Ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and veteran Southern rockers Molly Hatchet have been added to the entertainment lineup for the Swamp Fox Biker Bash in Marion, South Carolina, a motorcycle rally that runs May 8 to May 17. Weiland and his new band, The Wildabouts, will play a special May 13 concert to raise awareness about motorcycle safety and the dangers of drunk driving. Molly Hatchet will perform during the Biker Bash's May 16 festivities.
Other artists playing the Swamp Fox Biker Bash include The Marshall Tucker Band on May 14,...Read more
Boz Scaggs' busy 2015 schedule just got a lot busier. The soulful pop-rock singer, whose new album, A Fool to Care, will be released this Tuesday, has just announced a series of North American summer concerts that will follow the spring U.S. trek he'll embark on starting next month.
The newly added run of dates kicks off on July 3 in Marysville, Washington, and is mapped out through an August 9 show in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Other major cities the trek will visit include San Diego; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Scaggs' spring tour gets under...Read more
Some new information about Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner's health scare has been revealed on the band's official Facebook page. A message posted Thursday reports, "Paul did indeed have a heart attack," adding that "he had a procedure [Thursday] afternoon and he'll be recovering in the hospital the next few days before heading back to San Francisco to recuperate."
The group also thanks fans "for all of your incredible support."
News of 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall...Read more
As Rolling Stones fans know, the band intended to announce details of a 2015 North American tour on Thursday, March 19. Those plans were delayed, reportedly because of ticketing issues involving the trek's promoters. Now, Hits Daily Double is reporting that, according to insiders, The Stones will make the tour announcement sometime next week.
The same sources tell Hits Daily Double that the trek will visit stadiums and other large venues in 16 cities and, as previously reported, will kick off over the Memorial Day weekend at San...Read more
Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil just got a little heavier. Slash is among several hard-rock stars who have signed on to make guest appearances at the Metallica guitarist's second annual horror-inspired music festival.
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante also will be on hand for the scare-filled event, while performance lineup includes Meshuggah, High...Read more
As The Who gear up for the first of its two scheduled North American tour legs this year celebrating the band's 50 anniversary, frontman Roger Daltrey is insisting that this will indeed be the British rock legends' final major trek.
"I do know this is the last big tour we'll ever do," he tells Rolling Stone. "We have to be realistic. I want us to stop at the top of our game when we are still really good at what we do."
This week, Ringo Starr will be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone by himself for the first time since 1981. Among the topics the former Beatles drummer chatted with the magazine about are his sobriety, and why the Fab Four never reunited prior to John Lennon's death in 1980.
On the latter subject, the 74-year-old rock legend says he believes a reunion might have happened if he and his ex-band mates had been better at communicating with each other.
"With the [technology] you have now, I think we could have got it together," he...Read more
Everyone knows that KISS offers up a lot of bells and whistles during its concerts, from pyrotechnics to lasers to fake blood, but Gene Simmons insists that there's one thing the band's shows won't feature -- backing tracks to augment the music. In a new interview with Australia's news.com.au, Simmons maintains that his group is among the only rock acts who don't use pre-taped recordings to help fill out their live sound.
"There's nobody with a synthesizer...Read more
Some disconcerting news has emerged about founding Jefferson Starship singer/guitarist Paul Kantner. A message on the band's official Facebook page reports that the 74-year-old musician has been hospitalized and is "undergoing tests to find out exactly what's going on," adding that doctors suspect he suffered a heart attack.
The message says Kantner is in stable condition and is "in the best possible care." The band adds that "we are sending him all of our best...Read more
Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfiesta has been canceled, due to scheduled surgery for the Prince of Darkness this May.
"Like you, we were very excited about the event. However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour," say organizers Cool Breeze Concerts in a statement. "He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel."
Ozzfiesta was scheduled to be held May 27-31 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The festival was to feature an Ozzy headlining set, plus a...Read more
Ringo Starr fans wanting to get a little preview of what the ex-Beatles drummer's upcoming solo album, Postcards from Paradise, sounds like can head over to Billboard.com now. The website is hosting an exclusive stream of the song "Confirmation," one of the new record's 11 tracks.
The tune is a funky, soulful and upbeat love song that features Starr accompanied by female backing singers and a bright horn section. Ringo tells...Read more
Michael Schenker was on a mission when he made his latest album with his current group Temple of Rock. The veteran rock guitarist tells ABC Radio that the newly released record, Spirit on a Mission, is "a really well-balanced album that entertains from the beginning to the end…with really good vocals and melodies."
Schenker, who is best known for his work with The Scorpions, UFO and his own Michael Schenker Group, says he went into the new project with high expectations thanks to the chemistry he's...Read more
A special episode of the long-running PBS performance series Soundstage celebrating Brian Wilson's latest solo album, No Pier Pressure, will premiere shortly after the record's April 7 release.
The program, which according to Wilson's official Facebook page will begin airing on April 9, will features performances from a concert held his past December at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas. At the show, the Beach Boys mastermind was joined by many of the artists who lent their...Read more
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has signed a new record deal that will see the reissue of nearly all of the albums and videos he released with his side projects Halford, Two and Fight. The reissue campaign will begin with a two-CD, 30-track compilation titled The Essential Rob Halford that will hit stores on March 30.
In addition to the individual albums and video releases that will be made available, other retrospectives are also planned, including a Playlist collection and Complete Albums Box set.
Sixx:AM, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's other band, has added a visual component to their cover of The Cars' "Drive" in the form of a lyric video. The clip features the lyrics from the track popping up in pink lettering over shots of -- what else? -- cars driving. You can watch the automobile-focused video now on YouTube.
