Recent comments from The Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies have suggested that the contentious siblings are finally close to agreeing on doing a new project together in the coming year. NowRay now has revealed a major roadblock is standing in the way of a band reunion.
The 70-year-old singer/songwriter tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that the obstacle to reunion is Dave's refusal to play with the group's founding...Read more
Pete Townshend is working on an orchestral version of The Who's classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia that will be released next year. Information about the new project was reported on the official website of the London Oriana Choir, which recorded backing vocals for the album Thursday night at London's AIR Studios.
According to the message, Townshend will be featured on the record alongside famous British tenor Alfie Boe, with accompaniment...Read more
Joan Jett was the woman of the hour Thursday night at the sixth annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala, where she was honored with the organization's 2014 Rocker of the Year award. The event, at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, was highlighted by a star-packed tribute to Jett that featured several performances by Joan herself.
The show's lineup included Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Tommy...Read more
After last week's Chicago-inspired song, "Something from Nothing," Foo Fighters have released the track from the Washington, D.C. episode of Sonic Highways, which premieres tonight on HBO at 11 p.m. ET. Entitled "The Feast and the Famine," the new song is faster-paced than "Something from Nothing" and embodies a more "classic" Foo Fighters sound.
"The Feast and the Famine" was recorded in Arlington, Virginia's Inner Ear Studio. Dave Grohl grew up in Virginia and was active in the '80s punk scene in neighboring D.C.
You can listen to "The Feast and the...Read more
Joan Jett is helping Hot Topic celebrate its 25th anniversary by collaborating with the retailer and fashion designer Daang Goodman, founder of the TRIPP NYC company, to create a rockin' apparel line. The Joan Jett X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic features clothing items that mix the punk-rock pioneer's own style and attitude with the gritty styles of downtown New York City.
The collection features eight pieces, among them a skinny jean with pleather laces and metal zippers,...Read more
In 2011, Billy Joel pulled the plug on his planned autobiography, The Book of Joel, citing concerns that it was being marketed as a "salacious tell-all." But much of the material destined for that memoir is being released on Tuesday, in the form of a new book called Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography. The author, Fred Schruers, is the same guy who worked with Joel on the scrapped book, and he says this new one will confirm what ...Read more
John Fogerty is among the music stars who will perform before President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of a special tribute to U.S. military members and veterans that will be held on the South Lawn of the White House. The event, dubbed A Salute to Our Troops, will take place on November 6 and will air as a new episode of PBS' In Performance at the White House series the next night at 9 p.m. ET.
The show will be held in conjunction...Read more
An authorized documentary about The Grateful Dead will be truckin' onto screens in conjunction with the jam band's 50th anniversary.
Martin Scorsese will serve as an executive producer on the as-yet-untitled film, which will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose credits include such critically acclaimed docs as The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That and Fighter.
The movie will feature new interviews with all of The Grateful Dead's main surviving members -- guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and...Read more
The entire alternate version of Led Zeppelin's classic anthem "Stairway to Heaven" that will be included on the bonus disc of the upcoming deluxe reissues of the group's 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, has made its way online. The track was mixed by guitarist/producer Jimmy Page during a 1971 visit to the Los Angeles studio Sunset Sound Recorders, although he eventually decided to abandon that version after he returned to London to complete work on the album.
Among the differences heard in the Sunset Sound mix are more prominent guitars, subdued drums and additional echo in...Read more
It's a busy time for Bob Seger. The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer saw his new album, Ride On, debut at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, he's kicking off a new tour November 19 and now comes word that he'll be teaming up with country star Jason Aldean for an installment of the CMT television series Crossroads, premiering on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The pair will film the special next week, just outside of Nashville.
Crossroads teams popular country artists with stars from the worlds of rock and pop, trading vocals on each other's big hits....Read more
After undergoing a procedure to have a tumor removed earlier this year, former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is now cancer-free.
Commenting on the procedure to the BBC, the 67-year-old musician says the tumor weighed more than six pounds and that "they got it all. They cured me."
Johnson was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2012. He says that at the time he was convinced he would die from the disease. Now, he says, "I'm spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not...Read more
Jim Peterik has found success as a member of two popular rock bands, The Ides of March and Survivor, and also is responsible for co-writing memorable songs for a number of other well-known music acts. The 64-year-old musician shares a variety of fascinating, amusing and touching stories from throughout his life and his nearly half-century music career in his recently published autobiography, Through the Eye of the Tiger.
Peterik recently chatted with ABC News Radio...Read more
A new vinyl box set featuring all of Cream's studio and live albums released during the 1960s and early '70s will hit stores on November 24.
Cream: 1966–1972 includes six albums in all: the British power trio's 1966 debut, Fresh Cream; 1967's Disraeli Gears; the 1968 chart-topping double LP, Wheels of Fire; the band's 1969 swan song, Goodbye; and two archival live discs issued after the group's breakup, 1970's Live Cream and 1972's Live...Read more
Just two months after reports emerged that John Mellencamp had split up with longtime girlfriend Meg Ryan, comes word that sparks are flying between the two stars again. A source close to the singer/songwriter tells People, "They are back together and it's brand new…They're really happy about it."
