Eric Clapton's star-studded JJ Cale tribute album The Breeze won't be released until this Tuesday, but you can preview a couple of tracks from the collection now at different locations on the Internet.
GuitarWorld.com is hosting the exclusive premiere of "Train to Nowhere," which features contributions from ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and longtime Cale bandmate Don White....Read more
When Jason Newsted was still Metallica's bassist, he tried to get his Echobrain side project off the ground, but it was reportedly frowned upon by frontman James Hetfield.
There appears to be more freedom these days within the Metallica camp to pursue outside interests, as current bassist Robert Trujillo will be reviving his band Mass Mental? later this summer for two concerts.
Tickets for the first Mass Mental? show, taking place August 26 at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, are on sale now...Read more
The Doors' Robby Krieger lent some of his trademark flamenco-style guitar licks to "Her Bullets Energy," a new song by John Garcia, founding lead singer of the stoner-rock group Kyuss. The track closes out Garcia's upcoming self-titled debut solo album, which will be released on August 5.
Garcia tells Rolling Stone that the idea to get Krieger to contribute to "Her Bullets Energy" came from producer...Read more
Stevie Nicks hinted earlier this year that she might release some older songs that had never seen the light of day. Now, she's making good on that tease: her new album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is due October 7.
According to Stevie, the album features mostly songs written between 1969 and 1987, with two that were written in 1994 and 1995. "Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," she says in a statement. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the...Read more
This year's Farm Aid benefit show will take place on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the lineup includes all the usual suspects, plus one new face: Jack White.
White will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young on the bill at the event, which takes place at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. ET. Others on the bill include country star Jamey...Read more
Aerosmith is scheduled to be out on tour with Slash through a September 12 show in Nova Scotia, Canada, but guitarist Joe Perry says fans will have quite a bit to look forward to after he and his band mates wrap up their 2014 itinerary.
As previously reported, Perry will be releasing his autobiography, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith, on October 7, and he reveals to...Read more
Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton says the band may be getting a second wind.
Tipton tells tells Powerline that the addition of guitarist Richie Faulkner has "injected a lot of enthusiasm into the band," and as a result, there seems to be a renewed enthusiasm about Priest's future on the concert stage and in the studio.
It was assumed that Priest was in the process of winding down when it was announced in late 2010 that the Epitaph tour would be the metal...Read more
The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood has four grown children and is a grandfather eight times over, but his wife of two years, Sally Humphreys, says she'd like to have her own kids with the 67-year-old rocker.
"There's no plans but there's no non-plans, if you see what I mean," the 36-year-old theater producer tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. "As time ticks on, I would like children. I don't...Read more
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has released 10 solo albums so far. If you don't already have them all, on October 7, his best-known solo material will be available in a variety of packages, all dubbed Memoirs of a Madman.
There are three audio-only editions of the compilation: a single CD, a double-vinyl set and a limited-edition double-vinyl picture disc. Each edition will contain 17 songs spanning 30 years of Osbourne solo efforts. The Memoirs of a Madman track list includes:
Blondie will be one of the music stars whose tunes will be profiled in the upcoming third season of Ovation's Emmy-nominated documentary series, Song by Song.
The Song by Song episodes featuring Blondie will premiere in November and will focus on such hits by the influential New Wave band as "One Way or Another," "Heart of Glass," "Call Me," and "Rapture." The shows will include interviews with founding ...Read more
It's become a regular event: At least once per baseball season, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch of a home game played by his beloved Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Vedder will continue the tradition in 2014 by performing the song Thursday night, when the Cubs host the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field.
Prior to Thursday's game, Vedder will...Read more
Before his sudden death on July 16 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter had been scheduled to hit the road next week with his brother Edgar and other stars for a new edition of the annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour. Now, Edgar Winter has announced that the trek will go ahead as planned, as a tribute to Johnny.
The third annual edition of the outing features a total of 12 dates, running from a July 31 show in Clarkston, Michigan, through an August 24 concert ...Read more
The surprise death in April of Bob Geldof's daughter, 25-year-old British TV presenter, model and journalist Peaches Geldof, was caused by a heroin overdose, a coroner has ruled.
According to the BBC, the inquest into Geldof's death turned up extremely pure heroin in a bag inside her house, as well as syringes, burnt spoons, and a pair of knotted pantyhose -- all evidence of drug use. A syringe was also found in a box next Geldof's bed. The level of heroin in her body was in a "fatal range," according to...Read more
Ted Nugent's penchant for speaking his mind has gotten him into hot water again. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has canceled the "Motor City Madman's" August 4 appearance at its casino in Idaho.
A statement on the casino's Facebook page states that the show was canceled after "Nugent's history of racist and hate-filled remarks was brought to the Tribal Council's attention."
Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, says in the statement that the tribe it "has always been about...Read more
ZZ Top announced on Monday that it has to postpone the start of its U.S. summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill needs surgery to remove a pair of kidney stones. Now, Hill has issued a statement poking a little fun at his ailment.