Sixx:AM's cover of "Drive" appears on the band's latest album, Modern Vintage. The album gave the group its fourth top 10 hit on Billboard's Mainstream...Read more
Boz Scaggs' upcoming studio album, A Fool to Care, will be released next Tuesday, March 31, but the soulful singer is treating fans to a full preview of the record online now. The entire standard version of the album is streaming through Monday, March 30, at ...Read more
The Doors' 1967 self-titled album is among the latest recordings to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's memorable debut effort is one of 25 recordings from various genres chosen for the registry this year, each selected for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
In a statement, the Library of Congress notes that although The Doors were not "as overtly political as some of their contemporaries, [they] still pushed artistic, sexual and psychological boundaries."...Read more
In recognition of her ongoing support of U.S. troops over the years, Stevie Nicks was honored Tuesday night with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Not only does the Fleetwood Mac singer hold the record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting wounded soldiers, but she also has given those soldiers hundreds of iPods filled with music to help speed their recovery.
"I think they love it, and I love doing...Read more
World on Fire, Slash's latest album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, is the subject of newest edition of Real to Reel, a documentary series created by guitar string and accessory manufacturer Ernie Ball. The hour-long episode gives fans an in-depth look into the recording process of World on Fire. You can watch the entire documentary now at Billboard.com.
"Recording an album is a uniquely inspiring experience, and this...Read more
The lineup for this year's Lollapalooza festival has been announced, and it's a typically eclectic bill: Paul McCartney will make his first appearance at the long-running festival, while Metallica will return for the first time since 1996. Other headliners include Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, MisterWives, George Ezra, and ...Read more
If your beloved Thin Lizzy vinyl albums are too warped and scratched to enjoy anymore, take heart: this week, you'll be treated to newly-remastered, high-quality vinyl versions of the beloved Irish rock band's first eight studio albums. The discs, which will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl, will be released this Friday in conjunction with Universal Music's ongoing Back to Black reissue campaign.
The LPs, which will come in sleeves replicating the original artwork,...Read more
Milwaukee's Summerfest has announced its lineup of headliners for 2015, and it includes plenty of well-known classic-rock artists. Among the veteran music stars who will entertain the crowds this year at the festival grounds are The Doobie Brothers, Kansas, Foghat, Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, The Romantics, Buddy Guy and Jane's Addiction.
Summerfest is billed as "the World's Largest Music Festival," and for good reason. More...Read more
Jump for joy, Van Halen fans! The rock legends have announced plans for a major North American tour that will kick off on July 5 in Auburn, Washington, and run all the way through an October 2 concert in Los Angeles.
Van Halen will celebrate the trek with a special show this Monday, March 30, on L.A.'s Hollywood Boulevard. Performances from the event will be shown that night and the following evening on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT. The band members also will be interviewed by host Jimmy Kimmel on Monday's episode.
Elton John is among the performers set to headline the 2015 Outside Lands festival, which will take place August 7-9 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The lineup for eighth annual edition of the music extravaganza also includes Billy Idol, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Sam Smith and rapper Kendrick Lamar, among many others.
A limited number of advance three-day general-admission tickets and VIP tickets for the Outside Lands festival will go...Read more
For the third straight year, AXS TV will air select performances from the Stagecoach Festival, which this year is scheduled to take place April 24-26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. While the festival's main focus is country music, the event's bill also includes a number of well-known rock artists, some of whose sets ...Read more
It's been a bittersweet month for Toto. On March 15, the veteran rock band's longtime bass player Mike Porcaro lost his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease and was laid to rest just a few days before the release this past Monday of the group's new studio album, Toto XIV.
In a new interview with ABC Radio, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather says he and his band mates are understandably going through an emotional roller coaster at the moment.
"It was inevitable but...Read more
David Crosby struck a jogger with his car Sunday evening in Santa Barbara County, California.
Crosby was driving westbound in Santa Ynez when his black 2015 Tesla struck the 46-year-old jogger, Jose Jimenez, who was on the right side of the road, according to a California Highway Patrol report obtained by ABC News. He was driving at the speed limit of 55 miles per hour at the time.
Jimenez was airlifted to a local hospital with multiple fractures, abrasions and lacerations. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. Crosby was not injured.
Alcohol or drugs...Read more
A 1996 performance by the then-current lineup of Lynyrd Skynyrd that was at the German television show Rockpalast's Loreley Festival in the city of St. Goarshausen will be released on CD for the first time ever on June 2. The two-disc set, titled Sweet Home Alabama, features live renditions of many of the Southern rock group's best-known songs, including "Saturday Night Special," "What's Your Name," "That Smell," "Simple Man," "Gimme Three Steps," "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird."
At the time that the show took place on June 23, 1996, the band consisted of founding...Read more
John Fogerty has unveiled new details about his forthcoming autobiography. The book is titled Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music and will be published October 6.
The memoir will feature the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's recollections about his eventful life, from his childhood in Northern California and his early forays into music, to his exciting but tumultuous years as the leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival. He also discusses his withdrawal from the music business following the...Read more
Black Sabbath will headline Ozzfest Japan 2015 in what is being billed as the legendary band's "farewell" show.
"This will be Black Sabbath's farewell," says Sharon Osbourne, wife of frontman Ozzy Osbourne, in a video announcement.
Last year, Ozzy revealed that he, along with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, would be recording one final album as Black Sabbath. He also said the band would embark on one last tour together.
"We all made friends, we didn't f**k around,...Read more