- Rick Springfield tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his dog keeps him from feeling blue. ”I hug my dog. I’m not kidding here. You can’t be depressed when you hug your dog. I try to turn it into something constructive. Yorkie mix, a goddess named Bindi. She’s a little rat. She’s also a spoiled princess. She has a red velvet throne and someone feeds her treats on it.”
- Billy Joel tells Billboard magazine that it’s a miracle he’s a musician. “It’s a miracle. My father was a better musician than me, and he couldn’t get anything going. Some of the people I admire, jazz guys, nobody really bought their records. On stage I’m thinking’ ‘Are you kidding me? When are they going to find me out? Women are screaming at me?’ “I know what I look like in the mirror.”
- Don McLean is dating a 25 year-old Playboy model named Paris Dylan. She tells the newspaper that it was love at first sight despite their 48-year age difference. ”Oh, I liked him for a long time before I met him,’ she says. ‘About seven or eight years before. My mum listened to him, I loved his music.” Don says, ”We’re not married,’ he says. ‘Not yet, but I hope to be some day. I think that’ll happen.’ And will they have kids too? ‘I hope so.”
- Lenny Kravitz tells The Times that he gets along well with his ex-wife, Lisa Bonet, and her current husband, Jason Momoa. “You go through a marriage with somebody, you break up, and it’s very difficult. But Lisa and I put the work in, and we took the time so that we could become best friends again. Our families are blended. I love her husband. He’s like a brother to me, and I love the kids. It’s beautiful, but it takes work.”
- Contact Music claims Duran Duran played a concert Tuesday night (7/16) at the Kennedy Space Center celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. 300 drones swarmed around them as they sang. Duran Duran performed “New Moon On Monday” and a cover of The Police’s “Walking on the Moon.”
- Bruce Springsteen earned an Emmy nomination or his Netflix special ”Springsteen on Broadway.” The Hollywood Reporter says if Springsteen wins an Emmy he will be the next person to become an EGOT winner, which means he will have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony
- Just Collecting News claims Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics for ”Hey Jude” are being auctioned off. They are expected to sell for as much as $300,000
- Vince Neil tells journalist Miles Schumann that Motley Crue made no money when they first started out. ”I was still living at Tommy [Lee’s] house and living in his van, things like that. I was an electrician back then. So I still had a day job and Tommy, I think he used to paint houses. We still didn’t have any money until later on but until signed with a manager who gave us twenty dollars a week – we thought that was a lot of money. We also signed a twenty-year contract with the manager because he gave us a hundred dollar bill each. Each, for twenty years, that’s incredible.”
- Rod Stewart tells The Sun that he has a new hobby. He collects colorful socks and says, “I’ve got a tray of 30 out on the dressing room table here and another two trays back there, there’s got to be at least 50 with me.”
- Slash tells the website The Sound how he got the name of ‘Slash.’ “Growing up my best friend’s dad was a really cool actor named Seymour Cassel. Whenever I used to go over there, he used to just call me Slash. And it was just one of those things because we all hung out there. So my friends started to call me Slash and it just became a thing.”
- Queen guitarist Brian May says the group has no plans to replace Adam Lambert with a Freddie Mercury impersonator. He posted, “I will say this only once, for the benefit of just a few people who haven’t stopped to think clearly. Just imagine how awful it would have been for Roger and myself to tour with a Freddie impersonator. Anyone who suggests such a thing doesn’t belong here. To the vast majority of you lovely people out there – BIG THANKS for being respectful to Adam. In supporting him, you are supporting the life blood of the live Queen legacy. Nothing is forever. This is a precious moment. We never pass this way again.” Brian added, ”Gifted with a voice in a billion, for himself he is a passionate and unyielding perfectionist. Gifted to us, he is the reason that we are still alive as a functioning rock band. And still able to take on new challenges. Plus … he’s nice. That’s a big deal when you’re a touring family. Freddie (Mercury) would approve, big time.”
- Aerosmith star Joe Perry tells the Star Tribune that he has not had any health problems since collapsing on stage in 2016 due to fatigue. “I couldn’t get my breath and I had to sit down. The next thing I know I’m getting oxygen. They call it COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It’s caused from smoking for years. I quit smoking. I haven’t had a drink since that night. I’ll be around for a while.”
- Mick Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone magazine that he almost went broke after buying a farm. “I bought a thousand-acre farm in Australia in the early 1980s. It was this whimsical decision to start a whole new life. The property had about eight houses on it and a fishing lake. I cashed out about 3 million bucks and bought it. I actually immigrated to Australia and gave up my green card. I thought it was a great place for all my friends and family, but it was also a pipe dream that literally took me to the poorhouse. I went broke. It was beautiful, and I don’t bemoan the fact that I did it. I also don’t bemoan that I’m not sitting there right now getting eaten by toxic spiders.”
- Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott tells Maxim magazine that he won’t ever get tired of performing “Pour Some Sugar On Me” in front of a live audience. “I’ve learned from watching the masters and thinking, ‘You don’t know how lucky you are.’ We call it the Pete Townsend Syndrome, and I totally understand it. When The Who are in a rehearsal space 30 years into their career and Roger turns around to Pete and says, ‘Let’s play My Generation,’ and Townsend says, ‘let’s not.’ You don’t really want to play these songs in front of four blank walls. But they come to life in front of a crowd. Do I get bored during rehearsals? You bet I do. It’s like, do we REALLY have to rehearse these things? … But in front of an audience, my motto is, ‘If you can’t handle the responsibility of a hit record, don’t write it.'”
- Roger Daltrey tells Billboard magazine that he expects to lose his voice in the next 5 years. ”People don’t realize that as a singer, if I stop singing at my age now for a year, I won’t have a voice to go back to. So I’ve got to keep singing if I want to do anything in future at all.”
- Sammy Hagar tells Planet Rock magazine that Van Halen was more successful with him than David Lee Roth. “I don’t respect Dave’s artistry, but I do think he’s clever and a great showman and what he did with Van Halen in the early days was fantastic. Van Halen couldn’t have made it without him. God bless Dave, but he refuses to acknowledge that Van Halen with me was even more successful than Van Halen with him, and that’s very stupid of him. That’d be like me not acknowledging what he did for the band before I joined: that would be stupid wouldn’t it?”
- Gene Simmons tells the Northern Echo newspaper that Mick Jagger and Bono would never be able to wear his KISS costume. ”KISS is the hardest-working band in show business — period. It doesn’t mean we’re the best, although we call ourselves that. But I wear about seven-inch platform dragon boots. Each one weighs 10 or 11 pounds. That’s 20-plus pounds on the legs. It’s like working out with bowling balls. Then on top of that, there’s another 30 pounds or so between the armor [and the rest of the outfit]. And so if you put [Mick] Jagger and Bono — [who are] both great — in my outfits, they’d… like little girls, they’d fall down… They can’t do this. And I’ve gotta spit fire and fly through the air and all that. It is physically exhausting… So the idea is go out with some dignity.”
- Sharon Osbourne tells The Sun that Ozzy Osbourne sends her naked selfies. “There are red roses coming out of his bum. He will do the front and he has just got a big bunch of flowers stuck between his legs so you cannot see. He is very creative.”
- Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone magazine that people don’t want them to do too many ‘unusual’ songs during their current concert tour. “We’re trying to pick some ones we haven’t done in recent years, stuff we haven’t done before. Most of the time people don’t want too much unusual. People like a little bit unusual. They don’t want 100 percent unusual.”
- Joe Perry tells Pop Matters that he considers Steven Tyler his brother. “You know, we still get along with a lot of ups and downs and we’re like brothers, you know. If there’s anything that really needs to be dealt with we go in a room and talk about it … if there’s a dressing room full of people, I’ll even drag him into the bathroom or throw everybody out and we have a heart to heart. If it’s anything less than that, we deal with it the way we have to. And those things still come up.”
- Gene Simmons tells the Evening Standard that he will be crying during KISS’ last show. “On the pragmatic level, this tour is a victory lap. You’re proud of what you’ve done. More gold records than any American band … But I know on the very last show I’m going to cry like a young girl.”
