November 30, 2009

JIM CARREY's A Christmas Carol Crosses $100 million

From our friends at the fabulous Jimcarreyonline. Yay Jim!


By Tommy Pihl (JCO Editor-In-Chief)

"Disney's A Christmas Carol" has crossed $100 million at the box office after 23 days of release as of Saturday. It took in $16.0 million in its fourth weekend boosting the cume to $105.4. The motion capture movie from Jim Carrey could finish up with around $145-165 million if it keeps showing good legs in December and around Christmas.

Internationally "Disney's A Christmas Carol" grossed $20.4 million from 5,328 screens in 48 countries for a total of $90.8 million.

The film added $3.3 million in the UK from 611 theaters for $18.9 million after four weekends and is projected to overtake director Robert Zemeckis’ 2004 motion-capture spectacle "The Polar Express" by next weekend. Elsewhere, France kicked off with $3.2 million from 321, Russia generated a further $3.2 million from 304 theatres for $8.3 million as the film overtook the final tallies of "Beowulf" and "The Polar Express", while Japan produced $2.2 million from 518 for $12.4 million.


Disney's A Christmas Carol
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Monkee Micky Dolenz in West End Musical Hairspray

Image: Courtesy of London's West End/TheImproper



 
Micky Dolenz, child television actor and star of a 1980s sit-com about a fictional band called, “The Monkees,” is heading to London’s West End, where he will appear in the hit musicalHairsprayTheImproper has learned.
The musical has had a hugely successful three-year run at theShaftesbury Theatre. Dolenz will take the part of Wilbur Turnblad, the father of Tracy Turnblad.
Tracy, the show’s protagonist, is a cheerful, rotund high school student whose only desire is to make the cut as a dancer on a 1960s television dance show.
In the hit 2007 movie version, Wilbur, a genial joke-store owner was played by Christopher Walken, and Tracy was played byNikki Blonsky.
Dolenz, was a child actor in Hollywood, who starred in a 1960s sit-com about a fictional music group called The Monkees.
The show, which played off the fame of The Beatles was a smash success and the cast formed a real-life musical group that scored a number of top hits. Dolenz will be on familiar ground on stage.
He has appeared in productions of Grease, Aida, Pippin’ and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

Dolenz most recently has been touring in “Teen Idol,” a show featuring hit music from the 1960s with former Herman’s Hermits frontman, Peter Noone and Mark Lindsay, former lead singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders.
He’s also wrapping up a tribute album to legendary singer/songwriter Carole King, entitled King For A Day. The album will be released around the time of his London-debut in February 2010.
In its three-year run, the West End’s version of Hairspray has won more than 40                awards.
In addition to Dolenz, actor Brian Conley will return on the same date as Tracy’s voluptuous mother, Edna. Pop legend Belinda Carlisle, formerly of the Grammy winning, all-girl band, The GoGos has been playing vain villainess Velma Von Tussle.
London has thoroughly embraced the show. The smash-hit recouped its entire £3.5 million investment in a record-breaking 29 weeks. The show opened on 30 Oct. 2007 to universal critical acclaim.
At the 2008 Olivier Awards, the UK equivalent of the Tony Awards, Hairspray won “Best Musical” as well as “Best Actor in a Musical” for Michael Ball, and “Best Actress in a Musical” for LeAnne Jones.
The Broadway version of Hairspray, based on a 1988 movie by John Waters, won eight Tony Awards in 2003, and was adapted to the big screen by New Line Cinema, starring John Travolta in 2007.
Set in 1962 in Baltimore, Md, “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against the show’s policy of racial segregation.

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Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. Debuts February 16

Clint Eastwood’s illustrious motion picture career has spanned more than a half century and has touched generations of filmgoers. The filmmaker/actor has won five Academy Awards®, and his films have grossed nearly $2 billion at the domestic box office. Warner Home Video (WHV) will celebrate Eastwood and his 35-year association with the studio through Malpaso Productions with a comprehensive, elegant giftset, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros., to be released February 16, 2010.

The collection, considered the largest feature film box set ever released for a single artist, contains 34 classic Eastwood films from the Warner library and highlights the breadth and depth of his work -- from Where Eagles Dare through Gran Torino. Included are his “Dirty Harry” movies, his Best Picture Oscar® dramas and nominees, his Westerns, his war movies, his comedies, and more. (A complete list is available at the end of this release.)

  The 35th film is The Eastwood Factor, an intimate short film from Time magazine critic and film historian Richard Schickel. The Eastwood Factor presents Eastwood in a way he’s rarely seen -- visiting film locations or sites where his movies were created, and on the Warner lot visiting the costume department and Eastwood Scoring Stage, as well as at his home. Eastwood’s candid, intelligent and often humorous interviews about his body of work and the choices he made, along with Schickel’s selection of scenes from his movies (including his upcoming Invictus), results in an up-close and personal portrait of one of the great icons of our era. The end result is a clear reminder of why Eastwood’s career as both a great filmmaker and actor has been so enduring and his work so respected.

“I’ve known Clint for most of the time he’s been at Warner Bros.,” said Schickel. “I was fortunate to be able to wander around the Warner lot with him and hear his reminiscences. To be able to show him in the places where he works and lives and feels most comfortable is, I think, a unique opportunity.”

A sampling of the documentary is scheduled to run on a minimum of 10,000 screens nationwide in the first quarter of 2010. Additional moments from this remarkable retrospective of Eastwood’s career will be glimpsed over the course of the media campaign in support of the release.

The box set will also include a 24-page booklet extracted from Richard Schickel’s new monograph Clint: A Retrospective, as well as Studio letters and photos. Packaged in a
20-page double-wide album, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros.
will contain 19 discs and will sell for $179.98 SRP. Orders are due January 12.

