. Upon its release, “Paris” shot to the No. 1 spot on iTunes’ Top Songs chart and made its debut in the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100 at No. 7. The track, which features vocals by Taggart, is the duo’s fourth single to reach the top ten and their highest first week entrance on the chart to date. “Paris” follows the duo’s multi-platinum hit, “Closer,” the biggest No.1 song in 2016.
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The duo won the 2017 People’s Choice Award winner for Favorite Group.
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Paul and Taggart performed “Paris” and “Something Just Like This” at the iHeartRadio Awards in March, and the duo took away more trophies than any other act with five: o Best New Artist o Best New Pop Artist o Dance Artist of the Year o Dance Album of the Year for Collage, their EP, and o Dance Song of the Year for “Closer,” featuring Halsey. Their iHeartRadio nominations included: Best Duo/Group, Producer of the Year, Dance Song of the Year, Best Music Video and Best Collaboration for “Don’t Let Me Down,” and Best Lyrics for “Closer.” The duo also won this year’s People’s Choice Award for Favorite Group, and the 2016 American Music Award for Favorite Electronic/Dance Music Artist. This year, they also received a People’s Choice nomination for Favorite Breakout Artist, and Kids Choice Award nominations for Favorite New Artist and Favorite Music Group. Fans purchasing concert tickets online for the Memories: Do Not Open tour receive a copy of The Chainsmokers debut album. The album release and the start of the tour were scheduled just days apart in April. The album was preceded by two extended plays, 12 singles, 11 music videos and 35 remixes. The Chainsmokers first EP, Bouquet was released in October 2015, and the single that followed, “Roses” made the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2016, the singles “Don’t Let Me Down” made the chart’s top five, and “Closer” was The Chainsmokers first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. It also went to the top of charts in 17 countries and reached No. 2 in six more countries. “Roses,” “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer” all have multi-platinum status, as does the duo’s 2014 song, “#Selfie.” It charted at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and internationally at No. 11 in the U.K., No. 3 in Australia and No. 2 in Sweden. Kiiara, a multi-platinum singer/songwriter, is featured on Linkin Park’s single, “Heavy,” which was released in February. Her debut EP, Iow kii savage came out in March 2016, and six months later she performed her 2015 debut single, “Gold” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The official video for “Gold” logged more than 60 million views within 11 months. Most recently, Emily Warren and The Chainsmokers collaborated on “Paris.” Warren did uncredited vocals on the song. She co-wrote “Don’t Let Me Down” and along with The Chainsmokers received her first Grammy for the song. In 2015, Warren was featured on The Chainsmoker’s “Until You Were Gone” with Tritonal. | 32 |
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OUTCRY Presents Worship Ministries By: Pam Thompson
The OUTCRY: Spring 2017 Tour presents a slate of worship ministries when it comes to PPG Paints Arena. Jesus Culture, Elevation Worship, Lauren Daigle and Steven Furtick comprise this year’s line-up. The tour, planners say, “champions, represents and promotes the local church: the Bride of Christ.” They add, the tour highlights the creativity, heart and mission of the local church, and gives audiences an opportunity to see a unique combination of performers and worship leaders on one stage. “OUTCRY continues to be such a humbling tour to be a part of,” says Ryan Romeo, creative director for the OUTCRY Tour. “Each time we get out on the road, I’m reminded of what God is doing through his Church across the nation. He is moving in His people power and unity, and I’m filled with a huge sense of anticipation to see what He continues to do this year,” says Romeo. Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture says, “We are excited to be a part of the OUTCRY tour again. It was so amazing to see people from many denominations come together and worship Jesus.” “The heart behind OUTCRY is to promote the local church and to encourage unity amongst the body of Christ, which is so important to us at Jesus Culture. We are so happy to be a part of that,” Walker-Smith says. This year’s edition of the tour appears in 18 cities throughout the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic over a 24-day period.
Jesus Culture Jesus Culture defines itself as a community of worship leaders and musicians. Their songs focus on preparing people to transform society by bringing them into relationships with God’s love through worship and discipleship. The group has sold more than one million albums worldwide since their debut project in 2005. Millions follow the artists on social media and their music has more than 34.5 million views on YouTube. The musicians lead worship at their church in Sacramento, Calif., and abroad through conferences and international tours. They have released nine annual live albums and more than 20 solo artist albums. Continued on page 36
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Their newest release, Let It Echo (2016), reached the top 10 on iTunes overall chart, made its debut at No. 1 on the Christian/Gospel Chart, and came in at No. 35 on the Billboard 200. Chris Quilala, a Jesus Culture artist, released his first studio album, Split the Sky in November. It went to No. 8 on the Christian Albums Chart.