Referencing to a classic song by late blues legend Robert Johnson, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer quipped, "I got stones in my passway," then added, "...but my doctor says not for long." ZZ Top has canceled six upcoming concerts because of Hill's condition, which is expected to put him out of action for about two weeks. The band...Read more
It's a month into KISS' 40th anniversary tour -- a co-headlining outing with Def Leppard -- and a source for the trek tells ABC News Radio, "It's been an amazing few weeks." The sheer magnitude of the stage shows is enormous, requiring dozens of trucks, buses and assorted vehicles to cart around the sets and equipment from amphitheater to amphitheater.
Because it's a summer tour, the venues are outdoors. Paul Stanley joked that although KISS tries "to be observant of low-flying planes when we're outdoors, [being outside] doesn't change anything because what...Read more
Aerosmith's Joe Perry made a surprise appearance at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where he presented his friend and current tour mate, Slash, with the Guitar Legend Award.
Introducing the former Guns N' Roses star, Perry noted, "He came up in a generation after mine, but he always had great respect for the musicians who came on before him. To his own generation he became a superstar, and deservedly so. Now, to all generations, he's become a model of great...Read more
Love & Mercy, the upcoming biopic focusing on troubled Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, will be among the movies that will get their world premieres at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Billboard reports. The fest is scheduled to run from September 4 to September 14.
As previously reported,...Read more
A pine tree that was planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2002 in memory of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has met an ironic fate. L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge revealed recently to the Los Angeles Times' "Pop & Hiss" music blog that the tree has died after being infested with, yes, beetles.
The tree, which was only a sapling when it was planted near the Griffith Park Observatory, featured a commemorative...Read more
Krist Novoselic has come to Eddie Vedder's defense after the Pearl Jam singer's recent anti-war comments stirred up some controversy.
In a post on his official website, the former Nirvana bassist weighed in on the situation, writing, "Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic."...Read more
Not bad for a kid from Long Island. Billy Joel will be the next recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Library of Congress made the announcement Tuesday morning.
The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a musician “whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin,” the pianist/composer and lyricist brothers who together wrote some of pop music’s most enduring standards.
The announcement...Read more
Yes' latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, hits stores today. The record is the first to feature the band's new lead singer, Jon Davison, who officially joined the lineup in early 2012.
Beyond lending his voice to the project, Davison made significant songwriting contributions too, writing or co-writing seven of the album's eight tracks. Founding Yes bassist Chris Squire tells ABC News Radio that "he encouraged [Jon] as much as possible to" collaborate with the band's other members and he says he's extremely pleased with the results.
"It's turned out...Read more
A new hotel named after Bob Dylan opened last month in Woodstock, New York, that pays tribute to the musical history that emerged in and near the small Catskill Mountains town during the late 1960s. Hotel Dylan features 11 rooms with names that evoke the Flower Power era and the famous Woodstock Festival, including "The Jimi," "The Joplin," "The Cocker," "The Roadies," "The Van" and "The Hippie Chick."
The hotel's largest room is called The Band Suite, named after the influential Americana outfit that served as Dylan's backing group early in its career, and recorded that legendary Basement...Read more
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is scheduled to undergo an operation to remove two kidney stones this week, forcing the veteran rockers to cancel six headlining dates that were to have preceded the launch of their joint U.S. tour with Jeff Beck.
The nixed shows were scheduled for this Friday in Morton, Minnesota; this Saturday in West Bend, Wisconsin; this Sunday in Cincinnati; Tuesday, July 29, in Louisville, Kentucky; Wednesday, July 30 in Asheville, North Carolina; and Monday, August 1, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Doctors discovered the kidney stones during a routine...Read more
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has given fans the first taste of his upcoming debut solo album, Head Job, which is scheduled to be released on August 29 in his homeland of Australia. A lyric video for a song titled "Repo Man" has premiered on the veteran rocker's official website and YouTube channel.
The track is a riff-heavy, mid-tempo rock tune that is, not surprisingly, reminiscent of AC/DC, although Rudd's gruff vocals are a bit deeper than those of...Read more
An expanded version of the 2005 Yes concert video Songs from Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Tour, along with a three-CD companion album, are scheduled to be released on September 23. The Special Edition of the Song from Tsongas video will be available on Blu-ray, as a two-DVD collection and as a digital download that will contain performances from two separate shows the acclaimed prog-rock band played during its 2004 trek.
The first concert was showcased on the original release, a May 2004 gig at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts. The bonus performances come...Read more
As the music world mourns the death of blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, full details have been revealed about what will be his final studio album. Due out on September 2, Step Back features Winter playing covers of classic blues and early rock 'n' roll tunes that inspired him when he was young, with help from a bevy of other renowned musicians.
Among the stars featured on the record are Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Mountain's Leslie West, Dr....Read more
After joining Dave Rawlings Machine for a brief U.S. tour in June, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will hit the road with the Americana collective for another outing in the early fall. The trek, which will visit the West Coast, gets under way September 22 in Missoula, Montana, and is plotted out through an October 5 show in Santa Barbara, California.
Jones plays mandolin in the acoustic folk group, which also features Rawlings longtime musical partner, singer/songwriter Gillian Welch. The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also toured...Read more
Blondie, Chrissie Hynde and Beck are just three of the acts who will take part in the 2014 edition of Apple's iTunes Festival in England.
The eighth annual festival, which will be held throughout the month of September at the Roundhouse in London. More details on the free event will be announced on iTunesFestival.com.
As usual, fans will be able to watch the performances through iTunes or an Apple device.