It won't be "Miami 2017" but Billy Joel will in fact be ringing in 2016 in Florida.
Joel has lined up a December 31 concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, as his New Year's Eve gig this year. He'll play his monthly residency show at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 17, and then head south.
Tickets for Joel's Sunrise concert will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 16, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com or...Read more
Australia's most famous rock band, AC/DC, is among the artists who have been received nominations for this year's ARIA Awards, the country's equivalent of the Grammys. The legendary band is in the running for the Best Group honor.
Foo Fighters, who are seemingly on a quest to receive an award in every continent, also have received an ARIA nod, for the Best International Artist awards. That honor will be is decided by public voting. If you live in Australian, you can vote now at...Read more
Noted Chicago Cubs fan Eddie Vedder traveled to Pittsburgh to watch his favorite team take on the Pirates in Wednesday night's National League wild-card game, and he didn't leave disappointed. Vedder's Cubbies beat the Pirates 4-0 to advance to the next round of the MLB playoffs. After the game, the Pearl Jam frontman joined the team for a champagne celebration in the locker room.
The Cubs will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the next playoff round. When...Read more
A companion soundtrack to the new Roger Waters The Wall concert film is scheduled to be released on November 20. The album will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and a digital download, and will features performances from ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters hugely successful The Wall Live Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2013.
The Roger Waters The Wall...Read more
Tonight, in hundreds of theaters across the U.S., The Who's latest concert film, The Who in Hyde Park, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. local time. The movie features footage of the British rock legends' June 26, 2015, performance at London's Hyde Park, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. show on its The Who Hits 50! Tour.
The Who in Hyde Park features the band performing 19 songs, including classics like "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Baba O'Riley," "You Better You Bet" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." In addition, the film...Read more
Frank Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa, died peacefully Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 70.
A statement from the Zappa Family Trust notes Gail "enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband's creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century. In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of...Read more
A new Tom Petty biography reveals the rocker was a heroin addict during the 1990s, but has kept it a secret until now.
Biographer Warren Zanes notes that Petty was reluctant to publicly discuss his addiction, telling The Washington Post, "The first thing [Petty] said to me on the subject is, 'I am very concerned that talking about this is putting a bad example out there for young people. If anyone is going...Read more
John Fogerty's autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, was published this week, and in it, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells the story of his famous band, the harrowing years he spent following its breakup, and his eventual reemergence as an acclaimed solo artist and a blissfully happy family man.
Much of the book focuses on Fogerty's conflicts with his CCR band mates and his post-breakup legal battles with the head of Fantasy Records, Saul Zaentz, whom John felt had treated him unfairly with regard to his music royalties,...Read more
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 nominees for induction, and they run the musical gamut from Chaka Khan and Chicago to Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A.
The nominees for induction for the class of 2016 are:
Nine Inch Nails
To be eligible for nomination, the 2016 nominees had to release their first...Read more
Squeeze has announced plans to release its first album of new original music since 1998's Domino. Due out on November 13, Cradle to the Grave features 12 songs penned by the band's founding frontmen and songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.
Squeeze formed in 1974 and the band has undergone numerous lineup changes and some temporary breakups during its long career.
"We reformed Squeeze in 2007. Things went so well, here we are eight years later," explains Glenn. "Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on,...Read more
Matt Cameron is already pulling double grunge duty as the drummer of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, and now he's joined up with another band. Cameron and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd are members of Ten Commandos, a new group that also features Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures collaborator Alain Johannes and Dimitri Coats of the punk band Off!
According to Johannes' Instagram,...Read more
Thirty-one of Kurt Cobain's personal demos will be released in the "super deluxe" edition of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, a companion album to the Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary film. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen reveals the names of each track that will appear on The Home Recordings.
While some of the demos on The Home...Read more
How does it feel to discuss songwriting with a computer? Ask Bob Dylan. The folk-rock legend stars in a humorous new IBM commercial in which he converses with the company's celebrated "Watson" supercomputer.
In the ad, Dylan walks into a room holding a guitar and sits down on a long couch in front of Watson, who tells the singer/songwriter, "To improve my language skills, I've read all your lyrics…I can read 800 pages per second." Bob responds, "That's fast."
Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Gregg Allman and Bryan Adams are among the music stars who will be featured on upcoming episodes of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview, which will kick off its third season on October 20 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Wilson sisters will appear...Read more
A deluxe two-CD/two-DVD version of Jethro Tull's 1976 album, Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!, will be released on November 27 in advance of the record's 40th anniversary. The band's original plan was to create a stage musical about an aging rock star, as well as an accompanying album, but the theatrical portion of the project was abandoned and songs were culled from it to create the Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! record.
The expanded set features a high-resolution transfer of the original LP mix of Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll; an unreleased...Read more
A new Grammy charity auction featuring items signed by a variety of legendary artists, including Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Who's Pete Townshend and many others, is set to run through October 21. The Grammy Legends sale kicked off on Monday, and a number of new items be added each day through this Sunday at ebay.com/Grammy.