Elevation Worship Elevation Worship’s sixth live album, There Is a Cloud is due early this year. Last year, the group released an extended play, Speak Revival. The group’s first five live albums are: o 2011’s debut work, For the Honor – No. 1 on Heatseekers, No. 19 on Christian Albums, and No. 192 on the Billboard 200 o 2013’s Nothing Is Wasted – No. 1 on Christian Albums and No. 41 on the Billboard 200 o 2014’s Only King Forever, featuring Darlene Zschech of Hillsong Worship – No. 23 on the Billboard 200 o 2014’s Wake Up the Wonder – No. 58 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian Album Chart, and o 2016’s Here as In Heaven, No. 1 on the U.S. Album Chart. Elevation Worship is made up of worship leaders and musicians who serve every weekend in Elevation Church.
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Lauren Daigle Daigle was nominated in 2016 for two Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for How Can It Be, and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Trust in You.” She won three Dove Awards in 2016 for: o Songwriter of the Year o Artist of the Year, and o Pop/Contemporary Record of the Year for “Trust in You.” She also was nominated for 2016 Doves for Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year, and both “Trust in You” and “First” were nominated for Song of the Year. In 2015, Daigle received a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year and won two Doves for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year and Song of the Year for “How Can It Be.” Daigle regularly leads worship in ministries near her home in Atlanta. Steven Furtick The founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte, N.C., speaks at OUTCRY’s Pittsburgh performance. He started Elevation Church in 2006, and by 2007 Elevation Worship released its first independent album, The Sound, which was followed annually by the indie albums, We Are Alive (2008), God Is with Us (2009), and Kingdom Come (2010) which charted at No. 5 on Heatseekers, No. 42 on Independent Albums, and No. 17 on Christian Albums. With several locations in North Carolina and another in Greater Toronto, Elevation Church has been named one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S. by Outreach Magazine for the past six years. A best-selling author, the pastor’s sixth work, Seven Mile Miracle: Journey into the Presence of God Through the Last Words of Jesus, was released in February. His New York Times Bestsellers include: o Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others (2015) o Greater: Dream Bigger. Start Smaller. Ignite God’s Vision for Your Life (2014), and o Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible (2010). The pastor holds a master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an undergraduate degree in Communications from North Greenville University. OUTCRY comes to PPG Paints Arena on May 2 at 7 p.m.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour To Come with Irons, Irontom By: Pam Thompson
Red Hot Chili Peppers play Pittsburgh this spring on the band’s 2017 North American Tour. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer will appear with two special guests at PPG Paints Arena – Irontom, and Jack Irons. Red Hot Chili Peppers announced late in January that Irons would support the remainder of the North American tour and that Irontom would join the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Pittsburgh. By the way, that is Jack Irons, Red Hot Chili Peppers founding drummer. He played and wrote songs for the act in 1983 and from 1986-1988. His many notable rock credentials also include membership in Pearl Jam. When Red Hot Chili Peppers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, the honor was bestowed on the current four members of the band, as well as four past members. Irons, guitarists John Frusciante and the late Hillel Slovak, and drummer Cliff Martinez also were inducted for their contributions to the group’s music legacy. Irontom is one of four bands supporting the tour. Pittsburgh is its first concert of the tour. Irontom’s founder and lead guitarist is Zach Irons, Jack’s son. The younger Irons also plays lead guitar and provides vocals for Awolnation.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers will appear with special guests Irontom, and Jack Irons.
