Pink Floyd's surviving original members, bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason, reunited on Thursday morning to unveil a commemorative blue plaque at the site of the London school where the band first formed. Waters, Mason and late Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright all attended Regent Street Polytechnic between 1962 to 1965, and founded the group during their time at the college.
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Former Traffic guitarist Dave Mason will launch a new North American tour next month in unique fashion, by playing shows on four different Hawaiian islands on four consecutive days. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his current group, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, will kick things off on June 11 with a concert on Maui, then will head to Kaui on June 12, the "Big Island" of Hawaii on June 13 and Oahu on June 14.
After returning to the mainland United States, Mason will play shows across the continent throughout June and July, winding down with a July 27...Read more
Although U2's longtime road manager, Dennis Sheehan, died suddenly at his hotel this morning, the band appears to be moving ahead with its recently launched iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE trek. Tonight, the Irish rockers will play the second of five concerts they have scheduled at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and they now have announced ...Read more
A man who stole a pair of heart-shaped glasses that once belonged to Elton John while they were on display at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum last month has avoided jail time. The Memphis Flyer reports that Matthew Colvin, a 26-year-old resident of Cordova, Tennessee, received a two-year suspended sentence with probation for his crime.
Colvin, who was sentenced Tuesday in a Memphis court after pleading guilty, had faced as much as four years in prison....Read more
The Guitar Hero Live track list keeps expanding. Pearl Jam's "Mind Your Manners" and Soundgarden's "Been Away Too Long" are among the newest additions to the next installment of the Guitar Hero video game franchise.
Also new to the Guitar Hero Live track list are songs by Tenacious D, Anthrax, Chevelle and Halestorm. The newly announced tunes join an already stacked track list that includes songs by The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest, Red Hot Chili Peppers,Green...Read more
A few years back, Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance on an episode of 30 Rock, but the ex-Beatles star also was once offered a cameo role on another hit NBC sitcom, a little show called Friends.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Friends casting director Leslie Litt revealed that she'd wanted Sir Paul to portray Ross Geller's British father-in-law in the two-part finale for the series' fourth season in 1998.
Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California. KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.
Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour. The band had just played the first of five scheduled concerts...Read more
Metallica has announced details about its plans to perform at the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas.
Frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on June 6 before the Moto X Speed & Style competition. Then, later that day, Hetfield and Hammett will reconvene with the rest of Metallica for a full set at the X Games. "We're very stoked to have our music take humans to another level," Hetfield told...Read more
Music fan who loves that old-time rock 'n' roll likely will want to check out the new joint tour featuring former Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, which kicks off tonight, May 27, in Red Bank, New Jersey. The 18-date trek will make its way across North America over the next few weeks, winding down with a June 20 concert in Saratoga, California.
Setzer, who toured with Thorogood and his band back in the late '80s, tells ABC Radio that the bill "works...Read more
As part of The Who's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, a second installment in a series of vinyl box sets featuring replicas of the band's early singles will be released on August 14. The Reaction Singles 1966 collection contains five seven-inch discs -- four singles and a five-track EP -- originally issued on Robert Stigwood's U.K. label Reaction Records.
Each disc in the box set is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and housed in paper...Read more
Despite a number of local media reports to the contrary, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says it's not investigating the death of blues legend B.B. King as a possible homicide. According to a statement issued by Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, the police department will not move forward with such an investigation "until such time as the Clark County Coroner determines Mr. King's death to be from other than natural causes."
The news comes after two of King's daughters accused the late guitar great's business manager and his personal assistant of contributing to his death, and called for a...Read more
Jon Bon Jovi is one of the many artists featured on the Finding Neverland: The Album, and now we get to hear his contribution. People has a first listen to the track, called "Beautiful Day" -- a cheerful anthem about seizing the moment.
"Everybody knows Peter Pan, and I guess in some essence you could always say that every rock and roll star is Peter Pan -- they never want to grow up," the singer tells People.
The album is a collection of reimagined songs from...Read more
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has been amassing video interviews with music legends for an ongoing oral-history project that’ll soon be available to museum visitors.
RollingStone.com reports that the museum got things started four years ago when it gathered together four rock 'n' roll pioneers -- Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Fats Domino...Read more
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has always been on the reclusive side, and now he's gotten even more so. In a new interview with the Electronic Beats website, Frusciante reveals he no longer plans to release his music to the public.
"For the last year and a half I made the decision to stop making music for anybody and with no intention of releasing it, which is what I was doing between 2008 and 2012," Frusciante says....Read more
Neil Young has unveiled official details about his upcoming studio album The Monsanto Years, which he recorded with Promise of the Real, the band fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas. The nine-song collection, which focuses on topical environmental and ecological issues such as the sale of genetically modified food, will be released on June 29.
The Monsanto Years initially will be available as a CD/DVD set and as a standard-resolution and high-res digital download. A vinyl edition of the record will follow sometime in August....Read more
This Sunday, Carlos Santana and his group will wind down their latest series of shows as part of their ongoing Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay, and will follow that with a month-long summer European tour leg that kicks off June 30. Santana then will return to the U.S. for a late-summer outing running from an August 14 performance in Forest Hills, New York, through an August 29-30 stand at the Ravinia festival in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.
