Ringo Starr has been named the latest spokesperson for Skechers.
The legendary drummer will endorse Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear in a campaign that will launch next spring with a new TV commercial.
Skechers notes that until now, the Relaxed Fit footwear ads have focused on pro athletes. It says, "[W]e can’t wait for everyone to see how Ringo’s charm and cool charisma makes him the perfect ambassador for Relaxed Fit."...Read more
Last week, Bob Seger released his first new studio album in more than eight years, Ride Out. The 10-track collection is made up mostly of tunes penned by the Michigan rocker, but also features four covers, including songs by John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Australian singer/songwriter Kacey Chambers.
It's not the norm for Seger to include so many non-originals on one of his albums, but the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that each of the covers on Ride Out is one that he wished he'd written himself. One of these, Hiatt's...Read more
Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" Saturday at Game Four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals in San Francisco, a Fox spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday in Kansas City.
Singer Phillip Phillips has been tapped to perform...Read more
Paul McCartney took to his Twitter account on Monday for a Q&A session with fans, during which the rock legend candidly, and often humorously, shared a variety of personal revelations.
Among the many topics Sir Paul chatted about were his current favorite songs and the best gigs he ever attended. McCartney said the tunes that he's enjoying most right now are the Foo Fighters' new single, "Something from Nothing," and the Sia hit "Chandelier." As for his favorite concerts, Paul tweeted, "There are many," while singling out rappers Jay-Z and Kanye...Read more
When The Rolling Stones kick off their rescheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand this Saturday, they'll do it without their longtime touring saxophone player, Bobby Keys. According to a message on the band's official website, the 70-year-old musician, whose association with The Stones dates back to the group's 1969 album Let It Bleed, will miss the nine-date trek ...Read more
Ever since Scott Weiland left Velvet Revolver in 2008, the supergroup has been looking for a new lead singer. It turns out that Slipknot's Corey Taylor almost got the gig.
During a recent Q&A session with Rolling Stone Australia, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash explained, "The closest [that the band got to replacing Weiland] would have to be Corey. Everybody was rallying for him, and I love Corey to death."
A deluxe CD edition of Two Sides to Every Story, a long-out-of-print 1977 solo album by late founding Byrds singer Gene Clark, will be released on November 18. The remastered 10-track disc comes packaged in a hardbound "Eco-Book" featuring 26 pages of previously unseen photos, extensive liner notes, lyrics and more.
The album also contains a download card allowing access to more than 90 minutes of high-quality digital...Read more
Foo Fighters ended their week-long stay at CBS' Late Show Friday night by presenting a Top Ten list and performing their just-released single from their new album, Sonic Highways.
The Top Ten list, presented by all five members of the band, ran down the items they "would like to say after spending a week at the Late Show." The funniest lines came from guitarist Pat Smear. When he remarked the Late Show is "not a bad place to be quarantined," referring to the Ebola epidemic, Letterman quipped, "When you were a kid, did you get teased about 'Pat...Read more
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released a new memoir titled Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith earlier this month, and he's wrapping up a book-signing tour in support of the tome tonight in Los Angeles. In Rocks, Perry charts his journey from a guitar-obsessed teenager to becoming a driving force in one of America's greatest rock bands, while delving into many of the triumphs and low points he experienced ...Read more
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Supertramp's Crime of the Century, the album that brought the U.K. band its first taste of commercial success in the U.S. To mark the milestone, a remastered, two-CD version of the album will hit stores on December 9.
Crime of the Century, Supertramp's third studio effort, was released in September 1974 and became the band's first album to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #38. The record also yielded the group's first top 40 single in the States, "Bloody Well Right," which reached #35 on...Read more
Hail, hail, Chuck Berry, who celebrates his 88th birthday today. The rock 'n' roll pioneer has been a national treasure since he duck-walked onto the music scene some 60 years ago. Not that we need reminding, but his many unforgettable tunes include "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Rock and Roll Music," "Back in the U.S.A." and "Memphis, Tennessee."
With his catchy melodies, his witty lyrics and his trademark guitar riffs, it's hard to gauge the impact Berry's had on rock music. He directly influenced the...Read more
Jimmy Page has weighed in once again about the prospects for a possible Led Zeppelin reunion and, not surprisingly, he's not optimistic. In a new Billboard interview, the guitar great points out that it's been seven years since the band's last performance, at the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London, and notes that "quite clearly…there is not going to be any more because obviously you need the will of all people involved."
Looking back...Read more
A U.S. district court judge has ruled against Led Zeppelin's surviving members in their attempt to have a copyright-infringement lawsuit involving the band's "Stairway to Heaven" either moved to a California court or dismissed completely. The suit, which claims that the opening of "Stairway" was cribbed from an obscure 1968 instrumental titled "Taurus" by the group Spirit, was filed in this past May in Pennsylvania and the case currently is slated to be tried there.
According to...Read more
If you've ever thought U2 frontman Bono's habit of always wearing shades was merely a rock star affectation, well, get ready to eat some crow: turns out there's a serious medical reason behind it.
You may have heard that Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters recorded their newest album, Sonic Highways, in a less-than-traditional manner. The band traveled across the country as they recorded the project in iconic American music cities and studios. Along the way, Grohl would interview musicians who artistically represented each city. The whole process was captured for Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, an HBO documentary series that premieres tonight at 11 p.m. ET.
For Grohl, Sonic Highways gave him a chance to try something new.