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The North American Tour kicked off in January and runs through July 1, before heading to Europe for the remainder of July. The band is scheduled to headline Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in June, and Lollapalooza Paris in July. Concerts and festival dates are planned throughout Europe before the band appears in Rio de Janeiro in September and Mexico City in October. The tour supports Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 11th studio album, The Getaway, which was released in June 2016. All headline tickets for the tour include a digital download or CD of the album. The Getaway made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Sales Chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It earned worldwide No. 1 status selling more than one million units internationally. It made its debut at No. 1 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and Germany. Red Hot Chili Peppers are considered one of the most successful acts in the history of rock and roll. Over more than three decades, the group has produced 11 studio albums, 3 live albums, 12 compilation albums, 8 video albums, 5 EPs, 46 music videos, 44 singles and 5 other singles. The Getaway is Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 7th straight studio album to peak in the Billboard 200 top 4, following the multi-platinum albums, “I’m With You,” “Stadium Arcadium,” “By the Way,” “Californication,” “One Hot Minute,” and “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.” The Getaway’s 13 tracks include: o “The Getaway” o “Feasting on the Flowers” o “Dark Necessities” o “Detroit” o “We Turn Red” o “This Ticonderoga” o “The Longest Wave” o “Encore” o “Goodbye Angels” o “The Hunter,” and o “Sick Love” o “Dreams of a Samurai.” o “Go Robot” “Dark Necessities,” the first single released a month before The Getaway, extended Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lead for the most No. 1 entries on the Alternative Songs Chart, giving the band 13. It also gave the band a recordsetting 25th top ten single on the same chart, and the single became only the fourth song ever to simultaneously top the Mainstream Rock, Alternative Songs and Adult Alternative charts. The album’s second single, “Go Robot” was released in September, and the third single, “Sick Love” came out in December. As of February, the official video for “Dark Necessities” released last June had more than 55 million views on YouTube, followed by its sister videos, “Go Robot,” released in September, with more than 9 million, and “Sick Love” released in December, with 1.7 million. | 40 |
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In a career spanning more than three decades, the band has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, including five multiplatinum LPs. Red Hot Chili Peppers have received 16 Grammy Award nominations including Californication for Best Rock Album in 2000. In a career spanning Their six Grammy Awards include: o Best Rock Album and Best Boxed or more than three Special Limited Edition Package for decades, the band Stadium Arcadium has sold more than o Best Rock Song and Best Rock 80 million albums Performance by a Duo or Group for worldwide. “Dani California” o Best Rock Song for “Scar Tissue,” and o Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal for “Give It Away.” o Red Hot Chili Peppers received three iHeartRadio nominations this year for Rock o Song of the Year and Alternative Rock Song of the Year for “Dark Necessities,” as well as a nomination for Rock Artist of the Year. It was the late 1970s when events took place moving key figures together, leading to relationships at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles that would result in the formation of Red Hot Chili Peppers. While Flea, Kiedis, Irons and Hillel Slovak met in high school, it was more Continued on page 43
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than five years later before they began playing together as Red Hot Chili Peppers in the early 1980s. The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, Red Hot Chili Peppers third studio album released in 1987, is the only one featuring the four founding members, Kiedis, Flea, Slovak and Irons. Kiedis and Flea with guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith recorded: o Mother’s Milk in 1989, the band’s first album to achieve gold status o Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991, the 18-track album that yielded the hit “Under the Bridge” o Californication in 1999 o By the Way in 2002, and o Stadium Arcadium in 2006, the band’s first album to make a Billboard debut at No. 1. The band’s other albums are: o The Red Hot Chili Peppers, their 1984 debut work o Freaky Styley in 1985 o One Hot Minute in 1995, and o I’m With You in 2011. Klinghoffer, 37, joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers as an auxiliary guitarist on the Stadium Arcadium tour and replaced Frusciante when he amicably left the group. Klinghoffer’s first studio album with the group was I’m With You. Red Hot Chili Peppers holds records for the most No. 1 singles on the Alternative Rock Chart with 13, the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 with 87, and the most top 10 songs on Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart with 25. Most of their No. 1s also charted on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as Mainstream Rock: o “Give It Away” (1991), Hot 100 No. 73 o “Soul to Squeeze” (1993), Hot 100 No. 22 o “My Friends” (1995), Mainstream Rock No. 1 o “Scar Tissue’ (1999), Hot 100 No. 9, Mainstream Rock No. 1 o “Otherside” (2000), Hot 100 No. 14, Mainstream Rock No. 2 o “Californication” (2000), Hot 100 No. 69, Mainstream Rock No. 1 o “By the Way” (2002), Hot 100 No. 34, Mainstream Rock No. 1 o “Can’t Stop” (2003), Hot 100 No. 57, Mainstream Rock No. 15 o “Dani California” (2006), Hot 100 No. 6, Mainstream Rock No. 1 o “Tell Me Baby” (2006), Hot 100 No. 50, Mainstream Rock No.8 o “Snow (Hey Oh)” (2006) Hot 100 No. 22, Mainstream Rock No. 3 o “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” (2011), Hot 100 No. 38, Mainstream Rock No. 2, and o “Dark Necessities” (2016), Hot 100 No. 67, Mainstream Rock 1. Red Hot Chili Peppers play PPG Paints Arena on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. | 43 |