The U.S. tour dates...Read more
Public Image Ltd., John Lydon's influential post-Sex Pistols band, will release a new studio album called What the World Needs Now… on September 4. The new record is the second one the artist also known as Johnny Rotten has made with the group's current lineup, following 2012's This Is PiL, which was the band's first release in more than 17 years.
The current incarnation of Public Image also includes guitarist Lu Edmonds...Read more
Pete Townshend says he has a multifaceted creative project in the works that will include music and a book, but it isn't clear if The Who will be involved. In a new interview with BarnesandNoble.com, the guitarist/songwriter reveals, "I am working on a magnum opus that will begin with the publication of a short novel in 2016."
Townshend also reports that he's "writing new songs all the time," although he admits that after The Who winds down its 50th anniversary tour, he's planning to "slow down again."...Read more
It's been more than 40 years since famed folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel broke up, but Art Garfunkel apparently still remains troubled by childhood friend and longtime collaborator Paul Simon's decision to end their creative partnership. In an interview with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph, Garfunkel admitted that he would gladly reunite with Simon for another tour, then directed some pointed comments toward Simon that seemingly displayed ...Read more
After playing an initmate warmup gig on Wednesday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, The Rolling Stones officially kicked off their Zip Code tour of North America on Sunday night at Petco Park in San Diego.
The band played a 20-song set, opening with "Jumpin' Jack Flash." A minute-long video of highlights from the show opener has been posted to the band's YouTube channel.
Although The Stones didn't play the entirely of Sticky Fingers, as they did at the surprise L.A. show, they did run through a...Read more
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced plans for a fall solo acoustic tour through Australia and New Zealand and, in the process, revealed the title of his new solo album: Higher Truth.
The acoustic trek will have Cornell "performing songs spanning his entire career, as well as new songs from his forthcoming studio album Higher Truth in an unplugged, up close and personal setting," according to his website.
Higher Truth is scheduled...Read more
Pat Benatar and her guitarist/husband, Neil Giraldo, have a busy year planned, with dozens of North American dates lined up as part of their ongoing 35th Anniversary Tour. But the rocking couple took a little time off to chat with famed newsman Dan Rather for an upcoming episode of his AXS TV show The Big Interview.
In the hour-long program, which debuts ...Read more
For a split second, the members of U2 thought that the first show of their enormous iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour might be their last when guitarist The Edge fell off the stage. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the members of U2 discuss the incident, which luckily did not seriously injure The Edge.
"It was a moment of reverie where I just completely lost track of where I was on the stage," says The Edge in the interview. "Out of the corner of my eye I could see the curve of the round and I thought I...Read more
AXS TV will celebrate the Memorial Day weekend by offering up an evening of programming this Sunday, May 24, that focuses on "America's band, The Beach Boys. The marathon will includes the network's premiere screening of Brian Wilson and Friends: Live from the Venetian, a recent concert special filmed this past December in Las Vegas that showcased songs from the Beach Boys mastermind's new solo album, No Pier ...Read more
As Lollapalooza's founder, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell is known as one of the godfathers of alternative rock. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Farrell remembers hanging out with the biggest legend of the '90s alternative scene: Kurt Cobain.
"I met him briefly," Farrell says of the late Nirvana frontman. "I must admit, I got high with him in the basement of the Palace when he came to Los Angeles,...Read more
Founding Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman will turn 79 this October, but despite his advancing age, he's still making new music. Next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release his first solo album in 33 years, Back to Basics.
Wyman admits that he initially wondered if he might be "too old" to put out a new album, but quickly thought the better of it.
"I thought, 'Every creative artist goes until they drop,'" he tells...Read more
Paul McCartney is the world's wealthiest rocker so he can afford to buy nice things, like a beautiful new penthouse apartment overlooking New York City's Central Park. The New York Post reports that the ex-Beatles star and his wife, Nancy Shevell, shelled out $15.5 million for a duplex apartment at 1045 Fifth Ave., not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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A pot-smoking Who fan almost brought the band's concert this week at New York's Nassau Coliseum to a halt when Roger Daltrey complained that the smoke was affecting his voice. Newsday reports that several songs into the show, Daltrey threatened to walk off the stage if the offending audience member didn't stop smoking.
In fan-filmed video of the event posted online, the frontman is heard saying, "If you don't put it down, then I'm...Read more
Having just wrapped up their first full-scale headlining tour, Sixx: A.M., Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's side band, is ready to return to the studio, just as soon as the vetreran rocker gets a break in his schedule. Sixx hopes to record with Sixx:A.M. during the breaks in his other group's farewell tour.
"I'll be home 4 days before Motley plays a couple of festivals in Europe, then back to America and into the studio with Sixx:A.M. before Motley starts our final American tour," Sixx recently wrote on Facebook.