Sunday marks what would have been late Doors frontman Jim Morrison's 70th birthday. It's difficult to gauge just how much the iconic singer has influenced music and popular culture, thanks to his charismatic and edgy persona, his powerful vocal style, his exploration of dark themes and his trail-blazing talent for combining poetry with rock music.
Morrison had a fascination with pushing social and cultural boundaries that, unfortunately, coincided with a penchant for excess that included a serious alcohol dependency. He died of an apparent heart attack in July 1971 at the age of 27.
Last week, one of the oddest trios in musical history took the stage, as Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, came together at a charity event in London to belt out the Bon Jovi classic "Livin' on a Prayer." And Jon now says that the Prince impressed him with his amazing vocal ability.
According to the Australian Herald Sun, at...Read more
While the lion's share of the Grammy nominations, announced on Friday night, went to rap and pop stars, plenty of legendary rockers received recognition as well, among them David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, Neil Young, Black Sabbath and even Led Zeppelin. There were also Grammy nods for Alabama Shakes, Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons, Jack White, Muse and Dave Grohl.
Bowie's album The Next Day, whose...Read more
In the wake of the death Thursday of former South African president Nelson Mandela, a wide variety of music artists came forward to pay tribute to the influential and beloved politician and freedom fighter. Now, some more music luminaries have added their thoughts about the man who helped bring an end to his country's oppressive apartheid system.
Paul McCartney issued a statement calling Mandela "one of the great men of all time." The legendary Beatles star added, "I particularly admired his lack of bitterness towards his jailers, which I think set the tone...Read more
The Fender Stratocaster guitar that Bob Dylan played when he "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold at a New York City auction on Friday for a record-breaking price. The instrument brought in an impressive $965,000, which, according to Christie's is the highest price a guitar has ever fetched at an auction. It was bought by an anonymous bidder.
Christie's auctioneer and specialist Tom Lecky said after the sale, "A tremendous amount of international interest was...Read more
Stevie Nicks fans know that the singer will soon be making an appearance on American Horror Story: Coven, but now word has emerged that the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman actually will be showing up on not one, but two episodes of the hit FX series.
The show's creator, Ryan Murphy, disclosed the news in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
"Stevie will be in episode 10 and then we have Stevie for another one, doing...Read more
A special star-studded concert paying tribute to Paul Simon is scheduled to take place on March 31 at New York City's famous Carnegie Hall. The show will feature 20 as-yet-unannounced artists performing 20 of the legendary singer/songwriter's classic compositions.
VIP tickets and other special packages for the show, dubbed The Music of Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall, can be purchased now at the Carnegie Hall box office and online at CarnegiePaulSimon.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public soon.
Proceeds raised by the concert...Read more
Some updated information has emerged about the theatrical film about The Kinks that's being directed by Julien Temple. You Really Got Me, which focuses on the notoriously turbulent relationship between the band's founding sibling members, Ray and Dave Davies, is expected to be released sometime in 2015.
The biopic will be scored by the Davies brothers themselves, and is being penned by the screenwriting team of David Clement and Ian La Frenais, whose previous...Read more
Peter Gabriel had a strong connection to Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died Thursday at the age of 95. The musician called Mandela a friend and worked with him extensively on human rights issues.
At a New York City event Thursday night for his human rights organization Witness, Peter told ABC News Radio that Mandela's death was "an enormous loss."
Peter said of Mandela, "He's the great figurehead for anyone struggling for human rights, you know, maybe Gandhi before, but to go from to a violent struggle and then reach non-violence...Read more
Former South African president Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. Through the years, he'd worked with many top musicians at various charity events, and still others served as ambassadors for his charity. Others were simply inspired by his lifelong fight to end apartheid in South Africa. Here's a selection of reactions to his passing:
In a lengthy essay in Time magazine, U2's Bono, a longtime Mandela friend, writes, "As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager...I, like everyone...Read more
The Fifth Beatle, an upcoming film project about late Beatles manager Brian Epstein that's based on a popular graphic novel of the same name, has a director. Peyton Reed, whose credits include Bring It On, The Break-Up and Yes Man, has signed on to helm the flick.