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Chance the Rapper Tour Plans Show in Pittsburgh By: Pam Thompson
Chance the Rapper, winner of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best New Artist and the iHeartRadio Award for Best New Hip-Hop Artist, makes a stop at PPG Paints Arena on his Spring Tour. Spring Tour 2017 is selling out venues throughout North America. In February, tickets already were gone for the shows in San Diego, Oakland and Sacramento, Calif., Denver, St. Paul, Toronto and Atlanta, as well as two October shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The new tour follows last fall’s Magnificent Coloring World Tour, as well as Chance the Rapper’s three-bagger at this year’s Grammys. when he also took away the honors for Best Rap Album for Coloring Book, his fourth mixtape released last year, and Best Rap Performance for “No Problem” with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. Chance the Rapper was nominated for seven Grammy Awards in all, including Best Rap Song for “No Problem,” “Famous” as a songwriter, and “Ultralight Beam” with Kanye West, Kirk Franklin, The Dream and Kelly Price. “Ultralight Beam” also garnered the performer a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance. Chance the Rapper also received a 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist. Continued on page 46
Chance the Rapper: winner of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best New Artist and the iHeartRadio Award for Best New Hip-Hop Artist.
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In 2016, his accolades included a Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist and a BET Hip Hop Award for Best New Hip Hop Artist. His nominations included two for BET Hip Hop Awards for Lyricist of the Year and Best Mixtape for Coloring Book. Coloring Book made its debut at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 12 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart in the U.S. The mixtape has the distinction of being the first release to ever chart solely on streams. Released only on Apple Music, it was streamed more than 57.3 million times in the first week. Chance the Rapper’s body of work includes 11 music videos, 10 singles and 4 mixtapes plus a holiday mixtape released last year, Merry Christmas, Lil’ Mama with Jeremih. His singles as a lead artist include: o “Angels” featuring Saba and “Somewhere in Paradise” featuring Jeremih and R. Kelly, both released in 2015, and o “No Problem” and “Summer Friends” featuring Jeremih and Francis and the Lights in 2016. He has been featured on the singles: o “Three Course Meal” by Probcause also featuring Action Bronson (2012) o “Life Round Here” by James Blake (2013) o “Confident” by Justin Bieber (2013) o “Baby Blue” by Bronson (2015) o “Church” by BJ the Chicago Kid (2015) o “All My Friends” by Snakehips also featuring Tinashe (2015) o “Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix)” by Hundred Waters also featuring Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal (2016) o “Penthouse Floor” by John Legend (2016), and o “Living Single” by Big Sean and also featuring Jeremih (2016). The rapper has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. At the 2016 ESPY awards, Chance the Rapper performed a tribute song, “I Was a Rock” dedicated to the late Muhammad Ali. He was recognized in his hometown as Chicago’s Outstanding Youth of the Year in 2014 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The rap artist and his father, Ken Williams-Bennett, had worked to stop gun violence through the “#SaveChicago” campaign. Last year, Chance the Rapper along with other performers met with President Obama at the White House to discuss the federal government initiative, My Brother’s Keeper Challenge, to promote racial justice by promoting intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young men of color. He also has done advertising for MySpace, Dockers, Nike and Nestle’s Kit Kat. | 46 |
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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour Planned By: Pam Thompson
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour comes to PPG Paints Arena this spring for a celebration of the band’s career. Petty and bandmates, guitarist Mike Campbell, keyboardist Benmount Tench, bassist Ron Blair, guitarist Scott Thurston, and percussionist Steve Ferrone will havew. Petty announced the tour on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in December. Kicking off in April in Oklahoma City, the anniversary tour plays more than 40 concert dates mostly in the U.S. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have plenty of music to draw upon for set lists. The band has released 13 studio albums: o Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (1976) o You’re Gonna Get It (1978) o Damn the Torpedoes (1979) o Hard Promises (1981) o Long After Dark (1982) o Southern Accents (1985) o Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) (1987) o Into the Great Wide Open (1991) o Songs and Music from “She’s the One” (1996) o Echo (1991) o The Last DJ (2002) o Mojo (2010), and o Hypnotic Eye (2014). In addition, there are a plethora of songs from Petty’s solo career and other work with Mudcrutch and Traveling Wilburys like “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and many more. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers last toured three years ago in support of their most recent album, Hypnotic Eye.
