Billy Talbot, the longtime bassist of Neil Young's backing band, Crazy Horse, has just released a new album titled On the Road to Spearfish with his side group, The Billy Talbot Band. A follow-up to 2004's Alive in the Spirit World, the nine-track collection is available now as a digital download, which also includes high-definition ...Read more
For the last few weeks, Stone Gossard has been previewing tracks from his upcoming second solo album, Moonlander. The Pearl Jam guitarist's latest offering is "King of the Junkies," which Gossard says was inspired by Adolf Hitler's alleged drug habits.
"'King of the Junkies' was inspired by a documentary that I saw that claimed Hitler was using intravenous methamphetamines throughout this dictatorship," the guitarist reveals in a statement posted on Pearl Jam's website. "I figure this makes him the worst junkie...Read more
A star-studded list of musicians, including Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, have contributed to the upcoming album by technology mogul and philanthropist Paul Allen and his band The Underthinkers. Scheduled for an August 6 release, Everywhere at Once features 13 songs either ...Read more
Ozzy Osbourne has remained sober since announcing to fans last month that he had consumed alcohol and taken prescription drugs for an extended period of time.
On Wednesday's edition of the CBS daytime program The Talk, Ozzy's wife, co-host Sharon Osbourne, casually mentioned, "My husband is sober."
Sharon previously addressed the matter on The Talk April 23 as she denied reports that they were getting divorced.
Earlier that month, the Black Sabbath frontman, who's struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in the past, wrote on his Facebook page, “For the last year...Read more
In honor of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who passed away Monday at age 74 after a battle with cancer, VH1 Classic will air a special block of Doors-related programming on Thursday night.
The network will kick things off at 8 p.m. ET/PT by screening the influential band's recently restored concert film, Live at the Hollywood Bowl '68. The film captures The Doors' historic July 1968 show at the famed Los Angeles venue and includes three previously unreleased performances.
Next up, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, VH1 Classic will air the Classic Albums series' making-of documentary...Read more
Paul McCartney has once again spoken out in support of the jailed members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot after one of the imprisoned musicians, Maria Alyokhina, began a hunger strike Wednesday in protest of her treatment at a recent parole hearing. According to The Guardian, Alyokhina started the protest after she was denied the right to attend her hearing in the Russian city of Berezniki.
Following Maria's announcement, McCartney...Read more
Acclaimed Beatles biographer Hunter Davies has donated lyric sheets and letters written by John Lennon to the British Library in London as part of a new U.K. government initiative. The Cultural Gifts Scheme, which was adopted by the British government in March, allows citizens or companies to donate historically significant items in exchange for having their tax liability lowered.
Davies officially...Read more
The temporary restraining order Robert Plant recently obtained against a female fan has now been made permanent. TMZ reports that Alysson Billings was ordered by a judge on Wednesday to stay at least 300 yards away from the former Led Zeppelin singer for the next three years.
According to the website's original report, Plant stated in court documents that the 40-something-year-old...Read more
Frontman James Hetfield says that while Metallica has a number of songs written for their follow-up to 2008’s Death Magnetic, they're finding it difficult to record the new album because of the other projects on which they're working.
"I want it done yesterday," Hetfield tells Billboard. "[The Orion festival] and this [3D] movie [Through the Never] is keeping us pretty busy at this point and it's taking a lot of our time and effort."
The singer adds...Read more
Trevor Bolder, who played bass in Uriah Heep and David Bowie's famed backing band The Spiders from Mars, died Tuesday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62. Bolder's passing was announced in a message on Uriah Heep's website that praised the rocker as "an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced."
In homage to his former band mate, Bowie issued a...Read more
New details have been revealed about the recently announced inaugural Interlocken Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place September 5-8 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia.
A new addition to the bill is John Fogerty, who will join veteran jam band Widespread Panic to perform a set of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival material. Widespread Panic also is slated to play a second night at the festival without Fogerty.
