Joe Walsh, Yardbirds, Doors’ Kreiger among those playing local music fests Doheny Blues, Simi Valley






A pair of star-studded music festivals featuring legendary classic acts are being held in Southern California the next two weekends.

The 20th annual Doheny Blues Festival is set for this weekend on Doheny State Beach in Dana Point in south Orange County.

Saturday’s lineup features headliner Joe Walsh of the reborn Eagles, and English guitar great Robin Trower, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, and boogie blues-rock vets Canned Heat, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Sunday will see headliner Melissa Etheridge supported by Chris Isaak, gospel and soul icon Mavis Staples, 83-year-old blues veteran Bobby Rush, and country guitarist Junior Brown.

For tickets and information: dohenybluesfestival.com.

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28.

The Saturday lineup features British Invasion legends The Yardbirds (they’re great), The Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, Cajun singer-accordionist Jo-El Sonnier, and singing fiddler Doug Kershaw, known as the Ragin’ Cajun.

Sunday will see performances from Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Sonnier, among others.

For tickets and information: simicajun.org.

AC/DC’S JOHNSON RETURNS TO PERFORMING

Singer Brian Johnson — who left AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust World Tour” in March last year on the advice of his doctors because of his severe hearing problems and and was replaced by Guns N’ Roses screecher Axl Rose by band’s leader, guitarist Angus Young — returned to performing Sunday night.

The 69-year-old Johnson joined former led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant during the encore of 67-year-old Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers’ show in Oxford, England, at the 1,800-seat New Theatre Oxford, according to a post by Rodgers on his Facebook page.

The trio of rock deities came together for a barn-burning version of Barrett Strong’s 1960 Motown hit, “Money” (The Beatles recorded the best known version in 1963). YouTube posts of the trio at the show them all vocally as strong as ever.

Johnson joined the legendary Australian hard rock band in 1980, only months after the alcohol-related death of its lead singer Bon Scott. AC/DC’s first album with Johnson, “Back in Black” became one of the biggest albums of all time, selling more than 50 million copies worldwide. In all, the band has sold more than 200 million albums.


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Of Johnson’s ten studio albums with the group, nine have gone platinum or multi-platinum. Only the last one, “Rock or Bust,” failed to reach those lofty sale heights, being certified gold, instead.

Johnson and AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Johnson and his doctors have been working on a new technology by Asius Technologies that Johnson has called miraculous. He still harbors hopes of returning to performing full time.

RODGERS’ ALL-FREE TOUR

Before forming popular British rock outfit Bad Company in 1973 with Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, singer-guitarist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke were in heavy British blues rock band Free, best known here for the all-time rock classic, 1970’s “All Right Now.”

Rodgers is marauding through Britain through the end of the month on his Free Spirit UK Tour, the set list of which consists almost entirely of songs from that band he co-founded in 1968 with fellow teenagers Kirke, guitarist Paul Kossoff (who died in 1976 of a pulmonary embolism during a commercial airline flight from LA to NYC at age 25) and bassist Andy Fraser.

Included in Rodgers’ set are warhorses that received airplay in the early days of FM radio, including “Fire and Water,” “Ride a Pony,” “I’m a Mover,” “Mr. Big,” and “The Hunter.” He’s been encoring with “All Right Now” and a true killer, “Wishing Well.”

Free disbanded in 1973 when Rodgers and Kirke helped form Bad Company. Kossoff then formed a short-lived group, Back Street Crawler, that was severely hampered by the guitarist’s heroin addiction. Post-Free, Fraser formed Sharks with highly regarded guitarist Chris Spedding.

From 1984-1986, Rodgers fronted The Firm, a superstar rock band he formed with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist Tony Franklin and AC/DC drummer Chris Slade. From 2004-2008, he recorded and toured as Queen + Paul Rodgers with that band’s drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May.

ORIGINAL ALICE COOPPER BAND REUNITES

The original Alice Cooper band reunited for its first major show in 43 years, when they played a five-song set at the sold out 2,472-seat Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville on Sunday, reports Billboard.

Coop, 69, joined rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, 69, bassist Dennis Dunaway, 70, drummer Neil Smith, 69, and lead guitarist Ryan Roxie, 51, who has played in Cooper’s touring band on and off for the past two decades. Roxie filled in for the original band’s late guitarist Glen Buxton, who died of pneumonia at age 49 in 1997.

