Fans of Elton John and The Who unable to get to New Orleans for the popular New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival can get all of the action with AXS TV's live broadcast next weekend.
The network will be airing 21 hours of live and recorded performances from this year's fest, taking place May 1-3. Besides Elton and The Who, the AXS broadcast also will feature Chicago, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Steve Winwood, Lenny Kravitz, The O'Jays and more.
AXS' coverage begins at 4 p.m. daily during...Read more
Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen is exploring his passion for blues in a new project, Delta Deep, whose self-titled debut is scheduled for release in June.
Delta Deep features Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, with vocals from Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forrest Robinson. The album is peppered with guest stars galore, including Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliot, Whitesnake's David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/Manraze drummer...Read more
Paul McCartney is coming to the City of Brotherly Love.
The Beatles legend announced that he will perform at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on June 21. It will be Paul’s first appearance in Philadelphia since 2010. The show is being billed as the first North American arena date of the rocker's Out There tour, with the implication of more to come.
Advance tickets will go on sale Monday for registered users of McCartney's website, with sales to the general public...Read more
The surviving core members of The Grateful Dead have insisted that the group's Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago and Santa Clarita, California, will be their last, but according to Billboard a tour could be in the works with pop guitarist John Mayer filling in for the late Jerry Garcia.
Although a rep for the Dead tells Billboard talk of a tour is "premature," the magazine cites unnamed sources as saying Mayer...Read more
Elton John is voicing his support for Bruce Jenner. The former Olympian turned reality star's 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer airs Friday night, during which Jenner will presumably address his gender transition for the first time.
"It's an incredibly brave thing to do, especially when you're older," Elton told Access Hollywood Thursday night during a charity event in L.A. The singer added,...Read more
Loverboy will be working all over North America this year, as the Canadian rockers have a wide variety of tour dates lined up, including a series of co-headlining shows with fellow '80s stars The Romantics and Rick Springfield. Loverboy's upcoming 2015 itinerary kicks off with a show this Saturday in Pompano Beach, Florida, and is mapped out through an October 1 concert in Yakima, Washington.
The band will team up with Springfield and Romantics in late summer for more than a dozen shows stretching from an August 29 gig in Atlanta through a September 22 performance in The Woodlands,...Read more
Billy Joel has a monthly residency at New York's Madison Square Garden, but in August, he'll head East to his home base -- Long Island -- to play the final concert at that area's major concert venue: Nassau Coliseum.
The venue is closing for an extensive renovation and won't re-open until December of 2016, possibly under another name. Billy has played a total of 31 shows at the venue, and in 1998, he set a record for most sellouts in one run, when he sold out nine...Read more
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen are among the 100 celebrity narrators lending their voices to a new documentary that will premiere this summer. The film, called Unity, explores what it means to be human and how we impact the world.
The list of luminaries who contributed to the project boasts a variety of well-known stars from the worlds of music, film and television, including Adam Levine, Anjelica...Read more
During the last couple of years The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward has been alternating between touring with his famous band and playing shows in support of his 2013 solo album, Spirits of the Western Sky. The singer/guitarist currently on the road with the Moodies for a series of U.S. spring dates, but he's just announced plans to return to the States in the late summer for some solo shows.
Justin's solo outing currently is scheduled to get under way August 19 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and is plotted out through...Read more
For the first time since suffering a heart attack late last month, Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner has sent out a message to fans to let them know how he's doing.
In a note posted earlier this week on the band's official Facebook page, Kantner writes, "I am feeling quite good and semi-normal, all things considered." The 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that while recuperating at home, he's been "working primarily and quite fervently" on two books,...Read more
Jeff Lynne was recognized for his many musical achievements with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a ceremony held earlier today in front of the famous Capitol Records Building in downtown Los Angeles. As expected, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Tom Petty both were on hand to deliver speeches saluting the Electric Light Orchestra frontman and acclaimed producer, who said he was "thrilled to bits" to receive the honor.
After an introduction by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron...Read more
The R.E.M. documentary R.E.M. by MTV, which explores the relationship between the legendary band and the music network, will be released on Blu-ray and as a standalone DVD on June 2. The film previously had only been available as a part of a six-disc DVD collection called I Want My REMTV.
In addition to the film, the R.E.M. by MTV Blu-ray and DVD will feature five rarely seen live performances.
R.E.M. by MTV will also be screened in select theaters on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. You can review a list of theaters screening the film, and buy tickets, at...Read more
Scott Weiland has announced that guitarist Nick Maybury has joined his band the Wildabouts in place of Jeremy Brown, who passed away unexpectedly last month. Maybury has previously played with Dave Navarro, Alice Cooper and Blondie's Debbie Harry.
"Jeremy had big shoes and no one can fill them," Weiland says in a statement. "Along with [rhythm guitarist] Tommy Black, he was my best friend and my collaborator. But we have to soldier on. Nick is an incredible player and is a great fit...Read more
Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones are among the stars who will be on hand to salute The Who's Pete Townshend at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, scheduled for May 28 at Best Buy Theater in New York City. As previously reported, Townshend will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the event for his support of the MAP ...Read more
Who's the richest music artist from the U.K. or Ireland? Maybe you won't be amazed to find out that, once again, it's Paul McCartney, according to The Sunday Times' latest annual Rich List.
