RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Dawes didn’t set out to make music that sounds like it’s from another era- they just happened to. Singer-guitarist Taylor Goldsmith says their goal was to write songs they could play on the acoustic guitar at someone’s house, and if it reminds people of another artist from long ago, so be it. Goldsmith says they’re not trying to sound like they’re from another time, but they’re also not trying to sound like they’re from this time. He says writing songs with a traditional structure just makes them happy.
NEW YORK (AP) – Lenny Kravitz believes that every kid deserves to get a shot. He has teamed up with UNICEF to record a public service announcement to encourage people to contribute to the UNICEF USA fund to purchase vaccines for children. Kravitz says vaccines cost so little and UNICEF can immunize 100 percent of the world’s children with enough funding. You can view the PSA here.
NEW YORK (AP) – Bill Clinton can bring together all sorts of warring parties, but couldn’t do it for Led Zeppelin. David Saltzman of the Robin Hood Foundation tells the “60 Minutes Overtime” webcast that he and executive Harvey Weinstein flew to Washington to ask Clinton to ask the surviving members of Led Zeppelin to reunite for the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert. Clinton asked, and they said no. Led Zeppelin was in Washington just before the Sandy concert to accept their Kennedy Center Honors.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Rod Stewart says writing songs used to be a chore – but it isn’t anymore. He says in years past, cranking out lyrics was similar to going to school. But now, he says it’s a joy. Sometimes, he even gets up in the middle of the night to scribble down lyrics so he doesn’t forget them when he wakes up. So what made him change? Apparently, it was writing his autobiography. It gave him a chance to reflect on his life – and that got his creative juices flowing again. You can hear the results in his new album, “Time.”
NEW YORK (AP) – Richie Havens’ ashes will be scattered at the site that made him famous: a farm in upstate New York. Havens’ family say later this summer they will scatter his ashes at the site of Woodstock in 1969, which is now the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Havens opened Woodstock and was onstage nearly three hours because many of the other performers were stuck in traffic. Haven passed away on April 22, due to a heart attack in his Jersey City home. He was 72 years old.