The latest news follows reports that the couple...Read more
Bob Seger is riding high on the Billboard 200 this week with his new album, Ride Out, which pulled in at #3 on the tally after selling 59,000 copies. This marks the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's highest debut ever on the albums chart, bettering that of his previous studio effort, 2006's Face the Promise, which bowed at #4.
The last time Seger had an album as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 was back in 1986, with Like a Rock....Read more
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has a pretty good idea of what the band's new album will sound like.
"It's super danceable, funky s**t and some real introspective, pretty stuff," he tells Rolling Stone. "It feels good, man, and it's fun to play it."
When the Chili Peppers recorded their last album, 2011's I'm with You, they had just hired a new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer....Read more
Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new studio in five years, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, on Tuesday, October 27. However, fans who head over to Amazon.com through this coming Monday can hear the record streaming in its entirety.
Meanwhile, a special 180-gram vinyl edition of Tell 'Em I'm Gone will be released...Read more
A deluxe remastered edition of KISS' sixth studio album, 1977's Love Gun, will be released this Tuesday, October 27, in conjunction with the band's 40th anniversary celebrations. The expanded two-CD collection will include a bonus disc containing a variety of previously unreleased live and demo recordings, as well as a 1977 interview with singer/bassist Gene Simmons.
Released in June of '77, Love Gun peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hit single "Christine Sixteen," which reached...Read more
At their concert Monday night in Milwaukee, Peal Jam played their 1998 album Yield from beginning to end. The band gave no prior indication that they would perform the album in full; however, according to the official Pearl Jam message board, they walked out to the one-minute song "Red Dot," which is the eighth track on Yield.
Peal Jam tweeted a photo of the set list as proof that they did perform...Read more
The Who originally had been scheduled to launch their 50th anniversary tour with a November 26 concert in Dublin, Ireland, but the band has postponed that show and a gig that was to have been held two days later in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The reason given for rescheduling both events is "unforeseen logistical changes." The Dublin concert, which will take place at the 3Arena -- formerly called the O2 -- now is scheduled for June 23, 2015, while the Belfast show...Read more
Eric Clapton is set to commemorate his 70th birthday in a big way next year. The guitar legend, who will reach the big 7-0 on March 30, 2015, has scheduled a four-concert engagement at London's famed Royal Albert Hall that will be held on May 14, 15, 17 and 18.
The shows also will mark the 50th anniversary of Clapton's first performance at the venue, which took place on December 7, 1964, while he was a member of The Yardbirds....Read more
The full lineup of releases for Record Store Day's 2014 "Black Friday" event has been announced, and lovers of vinyl and classic rock will have quite a list from which to choose. Among the newly-revealed discs that will be available are releases from The Beatles, Neil Young, Genesis, The Grateful Dead, Metallica, and The Ramones.
The Beatles' offering will be a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the Little Richard-penned title track and three...Read more
While Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York's Madison Square Garden every month -- as part of his ongoing residency there -- fans are still hoping that he might one day decide to make a new album. But in a new interview with The New Yorker, Joel says that's not likely to happen. "I've had my say," he explains.
"Some people think it's because I'm lazy or I'm just being contrary," the Piano Man tells the magazine, explaining why he hasn't put out an album of original pop songs since...Read more
Raphael Ravenscroft, the man responsible for the recognizable saxophone solo in the 1978 Gerry Rafferty hit "Baker Street," died on Sunday at the age of 60. Western Morning News reports that the musician is believed to have suffered a heart attack and passed away at a hospital near his home in Exeter, U.K.
According to BBC News, Ravenscroft is said to have ...Read more
Ringo Starr has been named the latest spokesperson for Skechers.
The legendary drummer will endorse Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear in a campaign that will launch next spring with a new TV commercial.
Skechers notes that until now, the Relaxed Fit footwear ads have focused on pro athletes. It says, "[W]e can’t wait for everyone to see how Ringo’s charm and cool charisma makes him the perfect ambassador for Relaxed Fit."...Read more
Last week, Bob Seger released his first new studio album in more than eight years, Ride Out. The 10-track collection is made up mostly of tunes penned by the Michigan rocker, but also features four covers, including songs by John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Australian singer/songwriter Kacey Chambers.
It's not the norm for Seger to include so many non-originals on one of his albums, but the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that each of the covers on Ride Out is one that he wished he'd written himself. One of these, Hiatt's...Read more
Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" Saturday at Game Four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals in San Francisco, a Fox spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday in Kansas City.
Singer Phillip Phillips has been tapped to perform...Read more
Paul McCartney took to his Twitter account on Monday for a Q&A session with fans, during which the rock legend candidly, and often humorously, shared a variety of personal revelations.
Among the many topics Sir Paul chatted about were his current favorite songs and the best gigs he ever attended. McCartney said the tunes that he's enjoying most right now are the Foo Fighters' new single, "Something from Nothing," and the Sia hit "Chandelier." As for his favorite concerts, Paul tweeted, "There are many," while singling out rappers Jay-Z and Kanye...Read more