WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — They've been larger-than-life performers for decades, but now Steven Tyler and Joe Perry's songwriting skills are getting the attention.
The Aerosmith veterans will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June and will receive the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Founders Award next week.
Rocking out in long hair and leather, the band-mates attribute the twin songwriting honors to their longevity in the fickle and fractured music business.
“I think people are enamored by the music, and I think they're pushed over the top by the fact that we stood the test of time, we're still together and didn't quit,” said Tyler, 65, who wore a leather tuxedo coat with tails and repeatedly fluffed his curls during a recent interview at NightBird Studios. “We're still around. We're still in the game and in the fight and have the passion.”
The rockers are so busy, in fact, that they'll miss ASCAP's 30th annual Pop Music Awards ceremony on April 17, where the Founders prize will be presented. Tyler, Perry and the rest of the band will be performing in Australia.
Treasury: Beyoncé, Jay-Z Cuba trip OK'd
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Treasury officials say the trip by Beyoncé (bee-AHN'-say) and Jay-Z to Cuba was licensed as an educational exchange.
Assistant Treasury Secretary Alastair Fitzpayne wrote in a letter Tuesday to congressional representatives that the famous hip-hop couple traveled to Cuba with a group authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba.
Beyonce and Jay-Z marked their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana last week. U.S. citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba for mere tourism, though they can obtain licenses for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange trips. The so-called people-to-people licenses were reinstated under the Obama administration.
Rogers, Clement, Bare get country honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Jack Clement are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The trio of new inductees attended a press conference Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Each has had a significant impact on music.
Rogers was both a pop crossover and a pop culture sensation in the 1970s and '80s with songs like “The Gambler” and the Lionel Richie-produced “Lady.”
“Cowboy” Jack Clement, a colorful artist and producer, played a crucial role in the history of music, working as a producer and engineer at Sun Records before moving to Nashville.
Bare charted his own path, emulating the free-thinking outlaw movement and veering from country to pop and rock.
Baldwin said to be in NBC late-night talks
A well-known name is the latest to surface in the populated field of late-night television hosts: Alec Baldwin.
The Emmy-winning actor is in the mix for a spot in NBC's late-night lineup, one executive involved in the network's program planning said. The executive asked not to be identified because the talks were still in initial stages.
The most likely landing place for a show hosted by Baldwin would be the show now called “Last Call.” That half-hour interview program stars Carson Daly.
NBC is in the midst of what looks like a complete overhaul of its late-night lineup. Last week, the network confirmed that Jimmy Fallon, now host of NBC's “Late Night,” would be taking over “Tonight” from Jay Leno when he steps down in February.
After that change was announced, speculation began about who might succeed Fallon at the “Late Night” show. Now the mutual interest between Baldwin and NBC about opening a late-night spot for the actor could result in three new late-night hosts for NBC.
-- The New York Times