Jon Stewart has been tapped to host the MusicCares Person of The Year Tribute To Bruce Springsteen. Also announced is a bevvy of musical talent that will perform at the event.
The performers will be Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris,Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young.
Previous MusicCares Person Of The Year Awards have been given to Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.
Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
The event will take place Grammy Weekend on Friday, February 8th.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Who will sing "Thunder Road"?....
Clemons helped shape the sound and image of Bruce Springsteen, being an integral part of Bruce's band, the E Street Band. Clemons also had a pop resurgence of late, performing with Lady Gaga and being in her latest video, "The Edge Of Glory", which came out earlier this week.
Clemons has been in pain for several years, suffering from back and hip issues along with having double knee replacement surgery shortly before performing with Bruce at the Super Bowl in 2009.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: The Big Man Will Be Missed
As some of you may know, Lady Gaga worked with Clarence Clemons on her latest CD "Born This Way" and his sax playing is highlighted on Gaga's "Edge Of Glory" which is her latest single.
The E Street Band member suffered a stroke over the weekend. Gaga made a get well video and incorporated her fans wishing a recovery for Clarence as well. Kind of cool.
Clarence is rumored to be in the video for "Edge Of Glory" which will world premiere on "So You Think You Can Dance" this Thursday night on Fox.
For now, check out Gaga's get well wishes to Clarence.-Dr.FB
Bruce Springsteen, who rarely speaks to the media, released a statement about his good friend and E Street Band member Clarence Clemons.
Bruce released this statement;
By now, many of you have heard that our beloved comrade and sax player Clarence Clemons has suffered a serious stroke. While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again. He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family.
I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern. This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights.
-- Bruce Springsteen
It sounds like Clarence is improving but they don't want you to think he is out of the woods yet. We will continue praying.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: Will Gaga Speak On Clarence?
Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band member and famous sax player has suffered a stroke. The 69-year-old musician has recently performed with Lady Gaga and recorded her latest hit, "Edge Of Glory" recently.
Showbiz411 broke the story (Is it that hard to do TMZ?) about the musician and said he is seriously ill after suffering the stroke. He is one of the original members of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
There is not further info at this time. We are sending prayers to Clemons and his family at this time of need and hope he gets well soon. 69 is not that old my man.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: You're A Friend Of Mine
So the Emmy's were last night and it seems more people are interested in the clips that aired instead of who wore what.
The show aired on NBC so we are going to get "The Office" opening up the show with Jimmy Fallon, right? Nope! They went with the rival network Fox by pairing Jimmy with Glee and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. They did "Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen.
Check out the intro and let me know what you think.-Dr.FB
The one and only (and one of Funkenberry's favorites) PRINCE was a social butterfly in New York last week.
He checked Lalah Hathaway and Dwele show at B.B. Kings and then afterwards, went to another club where Robin Thicke was performing and saw the purple one in the crowd and did a little bit of "Kiss" which we heard got Prince moving. What? Gotta love it when the men try to sing "Kiss" and try to hit the high note. Even when it's the biggest baddest brother's in the place, it's funny as anything in heaven, babies!
Then on Thursday night he saw the musical "Fela" and he was not alone!
"Fela" which is based on the music of Fela Kuti, a Nigerian composer attracted the likes of Prince the same night Bruce Springsteen was there! 2 musical icons and we don't know if the two talked, compared bank accounts, or if they even ran into each other.
Afterwards, Prince took to the Groove to check out some musical talent.
Prince has definitely had a "Hot Summer" for sure with the release of his CD 20Ten which is still NOT available in the States unless you want it on Ebay.
We have heard rumors that Prince has several tour options on his lap from the U.S. to more shows overseas and even Timbuktu. My guess would be that he would go back overseas and make a few stops. The U.S. fans would love to see Prince but it makes sense to make the other fans happy and go where the money is. Remember, that's ME saying that, OK?
It's always nice to hear bout the coolest man in music enjoying himself. It seems the NY paps though could not locate Prince so no photos to share but hope you enjoy this one of him performing earlier this summer in Nice.
If you see Prince in New York or back in his hometown of Minneapolis, tell him the doctor says hi n is already at works of new ventures when it comes to media. We can "Laydown" too!-Dr.FB
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According to the NYDN, rocker Bruce Springsteen has filed a lawsuit against Connolly's Pub & Restaurant in New York City for copyright infringement.
Back in August 2008, the suit alleges that the bar hosted a cover band who covered three of Springsteen's songs - "Growin' Up," "Because the Night" and "You're No Good". There is also a co-plaintiff in the case, Clinton Ballard Jr., who co-wrote "You're No Good".
Venues that host live performances are supposed to pay an annual licensing fee to ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), which doles out royalties to artists when their songs are covered in live venues. Similar to how artists get paid when their songs gets played on the radio.
Apparently Connolly's slacked off on getting their ASCAP license and could face fines of up to $30,000 for pissing off the Boss. The article says ASCAP has been after the bar for a couple of years now to pay what would amount to $2,700 a year for their ASCAP fee. Fees are on a sliding scale based on occupancy; the bigger the venue, the higher the fee.
What do you guys think? Kudos to Bruce for protecting artists' rights? Or is be being petty? - Dr.FB