Meanwhile, Grateful Dead spinoff group...Read more
The Edgar Winter Band and Rick Derringer will return to take part in the second annual edition of the Rock'N'Blues Fest tour, which will feature a variety of veteran artists who showcase the merger of rock 'n' roll and the blues. Joining Winter's group and Derringer on this year's lineup will be two Woodstock legends -- Ten Years After and Canned Heat -- as well as Canadian guitar whiz Pat Travers.
The 2013 Rock'N'Blues Fest tour is scheduled to get under way on July 27 in Las Vegas and currently is plotted out through an August...Read more
A public library in Dartford, England, apparently can’t get satisfaction from Keith Richards.
The veteran rocker admits he still owes fines for books he borrowed and failed to return to the library decades ago, the Mirror reports. The newspaper quotes Richards as saying, “I’ve still got overdue fines from about 50 years ago. They must be astronomical by now.”
The Mirror estimates that with a 15 pence a day fine, plus interest and administrative fees, Richards...Read more
From punk pioneers to musical innovators who cross-pollinated rock with reggae, hip-hop and other genres, The Clash blazed a fiery trail during the 1970s and '80s that influenced and inspired countless bands that emerged in their wake.
Now, the group's surviving members have designed and compiled a massive new box set titled Sound System that collects all five of the U.K. rockers' studio albums along with a plethora of demos, singles, B-sides and outtakes; promotional videos; concert footage; memorabilia; and much more.
Scheduled to be...Read more
Elton John joins a growing list of famous rockers, including The Rolling Stones and Bon Jovi, who will perform headlining sets at London's famous Hyde Park this summer.
Elton and his band will serve as the main attraction at a July 12 concert that also will feature Kinks frontman Ray Davies, plus Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and several other artists. The event, part of Hyde Park's British Summer Time series, will showcase singer/songwriters.
"I am truly honored to be headlining the Songwriters evening of the new...Read more
A new two-CD/DVD set featuring highlights from 1970's star-studded Kralingen Music Festival in the Netherlands is scheduled to be released on July 2. The Dutch Woodstock 1970 offers rare vintage performances by such beloved rock acts as Santana, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, T. Rex and Canned Heat.
Among the memorable tunes featured on the set are Santana's "Jingo," the Jefferson Airplane classic "White Rabbit," and the early Pink...Read more
In the wake of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek's death Monday at age 74 after a battle with bile-duct cancer, the group's two surviving members, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, have penned tributes to their longtime band mate.
After issuing a brief initial statement about Manzarek's passing on Monday, Krieger later posted a longer homage on his official Facebook page. In the message, Krieger notes that Manzarek and late Doors...Read more
Since a devastating tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday, killing at least 24 people, the world has taken to Twitter and Facebook to express their support, send out prayers and wishes, and talk about how people can help. Among those reacting were many veteran rock stars. Here's a roundup of some of these artists' thoughts about the tragedy:
Kansas: "The band KANSAS would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the recent storms in Oklahoma and the Midwest. For those looking...Read more
The Zombies recently expanded their plans for a U.S. summer tour. The veteran British group's initial series of stateside dates will visit the East Coast and the Midwest, kicking off June 13 in Englewood, New Jersey, and running through a July 7 show in Arlington, Massachusetts. The band also has a brief West Coast visit mapped out for late August and early Septmeber.
Among the events The Zombies have lined up is a free concert in New York City's Central Park on June 16. Prior to the show, founding Zombies members Colin...Read more
Last month, Rush and Heart finally were welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after each being passed over for the honor for more than a decade. One legendary rock band that continues to be overlooked by the Rock Hall, much to the chagrin of its rabid fans, is KISS.
The group's longtime frontman, Paul Stanley, also is apparently pretty frustrated by the snub, while pointing out that the powers that be behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shouldn't necessarily be considered the authorities in charge of choosing which artists deserve to be recognized.
The rock world is reacting to the news of the death of original Doors member Ray Manzarek. The keyboardist died Monday at age 74 at a medical clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a long battle with bile-duct cancer.
