Bits and Pieces: News from ‘Round the Rockin’ World (Ain’t No Doubt About It).

Before we begin this week’s edition of the news round-up, I’d like to begin with this video find on YouTube.

Very rarely does Easy Listening rock. At best, it’s a particularly extra-overdriven Don Henley song playing on the in-store intercom at your local grocery store does Easy Listening ever get down. Let this video document that the sound of action goes ‘TESH!’

My pithy comments aside, here’s a performance from the earlier days of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” wherein Ahmet and Dweezil Zappa performing Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard” alongside John Tesh on keyboard, all in front of an old woman in a (supposedly) sound-proof booth.

Not bad, eh?

More after the jump, including some “Zappa Plays Zappa” tour dates.

Below are the rest of this year’s “Zappa Plays Zappa” dates. For the uninitiated, it’s Zappa’s son Dweezil performing select tunes by Poppa Frank. Is it the next best thing to seeing Frank himself? I guess that’s the idea, really.

Jun 14, ’10 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
Jun 15, ’10 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theater
Jun 17, ’10 Richmond, VA Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Jun 18, ’10 Pittsburgh, PA Palace Theatre
Jun 19, ’10 Tarrytown, NY Music Hall
Jun 24, ’10 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
Jun 25, ’10 Providence, RI Lupo’s
Jun 26, ’10 Westbury, NY Westbury Music Theater
Jun 27, ’10 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Jun 28, ’10 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort and Casino
Jun 29, ’10 Niagara Falls, NY The Rapids Theatre
Jul 1, ’10 Bridgeport, CT The Klein
Jul 2, ’10 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Jul 3, ’10 Great Barington, MA The Mahaiwe
Jul 4, ’10 Oxford, ME Nateva Festival
Jul 5, ’10 Moncton, NS Capitol Theater
Jul 6, ’10 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Jul 9, ’10 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
Jul 10, ’10 TBA, TBA
Jul 11, ’10 Weert, NL Bospop Restival
Jul 12, ’10 Antwerp, BE Openluchttheater
Jul 14, ’10 Tel Aviv, IL Hangar 11
Jul 19, ’10 Nice, FR Nice Jazz Festival
Jul 21, ’10 Cambridge, UK Cambridge Corn Exchange
Jul 22, ’10 Brighton, UK Brighton Centre
Jul 23, ’10 Wolverhampton, UK Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Jul 24, ’10 London, UK London Classic Rock Festival
Jul 25, ’10 Liverpool, UK Liverpool Summer Pops Festival
Jul 26, ’10 Glasgow, UK Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Jul 27, ’10 Gateshead, UK Gateshead The Sage

And speaking of avant-weirdos. . .

John Cale, Graham Nash Awarded OBE.

John Cale, co-founder of the influential Velvet Underground, has been awarded an OBE for his contributions to alternative rock music. Cale was born in Wales before moving to New York in the 1960’s, where he and Lou Reed formed the band whose albums include The Velvet Underground and Nico, and White Light/White Heat. Though their songs revolving around drug culture deemed them unfit for commercial tastes, their experimental sound would shape alternative music for years to come.

On the more commercial side of ’60s rock, Graham Nash was also honored with an OBE this year at the Queen’s Birthday Honors List. Nash, a native of Salford, formed the Hollies in Manchester, England, and are known for their distinctive vocal harmonies. By 1968, he left the Hollies, and moved to Los Angeles, where he became a founding member of the folk-rock supergroup, Crosby, Stills, and Nash. The Hollies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Look, I actually have no other news this week. So instead, here’s the Love Me Nots video for “Do What You Do” from their latest, Upsidedown Insideout.


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