Quick Takes: Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Sting, Clydie King, Joni Mitchell

  • Aerosmith will perform at Steven Tyler's Grammy Awards Viewing Party on February 10th to raise money for Janie's Fund. Tyler's inaugural bash last year, raised $2.4 million dollars for the charity, "a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls across America who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect." The viewing party boasts "a VIP cocktail reception and dinner, live viewing of the 61st annual Grammy Awards telecast, and live auction to support Janie's Fund."
  • Among the co-chair supporters of the event are Aerosmith, Mick Fleetwood, Lenny Kravitz, Alice Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Hudson, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Stone, Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, and Caitlyn Jenner, among others. (Blabbermouth)

  • Billy Joel will be the first artist to play Baltimore's Camden Yards in 25 years, when he plays the Orioles' home ballpark this summer. The concert, which breaks "with more than 25 years of team policy about Camden Yards being a baseball-exclusive venue," will be held on July 26th. (The Balitimore Sun)
  • Billy has also added four other stadium gigs to his itinerary, hitting Milwaukee’s Miller Park on April 26th; Denver's Coors Field on August 8th; Boston's Fenway Park on September 14th; and the final concert at Arlington, Texas' Globe Life Park on October 12th.

  • It was posted on Sting's website that his new single, "Brand New Day 2019," will actually serve as a teaser for his next album, which will feature the Police leader updating his classic tunes. This isn't the first time that Sting has revamped his past -- starting with his 1985 solo remake of Zenyata Mondatta's "Shadows In The Rain," followed the next year by two Police reunion tracks -- "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86" and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da '86" which were recorded for the Every Breath You Take: The Singles compilation. 2010 saw the Symphonicities album and tour, which re-imagined his Police and solo favorites with a classical bent. (Sting.com)

  • Singer Clydie King died on January 7th at the age of 75. King remains a constant voice on rock radio, having sung on such classics as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," Elton John’s "The Bitch Is Back," Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good," the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice," and Graham Nash’s "Chicago," among many others.
  • In addition to that, King's voice can be heard on recordings by Ray Charles -- she also toured as one of the Raelettes, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr, Steely Dan, Humble Pie, Joe Walsh, Phil Ochs, Carly Simon, Neil Diamond, and countless others. She was a constant onstage with Bob Dylan during his late-'70s and early-'80s gospel period, and Dylan paid tribute to her in Rolling Stone, saying, "She was my ultimate singing partner. No one ever came close. We were two soulmates." (Rolling Stone)

  • Coming to theaters in North America on February 7th will be a special one-night showing of the concert film, The Music Center Presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration. The performance, which saluted Joni Mitchell's milestone birthday, was filmed last November 6th and 7th at L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavillion and includes performances by James Taylor, Seal, Graham Nash, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall Chaka Khan, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, and Rufus Wainwright, among others saluting Mitchell by performing her greatest works. (Forbes)