Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Princes plan pop concert for Diana

Reports today confirm that Princes Harry and William are planning a tribute concert to their mother, the late Princess Diana, on July 1 2007 which is her birthday.

The concert will feature music from Diana's favorite bands, ballet and musicals and will be "full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness which I know she would have wanted," William said in an interview released to the media on Tuesday.

Duran Duran will perform along with Elton John.

More information can be found on the Conflakes & Classics web site.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Top 100 British Record Collection

The Official UK Charts Company (yep, that's their name!) has compiled a list of the 100 best selling albums in Britain over the last 50 years.

Here's the Top 10 with sales in millions:

1 Greatest Hits – Queen 5.41
2 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles 4.81
3 (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis 4.31
4 Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits 3.96
5 Gold: Greatest Hits – Abba 3.94
6 The Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd 3.78
7 Greatest Hits II – Queen 3.64
8 Thriller – Michael Jackson 3.58
9 Bad – Michael Jackson 3.56
10 The Immaculate Collection – Madonna 3.40

CLick to see the whole Top 100 British Record Collection

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Beatles Love CD

The Beatles Love CD

November 21 marked the release of a new Beatles CD! Love is the result of a collaboration between Cirque du Soliel and The Beatles to base a Cirque show on the music of the Fab Four. Created by Sir George Martin and his son Giles, new music has been created from the original recordings of The Beatles. Remixed and mashed into brand new interpretations of the classic songs we've loved for all these years.

You'll never hear these songs the same way again. I can't wait to see the show in person or watch it at home on DVD.

Something to be aware of... there are two versions of this release. A regular CD with 78 minutes of music and a DVD-version (that includes the CD) but has 81 minutes of music in 5.1 format for play on your home theatre system.

All the details of the album's contents, including a song-by-song analysis can be found at my Beatles Love CD page.

"Take a sad song and make it better" indeed.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Solo Elton John piano show in Dallas

Cornflakes & Classics: 2006: "Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas TX"

Elton John performed a solo piano show at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas Texas on October 25. The concert was a benefit to raise funds for a new opera house in Dallas. Elton was introduced by Dame Julie Andrews.

The set list is available on the Cornflakes & Classics site.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Elton John's 2006 Summer Tour images

Cornflakes & Classics: 2006: Summer tour images

Thanks to Steven Betts, the Cornflakes & Classics site has been updated with photos and ticket scans from Elton John & the Band's UK Summer Tour!

Steven took photos on May 29th in Manchester.

He also provided ticket scans for the shows in Canterbury, London, Chester-Le-Street, Worcester, Taunton, Birmingham, Oxford, Hove and Nottingham.

Finally, Steven sent along a ticket and a postcard from the EuroPride 2006 event at the Royal Albert Hall on July 2.

What an awesome summer it was!

Fashion Rocks presents the World Premiere Performance of Elton John's new album on the AT&T blue room!!

Cornflakes & Classics: 2006:
"Fashion Rocks presents the World Premiere Performance of Elton John's new album on the AT&T blue room!!"

From the press release:
“If you can’t wait for Elton John’s new album The Captain and the Kid to hit stores on September 19th, then join the club! However, Fashion Rocks is teaming up with the AT&T blue room to present a world premiere Elton John Performance on Sunday, September 10th at 7 pm et ONLY at blueroom.att.com. The broadcast will give fans the opportunity to experience the magic of Elton John’s new album from the comfort of their own home. Head over to http://blueroom.att.com/fashionrocks at 7pm et/4 pm pt on Sunday, September 10th to watch Elton John in this exclusive world premiere performance.”

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Updated Neil Diamond Web Site list

List of Neil Diamond Web Sites

I have reviewed and updated the list of Neil Diamond related web sites on the Beautiful Noise web page.

The old page was way out of date. Even now I have a bunch of broken or missing links marked. If they are still out of service in a week or so, I will remove them completely.

On the other hand, if you have a web site that isn't listed, or your favourite isn't included, please drop me an email or comment on this article, and I will be happy to include you in the list.

If you have a Neil Diamond links page, please consider including a link to Beautiful Noise - The Neil Diamond Internet Mailing List and joining the mailing list for news and lively discussions on Neil and his music.


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Elton: new tour dates and CD cover

Cornflakes & Classics: 2006

Elton John's official web site has released the cover art for the new CD, The Captain & The Kid. For the first time ever, both Elton and Bernie Taupin are on an album cover together! I've added that and some more details about the upcoming album.

The first single from the new album will be The Bridge.

Also, some new tour dates have been scheduled for September and October as part of The Captain & The Kid North American Tour.

Check it out!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

New Elton John CD: The Captain And The Kid

Cornflakes & Classics: 2006 update: "The Captain And The Kid"

In early September 2006, Elton John will release a CD of new material titled The Captain And The Kid.

The theme of this collection is a sequel to the 1975 concept album Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy. Elton John and Bernie Taupin have written songs covering the last thirty years of their 40 year long songwriting partnership.

The expected tracklist for the album is:

Postcards from Richard Nixon
Just Like Noah's Ark
Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way (NYC)
And The House Fell Down
Blues Never Fade Away
The Bridge
I Must Have Lost It On The Wind
Old '67
The Captain and the Kid

Monday, July 17, 2006

Harry Chapin's 30,000 Pounds of Bananas

I always knew the song was based on fact. I even remember putting it on a cassette so I could listen to it as we drove through Scranton PA on our vacation one year.

But I never, ever, ever thought I would see this!

"30,000 pounds of smashed bananas"

Awesome! I guess you really can find anything on the Internet!!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Paul Simon Summer Tour 2006 details

Paul Simon Discography - You're The One - 2000 to now

Information and setlists for Paul Simon's tour dates for June and July 2006 are now on the site. Including details of the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award, presented after Paul's July 5 concert at the festival.