Joe Perry tweeted, “I am very saddened by loss of Ray Manzarek now he's with Jim. They mean as much to me today as they did 40 years ago."
Slash tweeted, “RIP Ray Manzarek...Read more
After 50 years together, The Rolling Stones are continuing to thrill audiences on their current 50 and Counting Tour. Fans can find out how it all began for the band by checking out the Crossfire Hurricane documentary, which hits stores on DVD and Blu-ray today. The film charts the history of the rock legends from their formation in the early 1960s through the arrival of guitarist Ronnie Wood in the mid-'70s.
The movie, which was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgen,...Read more
Bon Jovi is currently out on the European leg of its Because We Can world tour, and the band has still got a long way to go. After Europe, the New Jersey rockers play the U.K., then return to the U.S. for summer stadium dates, and then they head to Brazil and Australia. But no matter where the band plays, the one thing that strikes Jon Bon Jovi about the fans in the audience every night is their ages: young, old and everything in between.
Describing Bon Jovi fans as "multi-generational," Jon tells ABC News Radio that he's proud of the group's broad appeal, especially...Read more
John Fogerty has unveiled the collaboration he and the Foo Fighters recorded for his upcoming album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which includes new renditions of some of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival tracks. Fogerty and the Foos' version of CCR's 1969 hit single "Fortunate Son" is now streaming at RollingStone.com.
Wrote a Song for Everyone is set to arrive at all of the usual outlets on May 28....Read more
Jon Bon Jovi has opened up about the day his 19-year-old daughter overdosed on heroin.
"It was horrible, a horrible moment. It was my worst moment as a father," he tells the British newspaper The Daily Mirror.
The 51-year-old rocker recalls getting a 2 a.m. call from his daughter Stephanie Bongiovi, who was phoning him from a hospital near her upstate New York college.
"The first thing she said, 'I'm all right,' but then she said this is what happened," Bon Jovi...Read more
Ray Manzarek, founding keyboardist of The Doors, died Monday at age 74 at a medical clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, after a long battle with bile-duct cancer. At his side was his wife of 45 years, Dorothy, as well as his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.
In a statement, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said, in part, "Ray Manzarek of the Doors was a gifted keyboardist and a founding member of one of the most influential and enduring groups of the ‘60s. He and his bandmates helped shape the sound of rock music, and...have...Read more
Stone Temple Pilots may be without a lead singer, but that hasn’t stopped the group from making new music. They've partnered with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington to create a new single, "Out of Time," which they debuted at an event on Los Angeles over the weekend. You can score a free download of the studio version of "Out of Time" at StoneTemplePilots.com.
"Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we've admired for a long time," said guitarist Dean DeLeo...Read more
Rod Stewart's latest album scored a #7 debut on the Billboard 200 chart, but it's made an even bigger splash on the other side of the pond. Time, the first full-length collection of original tunes the singer's released in more than 20 years, has topped the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart.
The milestone not only marks Stewart's eighth #1 album overall in his home country, it also gives him a U.K. record for the most years between chart-topping releases: 34. Rod's...Read more
One-time Derek and the Dominos drummer Jim Gordon, who's been in prison since killing his mother in 1983, was denied parole last month and won't be able to apply for it again until at least 2018. According to Rolling Stone, a transcript from the hearing reveals that a California parole-board panel considers the 67-year-old musician "a danger to society if released from prison," noting that he's unwilling to take court-ordered medication.
Gordon stabbed his 71-year-old...Read more
Founding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies' new album, I Will Be Me, won't be released until June 4, but the legendary rocker is giving fans the chance to preview the collection online now. All of the album's 13 tracks currently are streaming at Cleopatra Records' SoundCloud page.
I Will Be Me features guest appearances by an eclectic group of musicians, including veteran U.K. guitarist Chris Spedding, alt-country band The Jayhawks, punk group Anti-Flag,...Read more