The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon have teamed up with contemporary R&B singer Frank Ocean and DJ/producer Diplo on a new collaborative recording that's the ninth and latest installment of Converse's "Three Artists. One Song" series.
The musicians joined forces to create a track called "Hero," which was recorded in London, Hawaii and Los Angeles. The song will be available for free download...Read more
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is the latest rocker to be added to the lineup of second annual Rock Against MS benefit concert, scheduled for March 26 at the famous Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles. The event raises money to support multiple sclerosis research.
Krieger joins a star-studded bill that also includes former Runaways members Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, ex-Guns...Read more
Last year, Toto celebrated its 35th anniversary with a 29-city European tour that included an electrifying show in Lodz, Poland. That concert was recorded for a new video and audio release from the veteran pop-rock act that will hit stores on April 29.
35th Anniversary Tour -- Live in Poland will be available in a variety of configurations, including a two-CD set, a DVD, a Blu-ray, and a deluxe version gathering all of the aforementioned discs, along with a 60-page book. The release features more than two hours of performances...Read more
Forget about that tentative summer release for U2's upcoming studio album: Billboard reports that, according to a number of sources, the band has pushed back the project's arrival date until 2015. The sources tell the magazine that the Irish rockers are planning to do some additional recording, with Adele/Paul McCartney collaborator Paul Epworth and OneRepublic frontman/songwriter Ryan Tedder ...Read more
Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor revealed to the world on Thursday that the band will be teaming up with ex-American Idol finalist Adam Lambert for a North American summer tour that likely will be the group's final trek. Queen and Lambert have joined forces on several occasions over the last few years, including a brief European tour in 2012, but this will be the first time they'll be mounting a multiple-date run in America.
May says that, in addition to playing Queen's classic songs, he, Taylor and Lambert may dig...Read more
The Allman Brothers Band is gearing up to launch its latest, and possibly last, annual residency at New York City's Beacon Theatre. The legendary Southern rock outfit kicks things off on Friday night, and has a total of 14 shows scheduled at the famed venue through March 29.
The Allmans also are planning to commemorate their 45th anniversary during the Beacon run, which promises to be something of a bittersweet celebration since the group's future is uncertain beyond the end of 2014, when the band's longtime guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks will be...Read more
A new documentary focusing on the making of Bruce Springsteen's latest studio album, High Hopes, will premiere on HBO on Friday, April 4, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The half-hour show includes behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions, as well as new interviews with Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who collaborated closely with the Boss on the project.
Bruce is featured discussing various aspects of the recording, including the unique contributions Morello brought to the proceedings. In addition, the special offers...Read more
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that it will simulcast this year's induction ceremony, which will honor KISS, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana,Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt, and -- but only in Cleveland.
The ceremony will be beamed live on April 10 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself, where fans can watch their musical heroes be inducted on one of several screens...Read more
With the new Jimi Hendrix biopic, JIMI: All Is by My Side, scheduled to get its premiere U.S. screening this Wednesday at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, clips from the movie have started to pop up online. The flick, which debuted this past September at Canada's Toronto International Film Festival, stars Andre Benjamin -- aka Andre 3000 of the hip-hop duo OutKast -- as Hendrix....Read more
It appears that David Bowie may be working on a new project with veteran soul and gospel singer Claudia Lennear, one of the backing singers profiled in the recent Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Lennear tells New York Post's Page Six that Bowie phoned her up a few days before the Academy Awards and offered to collaborate with her.
"I got a call from David Bowie out of the blue," she reveals. "He told me he wanted to write my next project....Read more
We knew the announcement was coming. Now Queen and Adam Lambert have confirmed they're hitting the road together for a North American tour.
Lambert has performed with the legendary British rock group on a number of occasions, both in the U.S. and overseas, but he and Queen have never actually toured in the U.S. That changes beginning June 19 at Chicago's United Center, the first of 19 dates in all in the U.S. and Canada, wrapping July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, D.C.
When he performs with Queen, Lambert stands in for the band's founding lead singer,...Read more
Flea is in touch with his inner pussycat. According to Rolling Stone, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist's latest project is an episode of a Disney Junior channel show called in Sheriff Callie's Wild West, in which he voices a cartoon cat named the Milk Bandit. As you might have guessed from the name, Rolling Stone reveals that ...Read more
It's turning out to be a very eventful year for Santana. Not only will the band be hitting the road with Rod Stewart for a recently announced joint summer tour, but they'll also be busy promoting their previously reported first-ever Spanish-language album, Corazón.
The veteran rockers recently unveiled the cover and release date for the album, which will hit stores on May 6. The Corazón sleeve features a colorful, psychedelic portrait of Carlos Santana's face that...Read more
Dr. John's music is the embodiment of the sound of New Orleans, a gumbo of blues, jazz, funk, R&B, rock and zydeco. The legendary musician also known as Mac Rebennack will be paid tribute in his hometown with an all-star concert at the Big Easy's historic Saenger Theatre on May 5, a day after the finale of the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The show, dubbed "The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music," will include performances by Gregg Allman, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Rolling...Read more
Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Ozzy Osbourne are among the many stars who appear in a new PBS special that puts a spotlight on the legendary 1960s British band The Dave Clark Five. The two-hour show, The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- ...Read more
All has been quiet in Van Halen land recently, but here a little news that might perk up fans of the band's resident guitar genius, Eddie Van Halen. The 59-year-old rocker's merchandise website EVHGear.com recently was redesigned and now boasts a number of cool new features.
