Salsa star Marc Anthony wiped out the competition at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the Bank United Center in Miami. The 45-year-old New York City native, who was previously married to fellow Latin superstar Jennifer Lopez, took home 10 awards, including Artist of the Year.
For his single, “Vivir mi Vida,” he won Hot Latin Song of the Year, Latin Pop Song of the Year, Digital Song of the Year, Airplay Song of the Year as well as Tropical Song of the Year. He also won Top Latin Album of the Year and Tropical album of the Year for “3.0.
PAUL MCCARTNEY TO PLAY DODGER STADIUM & CANDLESTICK PARK
Paul McCartney has added major concerts in August at two of California’s iconic baseball venues as part his ongoing “Out There Tour.”
McCartney is set to perform at the 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Aug. 10 before heading up north to perform at 70,000-seat Candlestick Park in San Francisco and Aug. 14.
The shows are of historic significance to Beatles fans as that group gave its final performance at Candlestick on Aug. 29, 1966, before retiring to life as a studio-only band (except for their unannounced Jan. 30, 1969 five-song set on the roof of their Apple Records offices in the heart of London).
San Francisco elected officials and city management and stadium officials worked with the 71-year-old Beatle and his team for more than a year to make the event happen. It will be the final show at Candlestick before the stadium is demolished.
There is one place, however, that Sir Paul will be returning to anytime soon. In light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, McCartney, a lifelong civil rights activist, has no Russian concerts on his agenda. McCartney toured Russia in 2003 and had tea with President Vladimir Putin before Putin attended his concert in Moscow’s Red Square.
Britain’s Mirror reports that McCartney met secretly recently in Los Angeles with members of Russian activist rockers Pussy Riot, who were imprisoned for a couple years for protesting Putin and his administration.
In addition, last November, McCartney sent Putin a personal letter requesting the release of 28 imprisoned Greenpeace International campaigners and two freelance journalists. The next month, five were subsequently freed, and on Christmas Day last year, charges were dropped against them all.
ALISON KRAUS CANCELS TOUR WITH WILLIE NELSON
Bluegrass queen Alison Kraus, with her band Union Station, will reschedule dates of her tour with Willie Nelson, according to her website.
The seven canceled or postponed dates from May 1-18 are all in the South.
Krauss and Union Station released their first album in 1989, but to many pop and rock fans, Krauss’s claim to fame came in 2007 when she teamed with Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant on the platinum album, “Raising Sand,” which won five Grammy’s, including Album of the Year.
Among the recently released albums, digital reissues, MP3 downloads and deluxe box sets are “Supernova,” the fifth studio album from soft folk-pop singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne, this one produced by The Black Keys Dan Auerback and recorded at his Nashville studio; “Indie Cindy,” a compilation of recent EPs by The Pixies, is the Boston alt-rock outfit’s first album in 23 years; and “Most Messed Up,” a dozen tracks, many explicit, from raucous Dallas alt-country bar band The Old 97’s.
“Everyday Robots,” the first official solo album from Blur and Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn; the 11-track “Phosphorescent Harvest” is the first solo studio album in a decade from The Black Crowes frontman, Southern hippie Chris Robinson; “Inspirato” by Greek New Age keyboardist-composer Yanni, sees lyrics added to his biggest hits and sung by opera greats Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming and many others; and “Song in My Head” is the first album in nine years from psychedelic country-bluegrass sextet The String Cheese Incident and is produced by former Talking Heads keyboardist-guitarist Jerry Harrison.
“The Complete Atco Singles,” 19 tracks from psychedelic 60’s heavy metal pioneers Vanilla Fudge leads off with their biggie, their take on The Supremes’ hit, “You Keep Me Hangin On” and includes and extended two-part cover of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” and Lee Hazlewood’s psychedelic pop song, “Some Velvet Morning” and the Noel Harrison hit, “Windmills of Your Mind”; a remastered 2-CD, “The Black Messiah,” from 1970 by famed jazz and bop also saxman Cannonball Adderley, who suffered a fatal stroke in 1975 at age 46; a 50-song, 2-CD set, “Ridin’ Your Way: The Lost Transcripts for Tiffany Music 1946-47” from country swing legend Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, includes “You Are My Sunshine”; and “Mano a Mano: Tangos” from 74-year-old Mexican Ranchera superstar Vicente Fernandez.
Blu-Rays and DVDs include “The Allman Brothers 40/40th Anniversary Show Live At The Beacon Theatre” was filmed on Mar. 26, 2009 at the venerable 2,894-seat NYC venue that opened in 1929; “The Rise and Fall of The Clash” features new interviews with Mick Jones and archival interviews with Joe Strummer and other band members; and “35th Anniversary Tour Live from Poland,” 21 songs from Toto’s 2013 worldwide jaunt.
Steve Smith writes a new Classic Pop, Rock and Country Music News column every week. Contact him by email at Classicpopmusicnews@gmail.com.