CLASSIC ROCK TIPS 11-15-13

11/15/2013

* Kiss is leading the fan poll for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees, snagging 15.2 percent of the vote. Nirvana is second at 14.9 percent followed by Deep Purple and Yes. The fan vote will count as one ballot among the more than 600 submitted by music industry professionals. An announcement of this year's inductees will be made in January. 
* "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" will air on February 9 on CBS to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the group's arrival in the U.S. 
* Reunited for the first time in more than 40 years, the Rascals bring their "Once Upon a Dream" show -- written, directed and produced by Little Steven Van Zandt -- to Detroit tonight (November 15) at the Fox Theatre. Check out The Insider's chat with the group at  http://bit.ly/16ZyuHn   as well as a review of the show at www.goanddomichigan.com.  
* Journey, the Steve Miller Band and tower of Power will tour together in 2014, starting May 15 in Chula Vista, Calif., and including a July 9 show at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. Tickets go on sale November 22
* Bon Jovi took home top honors at the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards presented Thursday night (NOvember 14) in New York. The group's Because We Can World Tour was named Top Tour and Top Draw for total ticket sales, along with Top Manager for Bon Jovi Management and the Eventful Fans' Choice Award via a poll at Eventful.com. The Rolling Stones' 50 & Counting Tour, meanwhile, took home the best Concert Marketing & Promotion Award. 
* Black Sabbath won three awards -- Album of the Year, Event of the Year and a Living Legends honor -- at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards heldThursday (September 14) in London. Other winners included Led Zeppelin (Film of the Year), Fleetwood Mac (Reissue of the Year for "Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition), the Rolling Stones (Band of the Year), Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (Spirit of Prog) and Alice Cooper manager Shep Gordon (VIP Award). 
* Paul McCartney has posted an open letter on his web site to Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for the release of the Arctic 30, a group of Greenpeace activists held in Russian prison on charges of piracy and hooliganism. 
* Black Sabbath has announced a new run of North American shows for the spring, 10 dates starting March 31 in Brooklyn.
* Meanwhile, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from England's Coventry University on Tuesday (November 19). 
* A four-CD Small Faces box set, "Here Come the Nice -- The Immediate Years 1967-1969," is due out January 27 in a limited edition of 3,000 copies worldwide. Each will be signed by surviving members Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones. -- by Gary Graff, WCSX Classic Rock Insider

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