Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is one of the music artists chosen to perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will be held on December 11 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. The concert takes place the day after the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which will honor two human-rights activists, India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, for "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right ...Read more
Remember when Prince covered the Foo Fighters song "Best of You" during the 2007 Super Bowl halftime show? As it turns out, that wasn't the last time Dave Grohl and the Purple One have crossed paths.
"Three years ago, Prince books 21 nights at the Forum [in Los Angeles]. I can't f**king wait. I go to the first show, in a party bus with all my friends, boozing it up," Grohl tells Rolling Stone....Read more
Joni Mitchell will make a rare television appearance when she visits PBS' Tavis Smiley show on Tuesday night. The lauded singer/songwriter will reminisce about her eventful life and career, and also will chat about her just-released box set, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.
The 53-song, four-CD collection, which was curated by Mitchell herself, began as the soundtrack to a planned dance production that was to...Read more
The Who has premiered an official lyric video for their new song, "Be Lucky," streaming now at VEVO.com. The track, which appears on the recently released The Who Hits 50! compilation, is the first new tune from the band since 2006.
The video features a montage of archival clips -- both rare and recognizable -- from throughout the band's career, while the lyrics pop up in animated form, reflecting the same classic comic-book graphics featured on the cover of The Who Hits 50! Among...Read more
The two surviving Beatles have lent a hand to help raise money for an effort to build affordable homes for local military veterans in the New Orleans area.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have both autographed a restored piano decorated with painted images of the Fab Four. The piano is scheduled to be auctioned off soon to benefit an effort of a branch of Habitat for Humanity.
Kim Bergeron, a freelance public-relations strategist who worked pro bono for the East...Read more
Today is a perfect storm for Soundgarden fans. In addition to releasing their new rarities collection, Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, the band has unveiled the video for "Storm," one of the tracks from the compilation. Directed by frequent Soundgarden collaborator Josh Graham, the moody "Storm" video essentially amounts to an incredibly ominous Rorschach Test. You can watch the video via NME.com.
On Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia's Academy of Music, Bob Dylan played what had to have been the most intimate show he's ever done, performing a short set of cover tunes with his backing band to one person -- a Swedish TV personality named Fredrik Wikingsson. The event was organized and filmed for an ongoing Swedish movie series titled Experiment Ensam -- translation: Experiment Alone -- which captures an individual taking part in an activity usually experienced by crowds.
Wikingsson tells...Read more
AC/DC has premiered an official video for the title track to its upcoming studio, Rock or Bust. The clip, which can be viewed online now at the group's official website and VEVO YouTube channel, features footage of the band perform the riff-heavy, mid-tempo tune on a circular stage surrounded by a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.
According to RollingStone.com,...Read more
A complete set of prints from the photo shoot for The Beatles' famous Abbey Road album cover sold for 145,000 pounds, or about $227,000 -- not including the buyer's premium -- at an auction in London on Friday. The pictures, which were purchased by an anonymous overseas buyer, had been estimated to sell for between 50,000 and 70,000 pounds.
The images, which show the band's four members walking across the famed Abbey Rd. crosswalk, were shot on August 8, 1969, by late photographer Iain Macmillan....Read more
Soundgarden's newest release, a rarities collection entitled Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, has been in the works for quite a while. Guitarist Kim Thayil has been talking about releasing a compilation of hard-to-find Soundgarden songs since the mid-'90's, but the idea of a rarities collection has been something he has been attracted to since childhood.
Thayil tells ABC News Radio that as a kid growing up in Chicago, he had always felt frustrated whenever, for example, a band would write a song on a soundtrack and then never give it a proper album release. He...Read more
The day he turned 25 -- November 5, 1984 -- Bryan Adams released the album that would make him a superstar: Reckless. Today, he's releasing a 30th anniversary edition of that milestone album, and he says when he was recording it, he had a hunch that it would take him to the next level of his career.
"I knew going into this record that I had something special," Adams tells ABC News Radio. "I knew that when we recorded the first couple of tracks for the record that we were on to something really good." At least, says the Canadian singer/songwriter,...Read more
Ty Herndon, Andy Griggs and Jamie O'Neal debut their new tour package tonight at the Ryman Auditorium at Charlie Daniels' annual Christmas for Kids benefit. The three will hit the road together in 2015.
Brandy Clark, Sara Evans, ...Read more
The long-gestating Janis Joplin biopic project finally appears to be ready to move forward, with Amy Adams set to portray the influential blues-rock singer. Deadline reports that Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee has agreed to take the helm of the movie, which has a working title of Get It While You Can and is slated to begin shooting in the middle of next year.
The production features a script by Ron...Read more
This past year saw the Steve Miller Band mount a major North American tour with two other famed San Francisco-based acts: Journey and Tower of Power. Now, that same bill is set to hit the road again in 2015.
Miller and his group currently have five dates scheduled with Journey and Tower of Power, running from a March 5 show in Austin, Texas, through a March 15 concert in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to those gigs, the Steve Miller Band has two 2015 headlining shows that will take place on February 19 in Durant, Oklahoma, and February 22 in San Antonio....Read more
Sammy Hagar will join an illustrious list of fellow rock stars when he appears tonight in cartoon form on The Simpsons. The Red Rocker's voice and animated likeness will be featured in an episode titled "Covercraft," in which Homer -- suffering from a mid-life crisis after Moe's bar closes -- becomes the bassist in a cover band with some other local dads.