As of Tuesday evening, lots that were up for bid included...Read more
Led by Yoko Ono, thousands of people came together at the East Meadow area of New York City's Central Park on Tuesday in an attempt to create the world's largest peace sign in honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth. CBC.ca reports that more than 2,000 people participated in the event -- which Ono helped organize -- although the gathering fell far short of the 5,815 needed to break the record, according to a Guinness World Records representative.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who was sentenced to eight months of home detention in July after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession, has lost his appeal for a lighter sentence. The New Zealand Herald reports that Rudd's appeal was dismissed on Monday by a High Court in his current hometown of Tauranga, New Zealand.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's charges stem from a September 2014 arrest, after Rudd apparently had threatened...Read more
Bob Seger will be recognized with the prestigious Legend of Live honor during the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, which will take place November 18 and 19 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The award recognizes artists and other music business figures who have made lasting contributions to the touring industry.
"Bob Seger is one of the most enduring live acts of all time and we are thrilled to honor him as our 2015 Legend of Live," says...Read more
A new video made to accompany a newly remixed version of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's chart-topping 1983 hit "Say Say Say" premiered Tuesday on McCartney's official Facebook page. The track appears on the bonus disc included with the expanded versions of Sir Paul's newly reissued 1983 solo album, Pipes of Peace, and features previously unused vocals ...Read more
The new song that David Bowie wrote and recorded for use as the theme music for the upcoming European television The Last Panthers has premiered online at the Sky Atlantic network's official YouTube channel. The tune, titled "Blackstar," can be heard in a video showing the crime drama's ...Read more
The latest nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been revealed, and the list includes a variety of legendary rock artists, among them the late George Harrison, the late Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Steve Miller, John Mellencamp and Electric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne.
Others up for the prestigious honor include Blondie, former Doobie...Read more
Slash is the final addition to the roster of rockers starring in Gutterdämmerung, a new film referred to as "The Loudest Silent Movie on Earth." The ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist will appear in the film alongside Iggy Pop, Motorhead's Lemmy and Slayer's Tom Araya, as well as with such other artists as former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Volbeat and Eagles ...Read more
The first track from the forthcoming Kurt Cobain demos album, Kurt Cobain: The Home Recordings, has been revealed. The song is a lo-fi, solo version of the Nirvana rarity "Sappy." You can listen to Cobain's demo version now on YouTube.
Cobain picks at an acoustic guitar on ""Sappy" while singing the haunting melody in a low voice. The track also gives a preview of what kind of audio quality you can expect from The Home Recordings -- because the album's comprised of Cobain's personal demos,...Read more
Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has announced details of his 27th annual Christmas Jam concert, which will take place December 12 at US Cellular Center in the veteran rocker's hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. In addition to a solo appearance by Haynes, this year's lineup includes The Doobie Brothers, the electric version of Hot Tuna, Bruce Hornsby and Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Warren's fellow Allman Brothers alum Derek Trucks.
For the...Read more
On Tuesday, October 6, Yoko Ono will be on hand at the East Meadow area of New York City's Central Park to co-host a Guinness World Records attempt at the creation of the largest human peace sign, in honor of the 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth. Fans can pre-register to participate in the event -- which begins at 10 a.m. ET and is free and open to the public -- by visiting ...Read more
Dead & Company, the new Grateful Dead spinoff project featuring three of the band's surviving core members, as well as pop-blues star John Mayer, have added a very special third concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden to their upcoming U.S. tour.
The show, which is scheduled for November 7 and is being presented by American Express, will be a free event, with 10,000 tickets being given...Read more
Eagles singer/drummer Don Henley's new solo album, Cass County, has debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the publication's Top Country Albums chart, after moving 89,000 units its first week out. The country-flavored collection becomes Henley's highest-charting solo effort ever, overtaking his previous album, 2000's Inside Job, which peaked at #7.
In addition, Cass County reached #1 on Billboard's...Read more
David Gilmour's first wife, Ginger, has written an autobiography titled Memoirs of the Bright Side of the Moon, in which she shares stories about her years with the Pink Floyd guitarist. The 653-page tome, which is available now, is broken into 90 chapters and features 140 photos, including many previously unseen pics.
In the book, Ginger recalls crossing paths with such rock legends as George Harrison,...Read more
Foreigner recently wrapped up a lengthy stint on Kid Rock's Cheap Date summer tour, part of a very busy year on the road for the band. The veteran rockers now are set to wind down their 2015 itinerary with a run of October dates starting tonight in St. Paul, Minnesota -- the first of a series of eight joint concerts they'll play with Def Leppard.
"We're just really looking forward to ending the year blasting out with Def Leppard," Foreigner leader and guitarist Mick Jones tells ABC Radio, noting that this is the first time in several years...Read more