- Hello magazine claims Rod Stewart has gotten a new dog named Blondie. The labrador-poodle mix is a rescue and has been spending lots of time sleeping
- REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin tells Songwriters Universe that “Can’t Fight This Feeling” was written about his awkwardness with a close female friend. “I was kind of a late bloomer with the ladies. There was this girl in Chicago, who I’m still in touch with to this day. We’re still friends. We started out as friends. She was actually going out with one of my buddies. The first time I was introduced to her, when I saw her, it was that love at first sight feeling. There was no way we would get together because she was with my friend. As time went on, and my buddy broke up with her, we still remained friends. I just couldn’t get the courage up, to make that leap of vulnerability, to share with her that I had feelings for her that were more than friendship. It took a long time, and I wrote that song before I finally got the guts to tell her.”
- Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher tells Cinema Blend that his film could have contained a ”Bohemian Rhapsody” crossover. ”There was an idea I had one point, where Elton’s in a restaurant with his mother. I thought John Reid and Freddie could be at another table and they wave at each other! That would have been amazing, [but] it didn’t come to pass.’ It would’ve been a little too knowing. I’m not looking to set out to make a cinematic universe!”
- John Oates tells The San Diego Tribune that ‘busking’, or singing on the street for money, wasn’t for him. “I learned it is not easy to busk. I learned I did not have the charisma to be out there by myself …it’s just not me. I was into performing my original songs, not covers, and performing songs people don’t know is hard.”
- WSFR says Steve Miller has sold his island mansion for $8.5 million. It’s located in Washington’s San Juan Islands and features three bedrooms, a recording studio, a sauna, a horse pasture, Zen Gardens, a tea house, three yacht docks and a giant fireplace.
- Radio.com claims Beach Boys star Brian Wilson is postponing his tour because of back pain and mental health issues. He posted, “We’re not sure what is causing it, but I do know that it’s not good for me to be on the road right now so I’m heading back to Los Angeles. It is no secret that I have been living with mental illness for many decades. There were times when it was unbearable, but with doctors and medications I have been able to live a wonderful, healthy and productive life with support from my family, friends and fans who have helped me through this journey.”
Ray and Dave Davies Recording New Kinks Songs for Possible Album
The Kinks have been teasing fans about a reunion that never seems to materialize for the greater part of the past decade, but it’s now finally happening. In a 2018 interview with Channel 4 News in England, Ray Davies said he was recording a “new Kinks record” with his brother Dave Davies and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory. “The trouble is, the two remaining members, my brother Dave and Mick, never got along very well,” Ray said. “But I’ve made that work in the studio and it’s fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire.”
“This has really been going on for a couple of years,” Dave Davies told Rolling Stone via phone on Tuesday. “We keep going backwards and listening to a lot of old stuff. Some of that is very good, and some of it needs a bit of work.”
Much of their time was devoted to finding tracks for a 50th anniversary of their landmark concept record Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), which Dave says will come out in October. “That’s virtually done,” he says. “It’s a really, really interesting package that’s going to have other songs from that time period like [my solo song] ‘Hold My Hand.’”
The process of going through the archives has led them to numerous songs from their long history that remain unreleased. “Some we recorded but never used,” says Dave. “Others don’t have finished vocals or they need other embellishments.”
The group has been recording some new compositions by Ray along with finishing off some of these older songs and re-recording them. Avory drums on some of the tracks, while his replacement Bob Henrit, who played with the group from 1984 to 1996, appears on others. They have yet to figure out who will play bass once they formally record them. (Original Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died in 2010. Jim Rodford, who played bass with the group from 1978 to their breakup in 1996, died last year.) “The songs are really just in demo form now,” says Dave. “But good demos. Ray is still dissecting various other material we might use. The intention is to get the work out, but it’s not a done deal.”
In the meantime, Dave is planning to record another Open Road LP with his son Russ David and go on another solo tour. When asked if the Kinks will tour now that they’re recording together again, Dave lets out a long, deep laugh. “Interesting question,” he says. “I really don’t know. I think its possible. It’s not out of the question. But at this stage, it’s far too early to say. It would be fun though, wouldn’t it?”
Heart’s Wilson sisters ready to kick it out together again on Love Alive Tour
Heart’s Love Alive Tour kicks off in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, Missouri, marking the first time the Wilson sisters and their band have hit the road together in nearly three years.
The lengthy North American trek, which is plotted out all the way through an October 13 concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, will feature a variety of different female or female-fronted support acts, including Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sheryl Crow, Elle King and Brandi Carlile.
As the start of the trek approaches, a series of videos featuring Heart singer Ann Wilson and guitarist Nancy Wilson have been posted on the band’s social media sites. In one clip, Ann discusses her excitement about heading on tour again.
“I can’t wait to get back to it,” she declares. “I mean, I always say [when I’m on tour] that I want to go home and just watch the ants crawl across the driveway, and that’s good for…maybe a week, and then I start sort of climbing the walls.”
In a separate video, Nancy talks about the Love Alive Tour is special because of the long break the band took since its last trek.
“I think it’s gonna be really big to be with my sister again, and…fulfilling and fun to play and be together,” Nancy maintains, “and exchange that enormous, powerful energy between us and the people that come to see us.”
Crow and British singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas will serve as opening acts at tonight’s show, the first of more than 50 concerts on the trek.
Ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says new covers album is due in October, will feature Lita Ford and Robin Zander
Founding KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley has revealed some new details about his upcoming solo album, Origins Vol. 2, a follow-up to 2018’s Spaceman and a sequel to his 2016 covers project Origins, Vol. 1.
Speaking this past week with the News 12 Long Island TV station, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reported that “Origins, Vol. 2 is done. It’s just being mixed. So that’ll be out in October.”
Frehley unveiled more tidbits about the album in a recent interview with TheWeekender.com, telling the news site that Origins, Vol. 2 will include renditions of The Rolling Stones’ “Jumping Jack Flash” and Humble Pie’s “30 Days in the Hole” featuring respective contributions from Lita Ford and Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander.
Ace said that Ford was amazing, noting, “She came to my home and I coached her for two days with vocals and she just [expletive] killed it.”
As for his cover of “30 Days in the Hole,” Frehley explained, “I just couldn’t cut it, vocally, because [Humble Pie frontman Steve] Marriott’s just too good of a g**damn singer…But I remembered that I had bumped into Robin Zander years ago at a meet-and-greet and he had mentioned to me that he’d like to sing on one of my upcoming records, so I…gave him a call. And he killed it as well. He sounds like a young Marriott.”
Meanwhile, during the News 12 interview, Frehley was asked to share his feelings about KISS doing its farewell tour without him. “I know the fans want me to rejoin the band,” Ace said. “If they make a good enough offer, I’d seriously consider it.”
Meanwhile, Frehley has a run of U.S. solo shows in August, as well as a few fall concerts. Here are Frehley’s upcoming tour dates
“Rocketman” star reveals which Elton John song he wishes was in the movie but isn’t
The Elton John biopic Rocketman features many of the pop-rock legend’s hits, all sung by star Taron Egerton, who portrays Elton.
But it turns out there’s one particular Elton hit that isn’t in the movie that Egerton really wishes had made the cut: The 1975 single “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Yeah, ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’ isn’t in the movie, and for my money it is the best Elton John song of all time, I think,” Taron tells ABC Radio.
The song, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, was inspired by Elton’s 1968 real-life suicide attempt, prompted by his distress over his engagement to a woman he didn’t love. Eventually, Elton’s friend, musician Long John Baldry, convinced him to call off the wedding, which he did.
Egerton explains why he thinks “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” is Elton’s best song.
“Musically, lyrically, Bernie’s words….how kind of self-reflective it is,” Taron says. “Bernie’s writing about Elton and…I just think it’s a stunningly beautiful song on a stunningly beautiful album [Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy]. So I wish that was in there, but it’s not.”
But, the actor adds, “We’ve got great lots of great songs that are. I love ‘Your Song’ obviously, but the one that I enjoy performing most is probably ‘Bennie and the Jets,’ I think.”
“Blinded by the Light” soundtrack, featuring unreleased and classic Bruce Springsteen songs, due in August
A variety of Bruce Springsteen songs, including a previously unreleased studio recording and two rare live performances, will be featured on the new British coming-of-age film Blinded by the Light‘s soundtrack, which hits stores on Friday, August 9.