Select titles from Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. will also be available for download via iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune Marketplace, Amazon Video on Demand and other digital retailers.

The full 288-page book from Richard Schickel, entitled Clint: A Retrospective, will be published at the end of February/early March by Sterling Publishing Inc. This definitive appraisal contains 325 photographs, meticulously researched from Warner Bros.’ files and other key image archives. It is Schickel’s homage to the actor who, Schickel says, has most inspired him as a critic over the years. Eastwood himself provides an introduction. A 20-minute version of the full-length documentary will accompany the book, which will also be released in all English-speaking territories overseas. Translations by major publishers will follow in France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Spain and Japan.

In making the announcement, Jeff Baker, WHV’s Executive VP and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog said, “There is not much you can say that hasn’t already been said about this amazingly talented man. We are so proud to have had such a longstanding association with Clint, and we’re delighted to be releasing this major collection so both loyal fans and those newly discovering Clint can enjoy his wonderful body of work.”

Eastwood’s relationship with Warner Bros. began in 1975 with the signing of a long-term pact, and Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions moved onto the studio’s storied lot. Among the many awards the actor/filmmaker has received for his work are four Oscars® and 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director Academy Award® wins for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, both of which were made at Warner Bros. Eastwood has also received five Golden Globes®, countless critics association accolades and Lifetime Achievement awards from, among others, the Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, the American Film Institute and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Cecil B. DeMille Award). In addition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Recently, Eastwood was made a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor (Légion d’honneur), cited for his “body of work, his longevity and his ability to delight audiences around the globe.”

Early in his career, Eastwood starred as the “Man with No Name” in A Fistful of Dollars, his first “spaghetti western,” which was a box office success and drew attention to the young actor. Additional roles followed, including the role of Harry Callahan in five “Dirty Harry” films, beginning in 1971. That same year, he made his directorial debut with Play Misty for Me. Other noted Eastwood films include the Charlie Parker biography Bird; The Bridges of Madison County; In the Line of Fire; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; White Hunter, Black Heart; Absolute Power; Space Cowboys; Mystic River; Flags of Our Fathers; Letters from Iwo Jima; and, most recently, Gran Torino. His newest film, Invictus, stars Oscar® winners Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with Francois Pienaar, captain of South Africa's rugby team, to help unite their country.


Film Titles in the 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. Collection

Where Eagles Dare, 1968
Kelly's Heroes, 1970
Dirty Harry, 1971
Magnum Force, 1973
The Enforcer, 1975
The Outlaw Josey Wales, 1976
The Gauntlet, 1977
Every Which Way but Loose, 1978
Bronco Billy, 1980
Any Which Way You Can, 1980
Honkytonk Man, 1982
Firefox, 1982
Sudden Impact, 1983
City Heat, 1984
Tightrope, 1984
Pale Rider, 1985
Heartbreak Ridge, 1986
Bird, 1988
The Dead Pool, 1988
Pink Cadillac, 1989
White Hunter, Black Heart, 1990
The Rookie, 1990
Unforgiven, 1992
A Perfect World, 1993
The Bridges of Madison County, 1995
Absolute Power, 1997
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, 1997
True Crime, 1999
Space Cowboys, 2000
Blood Work, 2002
Mystic River, 2003
Million Dollar Baby, 2004
Letters from Iwo Jima, 2006
Gran Torino, 2008
The Eastwood Factor, Short Film, 2009


DONNY OSMOND VIDEOS FROM DANCING WITH THE STARS

Image: Courtesy of ABC TV


Donny Osmond won Dancing With The Stars on November 24th with his partner Kym Johnson. A complete video clip collection of their dance performances on DWTS can be found here

What was your favorite dance video? Let us know with  the comments below.

November 29, 2009

REMEMBER ME STILLS FEATURING ROBERT PATTINSON


Images: Courtesy of Summit Entertainment


Hey Rob Pattz fans, check out the new movie still images form Remember Me due out in February 2010.  Just in case you haven't  seen the trailer...




November 26, 2009

Aerosmith's JOE PERRY to perform Live with T-PAIN at Dolphins vs.Patriots game - Sunday, December 6





The Miami Dolphins announced today that co-founding member, principal co-songwriter, lead guitarist and co-producer of AerosmithJOE PERRY, will be the main act at the Land Shark Tailgate Stage on the AT&T Grand Plaza with his band, JOE PERRY PROJECT, on Sunday, December 6th, prior to the Dolphins-Patriots game, with a live performance starting at 12 noon.  
 
Perry and his band will perform a series of songs from his fifth solo CD “Have Guitar, Will Travel,” released in October this year, that will include the album’s first single, “We’ve Got A Long Way To Go.”  In addition to experiencing Perry’s trademark rock and roll based ferocity, fans will be treated to an exclusive rendition of Aerosmith’s unforgettable number one hit single “Walk This Way,” featuring leading singer/rapper and producer, T-PAIN, who will make a special guest appearance with Perry live on-stage.
 
“I’ve tailgated up north a few times and it’s hard cooking sausage with your fingers frozen,” says Perry.  “I’m looking forward to getting some ribs going in Miami and to being able to feel my fingers, which is always sure to help my performance.”
 
Perry has hit the road with Joe Perry Project in support of his solo CD.  In addition to Perry on guitar and vocals are bassist David Hull (Buddy Miles Band and Joe Perry Project in the 80s), keyboardist/guitarist Paul Santo, (Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Ozzy Osbourne), drummer Marty Richards and lead singer Hagen, who was discovered by Perry’s wife on YouTube.  Perry’s new hard-driving self-written, self-produced 10-song collection follows self-produced solo releases including “Let The Music Do The Talking” (1980), “Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker” (1983), “I've Got The Rock 'N' Rolls Again” (1981) and 2005’s “Joe Perry,” which earned Perry his first solo Grammy nomination.
 
