Each year, Peter Frampton usually teams up with one or more other famous veteran rock acts for a series of co-headlining dates, and 2015 will be no exception. The veteran guitar whiz has lined up a number of joint North American shows with power-pop legends Cheap Trick that will take place in the late spring and summer.
So far, seven co-headlining performances have been scheduled, stretching from a June 6 concert in Lincoln, California, through an August 5 gig in Toronto. More dates are expected to be announced soon. Frampton's itinerary also includes a solo...Read more
U2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food.
All five episodes of the series -- including shows featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban -- premiere on Monday, January 26, on Daily...Read more
Former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker will release his third studio album with his current band, Temple of Rock, this spring. Spirit on a Mission will hit stores on March 24, a day before the German rocker and his group kick off a North American tour in San Jose, California.
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock features a new lineup that includes the longtime Scorpions rhythm section of drummer Herman Rarebell and...Read more
Earlier this month, Paul McCartney and Kanye West teamed up to release a new single called "Only One." It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists. Now, a new collaboration has been released -- with Rihanna added to the mix.
The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and...Read more
The first ever fully authorized Kurt Cobain documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, will premiere on Saturday, January 24, at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Executive produced Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, Montage of Heck will give viewers an unprecedented look a the late Nirvana frontman's archives, including never-before-heard original solo recordings.
"I started work on this project eight years ago," said director Brett...Read more
On Thursday, a lengthy new interview Bob Dylan gave with AARP magazine that focused mostly on his upcoming standards album, Shadows in the Night, premiered online at AARP.org. Now, the AARP organization has announced that the folk-rock great will be giving away free copies of the album to ...Read more
Is Carlos Santana the uncle of the next "American Idol"? Could be! The guitar legend's nephew Adam Lasher was among the contestants that were shown trying out for Fox's singing competition show on Thursday's American Idol episode, which was taped in New Orleans.
Lasher, who hails from Danville, California, chose to sing an original song for the audition, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Judge Keith Urban loved his voice and his artistry. Fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr....Read more
In 2005, a tribute to Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album The Wall titled Back Against The Wall was released that featured an extraordinary lineup of rock stars, including past or current members of Yes, Styx, Toto, The Doors, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and more. To mark its 10th anniversary, the two-CD set ...Read more
Mötley Crüe will wrap up their farewell tour on New Year's Eve with a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If you can't make it to that show, which is nearly sold out, you'll have the opportunity to see them live in the same venue the night before.
The band has announced they'll perform at the Staples Center on December 30. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Saturday morning at 10 a.m. local time. At that same time, a limited number of tickets for the New Year's Eve concert will also be released.
Complete ticket information is available on...Read more
Veteran rock bassist Kasim Sulton recently released his third solo album, the aptly titled 3, a collection of finely crafted pop and rock tunes. The 59-year-old musician says he's "very proud" of the record, which he recorded with the help of some famous musical friends and associates.
Sulton probably is best known as the longtime bassist for Todd Rundgren's old group Utopia, and he also has toured and recorded with such other artists as Meat Loaf, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The New Cars and Blue Oyster Cult....Read more
In his first interview in three years, Bob Dylan chats with AARP magazine at length about Shadows in the Night, his upcoming album of standards, which will be released on February 3.
Dylan reveals he'd been thinking about making an album like Shadows in the Night, which features 10 songs that Frank Sinatra recorded during his career, "ever since I heard Willie [Nelson]'s Stardust record in the late 1970s." He adds, "All through the years, I've heard these songs being recorded by other people and I've always wanted to do that."
Scott Weiland apparently is not wild about Art of Anarchy.
As previously reported, Art of Anarchy is a new band featuring the former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman on vocals, as well as Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer. However, Weiland wants everyone to know that he is not a permanent member of the group.
"I wrote and put my vocals down for these guys and had fun doing a couple of videos too, we had...Read more
A compilation featuring a variety of modern psychedelic bands reinterpreting songs by The Rolling Stones gets its release on Tuesday. Stoned -- A Psych Tribute to The Rolling Stones features tunes recorded by such relatively unknown groups as Clinic, The Allah-Lahs, Sons of Hippies and The Vacant Lots.
Among the classic Stones songs covered for the collection are "Sympathy for the Devil" by The KVB, "Under My Thumb" by Shiny Darkly, "It's Only Rock & Roll (but I Like It)" by Clinic, "Gimme...Read more
The accolades keep on coming for The Doobie Brothers. Last month, it was announced that the veteran rockers will be honored with performing-rights organization ASCAP's Voice of Music Award in April. Now comes word the band will receive the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement from the Music Business Association, aka Music Biz, in May.
The Doobie Brothers will be presented with...Read more
Rush will be back in the limelight this year: the band has announced plans to hit the road in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The Rush: R40 Live Tour is scheduled to launch on May 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is mapped out through an August 1 show in the Los Angeles area.
A total of 35 dates have been confirmed for the North American trek, which comes on the heels of the November 2014 release of the R40...Read more
2015 is shaping up to be quite the year for Scott Weiland. In addition to the release of his debut album with his backing band, The Wildabouts, the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman will be the singer for Art of Anarchy, a new group also featuring Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Disturbed bassist John Moyer. The band was created by brothers Jon and Vince Votta, ...Read more
Billy Joel has announced what's being billed as his only California show this year: a September 5 date at San Francisco's AT&T Park, home of Major League Baseball's world champion Giants.
