AD Posted April 25, 2006 Report Share Posted April 25, 2006 Pop-rock bonanzaAfter a fairly quiet start to the concert year, when it seemed that more shows were cancelled than announced, the rest of 2006 is finally beginning to take shape.Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young play Scotiabank Place on July 8, while Elton John, Eric Clapton and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are also expected to stop in Ottawa in the coming months.What's more, Bluesfest is announcing its lineup tomorrow, with a mainstage marquee believed to include blues queen Bonnie Raitt, Great Big Sea, Blue Rodeo, Etta James and the U.S. band Live. The festival runs from July 7 to 16 on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall.For Raitt, her July 8 appearance will be a first for Bluesfest, but now it may be overshadowed by CSNY at Scotiabank Place the same night.News of Neil Young rejoining his 1960s compatriots David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash will surprise fans, who have been half expecting the Canadian rock legend to mount an acoustic tour to promote last year's album, Prairie Wind. Instead, the CSNY reunion tour, billed as Freedom of Speech '06, is likely to turn into an anti-war crusade. Not only is CSNY famous for some of the most potent anti-war songs of the '60s, but Young has also written a new disc, Living With War, full of songs inspired by his disgust for the policies of U.S. President George W. Bush.It seems that Young, who is 60, had a burst of creativity and made the disc in two weeks this month. He recorded the bulk of it with a power trio, accompanied by trumpet and a 100-voice gospel choir. On his website, Young describes it as a "metal version of Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan," and suggests that it could be categorized as "metal folk protest" music. Starting Friday, fans can listen to the new songs stream at www.neilyoung.com .Young has not been to Canada with Crosby, Stills and Nash since 2001, a year after their first reunion tour in 26 years. Neither journey stopped in Ottawa.Meanwhile, Elton John is taking his Red Piano production on the road this summer and fall, with stadium dates expected in Ottawa and Toronto in early November.The Red Piano was created to showcase the songs of John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. It debuted in 2004 at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, the Las Vegas theatre originally designed for Celine Dion's long-running show.As for Eric Clapton, the guitar god who reunited last year with his blues-rock power trio, Cream, he's tentatively scheduled to play Scotiabank Place in late September. So far, Clapton has confirmed spring and summer dates in Europe, including seven nights at London's Royal Albert Hall next month.Details are sketchy, but reports say he will be touring with Derek Trucks, the 26-year-old slide guitarist who grew up in the Allman Brothers' extended musical family and has an intimate knowledge of Clapton's Derek and the Dominoes era, his collaboration with the late slide player Duane Allman.The Red Hot Chili Peppers are also expected to land at Scotiabank Place in September. The California band is gearing up for a world tour to kick off its new Rick Rubin-produced double album, Stadium Arcadium, due for release May 8 and likely to be a summer blockbuster. The band will spend spring and early summer in Europe, then will tour North America, including at least nine Canadian cities. After a sold-out 2003 performance in Ottawa, a return appearance is practically guaranteed.Tickets for CSNY go on sale in early May; sale dates for other concerts will be announced as they are confirmed. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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