Aerosmith has added a new U.S. concert to its North American summer tour itinerary, a June 24 show at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, which apparently will serve as the trek's kickoff date. The performance is the eighth confirmed date of the outing, dubbed the Blue Army Tour 2015, which currently is mapped out through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Tickets for the Evansville concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 6, at 10 a.m. CT. VIP packages...Read more
Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour has been working on a new solo album, and one of his frequent collaborators says the project is coming together nicely.
"It's going very well," longtime Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera tells U.K. magazine Uncut. "I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy."
Manzanera contributed his guitar and production talents to Gilmour's previous solo effort, 2006's On an Island,...Read more
The Doobie Brothers are set to bring some classic rock to the third annual Tortuga Music Festival, a country music-themed event scheduled to take place April 11-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The festival, which benefits the Rock the Ocean Foundation, also will feature headliners Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, as well as The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins and a number other popular country acts.
The Doobies' appearance at the event could set the stage for an...Read more
Gary Glitter’s going to prison. The 1970s glam-rock star was sentenced Friday in a British court to 16 years for sexually abusing three underage girls between 1975 and 1980.
Glitter, whose birth name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of having sex with a girl under 13. He could have faced life in prison.
The 70-year-old was jailed for child sex offenses in...Read more
Whitesnake pays homage to Deep Purple on a brand-new studio album titled, The Purple Album, which will be released on May 19. The project features new versions of songs singer David Coverdale recorded with Deep Purple's Mark 3 and Mark 4 lineups during the mid-1970s before he formed Whitesnake.
The album will be available as a standard single CD featuring 13 tracks, and a deluxe two-disc set offering two bonus songs and a DVD that includes four music videos, a making-of...Read more
Bono continues to recover from his serious bike accident a few months ago, but he admits to Rolling Stone that "it'll be a battle to be match fit" when U2's upcoming tour kicks off May 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In an email to the magazine, the 54-year-old U2 frontman notes, "My southpaw is a bit tricky, but my right hook is ready to rumble for sure."
Bono was cycling in New York's Central...Read more
The upcoming Brian Wilson biopic, Love & Mercy, is slated to get its U.S. premiere on March 15 at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, but you can get a first look at the movie now by checking out a new teaser trailer that's debuted online. The clip shows glimpses of actors Paul Dano and John Cusack portraying the troubled Beach Boys mastermind at different periods ...Read more
Official details have been announced for Stephen Stills' third annual Light Up the Blues benefit concert, which is scheduled to take place April 25 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets for the star-studded event, whose lineup also includes Neil Young, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin, among others, will ...Read more
A house in Liverpool, England, where Paul McCartney spent some of his early childhood was sold at an auction on Thursday for 150,000 pounds, or about $231,000. The auction was hosted by the city's famous Cavern Club venue.
According to the Liverpool Echo, bidding began at 100,000 pounds...Read more
The famous Joshua tree in California's Mojave Desert that was immortalized on the cover of U2's 1987 album The Joshua Tree has been vandalized. On the U2 fan forum atU2.com, user Hwy 190 writes that someone had hacked off one of the tree's limbs.
"This past Sunday, I made my proverbial yearly hike out to the Tree with my dog to reminisce only to find that some hack and I do mean hack, decided it was a bright idea to take a hacksaw to one of the Tree’s limbs -- evidently to remove an inch thick cross section as a...Read more
Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge will release his second solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, on May 5, more than 38 years after his first solo effort, Natural Avenue, hit stores. The new collection features eight original tunes, including the title track, which will be released as a digital single on April 14.
One of the undoubted highlights of 10,000 Light Years Ago is the tune "Simple Magic," which...Read more
Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is wanted in Texas on controlled substances charges. According to the Denton County Crime Stoppers website, Abbruzzese is facing two charges: one misdemeanor charge for possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams, and a felony charge for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, which carries a sentence of five to 99 years in prison.
Denton Country Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1000 reward for information leading to Abbruzzese's arrest.
The big night is upon us, Aerosmith fans. The one-night-only screening of the band's new concert film Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will take place tonight in hundreds of theaters across the U.S.
The movie captures Aerosmith performing a headlining set last June at the U.K.'s famed annual hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival, held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Drummer Joey Kramer recalls that the band gave an electric performance at the event.
"It's a real good representation of the band," Kramer tells ABC News Radio. "It's the show...Read more
The initial lineup for the 20th annual edition of the popular music festival the Gathering of the Vibes has been revealed, and it includes several longtime members of The Allman Brothers Band. Gregg Allman, guitarist Derek Trucks and his current group Tedeschi Trucks Band, and founding Allmans drummer Jaimoe and his Jaimoe's Jasssz Band all will perform at this year's event, which will take place July 30 through August 2 at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The eclectic bill also features Grateful...Read more
Metallica is double-dipping in the Rock in Rio pool this year. In addition to headlining the inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival in Las Vegas this May, the legendary metal band also has been added to the original Rock in Rio's lineup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"One Rock in Rio in a year is just not enough!" writes Metallica on their website. "We're very excited that we have been invited to be a part of the original Rock in Rio 30-year celebration by headlining one night during the festivities."
The majority of Pete Townshend's solo catalog was re-released as digital downloads on Wednesday as part of a new campaign that will see the reissue of remastered and reworked physical versions of the Who guitarist/songwriter's albums over the next year or so.
The digital albums, which are available for purchase now via iTunes, include 11 titles in all, spanning Townshend's 1972 solo debut, Who Came First, through the 1994 demo compilation Scoop 3. Among the other releases...Read more
Paul McCartney has confirmed his first U.S. concert of 2015. The former Beatles member will headline this year's Firefly Music Festival, which takes place June 18-21 in Dover, Delaware. Rumors had been circulating for a while that Sir Paul would be among the fest's headliners, but his participation in the event wasn't announced until today.
