Odds & Ends: Live Nation, Saving Abel and Bachman & Turner

You can help Live Nation fight AIDs if you buy concert tickets tomorrow. Saving Abel cancels the last week of its tour and Bachman & Turner go all-out next week to ensure you know about their world tour.

Live Nation Walks The LIFEbeat

Buying tickets this week to a Live Nation concert? You’ll help fight HIV / AIDS if you buy those tickets tomorrow.

Live Nation is donating a portion its sales for every ticket sold on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) to LIFEbeat, the music industry’s HIV/AIDS prevention charity in the U.S.

“We are proud to stand alongside LIFEbeat on World AIDS Day to help educate music fans about prevention of this deadly disease,” Live Nation’s CEO / president Michael Rapino said.

To learn more about LIFEbeat, just click here for the organization’s Web site.

Saving Abel Opts For An Ounce Of Prevention

Describing it as a “precautionary move,” Saving Abel has cut its “Class of 2009” tour short, nixing the last week of dates.

Photo: Scott Legato / RockStarProPhotography.com
Murat Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, Ind.

The band recently canceled three dates in Michigan after frontman Jared Weeks ended up in the hospital after being sidelined by a combination of diabetic shock and flu. Although the tour resumed last Monday, the band decided to forego the final week of the tour so that Weeks can have an insulin pump implanted in his body.

Canceled shows include tonight’s Orono, Maine, gig and run through Atlanta Dec. 8. The band will play Nashville on Dec. 18 and Memphis on New Year’s Eve.

For more information, please click here for the Saving Abel Web site.

B&T To Tour

Although they’re not calling it Bachman Turner Overdrive, main band members Randy Bachman and Fred Turner will announce a Bachman & Turner world tour Tuesday, Dec. 8.

They’re going all out to raise awareness of this outing, including setting up a press conference as well as arranging a phone conference for music scribes unable to make the trek to Winnipeg.

Bachman and Turner went their separate ways during the 1980s, with the latter eventually retiring from music at the end of the 1990s.

Then in 2008 Turner ended up contributing a guest vocal on a Bachman track, a collaboration that led to a Bachman & Turner album as well as the tour to be announced next week.