Among the updates to the site is a new section called "Ask Eddie" where fans can submit questions about the guitar whiz's equipment, career and just about any other topic. Van Halen occasionally handpicks a question to answer and his response is then posted on the site's...Read more
Paul Rodgers is among the latest artists to join the impressive lineup of the Rock Legends Cruise III, which is scheduled to take place in February 2015. Along with the founding Free and Bad Company singer, other newly added performers for the seafaring music festival include Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet and Triumph frontman Rik Emmett.
The third installment Rock Legends Cruise also will include performances by such previously announced stars as The Doobie...Read more
Long gone, apparently, are the days when Metallica was against free music on the Internet -- as long as it's the band who's giving it away, that is.
This week marks the 28th anniversary of the release of Masters of Puppets and to commemorate the event, Metallica has made a show from the tour in support of the album available as a free download to fans. Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on September 21, 1986, the concert features Metallica...Read more
Blondie is one of the acts that will headline TV chef Rachael Ray's Feedback party, which takes place March 15 in conjunction with the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. The event, which is held at Stubbs' BBQ, is one of the fest's most popular bashes -- and it's free and open to the public.
The other artists headlining this year's Feedback party are Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs and Cee Lo Green. The event also traditionally features Ray's...Read more
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have signed on to headline the finale of the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival, scheduled for April 4-6 at Reunion Park in Dallas. The free three-day event is being held in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four college basketball championship games.
Springsteen and his group will perform on April 6 at a concert called the Capital One JamFest. The lineup for that event also includes pop-rock act .fun.
Founding Steely Dan member David Palmer has launched a breach-of-contract lawsuit against his former band mates, claiming he's owed a percentage of royalties that the group earned from streaming digital services.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Palmer says he discovered that he wasn't receiving his proper due after he was contacted last summer by the performers union AFTRA, which asked him whether he was entitled to royalties from...Read more
Four Neil Young studio albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma -- will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl together in a limited-edition box set in conjunction with the next installment of the Record Store Day campaign. The event, scheduled for April 19, will see the release of a variety of limited-edition albums, new singles and rare and previously unavailable materials -- all on vinyl -- to support independent record stores.
The four-LP Young collection,...Read more
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's self-titled debut album, and in celebration of the milestone a commemorative package featuring offering a vinyl reissue of the record will hit stores on April 15. The LP, which will be released as part of Universal Music's "reDISCovered" series, will be pressed on 200-gram audiophile-grade vinyl and remastered from the original 1974 recordings.
The disc will come housed in a box boasting the original Rush...Read more
With the Allman Brothers Band set to kick off its annual residency at New York City's Beacon Theatre this Friday, the Southern rock legends have announced that they also will be headlining the 2014 Mountain Jam, scheduled for June 5-8 in Hunter, New York. The Allmans have something very special planned for fans attending the June festival: They'll be playing their first two studio albums -- 1969 The Allman Brothers Band and 1970's Idlewild South -- in their entirety.
The lineup for the 10th annual edition of Mountain...Read more
On Thursday, March 13, the United States Postal Service will unveil a new stamp paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix as the latest installment of its Music Icons series. The stamp will feature a colorful original painting of the late guitar legend performing that was created by artist Rudy Guttierez.
The stamp sheet, which also features art by Guttierez, is designed to resemble a 45 rpm single sleeve and includes a painting of Hendrix's face surrounded by images that represent...Read more
Elton John's annual Academy Awards Viewing Party held Sunday night in Los Angeles was another success, raising a whopping $5.1 million for his AIDS Foundation.
It was the 22nd year that John has hosted the event, and this year's star-studded crowd included Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Steven Tyler, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum, Jane Fonda,...Read more
Ozzy Osbourne has fought a public battle with addiction for decades. It's a fight that he seems to be winning, so it's fitting that the Prince of Darkness has been singled out by the Recording Academy's MusiCares charity to receive its highest honor.
The organization -- which provides financial aid and support to music industry professionals who are struggling with health and addiction issues, through its MAP fund -- will present Osbourne with its Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, in recognition of his work in helping other addicts to get and stay sober.
In a statement through MusiCares, the Black...Read more
Over the last few years, little has been heard about the long-gestating film Who frontman Roger Daltrey has been planning to produce about his band's late drummer, Keith Moon. However, in a new fan Q&A published in U.K. music magazine Q, Daltrey reveals that the project finally may be moving forward again.
"I'm back on it, and I'm back to the first draft of the script, which I've always loved," says the singer, referring to a script written by John Lahr, who's perhaps best known for penning Prick Up Your Ears, the 1978 biography of...Read more
Separate documentaries focusing on two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, New Orleans legend Dr. John and New Wave pioneers Blondie, will premiere next month on Smithsonian Channel.
This Friday, March 7, will see the debut airing of Rocking the Opera House: Dr. John, which will trace the career of the singer/pianist also known as Mac Rebennack from his early "Night Tripper" days to the present....Read more
Paul McCartney and Queen guitarist Brian May are among the stars who are pitching in to help promote an upcoming U.K. benefit show that will help raise awareness and funds for local cancer charities. The third annual Concert at the Kings is scheduled to take place May 31 at The Kings Arms, a pub in the English hamlet of All Cannings.
Photos of McCartney, May and Brian's frequent collaborator Kerry Ellis posing in specially designed "Rock...Read more