With a backdrop of a giant replication of the band’s No. 1 LP from 1973, “Billion Dollar Babies,” Coop emerged walking down a center stage staircase as the place went wild, looking sharp in a gold and black faux snakeskin suit.

The band opened with the song that put them on the map, “I’m Eighteen,” their 1970 song of adolescent angst about the difficulties of growing from a teenager into adulthood. They followed that with the hits “Billion Dollar Babies” (1973), “No More Mr. Nice Guy” (1973), and “Muscle of Love” (1974) before closing with the group’s biggest hit, “School’s Out” (1972).

Cooper has been recording with the three surviving original band members on his upcoming album, “Paranormal,” that’s set for release on July 28. Other guests on the record include U2 drummer Larry Mullin, Jr., ZZ Top singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover.

Alice Cooper’s latest world tour runs through the remainder of the year. It kicks off June 7 at the 2,100-seat Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisc., 25 miles southwest of Green Bay. The tour makes a June 20 stop at the 10,400-seat Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, and on June 21 at the 1,200-seat Showroom at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula.

He then undertakes an extensive tour of Europe before returning home for another series of dates that includes an Aug. 12 show at the 3,200-seat Chelsea theater at the Cosmopolitan casino in Las Vegas, and on Aug. 13 at the 5,870-seat Greek Theatre in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park.

He’ll finish the year playing shows in Brazil, Australia and New Zealand before finally invading Britain, Ireland and running one more time through Europe.

NEW BEATLES “HELP!” FOOTAGE DISCOVERED

When Australian-born English character actor Leo McKern co-starred with The Beatles in their second film, “Help!,” in 1965, he filmed some of the behind-the-scenes action on his trusty 8-mm movie camera.

McKern’s long-forgotten 10-minute film was recently found tucked away in storage for the past 52 years. McKern, best known for his portrayal as attorney Horace Rumpole in the popular English legal drama, “Rumpole of the Bailey,” died in 2002 at age 82. Rare book dealer Neil Person found the footage while going through some boxes the actor had in storage.

The film will soon be sold by Person in cooperation with McKern’s daughter Abigail, with a starting asking price of approximately $45,000, according to Reuters. However, the method of sale has yet to be announced.

The footage includes footage of John, Paul, George and Ringo that was shot on the set in the ski resort Obertauern in the Austrian Alps. They are seen riding toboggans and messing around the set with their stunt doubles. In addition, Paul McCartney is seen smoking a cigarette and taking his own photographs of the goings-on. McKern is also shown playing with then-10-year-old Abigail.

In this Richard Lester-directed musical comedy, McKern, an easily-recognizable rotund actor, played Clang, leader of a fictitious Indian cult called Kaili that was always trying to sacrifice Ringo Starr because he was wearing the cult’s large sacrificial ring that was given to him by a fan.

A few brief snippets of the film was shown on Friday night on the BBC1’s “The One Show” as the man who served as McCartney’s stunt double on the film and actress Eleanor Bron, who played Clang’s daughter who saves Ringo discussed the movie and McKern’s home movie.

BEACH BOYS SET HUGE TOUR

The Beach Boys massive six-month long, 100-date “Wild Honey Tour” began this week with a pair of gigs at London’s fabled 5,272-seat Royal Albert Hall.

The seven-member band led by frontman Mike Love and singer-keyboardist Bruce Johnston includes Jeff Foskett, who has been a touring member for 36-years, and drummer John Cowsill, who also joins his family group when possible.

The tour continues through Britain before heading to Europe. The American leg of their jaunt begins June 30 in New Buffalo, Mich., and includes dates at the 2,050-seat Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas on Sept. 15, at the Edgewater Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nev., on Sept. 16, at the 1,100-seat Humphrey’s By The Bay in San Diego on Sept. 23, and at the 1,721-seat Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 24.

Meanwhile, Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson’s “Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour” has proven to be such a draw with fans that he’s added 42 more shows to the tour – 22 in Europe and 20 in North America.

