Adam Sandler's cover of the Leonard Cohen song 'Hallelujah' is among the most talked-about moments from last night's 12-12-12 concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. The comedian took the stage with Paul Shaffer to perform this poignant, funny and slightly NSFW recreation of the hit Jeff Buckley made famous.
Graham Parker and the Rumour played the Roxy in Los Angeles for the first time in 30 years on Wednesday night (Dec. 12), headlining a three-act 'This is 40' soundtrack release party. After shorter sets by Ryan Adams and Lindsey Buckingham, Parker's band began a 22-song set that included songs from 'Howlin' Wind (1976)' through 'Three Chords Good' (2012).
The death of Ravi Shankar has cast a pall over the classic rock world as the many artists he inspired or worked with reflect on their memories with the famed sitar player. Shankar died at age 92 on Tuesday night in San Diego after complaining of breathing problems this week. He'd recently had heart valve surgery.
At long last, Rush has made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian rockers -- who along with Kiss were the two most debated qualifiers of recent years -- join five other acts to be honored at the April 18, 2013 ceremony in Cleveland. Fan vote overwhelmingly favored Geddy Lee and company, although it appears that didn't weigh too heavily into the Hall of Fame's selections.
Earlier this month over 80 guitars from rockers like Eddie Van Halen and Slash were auctioned off to raise money for cancer reseach. The Dio Cancer Fund -- a charity that honors the late Ronnie James Dio -- added $100K to an already impressive total to give to the TJ Martell Foundation. Since 2010 wife Wendy Dio has overseen the donation of over $300K.
Yes has announced that they'll play three of their most important albums in their entirety during just-announced March and April 2013 North American tour stops. The Jon Davison-fronted group will tear through 'The Yes Album,' 'Close to the Edge' and 'Going for the One' when they hit the road on March 1 in West Wendover, Nev.
The $40 price tag on the Rolling Stones upcoming pay-per-view concert is looking more like a bargain after the band announced Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and the Black Keys would make appearances. The Dec. 15 special will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. It's the final stop on their "50 and Counting" tour stop for 2012.
The men of Hawkwind will be glad to put 2012 behind them as another longtime member has died. Guitarist Huw Lloyd Langton succumbed to cancer last night (Dec. 6), according to a statement on the band's website. He was an influential part of the band in the early 70s and throughout the 80s, appearing on 10 of their 25 albums.