Hagar says he jumped at the chance when he was asked to take part in the show, which in the past has featured cameos by such music legends as Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, The Who and Michael...Read more
The Smashing Pumpkins have released another song from their forthcoming album, Monuments to an Elegy. The new track, "Drum + Fife," is inspired by Irish folk music while also incorporating electronic beats and loops. You can stream "Drum + Fife" on NME's website.
"'Drum + Fife' was originally a folk...Read more
The season finale of the long-running PBS performance series Austin City Limits will premiere Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. The show will feature highlights from the 2014 Americana Music Association's 13th annual Honors and Awards ceremony, which took place this past September at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
The event included performances by Jackson Browne, Robert Plant, Rosanne Cash, folk-blues veteran Taj Mahal...Read more
R.E.M. by MTV, the new documentary exploring the relationship between the legendary band and the music network, will be making its television debut on Saturday. The documentary will air at 9 p.m. ET on VH1 Classic and Palladia.
R.E.M. and MTV have been linked since they both began -- the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released their first album in 1981 just weeks before MTV premiered its first video. Directed by Alexander Young, R.E.M. by MTV exclusively uses archival footage to trace the history between the two rising stars.
"It occurred to us that there's all this footage...Read more
The star-studded Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney was released this past week, featuring renditions of the rock legend's songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey and many many more. During a BBC Radio interview Wednesday, McCartney himself chatted about the compilation, marveling about the "amazing people" the producers got to take part in the project.
One star McCartney said he was particularly glad contributed to the record was...Read more
A new charity auction is offering the chance to attend the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit, which will feature an all-star tribute to Bob Dylan. The event will be held on February 6 in Los Angeles, and will honor the singer/songwriter's musical contributions, as well as his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.
The winning bidder and a guest will receive two premium tickets to the event, as well as passes to private rehearsals that will be held the day before. Bidding on the MusiCares Person of the Year package will be open until December 10 at...Read more
Billy Joel and Elton John aren't very close anymore, but the two now have something else in common besides their keyboard, singing and songwriting skills: The Piano Man has just tied the Rocket Man's all-time record for most shows at Madison Square Garden by one artist.
Joel has just announced another concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden for June 20, 2015. This will be his 64th show overall...Read more
American Horror Story has a history of memorable musical moments. Last season, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks performed her band's classic hit "Rhiannon" on the show, and this year has already featured actress Jessica Lange performing Lana Del Rey's "Gods and Monsters" and David Bowie's "Life on Mars?" On this week's episode, actor Evan Peters performed a cover of Nirvana's "Come as You Are."
Peters, who plays the character Jimmy Darling, a boy whose fingers are fused together, on...Read more
Back in September, a box set titled The Apple Years 1968-75 featuring remastered versions of George Harrison's first six solo albums was issued on CD and as a standard digital download. Now, a high-definition digital version of the compilation is set to be released this Monday, November 24.
The revamped collection has been mastered in 96-kHz/24-bit digital resolution from the album's original master tapes, and will be available for purchase from all major high-def audio sellers.
Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love has inked a deal to write a memoir about his time in the group.
Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will publish Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. The book will discuss the singer's childhood growing up in the Los Angeles area, the many ups and downs he experienced as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, his spiritual journey and long devotion to transcendental meditation, and his "complex" relationship with cousin and fellow Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson.
"I've had an incredible life...Read more
The U.K.'s Download Festival has added KISS, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and Motley Crue to its 2015 lineup. The new additions will play on the festival's third and final day, June 14. They join a previously announced list of performers that includes Judas Priest, Faith No More, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and Muse, among others, all of whom will hit the stage during the first two days of the festival.
The complete Download Festival 2015 bill has yet to be revealed,...Read more
Mike Nichols, one of the most celebrated and successful film and stage directors in American history, died Wednesday night at age 83. Nichols directed some of American cinema's classic films, including 1968's The Graduate, for which he won the Academy Award for best director.
Many of the acclaimed director's celebrity friends and colleagues have written messages paying tribute to Nichols, including Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, whose music, including the hit "Mrs. Robinson," made up the majority of The Graduate's soundtrack.
Simon issued a brief statement...Read more
Having already conquered late-night television with their week-long residency on The Late Show with David Letterman last month, Foo Fighters have set their sights on daytime. The band played The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, performing their New Orleans-inspired song "In the Clear" in support of their new album, Sonic Highways.
"Our next guests are one of the greatest bands in rock 'n' roll," Ellen DeGeneres said in introducing the band. Dave Grohl and company...Read more
Paul Rodgers will appear on the season finale of the popular BBC performance show Later…With Jools Holland, which will premiere in the U.S. on the Palladia channel tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The famed frontman of Bad Company and Free will be featured performing songs from his latest album, The Royal Sessions, along with most of the respected Memphis studio ...Read more
A newly launched app is giving fans the chance to experience a recent Paul McCartney performance in a completely immersive 3-D environment. Through the Jaunt VR app, viewers can watch footage of the rock legend playing his hit "Live and Let Die" during the historic final concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park this past ...Read more