The movie, which opens in theaters Wednesday, August 13, is based on a true story about a U.K. teenager of Pakistani descent growing up near London in 1987 — a time of racial and economic upheaval in the country — whose life is changed after he becomes a Springsteen fan.
Three unreleased Springsteen recordings appear on the album — a studio version of Bruce’s song “I’ll Stand by You,” a version of “The River” that Springsteen and The E Street Band played in New York City in September 1979, and a solo acoustic rendition of “The Promised Land” that The Boss performed in Washington, D.C., in November 2014.
The soundtrack also features such well-known Springsteen tunes as “Dancing in the Dark,” “Badlands,” “Cover Me,” “Prove It All Night,” “Hungry Heart,” “Because the Night,” “Blinded by the Light” and “Born to Run.” In addition, the album includes dialogue segments from the movie, songs by a-ha and Pet Shop Boys, and music written specifically for the film by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman.
“As a lifelong Bruce fan, I am delighted how this soundtrack takes you through the experience of watching my movie with Springsteen music complemented by the other tracks, including very personal tracks — from my dad’s favorite song to a British Bhangra anthem,” says Blinded by the Light writer, director and producer Gurinder Chadha.
The album, which is available for pre-order now, will be released as a two-CD vinyl set on August 30 after its initial release on CD and digitally.
Eddie Money cancels summer shows after developing pneumonia following heart procedure
Eddie Money has had complications with the recovery from a recent heart-valve procedure, and has been forced to cancel all of his upcoming scheduled summer concerts.
According to a statement posted on AXS.TV, Money “developed pneumonia while in the hospital,” and although he’s “now on the mend,” the cancellation of his shows were necessary because he “needed…extra time to fully rest and recuperate.”
The message adds that this marks the first time in the 70-year-old singer’s 40-plus year career that he’s had to cancel his summer concerts.
The statement concludes, “Eddie hopes to be back later this year to promote his new album Brand New Day and also the premiere of the second half” of season 2 of his AXS TV reality series Real Money, which is slated to begin airing in the fall.
Money announced in late May that he would be undergoing a “minimally invasive [heart-valve] procedure” after recently experiencing shortness of breath.
Also in May, Eddie revealed that he’d be releasing Brand New Day, his first new studio album in 15 years, on July 19. The record features 11 new original songs: 10 that were written by Money and one that was penned by his son Desmond. A video for the album’s title track premiered May 10 on YouTube.
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour auctioning off over 100 guitars for charity
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour is auctioning off 120 guitars that he’s used over his legendary career.
Fans who can’t afford Gilmour’s 1969 Black Stratocaster (estimated at $100,000 to $150,000) are in luck. The guitars will be on display at Christie’s in New York City now until the big auction starts on Thursday.
“These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have gifted me pieces of music over the years,” Gilmour said.
“They have paid for themselves many times over, but it’s now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music.
“By auctioning these guitars I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world. It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I’ll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!”
Christie’s is estimating the most iconic of Gilmour’s guitars, such as the 1954 Fender with serial number 0001 to fetch about $150,000, but other famous guitarists have had huge sales at auction before, according to Christie’s Musical Instruments Specialist Kerry Keane.
“There is great, I think, resonance with this instrument,” Keane told New York’s Q104.3, regarding the Black Strat. “People understand its importance. Who knows where it will go?”
The auction house sold Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” for over $950,000 in 2004. An unidentified buyer paid $2.4 million for the guitar John Lennon used on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
CCR’s full Woodstock performance to be released for the first time in August
Earlier this year, Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford told ABC Radio that the band’s full set at the 1969 Woodstock festival finally would see light of day in 2019. Now comes word that the performance will be released on August 2 on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally.
Live at Woodstock will feature CCR’s complete 11-song, hour-long show, which included renditions of the band’s hits “Proud Mary” and “Bad Moon Rising,” other gems like “Born on the Bayou,” “Green River” and “Keep On Chooglin’,” and the group’s classic covers of “I Put a Spell on You” and “Suzie Q.” CCR’s performances of Keep On Chooglin'” and “Suzie Q” were extended, 10-minute-plus jams.
Creedence was near the height of its popularity when it played Woodstock and the band was supposed to perform during a prime slot on the evening of Saturday, August 16, 1969. But because of delays — including a long set by The Grateful Dead — the band didn’t hit the stage until after midnight on the 17th.
Feeling that the performance didn’t represent the group at its best, CCR declined to be included in the Oscar-winning 1970 Woodstock documentary and soundtrack album. As a result, many people were unaware that CCR even performed at the festival.
In advance of Live at Woodstock‘s release, the show’s first tune, “Born on the Bayou,” has been made available as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can check out the track, which includes the stage announcement introducing the band, on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s official YouTube channel.
Live at Woodstock can be pre-ordered now.
Here’s the album’s full CD and digital track list:
“Born on the Bayou”
“Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)”
“Bad Moon Rising”
“I Put a Spell on You”
“The Night Time Is the Right Time”
“Keep On Chooglin'”
Massive 2008 fire destroyed 100,000+ master recordings, including music by Elton John, Chuck Berry, Eagles
It’s being called the biggest disaster in the music business — we’re just now learning that a fire 11 years ago this month wiped out a significant chunk of music history.
According to an investigation by The New York Times Magazine, more than 100,000 master recordings owned by Universal Music Group, spanning from the 1940s to the 2000s, were wiped out when fire raged through Universal Studios in Los Angeles on June 1, 2008. The report says that at the time, Universal significantly downplayed the damage.
Among the recordings lost were most of Buddy Holly’s masters and, very likely, such historic singles as Bill Haley and His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock,” Etta James’ “At Last” and The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie.” Other artists whose master recordings were destroyed include Chuck Berry, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, The Four Tops, Cat Stevens, Al Green, Barry White, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Police, R.E.M., Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana.
“Rocketman” banned in Samoa over depictions of homosexuality
After reports that Russia was censoring parts of Rocketman, now comes news that the Elton John biopic has been banned in the Pacific nation of Samoa because of its depictions of homosexuality.
According to the Samoa Observer, Samoa’s principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui says the homosexual activity shown in the movie violates the country’s laws and isn’t in line with Samoa’s cultural and Christian beliefs.
Under Samoa’s 2013 Crimes Act, sodomy is deemed an offense punishable by up to seven years in prison, even if both parties consent.
Apollo Cinemas Samoa wrote on its Facebook page, “Unfortunately due to censoring issues we have had to cancel Rocketman.”
When a Russian distributor censored scenes from Rocketman featuring gay sex and drug use, Elton and the filmmakers denounced it in a joint statement.
They wrote in part, “That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.”
Court to decide whether “Stairway to Heaven” copyright case will go back to trial
Last September, a California federal appeals court’s three-judge panel overturned a jury’s decision ruling in favor of Led Zeppelin in a copyright-infringement lawsuit involving the band’s classic song “Stairway to Heaven.” Now, the rock legends have a chance to avoid another trial.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the full appeals court ruled Monday that a new hearing will be held before an 11-judge panel that will allow Led Zeppelin to argue why the original 2016 jury decision should be upheld.
The hearing will take place this year in San Francisco during the last week of September.
A previously reported, the lawsuit claims that the opening of “Stairway to Heaven” was lifted from “Taurus,” a 1968 instrumental tune by the U.S. psychedelic band Spirit. The suit was initiated by a trustee for the estate of late Spirit frontman Randy Wolfe — a.k.a. Randy California — who wrote “Taurus.”
In overturning the 2016 ruling last year, the three-judge panel decided that the original trial judge’s instructions to the jury were “erroneous and prejudicial,” and felt that the judge made a mistake by not allowing a recording of “Taurus” while guitarist Jimmy Page was on the witness stand during the proceedings.
The trial judge’s instructions to the jury included telling them to disregard certain similarities between “Stairway to Heaven” and “Spirit” that were too common to be copyrighted. The appeals court panel in 2018 felt that the judge’s instructions regarding what is and isn’t a violation of copyright law were inaccurate.
In requesting a new hearing, Led Zeppelin argued that allowing copyright protection for “commonplace elements” in a composition would result in “widespread confusion” in the music industry.
Documentary on late E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons coming out on DVD/Blu-ray in August
A new documentary about late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons will be released as a DVD/Blu-ray set on August 13.
Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am? takes an intimate look at the life of “The Big Man” through new interviews with various friends, family members, collaborators and admirers, including Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh and President Bill Clinton.
The film also features footage and photos of Clemons shot by Nick Mead — the documentary’s director — during a trip Clarence took to China in 2003 following Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The Rising tour. During the journey, Clemons reflected on his spirituality and enjoyed his time as a relatively anonymous traveler.
Also appearing on the movie are longtime E Street Band multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren, Clarence’s nephew and current E Street sax player Jake Clemons, and acclaimed musician, songwriter and producer Narada Michael Walden.
In a trailer for Who Do I Think I Am?, Clinton discusses his relationship with Clemons, noting, “It was one of those things where sometimes you hit it off with someone, and even if you’re not with them a whole lot of times, every time you are with them, it’s so special you just never get over it.”
Also in the promo, Walden says, “When he blew his horn, it could liberate people all over the world. The sound was enormous.”
Who Do I Think I Am? premiered in April at the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival in New Jersey. Prior to its release on DVD/Blu-ray, the doc will be shown on June 7 at the New Jersey International Film Festival in New Brunswick, and this summer at the Woods Hole Film Festival in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
A TV or video streaming service release is also planned for early 2020.
Aerosmith opening Las Vegas exhibit to the public when next residency kicks off
After launching in April, Aerosmith’s “Deuces Are Wild” Las Vegas residency will begin a second installment on June 19, and to mark to occasion, the exhibit focusing on the band that’s located in the lower level of the Park Theater at Park MGM will be opened to all fans.
The display, dubbed the “Aerosmith Vault,” previously was only accessible to VIP ticket holders, but starting June 19 at 12 p.m. PT, tours will be offered to the general public, with tickets available for purchase at Aerosmith.com/VIP.
Among the many items featured in the exhibit are Steven Tyler’s high school drum kit, the original lyrics for “Walk This Way,” more than 20 guitars played by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, some of Tyler’s signature scarfs, stage outfits worn by each band member, a Grammy and other awards won by the group, a selection of gold and platinum albums, tour posters and more.
Meanwhile, VIP packages are still available that include the museum tour, along with experiences including a meet-and-greet with Tyler and Perry, and a pre-show Q&A with Whitford, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton.
Aerosmith’s next Las Vegas engagement at Park Theater at Park MGM is a nine-show stand running from the 19th through July 9. The band also has two more Vegas engagements on its schedule that are plotted out from September 21 through October 8 and from November 14 through December 4.
As previously reported, Aerosmith also will take its “Deuces Are Wild” show on the road in August, with multiple-night engagements booked at MGM properties in National Harbor, Maryland; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Springfield, Massachusetts. In addition, the band will make headlining appearances at two festivals in July.
Woodstock-era acts to perform at WE2019 Experience Festivals in North Carolina and Florida this August
A pair of star-packed three-day festivals unofficially marking the 50th anniversary of Woodstock will be held during two separate weekends in two different locations this August.
The WE2019 Experience Festivals will take place August 9-11 at Saloon Studios Live in West Jefferson, North Carolina, and August 16-18 at Space Coast Harley-Davidson in Palm Bay, Florida.
Both events’ lineups will feature several artists who performed at the original 1969 Woodstock festival, including Canned Heat, John Sebastian, Ten Years After, Melanie and Mountain drummer Corky Laing. Gregg Errico, original drummer of Sly and the Family Stone, also will be playing at the August 10 concert in North Carolina.
Other acts scheduled to perform at one or both WE2019 fests include Vanilla Fudge, Jefferson Starship, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Joey Molland’s Badfinger, Iron Butterfly and ex-Ted Nugent singer Derek St. Holmes.
Visit WE2019.org to check out the full lineups of both WE2019 Experience Festivals.
Special ticket packages for the North Carolina and the Florida WE2019 fests are available now at Universe.com.
The Rolling Stones unveil full list of opening acts for North American tour
The Rolling Stones have announced the list of support acts for their upcoming North American No Filter tour, which kicks off June 21 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Among the artists opening for the British rock legends are St. Paul & The Broken Bones at the tour opener; Gary Clark Jr. at the July 7 concert in Foxboro, Massachusetts; Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk on July 14 in New Orleans; The Wombats on August 1 in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on August 5 in East Rutherford and August 14 in Seattle; and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats on August 10 in Denver.
Several of the supports acts, including Clark Jr. and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, have opened for The Rolling Stones on previous tours. Neville was a member of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ solo group The X-Pensive Winos.
Last month, Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who underwent heart-valve surgery in April, shared a video of himself practicing his dance moves while listening to the Wombats song “Techno Fan.”
The No Filter tour, part of which was rescheduled due to Jagger’s surgery, is mapped out through an August 31 concert in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Here’s the full list of dates and openers:
6/21 — Chicago, IL, Soldier Field (opener: St. Paul & The Broken Bones)
6/25 — Chicago, IL, Soldier Field (opener: Whiskey Myers)
6/29 — Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, Burl’s Creek (opener: The Glorious Sons The Beaches)
7/3 — Washington, D.C., FedExField (opener: Ghost Hounds)
7/7 — Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium (opener: Gary Clark Jr.)
7/14 — New Orleans, LA, Mercedes-Benz Superdome (opener: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with special guest The Soul Rebels)
7/19 — Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field (opener: The Revivalists)
7/23 — Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field (opener: Des Rocs)
7/27 — Houston, TX, NRG Stadium (opener: Bishop Gunn)
8/1 — East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium (opener: The Wombats)
8/5 — East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium (opener: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real)
8/10 — Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High (opener: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats)
8/14 — Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field (opener: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real)
8/18 — Santa Clara, CA, Levi’s Stadium (opener: Vista Kicks)
8/22 — Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl (opener: Kaleo)
8/26 — Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium (opener: Kaleo)
8/31 — Miami Gardens, FL, Hard Rock Stadium (opener: Juanes)
Micky Dolenz and Todd Rundgren among artists taking part in Beatles “White Album” tribute tour
An eclectic group of artists are coming together for a fall U.S. tour paying tribute to The Beatles’ classic 1968 self-titled album, a.k.a. The White Album.
The trek, dubbed “It Was Fifty Years Ago Today — Tour 2019,” will kick off September 21 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will feature The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz, Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Joey Molland of Badfinger and ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheff.
The tour includes 17 concerts in the Northeast and Midwest, and is mapped out through an October 20 show in Washington, D.C., although more dates are expected to be added to the outing.
At the concerts, the artists will perform select songs from the Fab Four’s classic double album, as well as memorable tunes from their own careers.
Among the classic songs on The White Album: “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Dear Prudence,” “Glass Onion,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Blackbird,” “I Will,” “Julia,” “Birthday,” “Helter Skelter” and “Revolution.”
Joey Curatolo, who serves as musical director for the popular stage show RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles, will fill that same role for this tour.
Here are all of the confirmed dates for the It Was Fifty Years Ago Today — Tour 2019:
9/21 — Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget
9/28 — Akron, OH, Akron Civic Theatre
9/29 — Danville, KY, Norton Center
10/1 — St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theater
10/2 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/5 — Beverly, MA, Cabot Theater
10/6 — Concord, NH, Capitol Center for the Arts
10/7 — Orono, ME, Collins Center for the Arts
10/8 — Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
10/10 — Staten Island, NY, St. George Theater
10/11 — Boston, MA, Berklee PAC
10/12 — Westbury, NY, The Theatre at Westbury
10/13 — Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC
10/15 — Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
10/17 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
10/18 — New London, CT, Garde Arts Center
10/20 — Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
SLASH Confirms New GUNS N’ ROSES Music Is On The Way
Slash has confirmed that GUNS N’ ROSES will start work on new music in the fall.
The guitarist had previously said that there was talk of GUNS putting new ideas together, but he was reluctant to say that fans could definitely expect to hear fresh material from the reunited group.
Explaining why he had been ambiguous with his comments in the past, Slash told Meltdown of Detroit’s 101 WRIF radio station (hear audio below): “The thing is, we haven’t really done anything yet, and I don’t like to say anything. You know how people used to promote shit and lie through their teeth? So I just wanted to be honest about it, and so there was really no telling what we were gonna do at that point. But at this point, I do know that we are gonna do this run [of shows in the fall], and we’ve already started working on stuff. So, there you go.”
