Billy Joel just capped off a banner week by tying the knot.
The 66-year-old singer-songwriter married girlfriend Alexis Roderick, 33, Saturday at his Long Island, NY estate, according to US Weekly. By all accounts the ceremony was a surprise to the family and guests gathered for a Fourth of July celebration.
New York Governor...Read more
Paul McCartney muses on a variety of interesting topics in a new interview with the U.K. version of Esquire, including sharing his opinion on his old band The Beatles, whom he maintains were a phenomenon that the world likely won't see again.
The 73-year-old rock icon says part of the reason why The Beatles became such a sensation was the turbulent era during which they emerged, but he also insists that sheer talent played a bigger role.
"Let's not forgot, those four boys were f**king good," he declares. "You name me another group of four chaps, or chapesses,...Read more
People will be gathering together across the U.S. to celebrate Independence Day today, and as usual, some big-name classic-rock artists will help mark the occasion by playing concerts in various cities. Among those acts is Journey, who will be performing at the Stadium of Fire event in Provo, Utah.
The show, held annually at Brigham Young University's LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, features the biggest stadium fireworks display in the U.S. The patriotic-themed concert is part of the America's Freedom Festival, and is available for U.S....Read more
The official video for Steven Tyler's new single, "Love Is Your Name," premiered online Friday at the Aerosmith frontman's website and VEVO YouTube channel. The clip for the countrified tune features Tyler hanging on the porch of a rural shack before joining a bunch of hippified partygoers and fellow musicians around a down-home bonfire.
The video, which was shot mostly in the...Read more
The core surviving members of The Grateful Dead will bring the group's long, strange trip to a close this weekend with a three-show stand at Chicago's Soldier Field that begins tonight. The band's brief Fare Thee Well Tour, which also included a pair of concerts last weekend in Santa Clara, California, features Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann performing alongside Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist ...Read more
Chris Cornell will make an appearance at the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebration, which will be held July 4 at Rancho Los Lomas in Silverado, California, according to Rolling Stone. The Soundgarden frontman will be joined at the event by actor Forest Whitaker, singer and rapper Aloe Blacc and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry.
Tickets to the July 4 event are...Read more
Rod Stewart has become the latest musician to be sued for copyright infringement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer is accused of copying an old blues song, "Corrine, Corrina," without permission.
The song was written by Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon in 1928, and now the heirs of the Chatmon estate are suing Stewart over his similarly titled "Corrina, Corrina," which was included as a bonus track on his 2013 album Time....Read more
New details were revealed about the circumstances behind Journey drummer Deen Castronovo's recent arrests on a variety of charges, including first-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse. The revelations came at Castronovo's arraignment appearance Tuesday in a Salem, Oregon, court.
Oregon's Statesman Journal reports that the 50-year-old musician entered the court wearing a suicide smock and was formally arraigned...Read more
Bobby Whitlock, the journeyman keyboardist who perhaps is best known for his stint with Eric Clapton's group Derek and the Dominos, has lined up a series of U.S. tour dates with his wife and longtime musical collaborator CoCo Carmel. The trek, an acoustic outing dubbed the Just Us Tour, will kick off on September 11 in Memphis, Tennessee, and is plotted out through an October 1 concert in Berwyn, Illinois.
Whitlock has released several albums with Carmel over the last decade or so, and also records as a solo artist. As a member of...Read more
Billy Joel made history with his latest show in his Madison Square Garden residency Wednesday night.
He performed his record 65th show at the famous New York City venue, surpassing Elton John for the most performances there by an artist.
Actor and fellow Long Island native Kevin James was there to raise a banner commemorating the achievement. "We love you Billy," the Pixels star said. "Let's have another 65!"
Billy's set list included covers of Elton's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and The Beatles' "With a Little Help...Read more
New details have been revealed about Ringo Starr's 75th birthday gathering this Tuesday, July 7, at noon PT in front of the famous Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California. The celebration is open to the public, and fans can join the beloved Beatles drummer, his wife, Barbara, and some of his rock star pals in giving Starr's trademark "peace and love" salute.