The tour is to promote his recent CD, Surprise.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Capeman Original Cast Recordings now available!

Paul Simon Discography - You're The One - 2000 to now

The Capeman musical, by Paul Simon and Derek Walcott, ran on Broadway for 68 shows in the spring of 1998, closing after poor reviews and losing about $11 million.

A Broadway Cast album (featuring Ruben Blades, Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Sara Ramirez) was recorded but never released. The songs have been unheard until now.

On June 27, iTunes and Dreamworks made all 39 songs (the complete score) available for download.

This is the first time that Paul Simon related recordings have been made available exclusively via the Internet.

New details on Paul Simon's 1984 solo tour

Paul Simon Discography - Paul Simon - 1972 to 1985

In 1984 Paul Simon embarked on a brief North American tour to promote the Hearts And Bones album.. This set of shows was unique as it marked the first time he performed solo on stage for the entire concert.

Paul Simon has not toured solo since.

The shows I know about, took place in Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, New York and British Columbia. If you know of any additional locations, please post a comment!

Cornflakes & Classics: 2006

Cornflakes & Classics: 2006

Elton John has completed his "UK Summer Concert Tour" and is settling in for 15 July dates in Las Vegas doing his "Red Piano" show.

The Cornflakes & Classics web site has been updated with set lists and news from the last few weeks. Also, tour dates for a North American tour in the fall and information on the upcoming Captain And The Kid album.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Paul Simon TV appearance, May 26 2006 on BBC 2

Paul Simon, along with David Gilmour with David Crosby & Graham Nash, Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint, The Streets and Nação Zumbi, appeared on the television show Later... with Jools Holland.

Paul performed Outrageous, Father And Daughter and Graceland and was interviewed by Jools Holland.

Paul Simon in Oakland, November 13 2000

I have received a set list from Paul Simon's Paramount Theater concert back in 2000 and added it to my Paul Simon Discography web site.

This show was the first of a two night stand in Oakland. Paul played:

That's Where I Belong
One Mans' Ceiling
You're The One
Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover
That Was Your Mother
Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard
The Teacher
Spirit Voices
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
You Can Call Me Al
Old Friends
Homeward Bound
I Am A Rock
Darling Lorraine
The Boy In The Bubble
Pledging My Love
The Late Great Johnny Ace
The Coast
Late In The Evening
American Tune
Hurricane Eye
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Still Crazy After All These Years
The Boxer

Monday, May 22, 2006

Paul Simon at the Pori Jazz Festival 2002

Paul Simon performed in Finland on July 16 2002 at the Pori Jazz Festival. The set list from that performance has been added to my Paul Simon Discography site.

On that day, he performed this 23 song set:

1 Bridge Over Troubled Water
2 Graceland
3 You're The One
4 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
5 That Was Your Mother
6 Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
7 The Teacher
8 Spirit Voices
9 Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
10 You Can Call Me Al
11 The Sound Of Silence
12 Homeward Bound / I Am A Rock
13 The Boy In The Bubble
14 The Coast
15 Late In The Evening
16 Hurricane Eye
17 Proof
18 Slip Slidin' Away
19 Mrs. Robinson
20 Loves Me Like A Rock
21 The Boxer
22 The Cool, Cool River
23 Still Crazy After All These Years

Friday, May 19, 2006

Neil Diamond's roof is no paradise now...

"Neil Diamond Sues Over Roof Construction
05/18/2006 7:32 PM, AP

Singer Neil Diamond is suing next-door neighbor Marianne Nestor, the widow of fashion designer Oleg Cassini, over what he says is illegal construction taking place on the roof of her building."

Hmmm... how did that song go?

When this old world
Starts a getting me down
And people are just too much
For me to face
I'll climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares
Just drift right into space

On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below
Don't bother me,
Let me tell you now
When I come home
Feeling tired and beat
I'll go up
Where the air is fresh and sweet
I'll get far away
From the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise
Down in the street

On the roof,
That's the only place I know
Where you just have to wish
To make it so
Let's go up on the roof
Look at those stars darlin'

At night the stars
They put on a show for free
And, darling,
You can share it all with me
I keep on telling you
That right smack dab
In the middle of town
I found a paradise that's trouble proof

And if this world
Starts a getting you down
There's room enough for two
Up on the roof
Way up on the roof

(by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, recorded by Neil Diamond on his "Up On The Roof" album)

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Whizzo presents -- website updates

Elton John

Cornflakes & Classics: 1975 has been updated with information about the July 20 show in Colorado where Elton John joined The Rolling Stones for their entire show. Not that Mick Jagger was so thrilled about it!

Paul Simon

Paul Simon Discography - You're The One 2000 to now has been updated with information on two events on Paul Simon's promotional efforts for his new album, Surprise. He appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 13, singing two songs from the new CD, and he will appear in concert on BBC Radio 2 on May 28.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

QHEALTHBEAUTY - A healthy you--inside and out!

I have created a new site for my online sales business. Featuring the best available natural, organic vitamins and supplements, teamed with an outstanding line skin care products. Feel and be your best, inside and out.

I have created a special Premium Health And Beauty blog especially related to these items. Product descriptions, reviews, testimonials and stories. You are welcome to come on over and check it out.

As a special bonus for readers of my blog, email me to fine out how you can purchase products and wholesale and earn a cash bonus on your purchases!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Skype announces free North American calling

How to get calling: "Call ordinary phones for free - Calling any phone within the US and Canada is free until the end of the year. To make a call to a landline or cell phone, click on the Dial tab, insert the country code +1 in front of the number and press the green call button."

This has got to be the most fantastic news about VOIP calling. Skype was already a tremendous service, but being able to place calls from your PC to any phone in North America is amazing!