The BBC reports that the ex-Beatles star topped the newspaper's tally this year with a fortune of 730 million pounds, which is about $1.1 billion. The sum includes 150 million pounds -- or about $225 million -- from his wife, trucking heiress Nancy Shevell. Last year, McCartney and Shevell were...Read more
A new sci-fi rock opera called Playing God co-written by and featuring Mountain drummer Corky Laing will get its U.S. premiere on Thursday at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City. The production, which is based on a 2013 album of the same name, focuses on the ethical questions raised by genetic intervention. Admittance is free to the one-night-only performance.
Laing collaborated on the album and musical with a pair of Finnish bioethicists and musicians named Matti Häyry and Tuija Takala. Playing God tells...Read more
Calling all Nirvana super-fans: The Los Angeles apartment that Kurt Cobain shared with Courtney Love from 1991 to 1992 is available to rent on Airbnb, an online rental marketplace.
Current tenant Brandon Kleinman has been renting out the apartment to Nirvana fans for the last couple of years.
"I had one person from Germany who was visiting every place Kurt stayed in L.A.," Kleinman tells Vulture....Read more
Even people who aren't Billy Joel fans probably know that he's from Long Island, New York, and now one of that area's top universities will be presenting the Piano Man with an honorary degree next month.
Joel will receive a Doctor of Music degree from Stony Brook University during the school's 55th commencement ceremony on May 22; he'll also speak at the event. The university has been the recipient of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's generosity over the years: He's donated two pianos to the...Read more
Just a reminder that Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. The unveiling ceremony for the commemorative marker is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. PT at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the famous Capitol Records Building.
Tom Petty -- who played with Lynne in the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys -- and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will be on to hand to take part in the festivities, while Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler...Read more
Earlier this month, Todd Rundgren released a new album titled Global, which finds the prolific singer/songwriter exploring the same electronic sounds featured prominently on his previous studio effort, 2013's State. But while some of State's songs looked at the alienation mankind is experiencing in this technologically advanced era, Rundgren says a major theme behind Global's tunes is the idea that people need to work together to help solve the world's problems.
"A lot of the songs were meant to get people to sort of unite and take on things that we can't necessarily do individually,"...Read more
Last week, The Grateful Dead's surviving members announced that their three sold-out Fare Thee Well concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field -- on July 3, 4 and 5 -- will be screened live in theaters across the U.S. Now, plans have been unveiled for those shows to be shown as a live, high-definition ...Read more
When Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett lost his phone, he didn't just lose contacts and photos, but about 250 "musical ideas" too. Hammett had been using his phone to record potential Metallica riffs, but when he lost the phone, all those riffs were lost, too.
"I was bummed out for about two or three days," Hammett told Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta on his podcast, The Jasta Show. "I walked into the house. My wife saw me and she said, 'Uh-oh,...Read more
The new concert film featuring focusing on Roger Waters' acclaimed The Wall Live Tour will open in theaters around the world on September 29. The movie, titled Roger Waters The Wall, includes footage from a few of the many shows that the ex-Pink Floyd star played during the 2010-2013 trek, as well as interview footage with Waters.
In addition, the film features documentary scenes of Roger musing about the toll war has taken on his family, along with footage of him traveling to the French cemetery where his grandfather -- who was killed during World War I -- is buried, and to Anzio,...Read more
Crosby, Stills & Nash are preparing to hit the road for a U.S. spring tour next week, but after that trek winds down, Graham Nash will launch a North American outing of his own. The folk-rock legend's newly announced summer tour is mapped out from a July 12 performance at the Vancouver Island MusicFest in Coquitlam, Canada, through and August 15 concert in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
The shows, billed as "An Evening with Graham Nash," will feature...Read more
A new Beatles tribute album featuring an interesting variety of rock and pop stars from the 1960s, '70s and '80s is scheduled to be released next Tuesday, April 28. Keep Calm and Salute The Beatles boasts acoustic renditions of classic Fab Four tunes by such artists as Cream's Jack Bruce, Heart's Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren and Asia's John Wetton.
Bruce's contribution to the...Read more
A new box set featuring high-quality vinyl versions of John Lennon's eight studio albums will be released on June 9. The nine-disc collection, titled simply Lennon, marks the first time that vinyl editions of the late Beatles star's solo albums will be available together in one package.
Each album -- spanning from Lennon's 1970 solo debut, Plastic Ono Band, through the 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey...Read more
R.E.M.'s story will be told on the big screen next month.
Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment will present a screening of Classic Music Series: R.E.M. by MTV in select theaters on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The documentary details the band's career and features concert footage, TV performances and interviews, and more.
You can review a list of theaters screening the film, and buy tickets, at FathomEvents.com....Read more
One of the most unlikely hits of the year so far has got to be Paul McCartney's collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, "FourFiveSeconds," which has returned the legendary Beatles star to the top 40 for the first time in decades. Sir Paul says he certainly didn't expect the success of the song, but declares that it's "cool."
Speaking to Rolling Stone at this past weekend's Rock...Read more