|Posted by showbizdeluxe on January 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM|
Songmasters’ unprecedented Listen To Me multi-media campaign is underway, with the PBS Television broadcast of the tribute concert, a tribute album…and will continue through February, 2012, the Anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death. Holly had a brief but brilliant life and career through an astonishing array of concerts, recordings, and charitable programs. The campaign began with the Verve Forecast release of “LISTEN TO ME: BUDDY HOLLY,” a star-studded new collection featuring contemporary takes on the pioneering rock ‘n’ roller’s immortal songs, performed by such era-spanning artists as Jackson Browne, Cobra Starship, Zooey Deschanel, The Fray, Eric Idle, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Jeff Lynne, Imelda May, Natalie Merchant, Pat Monahan (of Train), Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, Patrick Stump, Ringo Starr and Brian Wilson. Proceeds from the groundbreaking multi-media campaign will benefit a range of music charity programs that provide unique opportunities for the next generation of music’s great artists and innovators.
The Listen To Me: Buddy Holly campaign kicked into high gear with Songmasters’ “Ultimate Buddy Party,” an extraordinary concert event held at The Music Box in Hollywood on what would have been Buddy’s 75th birthday, September 7th. The all-star tribute proved an historic rock ‘n’ roll moment all its own, with an incredible line-up of performers supporting Songmasters’ goal of raising monies and awareness for a new wave of musical artists. Many of the stars featured on “LISTEN TO ME: BUDDY HOLLY” – including Stevie Nicks, Patrick Stump, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, and Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta and Victoria Asher – rocked the house in the company of a host of superstar guests. Among them were such avowed Holly fans as Graham Nash, Boz Scaggs, Raul Malo, Michelle Branch, Shawn Colvin, Paul Anka, and famed guitar slingers James Burton and Albert Lee.
As if all that weren’t enough, a series of video tributes were featured throughout the show, including homages to Holly from Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Natalie Merchant, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Pat Monahan (of Train), Imelda May, and the one and only Eric Idle, of Monty Python’s Flying Circus fame.
“Buddy Holly saved our lives at boarding school when we were 13, 14, 15,” noted Idle, whose idiosyncratic interpretation of “Raining In My Heart” closes “LISTEN TO ME: BUDDY HOLLY.” “We were in black-and-white England of the 50s and there was this great musical revolution that happened. It was Buddy Holly, Elvis, and the Everly Brothers, and we were completely hooked.”