"We could just go and...Read more
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced its dates for 2015. The 14th edition of the fest will be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Bonnaroo first began in 2002. The festival initially was mainly focused on jam bands before eventually expanding into other genres. The lineup for the 2014 festival, which was announced in February, included such veteran rock artists as Elton John, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo,...Read more
The third season of Lilyhammer, the Netflix series starring E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, will premiere on November 21 at 3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 a.m. PT. All eight new hourlong episodes of the series will be accessible from the on-demand service at that time.
Lilyhammer follows the exploits of a fictional New York mob boss named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano -- portrayed by Van Zandt -- who has relocated to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer after joining the federal witness-protection program.
This season will see Tagliano, who lives in...Read more
Sting visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday to talk about his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship. Sting told Fallon it's been a challenge.
"I think it's the most difficult thing I've ever tackled, telling a story with songs," Sting explained, noting that the musical took "five years of extraordinarily hard work" to come to fruition.
The Last Ship tells the story of a family's struggle to survive the decline of the shipbuilding industry during the 1980s in Wallsend, a community in northeastern England where Sting was born and grew up. The musical is...Read more
Foo Fighters continued their week-long residency on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman Thursday by teaming up with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on the CT song “Stiff Competition.” The song is featured on Cheap Trick’s 1978 album Heaven Tonight.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins took the lead on vocals while Dave Grohl...Read more
Longtime Ramones drummer Marky Ramone will publish a new memoir early next year that will focus on his eventful life and music career both in and out of the pioneering punk band. Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone will hit stores on January 13, 2015.
Born Marc Bell, the Brooklyn-born drummer cut his teeth during the early '70s with the proto-metal group Dust, then went on to play with cross-dressing glam-punk singer Wayne...Read more
Phil Collins is one of the many well-known music artists who appear in an upcoming documentary titled 808, which explores the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine. The film, which was directed by Alexander Dunn, takes an in-depth look at how the electronic instrument has changed the music industry, from its introduction in 1980 to today.
Other stars featured in the movie include New Order, Blur frontman Damon Albarn, pop hitmatker Pharrell Williams, Roots drummer Questlove, electronica...Read more
Just like they promised, Foo Fighters have released the first song from their upcoming album, Sonic Highways. The song, entitled "Something from Nothing," hits all the right Foo Fighters notes: big guitar riffs, fast drumming and Dave Grohl's howling, raspy vocals. The guitar riff itself is reminiscent of Dio's "Holy Diver."
The first song from Sonic Highways comes a day before the premiere of Foo Fighters' HBO documentary series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, which debuts October 17...Read more
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry continues to help fire up San Francisco Giants fans during his hometown team's 2014 playoff run.
Last week, during a home game against the Washington Nationals, the golden-voiced singer led the crowd in a sing-along of his old band's classic anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" from the stands at San Francisco's AT&T Park, and was at it again this week as the Giants try to move past the St. Louis Cardinals to get to the World Series.
On Tuesday, Perry was seen belting out the song as the Giants were on route to a 5-4 victory to take a two-games-to-one...Read more
Legendary rockers stick together. Bruce Springsteen was in the audience for Wednesday night's preview performance of Sting's new Broadway musical The Last Ship, reports Showbiz411.
According to the website, Springsteen attended the show with his daughter Jessica, and then led the standing ovation at the end of the performance. Afterwards, he hung out...Read more
The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 "Performing Songwriters" nominees, and the list includes quite a few legendary rockers.
Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Steve Miller and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson have all been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015 class. Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and Steve Winwood are also among the prospective inductees.
Among those up for induction in the non-performing category...Read more
A 1980 concert Bob Marley played in Dortmund, Germany, during his final world tour is the subject of a new release titled Uprising Live!, which will be issued as a DVD, a DVD/two-CD set and a digital video on November 24. The show, which took place in June of 1980, originally aired on an episode of the German television series Rockpalast.
At the time of the concert, the reggae legend was promoting what would be his last studio album, Uprising. Among the many well-known songs he performed were...Read more
If you give something away for free, people won't really be interested in paying for it. That's the lesson that U2 is learning, thanks to the not-so-great sales projections for its current album, Songs of Innocence. Yahoo! Chart Watch reports that according to those projections, the album will be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's lowest-charting disc since 1984.
U2 gave away the new album to more than 500 million iTunes customers,...Read more
The Doors will be honored this November at the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards -- the Classic Rock Roll of Honour. The band is this year’s recipient of the Inspiration Award.
The annual event is hosted by the U.K.-based Classic Rock magazine. This year’s ceremony will be held in the U.S. for the first time at The Avalon in Hollywood on November 4.
Surviving Doors members, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, will be presented with the award at the ceremony.
Krieger and Densmore issued a statement saying, “In ...Read more
After rocking out with Zac Brown and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson earlier in the week on the Late Show, the Foo Fighters went with a more country feel on the CBS late-night program Wednesday night.
The band paired up with Tony Joe White for a rendition of White's late 1960s hit, "Polk Salad Annie."
Earlier in the broadcast, the Foo Fighters starred...Read more
It's been just over a month since The Moody Blues wrapped up their latest North American tour, but now frontman Justin Hayward is set to embark on a new U.S. solo trek. The monthlong outing kicks off Friday in Durham, North Carolina, and is plotted out through a November 17 concert in Chicago.
This tour leg is the third that the 68-year-old singer/guitarist has mounted without his band since the early-2013 release of his latest solo album, Spirits in the Western Sky, and he tells ABC News Radio...Read more