Quick Hits: Grammy performers, Lady Gaga, Train, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, The Shins, Hangout Music Festival, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, That Metal Show, Jesus And Mary Chain
February 7, 2012


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Chris Brown has been added as a performer for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, where he is up for three trophies. Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood also will perform together, and Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt have been added to pay tribute to Etta James. Furthermore, Marc Anthony, Lady Antebellum and Ryan Seacrest all will appear as presenters this Sunday. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will take place live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

As promised, Lady Gaga has tweeted a sketch of what her forthcoming stage will look like for the Born This Way tour. "I'm so excited. The Haus has been working so hard, we can't wait for you to see it!!" she wrote, before adding, "Love you Little Monsters, have the time of your life." Based on the drawing, the set looks like a giant gothic castle with a catwalk that extends into the audience. The tour is expected to kick off sometime this year and continue through 2013. Born This Way producer Fernando Garibay told MTV News in December that the show will be reflective of the album. "This album was the most personal [because of] the amount of detail that went into this record, the amount of passion [and] emotion from her and the team," he said. "Every song was a story towards the Born This Way theme. We're excited now, putting that into the tour and expressing that on a live performance level."

Train has announced their upcoming album will be titled California 37. The record is due out April 17 and the band's current single "Drive By" is climbing the Hot AC and Triple A charts.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have posted on their website the interactive version of the video for "Look Around." Fans can be the director and control the camera to look closely for hidden photos and videos. Check out the clip here.

Paul McCartney will mark the release of Kisses On The Bottom (out today on Hear Music/Concord) with a free streaming performance taking place live from the famed Capitol Studios at 7 p.m. PST on Thursday, February 9. Fans can watch the intimate concert through iTunes on their Mac or PC. Kisses On The Bottom is a collection of standards that McCartney grew up listening to, as well as two brand new compositions: "My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts." The February 9 Capitol Studios streaming event will be the first time ever that the performances of Kisses On The Bottom will be brought to life in a live setting.

The Shins will hit the road in support of their upcoming album, Port Of Morrow, due on March 20. So far the announced dates run from April 13 in Las Vegas to June 9 in Louisville.

Organizers have begun to roll out the lineup for this year's Hangout Music Festival, which takes place from May 18 to 20 in Gulf Shores, AL, where there will be two big stages on the beach, an additional stage and an air-conditioned dance tent. So far, the 2012 event features Jack White, Skrillex, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, String Cheese Incident, The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon, Alabama Shakes, Dispatch, Steve Winwood, Chris Cornell, Gogol Bordello, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mac Miller, Flogging Molly, Coheed & Cambria, Paul Oakenfold, G. Love and Special Sauce, Randy Newman, Dr. Dog, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, Dawes, M. Ward, Yelawolf, Switchfoot and many more acts. Tickets go on sale this Friday (2/10).

Bonnie Raitt announces a North American tour in support of her upcoming album Slipstream. The trek begins in Newkirk, OK on May 1 and runs up to June 24 in Hyannis, MA.

Johnny Cash, who would have turned 80 on February 26, will be the focus of a series of tributes and celebrations in 2012, starting with the official ground-breaking of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project in Dyess, AR. The Project will be a permanent tribute to Cash's early life and that of his family's, as well as reflect a historical slice of American life during the Great Depression. Arkansas State University is spearheading the restoration of not only the house that Cash grew up in and its various outbuildings, but has taken under its wing several other Dyess historic buildings in an effort to preserve the town's rich heritage. Also set for the year-long birthday celebration is the opening of the new Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville, and Columbia/Legacy will release a series of archive titles beginning with Bootleg IV:  The Soul of Truth slated for April 3. In addition, three documentaries on Cash's life are in various stages of development.

VH1 Classic's That Metal Show returns on Saturday, March 31 and will feature Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith making his first appearance. Also confirmed for appearances this season are Jason Newstead (in his first That Metal Show visit), Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Alice Cooper and Lemmy Kilmister.

The Jesus And Mary Chain have announced their first North American tour dates since 2008. The band reunited in 2007, eight years after their breakup. JAMC will play Denton, TX on March 11; New Orleans on March 12; Houston on March 13 and a performance to be announced as part of SXSW in Austin, TX.




 
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