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Petty has expressed that the 40th Anniversary Tour could be his last, citing age, a desire for more family time, and the demands of touring. He also has conveyed that there would be no decision until after the tour concludes in August. Further commemorating the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers released two companion vinyl box sets featuring their career-spanning studio album repertoire in December. The collection includes several albums that had been out of print on vinyl for years. Most of the albums in the set were re-mastered for this release. The band’s most recent album, Hypnotic Eye made its debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the group’s first work ever to top the chart. It also topped the Top Rock Albums chart and achieved global success, charting in 11 other countries. Its release was preceded by its five singles: o “American Dream Plan B” Hypnotic Eye o “Red River” debuted at No. 1 o ”U Get Me High” o “Forgotten Man,” and on the Billboard o “Fault Lines.” 200. Continued on page 50
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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers early members – Petty, Blair, Campbell and Tench, along with Stan Lynch and the late Howie Epstein – were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty was honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in February in recognition of his creative accomplishments, his interest in defending artists’ rights, and his charitable work. MusiCares provides financial, medical and personal assistance to musicians in times of need. The annual MusiCares celebration, part of the festivities leading up to the Grammy Awards, raised more than $8 million to aid musicians and their families in need. Petty also was a nominee for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016. The nomination cited “a distinctively rootsy sound and great original songs like ‘Free Fallin’’ and ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’.” Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have received Grammy nominations for four of their albums: Hypnotic Eye (2015), Mojo (2011), Highway Companion (2007), and Echo (1999). Petty also received a Grammy nomination for his album, Wildflowers in 1996. Petty owns three Grammys. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers won a 2009 Grammy for Best Music Video Long Form for “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” Petty received a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1990 for Traveling Wilburys’ Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. Petty won Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1996 for “You Don’t Know How It Feels.” In 2014, Rolling Stone issued a Tom Petty collector’s edition including four decades of interviews with the performer, a list of Petty’s top 50 greatest songs, rare photos, and a Q&A with Campbell, Tench and Blair. Continued on page 53
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Petty, who formed his first band in his teens, released a debut album with The Heartbreakers in 1976. It included “American Girl” and “Breakdown.” In 1986-87, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers accompanied Bob Dylan on tour. In 2008, the Heartbreakers were also featured as the Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show. Joe Walsh Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will perform will be the a rare European concert in London on July 9, with special guest special guests, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie for their Nicks, and The Lumineers. It will be just the second time in 18 years that the band has played the U.K. Pittsburgh and its only European concert of 2017. show. Nicks and Petty have a long relationship as friends, tour mates, collaborators, and fans of each other’s work. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers played on Nicks’ first two solo albums. Her solo album debut in 1982, included a duet with, and written by, Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” That collaboration earned Nicks and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance. At this year’s MusiCares ceremony honoring Petty, they reprised their famous duet for the audience. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will perform at the Mountain Jam Music Festival in Hunter Mountain, N.Y., in June after their Pittsburgh show, and the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest in July. The 40th Anniversary Tour special guest, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Joe Walsh earned five Grammys as a member of the Eagles. Three were from the band’s early years for 1977’s Record of the Year, “Hotel California;” Best Arrangement for Voices for “New Kid in Town,” and 1979’s Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “Heartache Tonight.” Two others followed after the band reorganized, 2008’s Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “How Long,” and 2009’s Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “I Dreamed There Was No War.” Leading up to his performance in Pittsburgh, Walsh plays this spring at the Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla., All Shook Up at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., and Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, Calif. In January, Walsh appeared in a series of intimate shows at House of Blues Las Vegas. Last year, Walsh conducted his solo “Walsh Toor,” and he wrote “No Man’s Land” for the documentary, Citizen Soldier, saying, “The documentary is profound and affected me so deeply, I decided to be involved and wrote music for it.” Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers bring the 40th Anniversary Tour to PPG Paints Arena on June 9. | 53 |