Having attracted artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Carmit Bachar of the Pussycat Dolls, Latin Grammy award-winning artists Jesse & Joy for Hispanic Heritage Month, American Idol winner, Kris Allen, and 2009 CMA Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally, the Land Shark Tailgate Stage has become a much anticipated part of the Dolphins’ home-game experience.   

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THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON SOUNDTRACK RISES ON BILLBOARD 200, CERTIFIED PLATINUM


“THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON—ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK”  rises this week on the Billboard 200, ranking #8 and selling more than 93,000 units in its sixth week on sale. The soundtrack, which debuted in October, has also received RIAA platinum certification for sales exceeding 1 million units.  “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON” soundtrack, which peaked at #1 in its first full week in stores and online, made history as the first time ever a soundtrack and its sequel have both reached the #1 spot on the chart. In addition, the soundtrack has remained in the top 10 on theBillboard 200 since its release.
The musical companion to the highly anticipated second installment of Summit Entertainment’s film franchise features exclusive tracks from some of modern music’s most gifted and admired artists, including Thom Yorke, Muse, The Killers, Anya Marina, and Death Cab for Cutie, who contributed the album’s first single, “Meet Me On the Equinox.”  The track is currently #8 at Modern Rock radio.
In other news, “TWILIGHT—ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” took home the award for Favorite Soundtrack at this year’s American Music Awards. “TWILIGHT” has currently sold more than 2.3 million copies in the U.S. alone and over 3.5 million copies worldwide. The soundtrack has remained on the Billboard 200 for 55 consecutive weeks.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON topped the box office this past weekend, pulling in $142.8 million in North America and marking the third biggest opening weekend ever. The film also ranks as the best single opening day ever in North America as well as the best grossing for midnight shows ever at $26.3 million.
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TAKE A MAGICAL ROAD TRIP WITH UK ACTOR DAVID TENNANT


The popular Dr. Who actor takes a road trip, in a Yellow Submarine to Australia, accompanied by Madonna, The Beatles, and Owl City. This is a really fun, imaginative radio show from England. If you are are a big Dr. Who  fan you' are going to love this  great interview with David Tennant.
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ADAM LAMBERT ON HIS BEST BEHAVIOR FOR LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN

If you were expecting more scandal this week from American  artist, Adam Lambert. you'll be disappointed. Adam who cam under fire fro his racy performance at The American Music Awards, severely toned down the sound on "What Do You Want From Me."
  There was no crotch-grabbing and other lewd moves. Check out the vid for yourself.

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November 25, 2009

Donny Osmond Wins 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 9


Image: Courtesy of ABC TV


Donny Osmond has won more than just the coveted mirror ball trophy on Season 9 of'Dancing With the Stars.' The popular entertainer now has permanent bragging rights over his sister Marie, who came in third when she danced in Season 5 of the reality competition series.

After an impressive Broadway-themed freestyle on Monday and an encore of their Argentine tango on Tuesday, Donny and his partner, Kym Johnson, were able to match the judges' scores of front-runnerMya and her partner Dmitry Chaplin. Donny's fan base, which dates back to the 1960s when he appeared with his singing brothers on The Andy Williams Show, helped propel him to the winner's circle. Read more>>




November 24, 2009

EXTRA: Lady Gaga Wearing "Latex" for Queen Performance


What is Lady Gaga wearing for her December performance for the Queen of England?
"I'm sure it'll be some latex fashion venture," she told "Extra" at a signing for her new CD, "The Fame Monster," in L.A. Monday night. 

Gaga

She won't tone down her over-the-top fashion sense "even for the queen," she said.
"She called me for a reason. She wants a good Gaga show!" the singer, 23, told "Extra."
Gaga added, "I am ready for the queen. [Even though] I have enough queens every night for a lifetime!"
She said she has a "good curtsy. I'm a lady, remember?"
The Grammy nominee also opened up to "Extra" about working with Beyonce.
"She's wonderful. She called me to work on 'Video Phone’ with her, and I said, 'I've got this record 'Telephone,' it's amazing. Why don't we do a phone swap?" Gaga said. "And she heard it and she loved it. And she's wonderful. She's a very sweet girl. It's very rare that you meet such a humble person in this industry, so I was excited to meet her."
For more of "Extra's" interview with Lady Gaga, tune into "Extra" tonight!

Life & Times Of The King Of Pop 1958-2009 To Be Released On DVD December 8th

RockCity Entertainment and MVD Visual are pleased to announce the release of Michael Jackson - Life & Times Of The King Of Pop 1958-2009 for worldwide distribution on December 8, 2009.
 
Hi Res Cover ArtMichael's last days and Memorial Service are captured in this engaging 79-minute film that pays respect to the King. As the world celebrates Michael's life and legacy, it is easy to see why he was the brightest star. As an artist and entertainer, he still looms larger than life. The King will live forever through his music. 
 
Wilson Ebiye, President and CEO of Rock City Entertainment states, "The Life and Times of the King of Pop 1958-2009 is a great companion piece to This Is It. The film is a concerted effort to preserve and protect Michael's legacy of humanitarianism, peace and love."
 
Life & Times Of The King Of Pop 1958-2009 features appearances at the Memorial Service by a wide-ranging cast of celebrities and entertainers such as UsherJanet Jackson,Jermaine JacksonThe JacksonsBerry GordyBrooke ShieldsMagic JohnsonRev. Al Sharpton, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie.
 
