GRAMMY Insider: Chris Cornell, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Slash, Ringo Starr
(The GRAMMY Insider keeps you up to date about news on your favorite GRAMMY winners, including new album releases, tour updates, notable media appearances, interviews, and more.)
The rumours were true. On Sept. 25 retired keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie reunited with her former Fleetwood Mac bandmates for a performance of "Don't Stop" at London's O2 Arena, marking the first time the classic lineup have performed together in 15 years. McVie will take the stage Sept. 27 as well. Are more reunion dates on the horizon? We won't stop thinking about it.
Elton John is scheduled to perform on Dec. 6 in Moscow and its causing conflict with a Russian parents group, who have asked President Vladimir Putin to cancel the concert because they believe John "intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law, directed at protecting children," according to The Guardian. John responded, "As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them." The country has fallen under recent scrutiny due to its anti-gay laws, with threats of a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics looming.
France has appointed Ringo Starr Commander of France's Order of Arts and Letters, one of the art world's most premier rankings. Appropriately photographed next to a yellow submarine, Starr was celebrated at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco on Sept. 26. Previous honorees include Bono and David Bowie.
You can now inject some soul into your stamp collection with the U.S. Postal Service's new Ray Charles honoring the late GRAMMY winner. The stamp was unveiled Sept. 23 at an event at the GRAMMY Museum.
If you have an appetite for destruction, you may want to try the new limited-edition Slash Burger at Umami Burger. Named after the guitarist of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver fame, the burger contains shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, American cheese, avocado spread, and wasabi aioli, and is available at 20 Umami locations now through Nov. 27.
On Nov. 5 the iTunes App Store will release John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes, a new interactive album app that chronicles Lennon's trip to Bermuda with wife Yoko Ono where they recorded songs that ended up on their 1980 GRAMMY-winning Album Of The Year Double Fantasy. Users can hear demos of hits such as "Woman" and "(Just Like) Starting Over," and proceeds from the app will benefit WhyHunger's Imagine There's No Hunger campaign.
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will put his Americana chops to the test as a guest performer with the Avett Brothers on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Sept. 30.