Slash also said that he found it frustrating when a photo showing his guitar rig setup was circulated online, with Internet chatter suggesting he had been on the way to singer Axl Rose’s house to begin recording new GN’R music.
“There was a rumor that I was over there, and it was before I had even been there,” Slash said. “So, I was, like, ‘Jesus Christ.’ And that’s just a pain in the ass and annoying.’ But I am excited about what we’ve got going on and everything, so it’s gonna be cool.”
Slash, who recently returned to the road with his solo band SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS, previously told BelfastLive that he had “no idea” what a new GUNS album would sound like. “I really couldn’t tell you,” he said. “It’s like anything else — you don’t know what it is until it’s done.”
GUNS N’ ROSES’ aforementioned festival shows — Louder Than Life, Austin City Limits and Exit 111 — will mark the band’s first live appearances since ending its reunion tour in December 2018.
GUNS N’ ROSES’ “Not In This Lifetime” tour began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8, 2018.
“Not In This Lifetime” is now believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated more than $500 million since it began three years ago.
Since the end of the tour last year, Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have both returned to solo endeavors.
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour featured classic-lineup members Slash, McKagan and Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
ACE FREHLEY Says It’s ‘Sad’ That KISS Couldn’t Sell Out Madison Square Garden During ‘End Of The Road’ Tour
Ace Frehley says that while he has still not been approached to be a part of KISS’s recently launched “End Of The Road” world tour, he is not ruling out being involved in some capacity.
“I think it’s a sad commentary that KISS performed in New York [in late March] and didn’t sell out Madison Square Garden,” Frehley told Oklahoma’s KATT Rock 100.5 radio station in a new interview (hear audio below). “When I was in the band, we used to do three nights [at Madison Square Garden].
“I don’t understand,” he continued. “I’ve offered my services, and they just haven’t made the decision to bring me back. And that’s okay, because I’m having a lot of fun as a solo artist. But I also am concerned about the fans as well. I wanna give the fans the biggest bang for their buck, and they’re not getting it at this juncture.
“They’ve had this lineup with Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric [Singer, drums] for 15 years, and they announced they were doing the ‘End Of The Road’ tour, and that it was gonna be bigger and better than anything they’ve ever done in the past, and they gave the impression that maybe me and Peter [Criss, former KISS drummer] might be involved, and this and that. Then they just come out and pretty much do the same set they’ve been doing for years. So I don’t know. It is what it is. I do my thing, and Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons] are doing theirs.”
Since “End Of The Road” is expected to last three years, Frehley says that there is still plenty of time for him to take part in some of the remaining legs of the tour.
“Ticket sales weren’t where they wanted them to be on this last run, so who knows what’s gonna happen next time around?” he explained.
According to Billboard, KISS’s March 27 concert at Madison Square Garden grossed $1.947 million and sold 13,359 tickets. The same venue still holds the record for the band’s highest-grossing engagement ever, when they earned $3.3 million over four shows from July 25-28, 1996 during the “Alive/Worldwide” tour (this was the band’s first tour since 1979’s “Dynasty” tour with Criss and Frehley).
Stanley recently told the “Rolling Stone Music Now” podcast last fall that while he is not closing the door on the possibility of guest appearances by former members during the “End Of The Road” tour, he doesn’t promise anything either. “I really can’t say,” Stanley said. “This will be a celebration of KISS and not any individual lineup or any individual members. I wouldn’t rule anything out, but it’s not the crux of what we’re doing… and I’m not being coy either. I don’t want to mislead anybody. That’s not something that’s been given a lot of thought at this point.”
Frehley — whose new solo album, “Spaceman”, was released in October via eOne — first left KISS in 1982. He rejoined in 1996 and parted ways with the band once again in 2002 after the conclusion of their first “farewell tour.”
SAMMY HAGAR Says VAN HALEN’s ‘5150’ Album Made Band’s Audience ‘A Little Bigger And A Little More Mainstream’
In the latest issue of Rock Candy magazine, frontman Sammy Hagar revisits the making of his first album with VAN HALEN, 1986’s “5150”, and explains how it elevated the band to a whole new level of popularity.
“I was very confident in myself,” Hagar explains to Rock Candy writer Paul Elliott when discussing his arrival in VAN HALEN back in 1985 as replacement for departed vocalist David Lee Roth. “Eddie Van Halen would say, ‘Can you hit this note?’ I’d hit it and everybody would go, ‘Wow!’ What I did was inspire Eddie to go, ‘Oh, I can do this and I can do that. I’ve got this musical idea that I would never show Roth. But with Sammy, I can play it.'”
Hagar believes that the chemistry between himself and Eddie created “a more sophisticated style of music and songwriting. Before that it was all rock ‘n’ roll, great party songs. They were writing songs — and me too — about sex, but on ‘5150’, they became love songs. And that brought a real female following to VAN HALEN that they didn’t have before. They had groupies, metal chicks, but they didn’t have couples, they didn’t have girls who were wholesome all-American girls. So these songs, ‘Love Walks In’, ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’, made our audience a little bigger and a little more mainstream.”
Of course, the “5150” album proved to be a major smash for VAN HALEN, making it to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard chart and eventually going six times platinum. And questions over whether Hagar could replace the magnetic Roth were immediately put to bed.
“The fans bought into our trip,” says Hagar. “We were so lucky to have the success that we had and we just rode that wave.”
Read the whole of this revealing article, and many more fascinating features, in issue 14 of Rock Candy, available in shops worldwide.
Cheap Trick, America, Don Felder to perform on next year’s ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise
The lineup of the 2020 edition of the ’70 Rock & Romance Cruise has been announced, and the lineup includes Cheap Trick, America, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Randy Bachman, Todd Rundgren and Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge.
The cruise will set sail from Miami on February 15 and will stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Samana, Dominican Republic; and the Haitian island of Labadee before returning to Miami on February 22.
Other performers featured on the nautical festiva’s fourth annual installment include Jefferson Starship, Rita Coolidge, Ambrosia, Pablo Cruise and Stephen Bishop. Cheap Trick will give one special performance during the cruise, on February 18, when the ship is scheduled to stop in San Juan.
In addition to the many performances, the ’70s Rock & Romance Cruise will feature a variety of special events and activities, including Q&A sessions and panel discussions with some of the artists, themed parties, wine tastings, trivia contests, game shows, karaoke, pool parties and more. Married couples also will have the opportunity to renew their wedding vows.
Cabin prices start at around $1,950. For more details, visit RockandRomanceCruise.com or call 844-466-7625.
ROBERT PLANT To Launch ‘Digging Deep’ Podcast
LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant will launch a new podcast, “Digging Deep: The Robert Plant Podcast”, on Monday, June 3 via all of the major streaming platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, Acast and YouTube.
In an intro audio clip shared via his social media accounts, Plant explains: “Making records is a very personal experience. I was so desperate to get away from that environment, and I was saying, ‘Let’s get out of here.’ But then, now and again down the line, opening up some of the songs and looking back at ’em, I marvel at some of it. Mostly wherever I am, even now all these years later, I really wanna be there.”
He adds: “I’m gonna be picking out some songs from here and there along the way, mixing constant shifts and sound and intention.”
Official podcast description: “Robert Plant’s music is the result of a lifetime striding around the globe, from The Midlands to Morocco, from Nashville to North Wales, and the influences and friends collected along the way can be heard in his songs. In this podcast, he’ll delve into his back catalogue to revisit a track from this remarkable history to tell stories of inspiration, collaboration and intervention. It’s Robert’s personal road map to an incredible and personal journey that’s ongoing to this very day.”
SCOTT STAPP: ‘Name’ Lyric Video
Grammy-winning songwriter, CREED frontman and platinum-certified solo artist Scott Stapp will release his new album, “The Space Between The Shadows”, on July 19 via Napalm Records. Pre-order the album and get two instant-grat tracks — “Purpose For Pain” and “Name” — with two more to come — “Face Of The Sun” (May 31) and “Gone Too Soon” (July 12).