Michael Jackson was the most famous human being on earth and perhaps the greatest entertainer of our time. When a king dies, the heir or a peer takes over the throne. The passing of Michael Jackson, The King Of Pop is a different case.Michael is irreplaceable. He was born on August 29th,1958 in Gary, Indiana to a working class family. He died on June 25th, 2009 as the undisputed King Of Pop. 
 

AMERICAN IDOL STAR ADAM LAMBERT VISTS NEW YORK CITY


ON THE NYC SCENE...



One of our favorite American Idol stars, Adam Lambert visits The Late Show with David Letterman in NYC. Hey, we love the black nail polish Adam, but we're not so sure about your explosive performance on the American Music Awards the other night.  There were lots of kids watching, not just adults. But don't worry, we still love your new CD!


LARGER THAN LIFE…IN 3D” FEATURING DAVE MATTHEWS BAND


Movie theaters from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between will present the 3D release of LARGER THAN LIFE…IN 3D” FEATURING DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7 AND GOGOL BORDELLO. For this limited-run engagement--one week only from December 11-17--music fans will be treated to a unique musical experience. Filmed by inconcert3d utilizing digital technology that can only be viewed in theaters, this one week event will allow fans to experience a stunning 360◦ view of each live performance. The three featured acts were captured at critically acclaimed music festivals across the country this summer: Dave Matthews Band--the highest-grossing American act of all time--at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas; GrammyÒ-award winning artist Ben Harper and Relentless7 at the Mile High Music Festival in Denver; and internationally acclaimed Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello at All Points West Music & Arts Festival in New Jersey.
Cinedigm Entertainment Group will deliver the film to digital theaters nationwide. Theaters already on board include 5 theaters in Manhattan, 10 theaters throughout suburban Los Angeles, 6 theaters in Chicago, and multiple locations in Boston, Detroit, Atlanta, Nashville and Dallas.  More than 350 other theaters have already been confirmed. A full list of theaters can be viewed at http://www.batchgeocode.com/map/?i=f8e94e46e11113acc094efe5cf6a82a0

For those looking for a sneak peek of LARGER THAN LIFE…IN 3D” FEATURING DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS7 AND GOGOL BORDELLO, please go to inconcert3d’s website:www.inconcert3d.com.  This marks the first in a series from the joint undertaking of Action 3D Productions and AEG Network Live. The series will be distributed by Cinedigm Entertainment Group.




Lady GaGa at an instore appearance at Best Buy in L.A


ON THE SCENE...
Fans lined up around the block the other day at a best Buy in Los Angeles  to get Lady Gaga's signature on her new  album The Fame Monster. 

MACHINE HEAD ADD U.K. AND IRISH DATES TO "THE BLACK PROCESSION" TOUR



Due to overwhelming demand, the following five dates have been added to MACHINE HEAD's"The Black Procession" tour, kicking off January 23rd, 2010, featuring MACHINE HEAD, Hatebreed, Bleeding Through and All Shall Perish:

Wed 17 Feb - U.K., Newport - Newport Centre 
Mon 22 Feb - U.K., Leeds - Leeds Academy
Thu 25 Feb - U.K., Newcastle - Newcastle Academy
Sun 28 Feb - Ireland, Dublin - Olympia
Mon 01 Mar - Ireland, Belfast - Georges Market

Fan presale links for tickets will be made available on Wednesday, November 25, general public ticket sales begin on Friday, November 27th.

"The Black Procession" will cap off what has been an incredible 3 year journey for MACHINE HEAD in support of their highly acclaimed, Grammy nominated album "The Blackening". MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain states "It’s going to be awesome to get out there and rock a full set, to mix it up night after night, and be able to do things 100% our way!  It’s really just dawning on us that after almost 3 years of touring on "The Blackening" that "The Black Procession" will be the final tour of this cycle… but instead of being in wind-down mode, we’re super excited to get out there and crush it! Our fans have been asking for a full-fledged MACHINE HEAD tour and we are ready to bring it!"

Singer/Guitarist Robb Flynn adds "It’s been an amazing album cycle and we are thankful for the relentless support we have from our fans.  We are all well aware of the fact that the touring market around the world is in a tough spot due to economic conditions, and it’s great and humbling to be able to actually add dates to this tour in spite of that fact.  We can't wait to see all you crazy fuckers!"

MACHINE HEAD will be closing out 2009 with the rest of their U.S. support dates with Megadeth, leading into a string of western U.S. support dates with Metallica, culminating in a hometown show featuring both of the Bay Area metal titans on December 12 in San Jose, CA.

B.B. KING BLUES CLUB + LUCILLE’S GRILL SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING EVENTS for NOVEMBER 24, 2009



New Show Added:  Friday, December 4
BRIAN CULBERTSON – A Soulful Christmas
with special guest MICHAEL LINGTON

File Under:  Jazz, Soul, Holiday
NB:  Limited Seating
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$30 adv, $35 at door
VIP Booths available for four and six people only – Must Buy Whole Booth
Four person booth :  $200  - Six person booth:  $300

Inspired by his father, music educator Jim Culbertson, Brian Culbertson has been a fast and fierce study of music, gravitating to all styles of dynamic music as long as it was expertly played by artists ranging from Chicago, David Sanborn and Sting to The Brecker Brothers and Maynard Ferguson. Since his 1994 debut Long Night Out, Brian has been credited with bringing a youthful yet no less masterful energy to popular instrumental music with hit albums and singles. His sixth album Nice & Slow (2001) topped Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart for six weeks straight. And its follow-up, Come on Up (2003) included his blazing cover of Earth Wind & Fire's "Serpentine Fire," impressing Maurice White enough to want to work with him.