The movie is being co-produced by Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen and Tony-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary, the latter...Read more
In May, The Doors released an official app for the iPad that treats fans to an in-depth, interactive look at the music and history of the famed Los Angeles rock band. Now, the program has been expanded with some fascinating updated content timed in conjunction with what would have been late frontman Jim Morrison's 70th birthday -- Sunday, December 8.
The relaunched app features several upgrades, including a new section paying homage to keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died on May...Read more
Elton John, his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin and members of The Clash are among the music stars who have personalized skateboard decks that will be auctioned online starting Thursday to benefit a charity founded by famous skateboarder Tony Hawk.
The second annual Boards + Bands sale features boards donated by pro skaters that have been decorated with the lyrics of their favorite...Read more
A rare set of early lyrics to "Born to Run" handwritten by Bruce Springsteen while he was working on the song has brought in big bucks at a Sotheby's auction held Thursday in New York City. The document, which was expected to fetch between $70,000 and $100,000, sold for $197,000, including the auction price and fees.
The Boss penned the lyrics on one sheet of white, lined paper in...Read more
David Bowie has released yet another video for one of his new songs. The latest clip accompanies "I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)," which is one of the bonus remixes that appears on The Next Day Extra -- the recently released expanded version of his 2013 comeback album The Next Day.
The video is made up mostly of vintage black-and-white footage from World War I and World War II, alternately showing soldiers dancing and celebrating as well as partaking in a variety of...Read more
Metallica has just unveiled the final batch of dates for its upcoming summer European trek, Metallica by Request, during which fans will get to choose the band's set list for each show.
The guys have now added Sonisphere festival performances in Finland, Norway, Italy, Switzerland and Poland, as well as shows in Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Austria. The full Metallica by Request tour will keep the band overseas from May 28 through July 11.
Everyone who buys tickets to upcoming gigs will have the opportunity to vote on the group's set lists. In addition, the band will perform a brand-new song during...Read more
Joey Molland, the last surviving original member of Badfinger, has released a brand-new solo album titled Return to Memphis. The British-born rocker recorded the 10-track collection at Memphis' Royal Studios, the famous facility where Al Green made many of his albums.
"I was raised on a diet of Memphis music, and it was a thrill for me to record there," says Molland. "I also made a lot of friends."
Joey, who wrote all of the songs on the album, reports that the sound of the material is quite different from the music he made with his old band, and...Read more
The 13th annual edition of Alice Cooper's star-studded Christmas Pudding benefit show is set to take place this Saturday at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. Joining the shock rocker at this year's extravaganza will be KISS, Joan Jett and the frontmen of a few of the biggest hair-metal bands of the 1980s -- Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Ratt's Stephen Pearcy, Cinderella's Tom Kiefer and Winger's ...Read more
In October, Branka Delic of Australia lived out a wedding fantasy of hers when Jon Bon Jovi walked her down the aisle at a Las Vegas wedding chapel, as she tied the knot with her now-husband, Gonzalo Cladera. She's now auctioning off her wedding dress on eBay to raise money for the New Jersey rocker's Soul Kitchen charity restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey.
All of the proceeds from the sale of the sleeveless, ivory dress will go to the...Read more
After announcing that he plans to play one show a month at New York City's Madison Square Garden for as long as fans are willing to show up, Billy Joel has now expanded his handful of 2014 tour dates beyond the Big Apple and Florida.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the Piano Man will perform February 15 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. It'll be his first solo headlining show in the Detroit area since 2007; tickets go on sale December 13. Meanwhile, the...Read more
Megadeth will be showcasing cuts from its latest album, Super Collider, on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! later this month. The band is scheduled to perform a mini-concert on the late-night show's outdoor stage on December 16.