NKOTB, Boyz II Men, Paula Abdul Team Up for Total Package Tour By: Pam Thompson
New Kids on the Block are coming to town this summer and they are bringing Grammy Award-winning Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul with them in the Total Package Tour. “Our fans know we love to bring them a party, and this tour is no exception.” says NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg. “It’s not just a show, it’s an experience. Paula Abdul is such a pop icon and Boyz II Men are one of the best R&B acts of all time. It’s going to be a night of hit after hit, and we can’t wait to deliver the ‘Total Package’ to our fans.” The tour, announced by NKOTB on The Today Show in November, plays more than 40 cities through July 16. Of all of NKOTB music, the group’s most shining work continues to be 1990’s Step by Step, which topped the Billboard 200, made No. 2 on the R&B/ Hip-Hop Chart, and earned multi-platinum status in the U.S. and six other countries. NKOTB’s self-named debut studio album in 1986, peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 25, earned multi-platinum status in the U.S. and Canada, and gold in the U.K. Continued on page 57
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Hangin’ Tough, released in 1988, attained diamond status in the U.S. and Canada, and platinum in four other countries. In 1994, Face the Music went to No. 37 on the Billboard 200 and No. 24 on the R&B chart. In 2008, The Block went to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and earned gold in Canada, and 2013’s 10 went to No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Three of NKOTB’s compilation albums have charted on the Billboard 200: o No More Games/The Remix Album (1991) No. 19 o New Kids on the Block: Greatest Hits (2008) No. 22, and o NKOTBSB (2011) No. 7. Boyz II Men’s debut studio album, Cooleyhighharmony (1991) went to No. 3 on the Billboard 200, No. 1 on the R&B chart, nine-time platinum in the U.S., platinum in Canada and U.K. gold. In 1994, II topped the Billboard 200 and the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It is 12 times platinum in the U.S., five times in Canada, and gold in the U.K. Evolution in 1997 also attained No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B charts. It earned double platinum certification in the U.S. and Canada, and silver in the U.K. Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya in 2000, went to No. 4 on the Billboard 200, No. 3 on the R&B chart, and gold in the U.S. and Canada. Full Circle in 2002 made No. 10 on the Billboard 200, No. 5 on the R&B chart, and gold in the U.S. In 2004, Throwback, Vol. 1 made the Billboard Our fans 200 and No. 8 on the R&B chart. It was followed by know we The Remedy in 2006. Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA in love to bring 2007 charted on the Billboard 200 at No. 27, the R&B them a party, chart at No. 6, and went gold in the U.K. and this Love in 2009 went to No. 114 on the Billboard tour is no 200 and No. 4 on the R&B chart. exception. Twenty in 2011 and peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the R&B chart. Collide, the group’s most recent studio album, released in 2014 and peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the R&B chart. Continued on page 59
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Three of Boyz II Men’s compilation albums earned certification: o Christmas Interpretations (1993), No. 19 on the Billboard 200, No. 6 on the R&B chart, double platinum in the U.S. and gold in Canada o The Remix Collection (1995), No. 17 on the Billboard 200, No. 15 on the R&B chart, No. 39 in Australia, platinum in the U.S. and gold in Canada. o Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection (2001), No. 89 on the Billboard 200, No. 37 on the R&B chart, No. 2 in the U.K., gold in the U.S. and double platinum in the U.K. Abdul, a singer/songwriter, dancer, choreographer and entertainer, released her debut album, Forever Your Girl in 1988. It went to the top of the Billboard 200, earned multi-platinum status in the U.S. and Canada, and platinum in the U.K. and Australia. Forever Your Girl had six singles land in the Hot 100. “The Way That You Love Me” peaked at No. 3, and four others made it to No. 1: In 1991, her second album, Spellbound also went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, multi-platinum in the U.S. and Canada, and gold in the U.K. and Australia. Her third studio album, Head Over Heels in 1995, went to No. 18 on the Billboard 200 and earned gold in the U.S., and two of its three singles made the Hot 100. Abdul’s remix album in 1990, Shut Up and Dance: Mixes went to No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and platinum in the U.S. and Canada.