Stapp has posted a lyric video for “Name” to highlight a song that pledges to break the cycle of abuse. The track is a chill-inducing promise to protect his children from what he endured in his own youth. Stapp has performed the song live for select fans during radio visits and each performance has been met with pin-drop silence and standing ovations for lyrics like: “I am a son without a father. He gave his name and walked away. I am a man, now a father. And I swear my son will never know that pain. I was a child, I was abandoned. Too young to fight to have a say. Oh God what seemed so heavy handed. Made me the man I am today. It’s so hard to forgive. Even harder to forget.”
“Name” also gives the album its title, as Stapp vows to make his hard-learned lessons count: “I will… I will… be the space between the shadows. I will…I will… be the light inside the sorrow.”
“The Space Between The Shadows” was co-produced by Scott Stevens and Marti Frederiksen, with additional production on “Purpose For Pain” by Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft. The album was recorded at Sienna Studios and Poppy Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and The Cabin in Los Angeles. It was mixed by Chris Baseford and mastered by Howie Weinberg and features ten original songs and two original bonus tracks.
Stapp is known as frontman for CREED (over 50 million albums sold worldwide), and for his work as a solo artist who released the platinum-certified “The Great Divide” (2005) and “Proof Of Life” (2013), which featured his first solo Billboard No. 1, “Slow Suicide”.
Stapp went through a highly publicized, drug-inflamed meltdown in 2014, after which he entered into an intensive rehab program. Stapp also lost custody of his three children during this period, while also missing a court hearing and allegedly threatening to kill President Obama.
Stapp is now sober and in intensive therapy. He takes medication for bipolar disorder — a condition that causes unexpected shifts in mood, energy and activity levels — works through a 12-step program, and meets with a sponsor, saying, “Nothing is more important than my sobriety.”
Scott will embark on a cross-country summer tour in late June.
Phil Collins goes digital with demos, B-sides and remixes
Back in the days when artists would release vinyl 45 RPM singles with an A-side and a B-side, Phil Collins would sometimes put demo versions of his hit songs on the B-side. Now, those recordings are coming to digital for the first time.
Other Sides, a digital-only collection of B-sides released from 1981 through 2003. Among the tracks the demo versions of Collins’ hits “In the Air Tonight,” “I Missed Again” and “Another Day in Paradise,” the latter under its original name, “Homeless.”
One track from Other Sides is available now via digital download and streaming services: “The Man with the Horn,” which was the B-side of Phil’s 1985 #1 hit “One More Night.”
Remixed Sides, a digital-only collection of extended and remixed versions of Phil’s songs from throughout his solo career, including “Sussudio,” “Easy Lover,” “Don’t Lose My Number,” “One More Night,” “Take Me Home,” “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” and “In the Air Tonight.”
One track from Remixed Sides also is available now as a digital download and via streaming services: “The Roof Is Leaking,” from his debut solo album Face Value.
Both releases come in advance of the launch of a new European leg of Collins’ Still Not Dead Yet Live! tour, which starts June 2 in Vienna, Austria. The U.S. leg of the trek starts September 23 in Dallas.
Here’s the track listing for Other Sides:
“In the Air Tonight” (Demo)
“I Missed Again” (Demo)
“If Leaving Me Is Easy” (Demo)
“The Man with the Horn”
“I Like the Way”
“Big Noise” (Instrumental)
“Homeless” (“Another Day in Paradise” Demo)
“Lionel” (“Do You Remember?” Demo)
“Broadway Chorus” (“Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” Home Demo)
“Around the World in 80 Presets”
“Don’t Call Me Ashley”
“Both Sides of the Demo” (Early Demo)
“Everyday” (Early Demo)
“For a Friend”
“Stevie’s Blues” (“There’s a Place For Us” Instrumental)
“Tears of a Clown” (“Wake Up Call” 2003 Version)
And here’s the track listing for Remixed Sides:
“In the Air Tonight” (Ben Liebrand Extended Version)
“In the Air Tonight” (’88 Remix)
“Easy Lover” (Extended Dance Remix)
“Take Me Home” (Extended Remix)
“Sussudio” (Extended Remix)
“Who Said I Would” (Extended Remix)
“Only You and I Know” (Extended Remix)
“Don’t Lose My Number” (Extended Remix)
“One More Night” (Extended Remix)
“The Roof Is Leaking” (Nicka’s Stella Polaris Interpretation)
“Medley Mega Mix: Sussudio/Don’t Lost My Number/You Can’t Hurry Love”
“Something Happened on the Way to Heaven”( One World Remix)
“Hang In Long Enough” (Pettibone 12″ Mix)
“Hang In Long Enough” (Pettibone Dub Mix)
“Hang In Long Enough” (Pop Club Mix)
“Hang In Long Enough” (Dub 1)
“Wear My Hat” (Hat Dance Mix)
“Wear My Hat” (Wear My Dub)
Following Mick Jagger’s successful heart surgery, The Rolling Stones announce re-scheduled No Filter tour dates
Just a day after Mick Jagger showed off his moves following successful heart-valve surgery last month, The Rolling Stones have announced they’re getting back on the road.
The band’s 17-date No Filter trek was originally slated to launch on April 20 in Miami, Florida, but it was postponed indefinitely following the news Mick needed medical treatment.
With Mick back on his feet, the band’s getting back on the stage. Here are the new just-announced rescheduled North American No Filter tour dates:
6/21* — Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
6/25* — Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
6/29* — Ontario, Canada, Burl’s Creek
7/3 — Washington, DC, FedExField
7/7 — Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium
7/14 — New Orleans, LA, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
7/19 — Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field
7/23 — Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
7/27 — Houston, TX, NRG Stadium
8/1 — East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/5 — East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/10 — Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High
8/14 — Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
8/18 — Santa Clara, CA, Levi’s Stadium
8/22 — Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl
8/26 — Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium
8/31 — Miami, FL, Hard Rock Stadium
* No date change
Ticketmaster notes that tickets sold for the original date will be honored, but those who cannot attend the rescheduled date can refund their tickets via their Ticketmaster account.
The Police’s Andy Summers to present multimedia event at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art
Police guitarist Andy Summers will take part in a special audiovisual presentation at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 22, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll.
The event, titled A Certain Strangeness, will feature Summers playing guitar, accompanied by a projection of some of his surreal photographic images. The show will conclude with a Q&A session between Andy and Jayson Dobney, he curator in charge of the museum’s Department of Musical Instruments.
Tickets for the presentation are priced at $35 and are available at MetMuseum.org. Same-day admission to The Met is included in the price of the ticket.
A Certain Strangeness also is the name of Summers’ latest book of photographs, which was published in March.
Meanwhile, Andy also will present a similar multimedia show on June 7 at the Parkstad Limburg Theater in Heerlen, Netherlands.
That same day, an exhibition featuring a display of photographs that appear in the A Certain Strangeness book will officially open at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, Netherlands. The exhibit will run through October 27.
Elton John’s husband says “Rocketman” portrays the star as “a bit of a monster”
Elton John hasn’t seen his biopic Rocketman yet — that will happen Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival — but Elton’s husband, David Furnish, has, because he’s one of the movie’s producers. And he says that the movie portrays a side of his husband that he’s never seen…and at times, it’s not pretty.
Elton and David have been together for 26 years, but Rocketman details Elton’s childhood and rise to stardom, long before the two met. David tells Variety, “Elton John is somebody that I think I know incredibly well, but then also it’s like watching a film about somebody you don’t know at all. The Elton in all that madness is not the Elton I know.”
Furnish continues, “At times, he’s a bit of a monster and also, deeply unhappy. That’s hard.” He adds, “Many times as I watched the film, I wanted to go and give him a hug, like I could help him. I thought, ‘God, you’ve been through a lot.’”
Furnish believes the movie’s star, Taron Egerton, does a great job of portraying Elton, and John agrees. In fact, David reveals that Elton had a hard time telling himself and Taron apart.
Referring to one of the first photos released from Rocketman, which shows Taron as Elton, sitting on his private plane in the ’70s, Furnish tells Variety, “He’s on the sofa with the glasses and the hot pants. I sent it to Elton and Elton said, ‘I don’t remember taking that. When did I take that picture?’ He thought it was him!”
Rocketman will arrive in theaters nationwide on May 31.
