Thanksgiving is here again, and many rock artists will be celebrating their Turkey Day surrounded by friends, family, and, of course, plenty of food.
Robert Trujillo will be at the Sound Garden record store in Syracuse, New York, for Record Store Day Black Friday, and the Metallica bassist also will be spending Thanksgiving Day in the Empire State.
"My family and I will be in New York for the first time ever celebrating Thanksgiving, so that should be interesting," he tells ABC Radio.
Mountain frontman Leslie West says he and his wife...Read more
Palladia is serving up a heaping helping of Tom Petty for Thanksgiving. The high-def network will host a 24-hour block of programming focusing on the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer that kicks off at 7 a.m. ET.
Among the shows that will air during the Tom Petty Thanksgiving Takeover is the premiere of the concert film Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park, at 9 p.m. ET. As its title suggests, the flick documents an August 2014 show Petty and his band played at the historic Boston ballpark.
Frank Zappa's classic 1979 double album, Sheik Yerbouti, is getting new life in a two-LP, 180-gram vinyl reissue.
Newly remastered from the original tapes, and accompanied by the original artwork, the Sheik Yerbouti reissue is due out on December 11. The album is best known for one of the late guitarist and composer's near-hits, the disco parody "Dancin' Fool," which reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another of the album's tracks, the scatological "Bobby Brown," was a big hit in Europe, actually topping the singles charts in Norway and...Read more
For the second straight year, the organizers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival are celebrating Thanksgiving by offering up an online special featuring select performances from the latest edition of the fest. The show, called A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, is more than an hour long and features Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Tears for Fears and several other acts, all of whom hit the stage this past June.
Plant and his current backing group are shown playing...Read more
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! will be hosting a shopathon on World AIDS Day, December 1, in order to raise money for the AIDS charity (RED). U2 frontman Bono, who co-founded (RED), will be among the big stars who will join host Jimmy Kimmel on the episode.
Modern rockers The Killers and actresses Scarlett Johansson and Olivia Wilde also will make appearances during the special show.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
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Earlier this month, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons released his first-ever studio album, the Afro-Cuban-influenced Perfectamundo, and now the 65-year-old singer/guitarist is ready to launch a U.S. tour with his new backing band The BFG's in support of the record. The trek kicks off Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is broken into two fairly brief legs, with the final show scheduled for February 6 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Gibbons tells ABC Radio that he's thrilled...Read more
The 2015 edition of NBC's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special, which celebrates the lighting of the famous New York City landmark's Christmas tree, will air on Wednesday, December 2. As usual, the show will feature performances by some of music's brightest stars, with this year's lineup including Sting and James Taylor.
Taylor will be performing with trumpeter Chris Botti. Other artists on the holiday extravaganza's bill include Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, The Band Perry, Andy Grammer,...Read more
Metallica will once again team up with the San Francisco Giants for the fourth annual Metallica Night. The Bay Area metal legends will perform the national anthem and throw out the first pitch before their hometown Giants take on the visiting Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on May 6.
"We'll stick around all night to cheer on the orange and black with all the loyal fans and keep your eyes peeled to spot us participating in some in between inning action," the band writes on its website.
Founding Sly and the Family Stone trumpet player and "hype woman" Cynthia Robinson passed away on Monday at age 69 from cancer. Robinson's death was announced on her official Facebook page, along with a note asking for continued donations to a fund ...Read more
Journey and The Doobie Brothers have announced plans for an expansive 2016 co-headlining trek of North America that also will feature a very special opening act: former Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason. The outing, dubbed the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour, will get underway May 12 in Irvine, California, and is mapped out all the way through an August 30 show in Chula Vista, California.
The trek...Read more
Founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks has formed a new group called Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, which features his son Vaylor on guitar and late Allmans bassist Berry Oakley's son, Berry Oakley Jr., on bass. The outfit has just announced plans to close out 2015 with a six-date series of shows in Florida.
The run begins December 26 at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton and wraps up with a New Year's Eve performance at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Rounding...Read more
As founding Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington continues to recuperate from a heart attack he suffered in early October, the band has decided to cancel the remaining two dates on its 2015 schedule.
A message posted on the legendary Southern rockers' official Facebook page explains, "After further evaluation and continued treatment by his Doctors, Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring to concentrate on recuperating from his recent heart procedures."
The long-planned Freddie Mercury biopic apparently is set to move forward with a new screenwriter. Deadline reports that GK Films, the company that's co-producing the movie, has hired Anthony McCarten, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay to the 2014 Steven Hawking biographical flick The Theory of Everything.
Ben Whishaw, who has played the character Q in the last two James...Read more
A new two-CD compilation celebrating the long career of the late Joe Cocker will be released on December 11. The Life of a Man: The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013 features 36 tracks, including the soulful British rock singer's best-known studio and select live performances.
Among the memorable tunes featured on The Life of a Man are Cocker's classic covers of Traffic's "Feelin' Alright," Leon Russell's "Delta Lady," Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your...Read more
U2 has announced makeup dates for the band's two concerts at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris that were postponed in the wake of the terrorist attacks that took place in the city November 13. The shows, which had been scheduled for November 14 and 15, now will be held December 6 and 7.