New Show Added:  Friday, December 11
FOREVER RAY – A Tribute to RAY CHARLES featuring  Whitley, 
Angela Workman, Chyna Grant, Samantha Whitley, Bobby Deitch, 
Joe Macaro, Eddy Bishai, Baron Raymonde, John Farnsworth, 
Mitch Endick and Fred Maxwell
File Under: Classic R&B, Classic Rock, Tribute
NB:  Limited Seating
Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$25 adv, $30 at door
VIP Booths available for four and six people only – Must Buy Whole Booth
Four person booth :  $132  - Six person booth:  $198

Whitley and the Hard Times Band perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles, which include a wonderful blend of musical styles which range from Jazz and Blues, to Country and R&B. The band features a stellar line-up of musicians whose performing credits include: Ben E. King, Liza Minelli, Jimmy Vivino, Rod Stewart, The Blues Brothers, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera + Vocalist Angela Workman was a Raelette in Ray Charles' band. From country to blues to jazz to R&B and even funk, Ray Charles set the aesthetic standard for more than five decades, earning plaudits across the globe and setting standards that his legion of fans, in and out of the entertainment industry, aspire to.

New Artists Added:  Wednesday, December 23
The Hip Hop Legends Concert Series IV featuring 
***GHOSTFACE, METHOD MAN, EPMD, DOUG E. FRESH, 
LARGE PROFESSOR, FREDRO STARR of ONYX, SHOWBIZ AND AG 
Music by FUNKMASTER FLEX
Presented by Funk Flex, Adam Lublin and Party Pimps

File Under:  Hip Hop
NB:  21+ with ID only – SRO
Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm
$30


New Show Added:  Thursday, December 31
CHUCK BERRY’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve
File Under:  Rock, Holiday, Classic Rock, Celebrity, Classic R&B
- VERY IMPORTANT! -  All New Year's Eve ticket holders for the 10:30PM show should enter the block from the NorthEast corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. To enter the block, ALL ticketholders must present their hard ticket at the police barricade to get on the block. Anyone with Will Call tickets should look for a BB King Representative (they will be wearing BB King Hats & Sweatshirts and may have a BB King's sign), who will give them their ticket there, at which point they should follow the directions listed above.
1st Show:  Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
NB:  General Admission Seating – First come, first seated
After the Show, step outside to watch the ball drop in Times Square

$98
VIP Booths available for four or six -  Must buy whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $560  // Tix/Booth for six:  $840
2nd Show:  Doors at 10:00pm, Show at 11:00pm
NB:  General Admission Seating – First come, first seated
$45 adv, $50 at door
VIP Booths available for four or six -  Must buy whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $6400 // Tix/Booth for six:  $960

Chuck Berry's music has transcended generations. He earns respect to this day because he is truly an entertainer. Berry gained success by watching the audience's reaction and playing accordingly, putting his listeners' amusement above all else. For this reason, tunes like "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene" and "Memphis" have become anthems to an integrated American youth and popular culture. Berry is a musical icon who established rock and roll as a musical form and brought the worlds of black and white together in song.

Thursday, December 31 THE DAN BAND  has been cancelled
Refunds are available at point of purchase


New Show Added:  Wednesday, January 27
Original IRON MAIDEN Vocalist PAUL DI’ANNO
- ICARUS WITCH and ANNA DOK

File Under:  Rock, Metal
NB:  SRO
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$15 adv, $18 at door
VIP Booths available for four or six people – Must buy whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $140  // Tix/Booth for six:  $210
He was at the forefront of the "New Wave Of British Heavy Metal" movement. His unique and extremely powerful voice made a huge impression on metal fans around the world and helped sell 20 million copies of the first two Iron Maiden albums ("Iron Maiden" and "Killers"). Although he only appeared on the first two Maiden albums, Maiden's work with Paul Di'Anno remains among metal's all-time finest, and to this day those two albums are idolised and thought of as “The All Time Classics” by most Metal fans and musicians alike throughout the World.

New Show Added:  Sunday, February 7
SUPERBOWL XLIV Party with our all-you-can-eat buffet

File Under:  Sports, Special Events
Doors at 5:30pm
$40
 
Price includes a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet. Drink specials will be available.  Reserve your tickets early; for Group Rates or Large Parties contact Melanie Shammout at 
melanie@bbkingblues.com / 212.997.4511

New Opener Added:  Wednesday, February 10
DAVE DAVIES – Legendary guitarist of THE KINKS
***- EMILY LONG

File Under:  Classic Rock
NB:  General Admission – First come, first seated
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$30 adv, $35 at door
VIP Booths available for 4, 5 or 6 – Must buy whole booth:  $50 per ticket


New Show Added:  Saturday, February 27
JERRY LEE LEWIS

File Under: Classic Rock, Celebrity, Rockabilly
NB: General Admission – First come, first seated
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$125 adv, $130 at door
VIP Booths available for four and six – Must buy whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $700 // Tix/Booth for six:  $1050
When he broke on the national scene in 1957 with his classic "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," Jerry Lee Lewis was every parents' worst nightmare perfectly realized: a long, blonde-haired Southerner who played the piano and sang with uncontrolled fury and abandon, while simultaneously reveling in his own sexuality.  Jerry Lee's follow-up to "Shakin'" was another defining moment for his career, as well as for rock & roll. "Great Balls of Fire" featured only piano and drums, but sounded huge with Phillips' production behind it. It got him into a rock & roll movie (Jamboree) and his fame was spreading to such a degree that Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins left Sun to go to Columbia Records. His next single, "Breathless," had a promotional tie-in with Dick Clark's Saturday night Bandstand show, making it three hits in a row for the newcomer.  He returned to the charts in the late 60s with a string of top ten country hits including "Another Time, Another Place" and "What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out of Me)". The next ten years saw him turning out more than a dozen best selling singles.  But the mid-'80s saw another jump start to his career. A movie entitled Great Balls of Fire was about to be made of his life and Lewis was called in to sing the songs for the soundtrack. Showing everyone who was the real Killer, Lewis sounded energetic enough to make you believe it was 1957 all over again with the pilot light of inspiration still burning bright.  With box sets and compilations, documentaries, a bio flick, and his induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame all celebrating his legacy, Lewis still continues to record and tour. Jerry Lee's latest release - THE PILGRIM - pairs him with such stars as B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, Little Richard, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and Jimmy Page.

New Show Added:  Thursday, March 4
HOTHOUSE FLOWERS

File Under:  Irish, Rock, Folk, Singer/Songwriter

NB:  General Admission Seating – First come, first seated
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$25 adv, $30 at door
VIP Booths available for four and six – Must buy whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $180  // Tix/Booth for six:  $270
Ireland's HOTHOUSE FLOWERS made a name for itself during the late '80s and early '90s with a passionate, bombastic fusion of rock & roll with the rootsy sounds of Irish folk and American gospel. The group received a glowing write-up in Rolling Stone before even landing a record deal, but that drawback was rectified when U2's Bono saw them performing on a late-night television show. A single on U2's label Mother got Hothouse Flowers signed to PolyGram. Their 1988 debut, People, cruised to the top of the Irish charts and peaked at number two in Britain. Their follow-ups, Home and Songs From the Rain, continued their success at home and abroad. Their fifth and latest studio album 'Into Your Heart' is out now.

New Show Added:  Friday, March 5
JAY AND THE AMERICANS

File Under:  Classic Rock
NB:  General Admission Seating – First come, first seated
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$30 adv, $35 at door
VIP Booths available for four and six – Must buy whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $200  // Tix/Booth for six:  $300
“ONLY IN AMERICA” - In one of the greatest turnabouts in Rock and Roll history, the group JAY AND THE AMERICANS, started by four teenage boys in Sandy Yaguda’s Brooklyn basement 40 years ago, have bought back their rightful name in federal court, restoring the name to it’s rightful owners. Very few bands have ever reached the musical heights of JAY AND THE AMERICANS. From 1962—1971, this group charted an unprecedented “12” top 10 records. With three original band members, Sandy Yaguda (aka Deane) founding member, Howie Kirschenbaum (aka Kane) original member, and Marty Kupersmith (aka Sanders), original member, plus the addition of “Jay” Reincke, the third Jay and probably the best yet, they have recreated the authentic sound of all of their great hits that everyone remembers.

New Show Added:  Saturday, March 13
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

File Under:  Rock, Metal
NB:  General Admission Seating – First come, first seated
1st Show:  Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:30pm
2nd Show:  Doors at 9:30pm, Show at 10:00pm
$27.50 adv, $32 at door
VIP Booths available for four and six – Must buy whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $190  // Tix/Booth for six:  $285
Throughout Blue Öyster Cult's impressive career, the band has earned a well-deserved reputation as "the thinking man's heavy metal band." BÖC came out of Long Island, NY, and immediately delighted critics and fans. Not only was BÖC’s music hard-hitting, the subject matter and lyrics of its songs were fresh and clever -- particularly for a style of music not exactly revered for its braininess. Science fiction, horror, violence and tongue-in-cheek humor are common threads in much of BÖC’s material.  Their mainstream breakthrough was the explosion of 1976's 'Agents of Fortune' and the hauntingly immortal smash hit single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." Subsequent albums further cemented Blue Öyster Cult's status as one of the finest hard-rock bands in history, with mammoth hit singles like "Godzilla" and "Burnin' For You."

New Show Added:  Thursday, April 15
B.B. King Blues Club Presents
JOE BONAMASSA at Town Hall
at 123 West 43rd Street
File Under:  Rock, Blues
Show at 8:00pm
$40 Balcony, $40 to $70 Loge, $50 to $70 Orchestra

Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band will perform in concert at the TOWN HALL in New York City on April 15th. The one-night-only show is in support of his upcoming album Black Rock, to be released on Bonamassa’s J&R Adventures label in early 2010. The tenth full-length solo release and eighth studio album of his career, the disc will mark Bonamassa’s sixth collaboration with Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith) as producer. 2009 marked a year of milestones for Bonamassa. He kicked it off in February with the release of his ninth solo album, The Ballad of John Henry, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Nicky Horne from the UK’s Planet Rock Radio called it “a quantum leap from his previous albums, and they were damn good – if he keeps this up, he is destined to walk alongside the truly greats.”

New Show Added:  Friday, April 30
DELBERT MCCLINTON

File Under:  Rock, Country, Classic Rock
NB:  General Admission – First come, first seated
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$45 adv, $50 at door
VIP Booths available for four and six – Must purchase whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $260 // Tix/Booth for six:  $390

In the early 1970s, McClinton and his Ft. Worth pal Glen Clark headed out to Los Angeles, where they cut two then obscure but now prized albums for Atlantic Records as Delbert & Glen. Returning to Texas, he landed a deal with ABC Records. With the release of his 1975 solo debut, Victim of Life's Circumstances, McClinton firmly stamped his Ft. Worth-bred blend of blues, country and blue-eyed soul onto the pop musical landscape. A succession of influential and critically acclaimed albums followed, along with coups like appearing on "Saturday Night Live" in its heyday -- an acknowledgement of the pages torn from Delbert's play book by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi when they formed The Blues Brothers. He scored hits like "Giving It Up For Your Love" and "Sandy Beaches," won a Grammy with Bonnie Raitt for their "Good Man/Good Woman" duet, and over the years has enjoyed covers of his songs by Emmylou Harris, The Blues Brothers, Vince Gill, Wynonna, Lee Roy Parnell, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, among others.


