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Chuck Goff bass player for Toby Keith dead at 54

Chuck Goff

Chuck Goff
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Carl “Chuck” Goff Jr. died Wednesday night in a two car crash in a rural part of Cleveland County near Oklahoma City.

According to authorities when first responders arrived one vehicle was on top of the other. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the accident. The driver of the second vehicle was not seriously injured.

The 54-year-old Goff had been with Toby Keith’s band for well over 16 years, working as both band leader and bass player.

Toby Keith posted on his site, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our band member, Chuck Goff. He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

Goff co-wrote “Upstairs Downtown” and “You Ain’t Much Fun” on Toby Keith’s 1994 album “Boomtown.” Protection Status

Pandora goes to the Grammys

Pandora, Pepsi and The Recording Academy® Provide Music Fans with Inside Look at Best New Artist GRAMMY® Nominees, via Video Series and Genre Stations

Pandora, PepsiCo Inc. and The Recording Academy announced an original content video series showcasing the 54th GRAMMY Best New Artist nominees.

The video series can be found at the GRAMMY genre stations are accessible at

The Best New Artist video series includes exclusive interviews with the Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Skrillex. During the interviews, the artists discuss the evolution of their careers, share their excitement surrounding their Best New Artist nomination and describe their anticipation for the awards show.

“To commemorate the excitement for Music’s Biggest Night with the launch of a dozen GRAMMY genre stations and the first-ever Best New Artist video series is exciting,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer, The Recording Academy. “We were pleased to extend this innovative program to Pandora users through our partnership with Pepsi.”

The partnership also offers music fans a GRAMMY mixtape, which can be found at includes songs from nominees and newcomers in various 54th GRAMMY Awards categories.

Pandora GRAMMY genre stations (see below) have been created in conjunction with the series, designed to help music fans celebrate and capture the excitement around the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

The GRAMMY genre stations are based on official GRAMMY categories, ranging from country to comedy, and spotlight current and past GRAMMY-nominated artists. The new GRAMMY genre stations include:

GRAMMY(®) Country: featuring artists such as Lady Antebellum, Toby
Keith, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood.

GRAMMY(®) Pop and Dance: featuring artists such as Adele, Black Eyed
Peas, Coldplay, and Maroon 5.

GRAMMY(®) Rock and Alternative: featuring artists such as the Black
Keys, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

GRAMMY(®) Rap: featuring artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kanye
West, and 50 Cent.

GRAMMY(®) R&B: featuring artists such as Beyonce, Chris Brown, Jennifer
Hudson, and John Legend.

GRAMMY(®) Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music: featuring artists
such as Kirk Franklin, Brandon Heath, Mary Mary, and Matthew West.

GRAMMY(®) Latin: featuring artists such as Calle 13, Intocable, Los
Tigres Del Norte, and Wisin Y Yandel.

GRAMMY(®) Jazz: featuring artists such as Karrin Allyson, Herbie
Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Yellowjackets.

GRAMMY(®) World and Reggae: featuring artists such as Gilberto Gil,
Femi Kuti, Ziggy Marley, and Shaggy.

GRAMMY(®) American Roots Music: featuring artists such as the Civil
Wars, Emmylou Harris, Keb’ Mo’, and Ricky Skaggs.

GRAMMY(®) Classical: featuring artists such as those from the London
Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera, Paul Ruders, and Yo-Yo

GRAMMY(®) Comedy: featuring artists such as Lewis Black, Louis C.K.,
Flight Of The Conchords, and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Top Grossing Concerts of 2011

Billboard magazine just recently released the 25 top grossing concert tours of 2011.

If you’re one of those starving artists making a living by having a day job, you may not want to continue reading this. These are some pretty obscene amounts of money for walking out on stage and doing what you do best, but it’s what the market will bear.

Not to worry though. Several years ago Justin Bieber was posting covers through YouTube and now he’s in the top 25 grossing concerts for 2011. It’s all about networking, marketing, social media, and everything else non-music related. I know it sucks, but that’s the reality of making it in any business, especially in the arts.

Keep in mind these numbers are their gross earnings. The bigger their set, the larger the venue, the more their profit dwindles.

Leading the pack was U2, grossing a whopping $293,281,487 for only 44 shows!! That comes out to $6,665,488 per concert. Take That was close behind U2 for the per show gross coming in at $6,385,357.

Journey's Arnel Pineda - Click for more images

I was pleasantly surprised to see an old school rock band beating out the likes of Britney Spears! Journey’s Eclipse tour with new frontman, Arnel Pineda, came in at $39m and Britney’s Femme Fatale tour was at $37m. However, the per show take for Spears was $951,000 compared to Journey’s $535,000 per show.  Taking into account, sets, stagehands, and supporting personnel, I’d say Journey kicked some serious butt. Their set consisted of the standard fare with a large number of monitors in the background, where Spears set was extremely lavish and expensive with set changes throughout the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if she lost money on her tour.

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So here they are:

  1. U2, $293,281,487 (44 shows) $6,665,488 per show
  2. Bon Jovi, $192,947,951 (68 shows) $2,837,469 per show
  3. Take That, $185,175,360 (29 shows) $6,385,357 per show
  4. Roger Waters, $149,904,965 (92 shows)$1,629,401 per show
  5. Taylor Swift, $97,368,416 (89 shows) $1,094,027 per show
  6. Kenny Chesney, $84,576,917 (55 shows) $1,537,762 per show
  7. Usher, $74,954,681 (73 shows) $1,026,776 per show
  8. Lady Gaga, $71,900,434 (45 shows) $1,597,787 per show
  9. Andre Rieu, $67,104,756 (102 shows) $657,889 per show
  10. Sade, $53,178,550 (59 shows) $901,331 per show
  11. Michael Buble, $49,856,921 (57 shows) $874,682 per show
  12. The Eagles, $49,759,190 (24 shows)  $2,073,299 per show
  13. Katy Perry, $48,851,454 (98 shows) $498,484 per show
  14. Lil Wayne, $46,300,000 (69 shows) $671,014 per show
  15. Justin Bieber, $44,124,922 (35 shows) $1,103,123 per show
  16. Glee Live!In Concert! $40,854,811 (40 shows)$ 1,021,370 per show
  17. NKOTBSB (New Kids on the Brokeback and the Backseat Boys), $40,415,307 (51 shows) $792,457 per show
  18. Journey, $39,069,939 (73 shows)  $535,204 per show
  19. Britney Spears, $37,100,000 (39 shows)  $951,282 per show

    Glee! - Click for more images

  20. Iron Maiden, $33,085,671 (33 shows) $1,002,596 per show
  21. Kylie Minogue, $32,559,439 (41 shows) $794,132 per show
  22. Neil Diamond, $31,303,070 (20 shows) $1,565,153 per show
  23. Enrique Iglesias, $30,811,001 (38 shows)  $810,815 per show
  24. Jason Aldean, $27,768,963 (58 shows) $478,775 per show
  25. Toby Keith, $27,313,132 (52 shows)  $525,252 per show







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