The concert not only will be Joel's first at the venue, but it's also his first proper show in that city in more than 40 years. In a statement, Giants President and CEO Larry Baer says, "It's hard to believe it's been over four decades since Billy last played in the city of San Francisco, but I'm confident...Read more
It was "Metallica Night" Wednesday at a San Jose Sharks home game. Metallica frontman James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo were on hand at the SAP Center in San Jose to watch the Sharks take on their NHL rivals, the Los Angeles Kings.
The Bay Area rockers wore specially-designed Metallica/Sharks jerseys as they posed with the team’s mascot and dropped the ...Read more
While the star-studded Rock Legends Cruise III doesn't set sail until next month, details about the fourth edition of the nautical music festival have begun to emerge. Gregg Allman is the first performer to be confirmed for Rock Legends Cruise IV, which will take place from January 21 to January 25, 2016.
The cruise will embark from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will visit Grand Turk Island in Turks & Caicos before returning to port. You can book a cabin now by visiting RockLegendsCruise.com.
Meanwhile, as previously reported, Rock Legends...Read more
If you can't be at the Oscars this year, Elton John's 23rd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party is the next-best ticket in town. The gala event will be presented by the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 22, and promises enough glamor to rival the actual ceremony itself.
For the third year in a row, Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare a gourmet meal for party guests as they watch a live telecast of the 87th annual awards at West Hollywood Park. After dinner and an auction to raise money for the John's charity, Grammy-winner Nile Rodgers...Read more
In February of 2012, Paul McCartney was saluted by an eclectic all-star cast of performers at the Recording Academy's annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala. Now, a video featuring highlights from the tribute event is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 24.
A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney includes performances of the rock legend's songs by such artists as Neil Young and Crazy Horse, James Taylor, Diana Krall,...Read more
A new two-CD Grateful Dead compilation will be released on March 31 as part of a yearlong celebration marking the band's 50th anniversary. The Best of The Grateful Dead features 32 chronologically-arranged tracks, including at least one song from each of the group's studio albums.
The career-spanning collection focuses on studio versions of The Grateful Dead's songs, and boasts most of the best-known tunes in the band's catalog. Among the classics included are "St. Stephen," "Uncle John's Band," "Casey Jones," "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil," "Ripple," "Shakedown Street," "Fire...Read more
Bob Dylan is giving fans a new taste of his upcoming standards album Shadows in the Night by posting audio of the entire song "Stay with Me" on his official website and YouTube VEVO channel. The tune originally was recorded by the late Frank Sinatra and served as the main theme for the 1963 film The Cardinal.
Dylan's rendition features his weathered voice accompanied by sparse instrumentation, including a pedal-steel...Read more
John Mellencamp's extensive North American tour in support of his 2014 album, Plain Spoken, gets under way tonight in South Bend, Indiana.
The 80-date trek includes multi-night stands in a number of cities, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's hometown, Bloomington, Indiana; New York City; Nashville; Minneapolis; Chicago; Clearwater, Florida; and Toronto and Regina, Canada. The tour will keep Mellencamp on the road through August 4, when he returns to Indiana for a show in Indianapolis. Part of the proceeds from that concert will benefit the local Riley Hospital for...Read more
In 1990, concert organizers in the U.K. gathered together a bunch of prior winners of that nation's prestigious Silver Clef Award for the annual Knebworth Festival. The gala featured a jaw-dropping lineup that included Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Phil Collins and Genesis, as well as a set by Robert Plant with a guest appearance from Jimmy Page.
Now the concert film documenting the show,...Read more
On Tuesday morning, Mötley Crüe confirmed that they will bring their career as a touring band to an end with a New Year's Eve concert at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles.
Speaking with ABC News Radio later that day, bassist Nikki Sixx described the event as "our…final, final, final, last show," adding, "It's gonna be great, ending it where we started it."
The concert will take place after the glam-metal legends play a full slate of late-summer North American dates scheduled from a July 22 performance in Eugene, Oregon,...Read more
Billy Idol's North American tour in support of his new album, Kings & Queens of the Underground, was to have started Wednesday in New Orleans, but the trek's kickoff has been pushed back a few days because the pop-punk veteran has been battling "a pesky chest infection."
A message on Idol's website explains that the New Orleans concert and a show this Thursday in Atlanta have been postponed since Billy's doctors have ordered him to take a few...Read more
Robert Plant and Elvis Costello have been known to explore American roots music on their own albums, and now the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are featured on the latest record by arguably one of the genre's most influential artists, bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley. Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow, which was released Monday, features the 87-year-old singer collaborating with a variety of respected music artists, including Plant, ...Read more
Led Zeppelin has offered up their first taste of the unreleased material that'll be included on the deluxe editions of the forthcoming reissue of their 1975 double album, Physical Graffiti, which will be released February 24. A rough mix of "Houses of the Holy" premiered earlier on Tuesday exclusively at RollingStone.com.
The track is slightly shorter than the final version heard on Physical Graffiti, and features prominent bass...Read more
Headley Grange is a private English residence where Led Zeppelin recorded some of its most famous songs. It's the place where Jimmy Page came up with "Stairway to Heaven," and where John Bonham recorded the legendary drum beat for "When the Levee Breaks." In a new video shared by sample library Spitfire Audio, The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Queen's Roger Taylor are shown separately at the historic dwelling pounding away ...Read more