Tom Petty’s daughters sue his widow, Dana, accuse her of mismanaging his business interests
Tom Petty‘s two daughters, Adria and Annakim, have launched a lawsuit against Dana Petty, the late rocker’s widow, charging her with mismanaging their dad’s businesses, The Blast reports.
The suit follows a legal action that Dana initiated last month in which, according to The Blast, she asked a court to appoint a manager that would work with her and her stepdaughters, whom she accused of teaming up in an effort to hamper her ability to co-manage the estate.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Petty Unlimited — the company set up to oversee Tom’s estate that’s supposed to be jointly run by Adria, Annakim and Dana — alleges that Dana hasn’t honored her duties to the company and has withheld assets and diverted them to another company she launched.
The lawsuit claims that Dana’s actions have cost Petty Unlimited more than $5 million.
An attorney for Dana, Adam Streisand, has responded to the lawsuit by issuing the following statement to The Blast: “This misguided and meritless lawsuit sadly demonstrates exactly why Tom Petty designated his wife to be the sole trustee with authority to manage his estate. Dana will not allow destructive nonsense like this to distract her from protecting her husband’s legacy.”
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Adria Petty addressed the conflict with Dana over Tom’s estate.
“We’re trying to figure out how to work with everybody’s advisors and lawyers,” Adria said. “We all love each other and we all work pretty great together when we speak directly to each other. It’s been a difficult time. But I’ve seen remarkable changes in my family in the best of ways because of this, and I’ve seen a lot of catharsis and healing in the last 16 months.”
The Doobie Brothers releasing live album and video documenting historic full-album shows
This past November, The Doobie Brothers took over New York City’s Beacon Theatre for two shows that featured full performances of their second and third albums, 1972’s Toulouse Street and 1973’s The Captain and Me. Now, a concert album and video documenting those shows released on June 28.
The Doobie Brothers: Live from the Beacon Theatre will be available as a two-CD set, a two-CD/DVD package, as a Blu-ray and digitally, and can be pre-ordered now. Special merchandise and bundles can be purchased at The Doobie Brothers’ online store. For a limited time, fans placing orders at Rhino.com will receive an exclusive metallic ink lithograph.
The special Beacon shows began with a set featuring Toulouse Street in its entirety, then an intermission, and then a full performance of The Captain and Me. The concerts’ encore included two later Doobie Brothers hits — the 1974 chart-topper “Black Water” and their cover of the Motown gem “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)” — as well as a reprise of Toulouse Street‘s lead track, “Listen to the Music.”
Toulouse Street also includes the band’s cover of the 1966 gospel tune “Jesus Is Just Alright” and the classic-rock staple “Rockin’ Down the Highway.” Among the classic songs on The Captain and Me are “China Grove” and “Long Train Runnin’.”
As previously reported, The Doobie Brothers will be the opening act on the summer leg of Santana‘s 2019 Supernatural Now tour, which runs through an August 24 concert in Wantagh, New York.
Here’s the Live from the Beacon Theatre CD track list:
Disc One: Toulouse Street
“Listen to the Music”
“Rockin’ Down the Highway”
“Don’t Start Me to Talkin’”
“Jesus Is Just Alright”
Disc Two: The Captain and Me
“Long Train Runnin’”
“Dark Eyed Cajun Woman”
“Clear as the Driven Snow”
“South City Midnight Lady”
“Busted Down Around O’Connelly Corners”
“The Captain and Me”
“Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)”
“Listen to the Music” (Reprise)
And here are all of The Doobies’ confirmed North American tour dates:
8/3 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center*
8/4 — Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago*
8/6 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage*
8/7 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center*
8/9 — Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
8/10 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center*
8/11 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre*
8/13 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
8/14 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live*
8/16 — Moon, PA, UPMC Events Center
8/17 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
8/18 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center*
8/20 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center*
8/21 — Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre*
8/23 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
8/24 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion*
8/25 — Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
9/14 — Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
* = with Santana.
Journey Announce Las Vegas Residency
Journey will return to Las Vegas later this year for a new residency. The run will consist of nine shows at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.
The dates will take place between Oct. 9 and Oct. 26 in the 4,300-seat venue, which is set to undergo renovations this summer. Among the changes will be a new sound system and a high-definition video wall; the floor will also become a general-admission area.
This will be Journey’s third time playing multiple dates in Vegas, following shows at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in 2015 and 2017.
Tickets for the October concerts are on sale to the general public. The band’s website has more details, including VIP packages.
As 2018 came to a close, Neal Schon said the band was taking off 2019 so other members could work on solo projects — “except for possibly a few dates near the end of the year leading into 2020,” he noted.
The time away, Schon added, gave him the opportunity to embark on a Journey Through Time solo tour with former members Gregg Rolie and Deen Castronovo that spotlighted the band’s pre-Steve Perry era. He’s also working on a new solo album with Marti Frederiksen and plans to release another record, Universe, in August.
Paul Raymond, UFO Keyboardist and Guitarist, Dies
Paul Raymond, the keyboardist and guitarist from UFO who also did stints in Savoy Brown and the Michael Schenker Group, has died only a few days after the band concluded a tour. He was 73.
The news was broken this morning (April 13) on his Facebook page. “Hi to all the fans and people who knew Paul! This is Sandra, Paul’s life partner speaking,” she wrote. “With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today. The doctors were trying to reanimate him and with success at first but then his system shot down again and there was nothing more they could do for him, he died of a heart attack. He absolutely enjoyed the last couple of weeks touring with UFO in the U.K. & Ireland and he was looking forward to the rest of this year’s tour.”
She included a photo that was taken earlier this week when they checked out of their hotel after the last date of the tour before returning to their home in Germany. Sandra concluded the post by saying, “I will always love him and I hope he will rest in peace until I’ll see him again on the other side!!! I love you so much Paul 💔😪 Sandra.”
UFO wrote that they were “too shell-shocked” by the news and shared Sandra’s update. They included a photo of Raymond from that last concert and added, “Thank you to everyone for your very kind and supportive messages.”
Born Nov. 16, 1945 in St. Albans, England, Raymond started out playing jazz in early 1964, and formed a psychedelic prog band, Plastic Penny, in 1967. The group, which included future Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson, had a Top 10 U.K. hit with its debut, a cover of the Box Tops’ “Everything I Am,” but broke up towards the end of 1968.
From there, he joined the British blues band Chicken Shack, replacing Christine McVie when she became a member of Fleetwood Mac. But after they were dropped by their label following the commercial failure of 1970’s Accept, Raymond and two of his bandmates left for Savoy Brown, which itself had seen three of its members depart for Foghat.
Raymond spent five years in Savoy Brown, but during a 1976 show in Saginaw, Mich., where they were on the same bill as UFO, he got into a conversation with bassist Pete Way, who said that UFO were planning to fire keyboardist Danny Peyronel because they wanted someone who could also play rhythm guitar. Upon their return to England, Raymond passed the audition, and UFO entered what’s considered by many to be their classic period.
However, in 1981, tensions in the band were running high and Schenker, who had jumped ship to form his self-named group a year earlier, offered him a job. But soon after the release of MSG, Raymond had what his website’s bio described as a “non-music-related altercation” with Schenker and was let go.
He then worked with Way in Waysted and returned to a new lineup of UFO in 1984. But he left after two years, midway through a U.S. tour, due to numerous problems within the band. In 1993, he, Schenker and Way reunited with Phil Mogg. But when Schenker walked out mid-gig in Japan, Raymond decided it was time to leave the road. He eventually took a much different gig, playing jazz piano at a hotel and several casinos in London.
UFO came calling again, in 2003, and Raymond stayed with the band until his death. It is unknown as of press time how Raymond’s death will affect the upcoming U.S. dates on their farewell tour that begin in October.
How Hit Single ‘Love Bites’ Scared Def Leppard
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen recalled their initial fear when their track “Love Bites” became their only No.1 hit single on release in 1987.
The track had been composed in the studio with producer Mutt Lange, and released on blockbuster album Hysteria, but the band had never given thought to how they might perform it live, Collen said.
“We’d done all these overdubs, these crazy guitar parts and vocal harmonies,” he said. “Then the song went to No.1 and we’d never played it live. So we had to take time off an go into a rehearsal room in Vancouver, and we were like, ‘Guys, how are we gonna do this song?’”