"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable," says U2 singer Bono in a statement. "For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind...Read more
Iggy Pop will perform at the 2016 edition of the Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert. The annual event, now in its 26th year, will be held February 22 at New York City's Carnegie Hall.
Joining the Godfather of Punk at the benefit concert will be electronic and R&B artist FKA Twigs, soul singer Sharon Jones and folk musician Basia Bulat. The concert lineup is being curated by renowned composer Philip Glass.
The event raises money for Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the request of the Dalai Lama...Read more
We now know what that countdown clock was all about. Early Monday, Foo Fighters released a free EP on their website -- along with a note written by frontman Dave Grohl that touches upon the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.
The EP, titled Saint Cecilia, is available for download or streaming on FooFighters.com, iTunes and elsewhere. It's interesting to note that the double-F Foo Fighters logo displayed on the post-countdown page still incorporates the same state highway sign outline design the...Read more
Famed Mountain singer/guitarist Leslie West has just released a new solo album called Soundcheck, his third studio album in the last four years. Like his previous two records, 2011's Unusual Suspects and 2013's Still Climbing, Soundcheck features a mix of original tunes and select covers, along with contributions from some very cool guest musicians.
Among the well-known artists who appear on various tracks on Soundcheck are Peter Frampton,...Read more
Bob Seger may have turned 70 this past May but he apparently isn't quite ready for retirement. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently told Billboard that he's planning to put out a new album next year called I Knew You When, a collection of updated versions of previously unreleased tunes.
The record also will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the start of Seger's music career. To...Read more
A mysterious countdown clock posted on Foo Fighters' website last month finally expire tonight. The clock will hit zero at 11:01 p.m. ET.
As for what the clock is counting down to, a number of theories have been proposed. One is that Foo Fighters will be releasing the five new songs that they recently recorded in Austin, Texas, which Dave Grohl announced during the band's headlining set at the Austin City Limits music festival. However, the...Read more
Every parent who's a musician longs for the day when their kids finally realize they're cool. For Elton John, he'll have to wait a bit longer -- his two sons currently have more interest in their toys than they do in their legendary dad's music.
Longtime Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre and his solo band were among the many acts that performed on the just-completed Yes fan cruise, Cruise to the Edge, and now the group is set to embark on a series of U.S. tour dates. The trek kicks off tonight in Delray Beach, Florida, and is mapped out through a December 20 show in Hamden, Connecticut.
The Martin Barre Band plays a mix of classic Jethro Tull songs and material from Barre's own solo albums, including his latest release, 2015's Back to Steel. The band also features singer...Read more
The Grateful Dead and Bob Seger were among the artists honored at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Awards ceremony, which was held Thursday night at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The event acknowledges achievements in concert touring business.
The Grateful Dead won the Top Boxscore prize -- which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist -- for its three-show series of "Fare Thee Well" concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3, 4 and 5 of this year. The "Fare Thee Well" shows...Read more
It had been a long time since he rocked and rolled, but Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page returned to the stage Thursday to give a surprise performance at the end of an all-star charity event honoring him at the EMP Museum in Seattle. The guitar legend was presented with the 2015 EMP Founders Award at the event, which according to ...Read more
Graham Nash recently told ABC Radio that he planned to release a new solo album in the spring of 2016, and now he's unveiled the full details about the project. This Path Tonight will arrive on April 15, and will feature 10 new original compositions that the folk-rock legend co-wrote with Crosby, Stills & Nash touring guitarist Shane Fontayne.
The album, which will be Nash's first solo studio effort since 2002's Songs...Read more
Queen's new archival live album and home video, A Night at the Odeon, hit stores today in a variety of configurations. The release, which documents a special Christmas Eve concert the band played at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 that was broadcast live on British television and radio, is available as a CD, a two-LP vinyl package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray disc, a Super Deluxe box set and a digital download.
Queen's set at the concert included select songs from its first four studio albums, including...Read more
The A&E special Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen, Sting and a variety of other music stars, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The two-hour show, which aims to promote unity and progress in the wake of tragedies like the racially motivated shooting this past June at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, was taped on Thursday at the Shrine ...Read more
Last Monday on NBC's popular singing competition, The Voice, 15-year-old finalist Braiden Sunshine kicked off the show by belting out the Styx classic "Renegade," a song released more than 20 years before the aspiring singer was born. The teenager's performance got the attention of Styx frontman Tommy Shaw, who wrote the tune.
"Well, that was certainly a nice surprise," Shaw told...Read more
The video for the title track of David Bowie's upcoming studio album, the name of which is stylized as the symbol ? and is pronounced Blackstar, debuted this afternoon online at the singer's official VEVO YouTube channel. The 10-minute clip, which also can be viewed at the newly launched website imablackstar.com, is filled with surreal imagery and is set on what appears to be another planet or a moon during an ominous solar eclipse.
Bowie is seen early in...Read more
The cover art has been unveiled for David Bowie's upcoming studio album, the title of which is the symbol ? and is pronounced Blackstar. The album cover features a large black star, with a series of other star-like images appearing in a line beneath it, on a white background.
? can be pre-ordered now, and details have been announced about the various formats and configurations that are available for purchase. These include a standard CD, vinyl LP and digital download; a limited-edition...Read more