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Music Giants – Taylor and Raitt Slate July Show for Pittsburgh By: Pam Thompson
Two giants of the American music scene – James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt – are coming to PPG Paints Arena with their bands on July 15 for one show. Taylor and his All-Star Band will have Raitt and her band as special guests for the concert, which will be one of 17 shows that they perform jointly this summer. Both performers are well known for their philanthropy and activism in addition to their many musical achievements. The two stars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same year (2000), and Taylor and Raitt each have been recognized as MusiCares Person of the Year. The award honors a performer for their artistry and philanthropy with an all-star tribute during Grammy week festivities. The performance helps to raise money for the MusiCares Foundation which assists musicians in need. Raitt received the honor first in 1992, and she was among the cast of stars who performed when the award went to Taylor in 2006. The two musicians are performing together after conducting separate tours in the first half of the year. Taylor performed for the 27th Rainforest Fund Anniversary Gala in January. He’s been doing this benefit since 1991. Continued on page 63
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In February, he kicked off a Pacific Rim tour and by the end of March, he was heading to Brazil for a six-show tour with Elton John. Taylor also is on the bill for the Variety Children’s Charity in St. Louis at the Peabody Opera House in April. Raitt and her band scheduled the Dig In Deep Winter 2017 Tour of the Pacific Rim, and then planned the Dig In Deep Canada Tour for late spring. In December, Taylor became a Kennedy Center Honoree. He was introduced by former President Bill Clinton who told the audience: “His influence in our lives goes way beyond his contribution to the American songbook because for five decades his melodies and lyrics have literally become seams in the fabric of our national life. “Maybe part of the reason is his music resonates with so many of us because of its unique empathy. It transcends geography, and class, and race, and you name it.” Named an “Immortal” by Rolling Stone, Taylor has received the highest honors for outstanding achievements and support of the arts from the United States and France. In 2004, Taylor was ranked No. 84 in Rolling Stone’s list, “The Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists The two stars were of All Time.” inducted into the In 2011, he received the National Medal of Rock and Roll Hall Arts from President Barak Obama. of Fame in the In 2012, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication bestowed its Chevalier of the same year (2000). Order of Arts and Letters on the singer. While Taylor is newly inducted into the ranks of Kennedy Center Honorees, he was no novice to KCH ceremonies. He performed in tributes to Paul Simon in 2002, Paul McCartney in 2012, and Carole King in 2015. The acclaimed artist, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000, has earned 40 gold, platinum, or multi-platinum awards. Taylor has produced 40 singles, 17 studio albums, five live albums and six compilation albums. He has sold more than 100 million albums, and his Greatest Hits album alone sold more than 10 million copies. Taylor holds the distinction of being the Continued on page 64
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first non-British artist to be signed by The Beatles to Apple Records which released his self-named debut album in 1968. His Grammy Awards include three for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “You’ve Got a Friend” (1971), “Handy Man” (1977), and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” as well as Best Pop Album in 1998 for Hourglass, and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 2003 for “How’s the World Treating You” with Alison Krauss. Raitt, also an institution in American music, is a best-selling singer/songwriter and musician. She released her 20th album, Dig In Deep in 2016. It went to No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and to No. 3 on Billboard’s U.S. Rock chart. It topped the U.S. and U.K. Americana charts, as well as Billboard’s Blues and Folk charts in the U.S. Raitt, who performed in the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors tribute to soul legend Mavis Raitt is on the rolls Staples, is on the rolls of Rolling Stone’s of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and “100 “100 Greatest Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Singers of All A 10-time Grammy Award winner, Raitt has been nominated for Grammys 27 times. Time” and “100 Her four 1990 Grammys included Album Greatest Guitarists of the Year for Nick of Time. She also received of All Time. awards across three genres for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Nick of Time,” and Best Traditional Blues Recording for “I’m in the Mood” with John Lee Hooker on his breakthrough album, The Healer. Nick of Time topped the Billboard 200 and is now five-times platinum certified. Luck of the Draw, which followed in 1991 is seven-times platinum, and its single “Something to Talk About” won Raitt one of her three 1992 Grammys: o Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Something to Talk About” o Best Rock Vocal Solo for “Luck of the Draw,” and o Best Rock Group Vocal Performance for “Good Man, Good Woman.” In 1995, Raitt won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album for Longing in Their Hearts, which went double platinum. She received a 1997 Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “SRV Shuffle.” In 2013, Raitt won her tenth Grammy for Best Americana Album for Slipstream. | 64 |
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