New Show Added:  Sunday, May 16
Fire and Rain:  The Music of JAMES TAYLOR performed by DAVE BINDER
Produced by Peter Abraham Presents

File Under:  Classic Rock, Tribute
NB:  General Admission – First come, first seated
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$25
VIP Booths available for four and six – Must purchase whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $140 // Tix/Booth for six:  $210


THIS WEEK AT B.B. KING:

Monday, November 23
COCO MONTOYA and TOMMY CASTRO BAND

File Under:  Rock, Blues
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$25 adv, $30 at door

Over the course of his 30-year career, guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya’s explosive guitar playing and soul-driven voice have propelled him to the upper reaches of the blues-rock world. From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya has forged his reputation through years of hard work and constant touring. Tommy Castro's new CD, Hard Believer, will be released on August 11, 2009. Produced by John Porter (Los Lonely Boys, Santana, Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello), the record includes 6 originals by Tommy and interpretations of Wilson Pickett's "99 1/2 (Won't Do)" and Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody." Carlos Santana said about Tommy, "This is the person who has the voice, the sound, and the intentions to touch everybody's heart" Tommy won awards as both the B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year and for Best Contemporary Blues CD awards at the 2008 Blues Music Awards. Blues Wax magazine annually polls their readers to determine Best Blues Artist and Album of the Year and Tommy has won four of these awards in recent years. In 2002 & 2006 he was named Blues Artist of the Year and in 2003 & 2007 he won Album of the Year.

Tuesday, November 24
HUBERT SUMLIN and special guests – Howlin’ For Hubert
Featuring George Receli and Tony Garner (of Bob Dylan’s band),
Jim Weider (The Band), David Johansen and Brian Mitchell

File Under:  Classic Rock, Blues
NB:  General Seating Show – First come, first seated
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$32.50 adv, $35 at door
VIP Booths available for parties of four or six – Must buy whole booth
Advance Booth/Tix for four - $230 // Day of Show Booth/Tix for four -  $240
Advance Booth/Tix for six - $345 // Day of Show Booth/Tix for six - $360

Where do Blues and Rock legends go to get inspired? To Hubert Sumlin, who lacks their fame but has their love and admiration. That continues today – The Rolling Stones invited Hubert to sit in with them at one of their Madison Square Garden shows in January ’03. Hubert Sumlin is an electric guitar pioneer, largely responsible for the sound of many modern guitar players. Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Bob Weir, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and many other critically acclaimed musicians consider Sumlin a major influence on their playing. Clapton proved his respect by refusing to do the Chess Records London Howlin' Wolf Sessions unless Hubert was present. "The Red Rooster", "Backdoor Man", "Shake For Me", "Killing Floor", "Smokestack Lightnin" and "Sittin' On Top of the World" are songs you may recognize from cover versions by Cream, The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, or The Rolling Stones. Hubert Sumlin formulated the original music to these classics.

Wednesday, November 25
The 3rd Annual Concert for Bangladesh Tribute to GEORGE HARRISON featuring WONDROUS STORIES, GODFREY TOWNSEND and over twenty musicians performing selections from the Concert for Bangladesh

File Under:  Classic Rock, Tribute
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm
$30 general admission
$50 VIP:  Exclusive first entry to the club and reserved seating near stage

On August 1st 1971, George Harrison put on one of the most memorable shows in rock history. It was the first large scale rock and roll benefit ever and included rock legends Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Badfinger, Billy Preston + more. Tonight at BB King's, the music from that concert will be revisited and played with expert precision. All of the music from the original show will be played. It is impossible to try to imitate the original show exactly so for this reason the show will include some real treats including extra songs from the stars of the show including a few of their popular radio hits. Money from this concert will be donated in memory of George Harrison and his brother Peter Harrison(both died of cancer) to the cancer society. The Concert for Bangladesh was the first benefit concert of its kind in that it brought together an extraordinary assemblage of major artists collaborating for a common humanitarian cause – setting the precedent that music could be used to serve a higher cause.

Thursday, November 26
STRAWBERRY FIELDS Thanksgiving Show
featuring members of BEATLEMANIA
File Under:  Classic Rock, Tribute
NB:  In addition to our regular dinner menu an optional THANKSGIVING PRIX FIXE MENU will also be available.
Doors at 5:00pm, Show at 7:00pm
$25
STRAWBERRY FIELDS is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. They take you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964 complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties & the 1st four albums of music. Next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with all the costumes & jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes: "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".