The tour, which also features Beach Boy Al Jardine and early-‘70s member Blondie Chaplin, includes shows on Saturday at the 2,500-seat Rio Vista Amphitheatre at Harrah’s Laughlin, on May 24 at the 2,967-seat San Diego Civic Theatre, on May 26-27 at the 2,700-seat landmark Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and on May 28 at the 4,562-seat Santa Barbara Bowl. The tour will end on Oct. 14 with a concert at the 8,000-seat Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa.

Wilson is performing his former group’s hugely honored 1966 LP, “Pet Sounds” in its entirety for what he says is the final time. “Pet Sounds” is ranked No. 2 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time behind only The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” that will celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 1.

“Pet Sounds,” was influenced by The Beatles “Rubber Soul” and includes the standards “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Sloop John B,” “Caroline No,” and “God Only Knows.” In turn, the album so impressed The Beatles that’s brilliance spurred them on to go deeper and produce “Revolver.”

Wilson’s show also includes tons of other Beach Boys classics as well as a few solo tunes here and there.

OBIT: SOUNDGARDEN/AUDIOSLAVE SINGER CORNELL

Singer and activist Chris Cornell died unexpectedly at age 52 in Detroit, approximately an hour after his band, influential ‘90s grunge outfit Soundgarden’s sold out concert at that city’s 5,048-seat Fox Theatre, according to the New York Times.

A Detroit medical examiner determined that Cornell’s death was “suicide by hanging,” according to the Associated Press.

TMZ reports the dynamic singer with powerhouse vocals did not seem depressed or disturbed during the show. In fact, he seemed the opposite, telling the crowd, “I feel a little bit sorry for the next f***ing place we play (Coumbus, Ohio).” He smiled and joked that he’ll have to tell the fans there, “You should have been at the Detroit show. That crowd was something.”

The celebrity news website also reported that Cornell’s wife, Vicky, said she spoke with her husband of 13 years during the sound check before the concert and that the singer, “was NOT in any way, shape or form in a suicidal state. There were no signs that he was at all depressed.” She added that he was totally devoted to her and to their kids, aged 11, 12, and a daughter from his first wife, 16.

Cornell formed Soundgarden in the grunge capitol, Seattle, in 1984 with lead guitarist Kim Thayil and bass player Hiro Yamamoto. At the time, Cornell performed double duty as the band’s drummer and singer.

Soundgarden was one of the influential grunge bands that formed in Seattle and became massively popular in the ‘90s, including Nirvana and Pearl Jam, who blended metal with punk and whose lyrics were often filled with angst.

The band’s fourth album, 1994’s “Superunknown,” that contained their best known hit, “Black Hole Sun,” was their breakthrough, being certified five times platinum and hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart as well as reaching the top of the charts in Australia and New Zealand and No. 2 in Canada.

The band broke up in 1997 over creative differences but reunited 13 years later, in 2010. They toured regularly since then. In 2012, Soundgarden, once again fronted by Cornell, released “King Animal,” its first album in 16 years. It hit No. 5 here and went Top 10 in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2001, Cornell joined forces with three members of fierce political activist metal punkers Rage Against the Machine, including guitar master Tom Morello, to form Audioslave. The quartet released a trio of albums between 2002 and 2006. Their self-titled debut album went triple-platinum while the second, “Out of Exile,” went platinum and the last LP, “Revelations,” was certified gold.

Before breaking up in 2007, Audioslave became the first American rock band to play an open-air gig in Cuba. Cornell said that, “irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences” resulted in the breakup of the band. However, the band finally patched up their differences and reunited only three months ago, on Jan. 20, at the Anti-Inauguration Ball at the Teragram Ballroom in Downtown Los Angeles.

In 2006, he co-wrote and sang “You Know My Name,” that was the theme song to the James Bond film, “Casino Royale.”

In 2012, the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation was formed by the couple to develop projects and programs to raise awareness and to find support for children who faced homelessness, poverty and abuse.

Cornell also performed at dozens of benefits that aided liberal political and environmental organizations and those that helped disadvantaged kids.

Steve Smith writes a new Classic Pop, Rock and Country Music News column every week. It can be read in its entirety on www.presstelegram.com. Like, recommend or share the column on Facebook. Contact him by email at Classicpopmusicnews@gmail.com.



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