The Bee Gees‘ Barry Gibb stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, just a few weeks after appearing with the comedian on the recurring Saturday Night Live sketch “The Barry Gibb Talk Show.” The two have a nice rapport, and Fallon is obviously a genuine fan, so it was great to see and hear them harmonize on a few refrains of Everly Brothers songs.
Gibb then performed “You Should Be Dancing” along with The Roots. He’ll be starting a 6-day tour starting May 15th. See dates below.
Barry Gibb Live:
5/15 “ Boston, MA @ TD Garden
5/19 “ Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
5/23 “ Wantagh, NY @ Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
5/27 “ Chicago, IL @ United Center
5/31 “ Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
6/4 “ Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
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It’s difficult to imagine a more poignant moment than when Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder played a moving rendition of “You Can’t Shake Jesus,” at the recent FloydFest in southern Virginia.
Although the 15,000-plus fans that packed each of the four days of the festival heard from a top-flight roster of artists including Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, the Punch Brothers, Jackson Browne, and others, it was Skaggs’ virtuoso playing and heartfelt vocals that enticed concertgoers to stand in the searing sun and cheer, even as FloydFest wound down. Although Skaggs also teamed up with Bruce Hornsby for some power-packed songs, it’s difficult to imagine anything more lovely than the set Skaggs and his band played before meeting and greeting fans.
“It’s the most unusual gospel record I’ve ever done,” Skaggs told the crowd about Mosaic, the album from which “You Can’t Shake Jesus” was taken. “It’s not bluegrass and it’s not country, but you’ll like it. It’s good.”
Anyone wanting to sum up Skaggs’ career and appeal could likely turn to that line for reference. After making a name for himself as a major country star, he moved to bluegrass and even dabbled in other formats with special interest in gospel and Christian-themed songs. The result included 24 singles on Billboard’s Top 20, including 12 at #1 and an array of awards and honors, including 14 GRAMMY Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), eight ACM Awards, two Dove Awards and nine ICM (Inspirational Country Music) Awards.
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It’s been three years since the Strokes’ last live show, and the interim has been filled with band members’ solo projects (Albert Hammond Jr.’s Yours To Keep, Fabrizio Moretti’s work with Little Joy and Julian Casablanca’s latest, Phrazes For The Young). So you wouldn’t have to be much of a gambler to wager that a Strokes breakup might be imminent.
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Our Lady of Blackburn emerged at the top of the Billboard charts this week with her Sony debut, I Dreamed A Dream.
The Scottish singer edged out pop front runners including Rihanna, Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga with her album of covers. As you may recall, Boyle’s performance of the title track on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent made her an internet sensation. And she didn’t even have to simulate fellatio on her guitar player (note to self, Lambert).
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