General JB news
The well known British magazine New Musical Express (NME) has listed Elvis’ Aloha From Hawaii Concert in it’s top 50 live gig list, beating U2, Queen and Tom Waits. Here’s the comment of the NME editors: 30 – Elvis – ‘Aloha From Hawaii’ Recorded:Honolulu, 1973 Why it’s so good: This gig was broadcast live via satellite, and was the most watched broadcast by an entertainer in TV history, airing in more than 40 countries. At the time, the event was also the priciest entertainment TV special, costing $2.5 million. Source
James received a guitar from the Buddy Holly foundation. An explanation on the rarity of this guitar from the Buddy Holly Foundation website: The guitar that the foundation will recreate is Mr. Holly’s 1943 Gibson J-45 on which he wrote many of his most popular and moving songs. The guitar bears a leather cover that Mr. Holly crafted and tooled with decorations and titles of some of his early hit songs. The recreations will include replicas of the cover. Founding Board of Directors member Rick Turner is the only living luthier who has an intimate knowledge of the original guitar. Mr. Turner did the restoration work on Mr. Holly’s Gibson J-45 when actor Gary Busey, who starred in the film The Buddy Holly Story, purchased it in 1990. Mr. Turner also was the recipient of a unique gift from Mr. …
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The original Elvis cast will be playing the big screen show again at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Feb. 12 & 13, and then head to NYC on the 14th for a concert at Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 15th. Nathan East will be playing bass, Myrna Smith will be replaced by a new singer (Estelle and Portia both stay on board) and Paul Leim may stand in for Ronnie Tutt, although Ron hopes to do at least the New York show. Source: ElvisMatters
From the Shreveport Times: Shreveport rock guitar legend James Burton plans to open a state-of-the-art recording studio across from the historic Municipal Auditorium Saturday, but its target audience isn’t the superstars he made his name with, Jerry Lee Lewis or Emmylou Harris. Instead, Burton’s targets are children he and his James Burton Foundation give guitars to, the possible guitar and music superstars of tomorrow. “I want to give something back to the community,” said Burton, a Minden native who gained fame as the bandleader and lead guitarist for Elvis Presley, Rick Nelson and John Denver. “I want them to have a place where they can sit down and record CDs, to encourage them to play and do better.” The public opening of the studio at 714 Elvis Presley Ave. is at 1 p.m., on what would have been Presley’s 76th …
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The 2011 TCB Cruise has just been announced for September 17-24. Once more the complete TCB Band will reunite on a 5-star cruise ship to join Dennis Jale as they visit the Mediterranean. Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling and Sam Thompson will also be part of this cruise. For more information, please refer to this pdf-file.