If you can't stay up to see the performance, you've got just a few more chances to see Megadeth live before it wraps up its North American tour. After their appearance on Kimmel, the guys will play The Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California, on December 17; the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on December 18; and the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, on December...Read more
On the heels of announcing a series of 2014 concerts in Australia and New Zealand, The Rolling Stones have revealed that their 14 on Fire tour also will visit Japan, China and the Middle East. The trek will kick off with a February 21 performance in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, which will be followed by three shows in Tokyo and one in Macau, China.
The Tokyo concerts are scheduled for February 26, March 4 and March 6, while the Macau gig...Read more
A new documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Paul McCartney's latest album, NEW, will premiere Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on the high-definition music channel Palladia. Paul McCartney: Something NEW features footage of the rock legend working on the acclaimed record, interviews with McCartney and the four producers with whom he collaborated and clips capturing performances and backstage action from Sir Paul's 2013 tour.
On NEW, McCartney teamed up on various tracks with producers Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Ethan...Read more
Stevie Nicks' movie In Your Dreams, which documents the creation of her album of the same name, is out on DVD this week. More than just your standard "making-of" film, In Your Dreams captures the surreal atmosphere at Stevie's L.A. mansion, where she, her producer Dave Stewart and various friends and associates lived and worked while recording. The idea, says Nicks, was to give fans a truly immersive experience.
"We wanted people to feel like they were making the record with us," the singer told ABC News Radio at her home in L.A. "We wanted people to feel like they...Read more
A series of concerts paying tribute to Gene Clark, and celebrating a new documentary about late Byrds singer/songwriter, will be held in four East Coast cities next month.
The shows will feature an eclectic lineup of musicians performing Clark's acclaimed 1974 solo album, No Other, in its entirety, and also will include a screening of the movie The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark. The film, which already has been released on DVD, features interviews with surviving...Read more
More trouble for Bob Dylan in connection with the allegedly racist remark he made to Rolling Stone last year in regards to Croatians. He has been charged in France with incitement to racial hatred, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The legendary musician, along with the French edition of Rolling Stone, was recently sued by the Council of Croats in France over his response to a question regarding whether he sees any parallels between the 1860s U.S. and present-day America. After stating that...Read more
Bret Michaels will guest star in an upcoming episode of the NBC drama Revolution. He will play a "post-apocalyptic version of himself," according to a network announcement.
Bret will also perform an acoustic version of his band Poison's hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."
Series creator Eric Kripke says in a statement, "Bret is truly a great guy. I'm a huge fan of his music and I'm thrilled he's appearing on Revolution."
The episode featuring Bret will air sometime in 2014. Revolution resumes its second season on January 8.
Ringo Starr will be the special guest on the latest episode of Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart's online variety show, The Ringmaster, which premieres Wednesday at BiteSizeTV.com. The former Beatles drummer will chat candidly about various topics with Stewart, who collaborated with Starr on his last two studio albums, Y Not and Ringo 2012.
The Ringmaster is a one-hour, bi-weekly show that's taped in front of a live audience in Hollywood. The program includes...Read more
After recently announcing plans to play a March 22 concert at the brand-new Adelaide Oval venue in Adelaide, Australia, The Rolling Stones have now unveiled a full-slate of spring 2014 tour dates Down Under. The famed British rockers have scheduled a total of seven one-night-only shows, with the trek kicking off March 19 in Perth, Australia, and running through an April 5 performance in Auckland, New Zealand.
Tickets for The Stones' newly announced Australian and New...Read more
Folk-rock legend Donovan has signed on to headline the 2014 New York City edition of the Fest for Beatles Fans event, which will be held February 7-9 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The festival will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's historic first visit to New York and debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Donovan, of course, was good friends with The Beatles during the 1960s and accompanied them on their famed spiritual quest to India to visit the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The singer/songwriter will host a discussion titled "Meditation and the White...Read more