Among the well-known musicians who will be on hand for the event are Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns...Read more
The Moody Blues wound down their 2015 tour schedule with a June 27 performance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, and now frontman Justin Hayward is turning his attention to his planned solo acoustic performances. The singer/guitarist has a previously announced U.S. trek scheduled to kick off on August 19 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and he recently tacked on more than a dozen dates that will see him on the road until late September.
The newly added shows run from a September 1 concert in Kent, Ohio,...Read more
Founding Yes bassist Chris Squire died Saturday at the age of 67 of a rare form of leukemia, and now his widow, Scotland, has come forward with some news to share regarding her late husband.
Scotland Squire reveals in a statement posted on YesWorld.com, "My best friend and the love of my life Chris Squire will be cremated today in Scottsdale, Arizona at 3:00 p.m. [6 p.m. ET]." She then quips, "However, knowing Chris, he might be running a bit late for the event; after all, he has always been the 'late ' Chris...Read more
Anthrax is back in the bourbon business. After releasing their first bourbon brand last year, called Indians, Anthrax has teamed up with Kentucky-based distillery Knob Creek to create a new brand, The Devil You Know.
"If we find something we really like and that we actually drink ourselves, we think maybe our fans might like it too, so we want to make it available for them," says Anthrax's Scott Ian in a statement. "We really enjoyed Indians, the bourbon we produced last year, and obviously our fans did as well as it sold out really quickly."
Every bottle of The Devil You Know, which...Read more
The first-ever major exhibition focusing on The Rolling Stones will roll into London's renowned Saatchi Gallery in the spring of 2016. The exhibit, dubbed "Exhibitionism," will offer an in-depth look at the band's history and will featured nine themed sections spread across two full floors of the gallery.
The exhibition, which is being put together with the band's full cooperation, will offer a vast array of Stones memorabilia, including more than 500...Read more
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will perform at the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert next week in Chicago. The annual event, now in its fourth year, celebrates "music, baseball and giving back."
"We are thrilled and honored Eddie Vedder has volunteered to play the show and help raise money for deserving nonprofits in Chicago," says Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein in a statement. "Hot Stove Cool Music...Read more
The 20th anniversary edition of Gathering of the Vibes takes place this year from July 30 to August 2 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and festival co-founder Ken Hays says the event will be all the more special because it coincides with The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. Hays, a devout Deadhead, helped create the festival in 1996 as a celebration of The Dead in the wake of frontman Jerry Garcia's death the previous year.
As Hays points out to ABC Radio, the 2015 installment of Gathering of the Vibes boasts quite a diverse lineup that includes Gregg...Read more
The Who's new archival concert video, Live at Shea Stadium 1982, was released today as on DVD, standard-definition Blu-ray and as a digital download. The film captures the second of two historic shows the British rock legends played at the New York City ballpark in October of '82 while touring in support of their It's Hard album.
The video offers restored footage and newly mixed audio, and captures The Who playing a 25-song set that includes many classic songs, some selections from...Read more
On Tuesday, The Rolling Stones released a brand-new live album featuring select songs from the band's surprise warmup show for its current Zip Code Tour that was held May 20 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Sticky Fingers Live is available for purchase now as a digital download via iTunes, and features renditions of all 10 songs from The Stones' classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers that the band played at the intimate L.A. concert.
The album features the songs in the order that the rock legends...Read more
Jon Bon Jovi may be a Democrat, but he still allowed Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to use some Bon Jovi songs while announcing his presidential bid.
The governor played hits from the Jersey rocker during a Tuesday morning event where he announced his intentions to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. According to NJ.com, the Bon Jovi songs “Because We Can” and “It’s My...Read more
Journey drummer Deen Castronovo is facing several new and very serious charges apparently in connection with his June 14 arrest after he allegedly injured a woman during a domestic dispute. Oregon's Statesman Journal reports that the 50-year-old musician was arrested again via grand jury indictment Monday on charges that include first-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of a weapon.