Friday, November 27
JIMI HENDRIX 67th Birthday Tribute featuring THE LANCE LOPEZ BAND, 
VINCE MARTELL of VANILLA FUDGE and VOODOO CHILD
-  A Tribute to THE RASCALS with DAVID BRIGATI
Presented by David Kramer Productions

File Under:  Classic Rock, Tribute
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$20 adv, $30 at door
Jimi Hendrix documentary filmmaker and promoter David Kramer returns to BB's to present his 4th annual Jimi Hendrix Birthday Tribute Concert. 
Lance Lopez...Hendrix Inspired Guitar God returns after receiving a standing ovation after every song at last years Hendrix Tribute. He opened for Rod Stewart in Europe this summer, and ZZ Top last summer. In addition Lance has toured with the late great soul singer Johnnie Taylor , as well as recording and touring with the late Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypies drummer/singer Buddy Miles. His mind bending psychedelic solos continue to blow minds as his following of devoted fans continues to multiply. 
Vince Martell original guitarist and founding member of sixties rock band Vanilla Fudge. In the fall of '68 the Fudge was the support act for the Jimi Hendrix Experience's American tour. It was no accident that Martell jammed with Hendrix a number of times, including a recorded jam at the Record Plant. Ahmet Ertegun's response was "He's one of the best rhythm guitarists on the planet". 
Voodoo Child...The original Jimi Hendrix Tribute band since 1968. Jimy Bleu is a showman that Jimi himself would be proud of. Bleu was in the original Jimi Hendrix fanclub as a young student at the "famed" High School of Performing Arts where Hendrix would occasionally visit these young protege's. He plays a right handed Strat flipped upside down left handed just like someone else we know, it's the truely authentic tribute.


EVERY SATURDAY AFTERNOON, join us for
STRAWBERRY FIELDS featuring members of BEATLEMANIA
File Under:  Classic Rock, Family, Tribute
Doors at 11:00am, Show at Noon
NB:  Ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, Show, Tax and Tip
$40 adv, $42.50 at door


Saturday, November 28
RAMSEY LEWIS TRIO – CD Release Show

File Under:  Jazz
NB:  Limited general admission seating – First come, first seated
1st Show:  Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:30pm
2nd Show:  Doors at 9:30pm, Show at 10:00pm
Each Show:  $35 adv, $40 at door
VIP Booths on floor available for four or six – Must buy whole booth
Tix/Booth for four:  $220  //  Tix/Booth for six:  $330
Ramsey Lewis is an American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality. He has been referred to as "the great performer", a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections which display his early gospel playing and classical training (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, etc.) along with his love of jazz and other musical forms.  Ramsey Lewis first captivated fans with his first album “Ramsey Lewis And The Gentlemen of Swing” by the Ramsey Lewis Trio. By 1965, he was one of the nation’s most successful jazz pianists, topping the charts with The In Crowd, Hang On Sloopy and Wade In The Water. He has three Grammy Awards and seven gold records to his credit.  On September 29, Concord Jazz will release Songs From the Heart: Ramsey Plays Ramsey, the debut Concord Jazz CD from iconic pianist/bandleader Ramsey Lewis. At the age of 74, Ramsey Lewis has not only continued to be active in the jazz world, but he's also forging ahead with a newly inspired creative instinct as a composer. This re-envisioned artistic sensibility is showcased on his new album, which is a remarkable, refined collection of 12 new originals that he composed over a period of two years. The collection includes music from two commissioned world premiere performances at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, just north of Chicago. Eight songs come from the score of 2007's ballet To Know Her...written for the Joffrey Ballet Company and four pieces come from 2008's Muses and Amusements suite performed with the Turtle Island Quartet.

EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON, join us for
THE WORLD FAMOUS HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR
Sunday Gospel Brunch
File Under:  Gospel, Family, Soul
NB:  Ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, Show, Tax and Tip
Doors at 12:30pm, Show at 1:30pm  
$40 adv, $42.50 at door
On any Sunday you can visit with the Choir and enjoy a soul-food brunch at BB King Blues Club, New York City. Here the Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world.  The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage.


Sunday, November 29
KEITH SWEAT
- BAD RABBITS

File Under:  R&B
NB:  SRO
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$35 adv, $38 at door
Keith Sweat's 1987 debut album, Make It Last Forever, sold over three million copies, spawning the hits "I Want Her" (number one R&B, number five pop), "Something Just Ain't Right" (number three R&B), "Make It Last Forever" (number two R&B), and "Don't Stop Your Love" (number nine R&B). It was followed in June 1990 by I'll Give All My Love to You, another million-seller, that featured the hits "Make You Sweat" (number one R&B, number 14 pop), "Merry Go Round" (number two R&B), "I'll Give All My Love to You" (number one R&B, number seven pop), and "Your Love, Pt. 2" (number four R&B). Sweat's third album was Keep It Comin', an R&B chart-topper at the end of 1991, whose title track was another number one R&B hit. In 1994 he returned with Get Up on It; a self-titled release followed in 1996, and two years later he issued Still in the Game. Didn't See Me Coming (2000), Rebirth (2002), and Welcome to the Sweat Hotel.

Monday, November 30
SATISFACTION:  THE ROLLING STONES Experience featuring 
Chris LeGrand, Jim Riddick, Charles Trador, Tony Fortuna and Carl Bass
Marking the 40th Anniversary of Altamont by performing the Altamont Set

File Under:  Classic Rock, Tribute
NB:  Very Limited Seating; first come, first seated
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm
$12 adv, $15 at door
"Satisfaction/A Rolling Stones Experience" is the international touring tribute production dedicated to the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. Now in it's sixth year of production and over 1000 performances, this highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast & costuming of it’s kind. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and cast bring a colorful performance to over 40 years of classic hits. Featured in Rolling Stone, People, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning news and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television & radio. Internationally recognized as the world’s greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy. In 2005 the show joined the cast of Legends in Concert as the first Rolling Stones act ever on the Las Vegas strip and in 2007 Satisfaction was featured in a CBS Sunday Morning News segment proclaiming the group as the next best thing to The Rolling Stones.  The ALTAMONT concert (Dec. 6 1969) is often contrasted with the Woodstock festival that took place less than four months earlier. While Woodstock represented "peace and love", Altamont came to be viewed as the end of the hippie era and the de facto conclusion of 1960s American youth culture.