The specific date of McCartney's performance hasn't been revealed. The rock legend joins a lineup that includes fellow headliners Kings of Leon and The Killers, as well as such popular artists as Morrissey,...Read more
Bryan Adams will be hitting the road in the U.S. this spring and summer in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his classic album Reckless.
The stateside leg of the Canadian singer/songwriter's Reckless 30th Anniversary Tour kicks off April 11 in Houston, and hits major cities across the country, including New York City, Las Vegas, Boston, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas. The trek wraps up on August 1 in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Adams' set list will honor Reckless, the 1984 album that features hits like "Run to You," "Summer of '69," "One Night Love Affair" and...Read more
If you can't get enough of Bad Company, here's some exciting news. Remastered and expanded editions of the beloved British hard-rock band's first two studio albums -- 1974's Bad Company and 1975's Straight Shooter -- will be released as double-disc CD and vinyl sets on April 7.
The updated Bad Company and Straight Shooter collections were remastered from the original tapes, as per frontman Paul Rodgers' wishes. Both releases feature a variety of bonus tracks, including recently discovered unreleased tracks and alternate takes and mixes from the respective...Read more
On the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's landmark double album Physical Graffiti, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has written an essay for Rolling Stone explaining how that album, and the legendary British band in general, has affected his life, and his own group.
"When we first got together, we were listening to a lot of post-punk and progressive hardcore, stuff like Bauhaus...Read more
Styx and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder will star in back-to-back concert specials that were recorded on the same night last year during the Soundtrack of Summer package tour and will premiere on the AXS TV high-def music channel on Sunday, March 15.
The Styx special, which airs at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, captures the band performing a set of its classic hits and various other gems from its back catalog at a July 2014 show at the Orleans...Read more
Rush has announced that it's adding a very cool release to its year-long "12 Months of Rush" reissue campaign. A special Hologram Edition vinyl version of the Canadian power trio's lauded 1977 album 2112 will be available for purchase on March 17.
The disc will be pressed on high-quality, 200-gram vinyl, and will feature a hand-drawn holographic image of the "Red Star of the Federation" design near the center of the LP's second side. The spinning hologram is viewable by shining a focused source...Read more
A new music-themed cruise celebrating the music of the late 1960s will groove its way through the Caribbean next year. The inaugural Flower Power Cruise will feature performances by the current incarnations of The Jefferson Starship and The Guess Who, as well as many other acts that came to fame during the era.
The nautical pop and rock extravaganza will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 29, 2016, and will visit Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West, Florida, before returning to port on March 5. Other confirmed artists on the bill include The Turtles, The...Read more
The latest installment of Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign, the remastered and expanded versions of the band's sixth studio album, 1975's Physical Graffiti, hits stores today. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who's been overseeing the reissue project, says that by the time his group began working on the epic double album, the band members all were at their technical and creative peak as musicians.
"The way that we sort of combined musically -- 'cause we were all incredible musicians, no doubt about that -- the way that we could play together as a band was unlike anybody...Read more
Alice in Chains has launched the Alice in Chains Fantasy Football Auction to benefit the Music for Relief charity's Ebola Prevention program and MusiCares. Items up for bid include a Jerry Cantrell-autographed Superhawk guitar, a Mike Inez-signed Fender bass and a lithograph autographed by all of the band's members.
A number of Alice in Chains' rock friends also have contributed items to the Fantasy Football Auction, including Sammy Hagar, Slash, Duff McKagan,...Read more
Paul McCartney will have to clear yet more space on his mantel. The former Beatles member received the top honor at the 26th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, held Saturday at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. McCartney won the Major Tour of the Year prize for the 2014 edition of his Out There World Tour.
This marks the third time Sir Paul has received the award, having previously been presented the honor in 2002 and 1990. Other winners at this year's event, which was hosted by...Read more
While actors were claiming their Oscars Sunday night, Elton John was raising millions for charity at his 23rd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party. The gala event raised just over $5.8 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The event, which took place at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was the second-hottest ticket in town -- even though a rare L.A. downpour nearly made it a washout. According to the New
Aerosmith recently added two more dates to their North American summer tour bringing the band's total of confirmed 2015 shows to seven. The newly announced concerts are scheduled to take place on July 3 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and July 19 in Fort McMurray, Canada.
Tickets for the Lake Tahoe and Fort McMurray shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 27, at 10 a.m. local time. VIP packages and pre-sale tickets for Aero Force One members for the Lake Tahoe gig will be available starting Monday, February 23, at 10 a.m. CT; they already...Read more
A short film focusing on Mark Knopfler's upcoming studio album, Tracker, has premiered online at the ex-Dire Straits frontman's official VEVO YouTube channel. The clip, which runs a bit over 5 minutes, shows Knopfler working on songs at his home and in his West London recording studio, and also includes some voice-overs of the singer/guitarist discussing the project.
"My position as a songwriter is just to try to make a good recording of a good song," says Mark at one point in the flick. He also notes...Read more
Steve Howe is best known for his contributions as lead guitarist for the prog-rock bands Yes and Asia, but he also has had a prolific solo career. The 67-year-old musician has dug into his extensive back catalog to compile a retrospective of his solo work titled Anthology, which will be released as a two-CD set and digital download on March 10.
The 33-track collection is made up mostly of songs taken from the dozen-plus studio albums Howe released spanning his 1975 debut Beginnings through 2011's Time. The compilation also features two selections from Steve's...Read more