Founding Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died five years ago last Tuesday at the age of 66 from complications of kidney disease. Now, his brother Dave has revealed a new album project is being planned that will feature newly recorded versions of rare songs Pete wrote.
In a message on his Facebook page, Dave Quaife reports, "I have recently been given some music tapes of my Bruv Pete which has knocked my socks off! Apart from a lot of music he wrote and...Read more
Virtuoso rock guitarist Joe Satriani has co-written and co-produced a special song with acclaimed drummer Robin DiMaggio that will debut today during a New York City gala celebrating the annual meeting of the United Nations' Presidential General Assembly. The song, which is titled "Music Without Words" and features vocals by smooth-jazz singer Ms. Monet, will be played along with an accompanying video compiled by the UN that will include footage of people from around the world.
Speaking to ABC Radio at a recent New York City event, Satriani -- who besides his work...Read more
Last year, Jeff Lynne put together a new version of his band Electric Light Orchestra and performed a huge concert in London's Hyde Park that September as part of BBC Radio 2's Festival in a Day. Now, a home video capturing that performance is set to be released this September 11 on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download.
Jeff Lynne's ELO: Live in Hyde Park features the group playing many of its memorable songs with accompaniment from the BBC Concert Orchestra in front of an audience of 50,000....Read more
Following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage last week, Elton John has penned a piece reminding people that the gay rights movement "is less about walking down the aisle, and more about walking down the street."
In the guest column for Variety, the pop-rock legend begins by stating how lucky he was to be able to marry his partner, David Furnish, last December.
He continues, "But for the millions of gay people hoping, praying and fighting...Read more
The official video for Steven Tyler's new single, "Love Is Your Name," the Aerosmith frontman first foray into country music, will premiere on Friday, July 3. Fans will be able to get their first peak at the clip on ABC's Good Morning America.
Tyler shot the video just outside of Nashville. The clip was directed by Trey Fanjoy, whose lengthy resume includes several CMT Music Award-winning videos for Taylor Swift.
"Love Is Your Name" recently broke into...Read more
The music world is reeling from the news that Yes bassist Chris Squire has died. The lauded musician, who was the only member of the legendary prog-rock group to remain in the band throughout its entire history, died Sunday of a rare form of leukemia at the age of 67.
A variety of Squire's former band mates, musical collaborators and friends have written messages paying tribute to the influential bassist that have been compiled by Yes on a special section of the group's website.
Founding Yes singer Jon...Read more
After Dave Grohl's broken leg forced Foo Fighters to cancel the remainder of their European tour, many were worried that the band's massive North American stadium tour, which is scheduled to begin July 4 in Washington, D.C., would also be in jeopardy. However, a statement from the band's rep confirms that the tour will indeed kick off with the July 4 show as planned.
"Foo Fighters begin North American tour dates with July 4 20th anniversary blowout," reads the statement. "Can't f**king wait for the 4th!" the band adds. "See you at home, D.C."
At the D.C. show,...Read more
The Rolling Stones are gathering no moss on the road.
The self-proclaimed Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World leads Billboard's Hot Tours list having raked in $52 million in box office ticket sales on their Zip Code tour in just six dates this month. Since 2012, The Stones have grossed $320 million on the road, Billboard reports.
The Stones' earnings in those six dates top the tour earnings this spring and early summer...Read more
Proud parents Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa will support their daughter Jessica's journey to the Olympics by heading up a benefit supporting the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team.
The Springsteens will serve as honorary chairs for the January 22, 2016 United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation's "Rockin' Rio" Olympic games benefit in Wellington, FL.
"Helping this country's equestrian athletes and supporting the United States Equestrian Teams has been a family affair for us," said the Springsteens in a statement. ...Read more