“We’d spent three years on our record; we’d done all this crazy stuff that we can’t play and sing at the same time. it was like staying behind after school, just learning this song, singing while you were playing these crazy things. It was really hard. We’d just rehearse, rehearse, rehearse – and we finally got it. Of course, now we do it in our sleep, but it was a bit scary.”
The success of “Love Bites” helped propel Hysteria to sales of over 12 million in the U.S. alone.
Alan Parsons’ New Song Featuring Lou Gramm, ‘Sometimes’
Alan Parsons has debuted a new song featuring former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm.
“Sometimes” is an early taste from Parsons’ upcoming album, The Secret. Due on April 26, the LP will be his first in 15 years.
The veteran artist and producer had previously teased the album, saying it “will include musical and lyrical themes that are very close to my heart and my own interests and passions.”
Among those passions is magic. The craft is one of Parsons’ longtime hobbies and greatly influenced the songwriting on this album.
“Magic has always been a passion of mine,” he explained. “I am a member of the Magic Castle in Los Angeles. I’ve also worked with the Japanese magic company Tenyo, writing instruction books and catalogs for their tricks. I dabble with magic myself in my free time, so an album with magical influences was a natural progression.”
Other artists featured on The Secret include pop singer Jason Mraz, former Pillbugs frontman Mark Mikel and frequent Parsons collaborators Todd Cooper and Jordan Huffman.
Parsons initially made a name for himself as a producer, working on such classic albums as the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. In 1975, he formed the Alan Parsons Project, an assembly of studio musicians and members of various bands with whom he had previously worked. The group was a critical and commercial success, selling more than 5 million albums worldwide.
Parsons is currently in the midst of a worldwide tour, with dates scheduled through the end of August.
Alan Parsons, ‘The Secret’ Track Listing:
1. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
2. “Miracle” (feat. Jason Mraz)
3. “As Lights Fall”
4. “One Note Symphony” (feat. Todd Cooper)
5. “Sometimes” (feat. Lou Gramm)
6. “Soiree Fantastique (feat. Todd Cooper)
7. “Fly To Me” (feat. Mark Mikel)
8. “Requiem” (feat. Todd Cooper)
9. “Years Of Glory” (feat. Pj Olsson)
10. “The Limelight Fades Away” (feat. Jordan Huffman)
11. “I Can’t Get There From Here” (feat. Jared Mahone)
Bob Dylan Whiskey Distillery and Venue to Open in Nashville
Bob Dylan’s range of whiskeys will find a new home at a multi-use facility in Nashville, which is set to open in 2020, operators announced.
He launched his Heaven’s Door spirits last year – named after classic track “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and featuring an image of a metalwork sculpture on the same theme – which are currently being distilled in various locations.
The new Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts will provide a base for their continued creation. Some of Dylan’s paintings and metalwork sculptures will be on display at the center, with concerts and other live events to be planned also.
Dylan and his business partners purchased the Elm Street Methodist Church in downtown Nashville for $6.2 million in 2017. Built in the 1860s, the church closed in 1971 was was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Once conversation is complete, it will also house a restaurant and whiskey library.
Announcing his spirits line in 2018, Dylan said he “wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story. … I’ve been traveling for decades, and I’ve been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer. This is great whiskey.”
Heaven’s Door is available in straight rye, straight bourbon and double-barreled varieties.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Dylan was working on a new movie project with Martin Scorcese based on his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese will be aired on Netflix later this year. It’s described as “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream.”
Holding Out for a Hero: Bonnie Tyler & Rod Stewart finally sing together
If you’ve ever heard Bonnie Tyler‘s hits “It’s a Heartache,” “Total Eclipse of the Heart” or “Holding Out for a Hero,” you know that Bonnie’s raspy voice is reminiscent of Rod Stewart‘s. Well, it’s taken them 50 years, but now, the two legendary vocalists have finally recorded a duet, which North American fans will get to hear later this year.
The song, “Battle of the Sexes,” appears on Bonnie’s new album Between the Earth and the Stars, which comes out this Friday in the U.K. and most of the world, but won’t be released officially in the U.S. and Canada until the fall.
Appearing on the British TV show Loose Women, Bonnie noted that fans have been waiting for years for her and Rod to record together, and explained that she landed him for the project after a mutual friend promised to pass along her request.
“I waited until I found the right song, which took a couple of months…and I had this song called ‘Battle of the Sexes,’” Bonnie recalled. “And so I thought, ‘This is it.’ So I sent it to [Rod’s friend] Ricky…he passed it on, [and] within a day or two days, Rod got back to me personally…to say that yes, he wouldn’t normally — but yes, he’d do it!”
Rod isn’t the only British knight involved in the album: The Bee Gees‘ Sir Barry Gibb wrote a song specifically for her to record, and she also sings a duet with iconic U.K. pop star Sir Cliff Richard.
And on the more modern side of things, the disc features three songs written just for Bonnie by Amy Wadge, one of Ed Sheeran‘s favorite collaborators — she and Ed co-wrote “Thinking Out Loud,” among other tracks.
No word yet on an exact U.S. release date.
Pete Townshend says new Who album will include songs about homelessness, #MeToo and the fishing industry
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend says the band is “about two-thirds” done with their upcoming studio album, which he thinks will be “really great.”
During a recent press event held at London’s Wembley Stadium, Townshend — along with The Who frontman Roger Daltrey — told the U.K.’s Absolute Radio that he’s written “some good songs” that focus on current themes, including “homelessness…the fishing industry [and] the way that men might have to change in the future…after the ‘Me Too’ thing.”
The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also reports that a few guests may be asked to contribute to the record, such as “a female vocalist” or “a rapper.”
Daltrey, meanwhile, tells Absolute Radio that it can be challenging for him to come up with a unique way to present the songs Townshend writes.
“I have to climb into the words he’s written and the way he performs them on his demos,” Roger notes, “but then I have to think, ‘Well, how do I put this suit of clothes and make it mine and make it breathe in [a way that’s] comfortable for me?’ And that can be quite a painful process sometimes.”
Having said that, Daltrey declares that Townshend has “still got that ability to write those songs that get in your ear like an earworm, and go ’round and ’round and ’round.”
Roger also reveals that The Who decided to play with orchestral accompaniment on their upcoming Moving On! tour because he had “a magical experience” performing Tommy last year with orchestras during his solo trek. He says performing with an orchestra will “give the music it’s best possible chance to be elevated to a new position.”
2019 KAABOO Del Mar festival to feature Duran Duran, REO Speedwagon, The Bangles & more
Duran Duran, REO Speedwagon and The Bangles are among the many acts performing at the 2019 KAABOO Del Mar festival, scheduled for September 13-15 in the Southern California beach town of Del Mar.
The event’s daily headliners are Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons, while the lineup also includes such veteran artists as Squeeze, Sheryl Crow, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians and Blind Melon.
KAABOO Del Mar, which takes place at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds just north of San Diego, also features comedy performances, art exhibits, gourmet food and drinks.
Tickets and VIP passes are on sale now. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit KAABOODelMar.com.
Still Not Dead Yet: Phil Collins returns this fall for more U.S. tour dates
Phil Collins isn’t dead yet…so he’s just going to keep on touring.
The singer and former Genesis drummer has announced a limited run of dates for fall of 2019, dubbed the Still Not Dead Yet, Live! tour. The 15-city trek kicks off September 23 in Dallas and wraps up October in Las Vegas.
Phil’s last outing in 2018 featured the same band who’ll be joining him for this one. The lineup includes longtime Genesis touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer, who’s also played with Phil for years, as well as legendary session musician Leland Sklar on bass and Phil’s own son Nicolas playing drums.
The tour will be a “celebration” of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s “epic career,” featuring solo and Genesis hits like “Against All Odds,” “Follow You Follow Me,” “In the Air Tonight,” “Invisible Touch,” “Easy Lover” and many more.
Here are the tour dates:
9/23 — Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
9/24 — Houston, TX Toyota Center
9/26 — Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
9/28 — Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Center
9/29 — Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
10/1 — Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
10/2 — Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
10/4 — Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
10/6 — New York, NY Madison Square Garden
10/9 — Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
10/11 — Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
10/13 — Denver, CO Pepsi Center
10/15 — Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
10/17 — San Francisco, CA Chase Center
10/19 — Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena