Fresh from The Grateful Dead's farewell concerts in Chicago of July 4th weekend, two of the band's core members -- singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Mickey Hart -- have just been added to the lineup of the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival. With founding Dead bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann already scheduled to perform at the festival, that means all four main surviving ...Read more
Full details have been announced about legendary pop/soul singer Darlene Love's upcoming studio, Introducing Darlene Love, which will be released on September 18. The 14-track collection was produced and arranged by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, and features a mix of new songs and classic tunes penned by an impressive cast of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, ...Read more
An official video for David Gilmour's latest solo single, "Rattle That Lock," the title track to his upcoming studio album, has premiered on the longtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist's official website and YouTube channel. The animated clip was created by Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney of the London-based Trunk Animation studio and features scenes inspired by John Milton's Paradise ...Read more
Lollapalooza 2015 gets under way today at Chicago's Grant Park, and arguably two of the world's biggest rock stars, Paul McCartney and Metallica, will be on hand to headline day one and day two, respectively, of the three-day festival.
The ex-Beatle's performance begins tonight at 7:45 p.m. CT, while the heavy metal legend's set is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, at 8 p.m. CT.
As previously reported, the Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream of select artists' sets during each day of the fest. Highlights of McCartney's performance...Read more
Today marks the culmination of the Led Zeppelin reissue campaign, as remastered and expanded versions of the band's final three studio albums -- 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door and 1982's Coda -- get their release. Guitarist Jimmy Page oversaw the project, and says it was done out of respect for the band's fans and their desire to have as much material as possible from the British rock legends.
"There's such in affection for Led Zeppelin music within the audience, it could only be the right thing to do to put out...Read more
Montage of Heck includes many previously unreleased demos from Kurt Cobain's personal archives, and the theatrical version of the film will include one more. Director Brett Morgen tells Billboard that he's included a previously unheard demo in the movie for its upcoming run in theaters.
The demo does not have a name, but it does feature the late Nirvana frontman singing in falsetto. Morgen says he's added the track without altering...Read more
Elton John reached an important milestone this week, and it had nothing to do with music. The singer celebrated 25 years of sobriety.
He commemorated the achievement on Instagram Wednesday, writing, "25 years of sobriety today. One day at a time.” He posted a picture of a cake with the sparkly number 25 on top.
Elton’s husband, David Furnish, also posted a message about the milestone. He Instagrammed a photo of a sobriety coin with...Read more
Two of Paul McCartney's early-'80s solo albums, Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, will be released in remastered and expanded form on October 2 as the latest installments in the rock legend's Archive Collection reissue campaign.
The albums, which originally were released in 1982 and 1983, respectively, will be available in multiple formats, including a two-CD Special Edition, a multiple-disc Deluxe Edition featuring bonus...Read more
Two new specials focusing on U2's current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour are set to premiere on HBO this November. The first is a behind-the-scenes documentary about the trek and the second is a live concert special capturing the Irish band's November 14 show in Paris.
The documentary will look at the preparation that went into bringing the tour to fruition, including the creation of the uniquely designed multimedia stage, which features a movable, floor-to-ceiling LED screen and a catwalk that stretches across an arena. The film also delves into the challenges U2 faced in...Read more
Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades has got a new gig: The veteran rocker will serve as host of a new game show called Pawn for Gold that's being produced by the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Badlands TV Network. The program, which will begin filming this January, will feature live music performances and a set boasting state-of-the-art LED technology.
The show will be shot at Badlands...Read more
The 20th anniversary edition of the Gathering of the Vibes festival gets under way today, July 30, at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The four-day event features a diverse lineup that includes Gregg Allman, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, founding Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Wilco, Weezer and dozens of other acts.
One of the big highlights planned for the fest is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, when Haynes and a one-off collective of musicians...Read more
After being postponed because of health issues, the debut album by The AndersonPonty Band, the new group formed by ex-Yes singer Jon Anderson and acclaimed jazz-rock violinist Jean Luc Ponty, finally will be released in the early fall. The aptly titled Better Late than Never features live performances by the band that have been enhanced with innovative production, ...Read more
A new documentary focusing on Janis Joplin will premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, which will take place September 2-12 in the Italian city. The film, titled Janis, was directed by Amy Berg, whose previous work includes West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil.
Janis, which was made with the support of Joplin's family and estate, takes a raw, uncensored look at the lauded singer's...Read more
Metallica is getting the comic book treatment. Orbit: Metallica is a new biographical comic book that tells the metal band's origin story in 28 full-color pages. You can purchase Orbit: Metallica now at ComicFleaMarket.com.
Orbit: Metallica was written by Michael L. Frizell, and the cover was designed by his younger brother, David Frizell,
who previously has created artwork for modern metal act Avenged Sevenfold.
Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts have canceled their U.K. and European tour, which was scheduled for this September and October. A statement posted on the ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer's Facebook page cites "administration and production issues" as the reason for the cancellations.
"Scott and the band, along with management want the fans to know that this decision was not made lightly, but as it stood, the tour dates had far too many administration and production issues to overcome," the statement reads....Read more
The Beatles' second feature film, Help!, got its world premiere 50 years ago today at London's Pavilion Theatre. In the audience for the event were Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowden, who -- according to BeatlesBible.com -- postponed a planned summer vacation to attend the gala.
The follow-up to the Fab Four's big-screen debut, 1964's A Hard Day's Night, Help! features the band members again portraying themselves, as they get involved in a madcap...Read more
Peter Frampton has confirmed plans to head out on an acoustic tour that will take place at a variety of U.S. venues this fall. The 12-date trek, dubbed "Peter Frampton Raw, an Acoustic Tour," kicks off October 8 in Greenville, Tennessee, and runs through an October 24 in Van Wert, Ohio.
Throughout the trek, Frampton will be accompanied by his longtime musical collaborator Gordon Kennedy, as well as by his son, singer/guitarist Julian Frampton, who will be a special guest at the shows. The tour will mark the first time Peter will play entire sets unplugged.
Lilyhammer, the Netflix comedy-drama starring guitarist Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has been canceled. Netflix confirmed the decision Tuesday.
The streaming service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're not going to continue with Lilyhammer, it's become a very economically challenged deal because there's a partnership with the Norwegian...Read more
It's been about 17 years since Steve Perry and Journey parted ways, and while the reclusive singer has rarely performed since then, the group's founding guitarist, Neal Schon, says he and his current band mates would welcome him with open arms if he wanted to sing with them again.
"The door has always been open, like I've said a zillion times," Schon tells ABC Radio. "People ask me every day, 'Are you reuniting?' Steve says, 'No,' and I say, 'You never know.'"
Schon explains that he and the rest of Journey, including current frontman Arnel Pineda,...Read more
Great news for rock fans who can't make it out to Chicago's Grant Park this weekend to attend the Lollapalooza 2015 festival!: Sets by a variety of artists, including headliners Paul McCartney and Metallica, will be streamed live online.
The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream that will be viewable online over three channels from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT each day of the fest, which runs from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2....Read more
Judas Priest will be breaking the law alongside a similarly heavy band, modern metal act Mastodon, on tour this fall. The North American trek begins October 16 in Paso Robles, California, and is mapped out through a November 12 concert in Toronto.
Judas Priest will continue to support its 2014 studio album, Redeemer of Souls, on the tour. Visit JudasPriest.com for ticket info.
Following the North American trek, Judas Priest will head to Europe for a series of late fall shows.
Here are all of Judas Priest's...Read more
A new documentary about the perennially cool Keith Richards will premiere on Netflix September 18, the same day the Rolling Stones guitarist's latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, will be released. Keith Richards: Under the Influence takes a look at the rock legend's musical journey and the sounds that have influenced him as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.
The film was directed by Morgan Neville, whose work includes the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. In the new movie, Neville captures Richards...Read more
Billy Joel's daughter with Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray, has inspired many of his songs, from "Temptation" to "Goodnight My Angel" to "The Downeaster 'Alexa.'" Now, the Piano Man says he'll pen a new tune for the baby he and his new wife are expecting next month.
Farm Aid will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year in Chicago with an eclectic lineup headlined by Neil Young and John Mellencamp. The bill also includes Mavis Staples.
Young and Mellencamp, along with country legend Willie Nelson, are members of the Farm Aid board.
"We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis," says Nelson in a statement. "Thirty years later, in Chicago, we'll bring together so many of the people -- farmers, eaters, advocates and activists -- who have made the progress of...Read more
Hot Tuna’s annual New York City bash will double as a 75th birthday celebration of guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.
The "Freakin' at the Beacon" party, hosted at the Beacon Theatre, will take place 8 p.m. November 20 and 21, with two electric sets and "numerous special guests" to be announced in the coming months.
Previous birthday celebrations included appearances by Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin, Steve Earle, Warren Hayes, Pete...Read more
It seems The Doobie Brothers really do take the band name quite seriously, case in point: the band is suing the group The Doobie Decibel System over trademark usage claiming the band’s name is “confusingly similar” to theirs, according to Billboard.
On Friday, Doobie Brothers Corp. and Doobro Entertainment sued the Northern California folk-rock cover duo-which consists of musicians Jason...Read more
Agribusiness giant Monsanto is firing back at the claims made the mini-documentary, Seeding Fear, co-produced by Neil Young’s film company.
As previously reported, the film examines a lawsuit, which was settled out of court, between the corporation and Alabama farmer Michael White, whom the company sued for patent infringement.
“Mr. White is not transparent in describing his actions or the situation,” a rep for the company tells Rolling...Read more
Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh will kick off a month-long solo tour beginning this September.
Walsh will hit the road beginning September 18 with a show at Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio, according to a release.
The tour, which reunites Walsh with Barnstorm keyboardist and guitarist Joe Vitale,will travel though Canada, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina before wrapping up at Boston’s Orpheum on October 17.
Walsh promises that his shows will feature songs from his days with James...Read more
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has released a new video for “Trouble,” the lead single from his first solo album in more than two decades.
Richards had some heavy talent behind the clip, which is streaming on Apple Music. The video was directed by Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville, who directed 20 Feet from Stardom, and features Keith, and frequent collaborators guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Steve...Read more
DJ Ashba is leaving Guns N' Roses after six years with the band. In a letter posted to his Facebook, the guitarist writes he's leaving to focus more on his family and his other band, Sixx:A.M..
"It is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with Guns N’ Roses into fond memories," Ashba writes. "I have reached a point in my life where I feel it's time to dedicate myself to...Read more