This seems late as the press release went out last Wednesday, December 15, but the excitement is just as exhilarating. Randy Newman is playing a benefit concert for The Friends of The Sheldon on February 25. SHHHHH!! I want to keep this quiet. Don't tell all your friends. Don't forward this link. If you have to just tell the people you really like, but please keep it to a minimum. I just want you and a few others to know so you can get tickets and there are still a couple left for me!
One of the best songwriters of the past 40 years is playing the intimate stage at the Sheldon Concert Hall! I'm still trying to make it seem real, but I'm having a hard time letting it sink in. The venue only seats 732 people -- and that's with 20 folding chairs in the back installed too!
While Newman, 67, does not focus solely on his own albums of original material today, his output is just as impressive as other artists his age. He has released twelve solo albums starting with his self titled debut in 1968 and his most recent being Harps And Angels (Nonesuch, 2008), his first collection of new songs since 1999’s Bad Love. His albums for Reprise Records in the 1970's, 12 Songs, Sail Away, Good Old Boy, and Little Criminals have received the most praise from critics and fellow musicians. Songs like "Mama Told Me Not To Come" and "You Can Leave Your Hat On" were hits for other artists while songs such as "Sail Away" and "Short People" further solidified his standing among songwriters.
From the Friends of the Sheldon press release -
With a sardonic wit and tongue-in-cheek look at modern society, Academy Award-winning pianist, composer and singer Randy Newman has become one of today’s most respected social satirists. From hits such as “Short People” and “I Love L.A.,” to original movie soundtracks for “Monsters Inc.,” “Seabiscuit,” “The Natural,” “Cars,” “Toy Story” and more, the sharp-witted performer combines pop, rock, R&B and blues music to create a sound all his own. Most recently, Newman wrote the songs and score for Disney’s The Princess and the Frog as well as Toy Story 3, both of which received nominations for the 2010 Grammy Awards.
In addition to winning an Academy Award, Newman is the recipient of two Emmy Awards, five Grammy awards and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. In 2002, the Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Newman into its ranks, and on June 2, 2010 Newman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Patron tickets are on sale now at $150 or $125 and include preferred seating, complimentary parking, post-concert reception and a tax deduction. Call The Sheldon at 314.533.9900. Single Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, January 22 at 10 a.m. and are $50 orchestra /$45 balcony. Call MetroTix at 314.534.1111 or visit www.TheSheldon.org. For more information, call The Sheldon during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 314.533.9900.
Here's a short interview with Randy Newman discussing his songwriting -