Monthly Archives: September 2011

Queen’s Roger Taylor launches talent search to find musicians for tribute show

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has launched a new talent search to find musicians worthy of carrying out an upcoming tribute show.

The drummer has invited aspiring stars to submit video auditions, which will be judged by an appointed panel and the overall public. The final contestants will get the chance to perform live for Taylor in Los Angeles in December. The winners will then be assembled to fill out a five-piece band, fronted by three vocalists. The act will travel throughout North America as part of the “Queen Extravaganza Live Tour,” which is set to kick off next year to honour the band’s 40th anniversary. Taylor says, “There are great musicians everywhere, and this is a really exciting challenge for us to try and unearth some of those musicians from the U.S.

“The ‘Queen Extravaganza’ will not be a traditional tribute show,” he says. It’s a brand-new show specially designed to enable fans to celebrate the music of Queen in a heart-stopping event. It’s going to be spectacular. It’s going to be very visual, there are going to be some shocks and some tremendous surprises.”

All 5 Entertainer Nominees to Perform on CMAs

Star power will be on maximum when all five nominees for entertainer of the year perform during the 45th annual Country Music Association Awards.

Taylor Swift and her four male competitors — reigning entertainer Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton — will appear when the show airs live Nov. 9 from Nashville, Tenn., on ABC. Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts. The entertainer of the year nominees are the first performers announced by the CMA.

Aldean, Paisley, Shelton and Swift lead all nominees with five nominations apiece. Aldean and Shelton are up for the CMA’s top award for the first time, reflecting remarkable years that launched them to new levels of popularity. Paisley, Swift and Urban have each won one entertainer trophy.

Bennett thrills New York with birthday concert

Veteran superstar Tony Bennett celebrated his 85th birthday by playing a star-studded gig in New York with Elton John and Aretha Franklin.

The singer turned 85 last month, and on Sunday September 18, he put on a spectacular show at the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan to mark the occasion in front of an audience including Bruce Willis, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Alec Baldwin and Whoopi Goldberg.

Bennett was introduced to the stage by former President Bill Clinton and the star performed with a number of special guests, including John who sang with the music legend on “If I Ruled the World,” and Franklin, who performed “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” from Bennett’s new “Duets II” album.

The concert was followed by an afterparty hosted by Baldwin with a further performance from John and video tributes to Bennett from famous faces including President Barack Obama, Sheryl Crow and Lady Gaga, who sang “Happy Birthday” in his honor, according to Showbiz411.com.

Proceeds from the concert were donated to the Exploring the Arts charity set up by Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto.