Blackbird PresentsOn December 5, 2015, stars from various musical genres, including rock legends John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and Peter Frampton, came together in New York City to tape a concert special commemorating what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday. The show, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, originally aired that month on AMC, and now a CD, DVD and two-LP set documenting the event are scheduled to be released starting in January.
The concert, which was hosted by actor Kevin Bacon, includes performances of a variety of memorable songs Lennon wrote or co-wrote for The Beatles and tunes from his solo career. Among the many other artists who took part in the show were Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Train's Pat Monahan, The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Aloe Blacc, The Roots and Eric Church.
Highlights from the concert included Fogerty performing "Give Peace a Chance" and "In My Life," Tyler singing "Come Together" and teaming up with Church on a rendition of "Revolution," and Frampton playing "Norwegian Wood" and duetting with Crow and Aloe Blacc on Lennon's holiday classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." For the finale, most of the show's cast came together for a rousing version of "All You Need Is Love."
Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, attended the event, and also took the stage to address the audience and thank the participants.
The Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert CD, DVD and LP set can be pre-ordered now at BlackbirdPresents.com. Special bundles also are available that include specially themed hoodies, t-shirts, pint glasses, guitar-pick necklaces and more.
Here's the CD and DVD track lists:
"Come Together" -- Steven Tyler "Instant Karma" -- Brandon Flowers "Don't Let Me Down" -- Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, Chris Stapleton "Jealous Guy" -- Pat Monahan "A Hard Day's Night" -- Sheryl Crow "In My Life" -- John Fogerty "Watching the Wheels" -- Aloe Blacc "Woman" -- Juanes "Hey Bulldog" -- Spoon "Working Class Hero" -- Tom Morello, Kris Kristofferson "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" -- Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton "Give Peace a Chance" -- John Fogerty "Mother" -- The Roots "Mind Games" -- Eric Church "Steel and Glass" -- Aloe Blacc "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" -- Peter Frampton "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" -- Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton "Revolution" -- Eric Church, Steven Tyler* "Power to the People" -- Tom Morello "A Special Thank You from Yoko Ono" -- Yoko Ono* "Imagine" -- Willie Nelson "All You Need Is Love" -- Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, Brandon Flowers, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Spoon, Chris Stapleton, Steven Tyler
Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/ UMeIf you're a Beatles fan, take a moment during your festivities this Thursday to give thanks for the band's classic self-titled double album, a.k.a. The White Album, which is celebrating its 50th birthday. Released on November 22, 1968, the eclectic 30-track collection went on to spend nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Beatles historian Bruce Spizer tells ABC Radio that following the innovative Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Fab Four delivered an even more diverse set of songs with The White Album.
"When you think about it, this was like Sgt. Pepper on steroids, as far as different genres of music," Spizer notes.
"You open up with 'Back in the U.S.S.R.,' which is a rock 'n' roll song in the Chuck Berry vein," he points out. "And then you go into 'Dear Prudence,' which is this wonderful acoustic guitar song…You have 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' [which you could call] calypso or reggae or ska."
"Beautiful ballads such as 'Julia.' Heavy metal rock 'n' roll such as 'Helter Skelter,'" he continues. "A lush symphonic song, 'Good Night'…[And an] experimental sound collage with 'Revolution 9.'"
In contrast to Sgt. Pepper, which found the group immersed in studio experimentation, Spizer says The White Album "was more The Beatles being a band, [focusing on] 'two guitars, bass and drums' basics." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
While John Lennon and Paul McCartney continued to dominate The Beatles' songwriting, George Harrison made major contributions to The White Album, most notably with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which features a memorable guitar solo by Eric Clapton.
Fiftieth anniversary reissues of The White Album are available now, including a seven-disc Super Deluxe edition boasting three CDs of studio outtakes, a CD of demos, a Blu-ray audio disc and more.
Here's The White Album's original track list:
Side One "Back in the U.S.S.R." "Dear Prudence" "Glass Onion" "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" "Wild Honey Pie" "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill" "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" "Happiness Is a Warm Gun"
Side Two "Martha My Dear" "I'm So Tired" "Blackbird" "Piggies" "Rocky Raccoon" "Don't Pass Me By" "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" "I Will" "Julia"
Side Three "Birthday" "Yer Blues" "Mother Nature's Son" "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" "Sexy Sadie" "Helter Skelter" "Long, Long, Long"
Side Four "Revolution I" "Honey Pie" "Savoy Truffle" "Cry Baby Cry" "Revolution 9" "Good Night"
Credit: Zack WhitfordAfter his recent hospitalization, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry won't be ready to get back in the saddle in time for his planned fall solo tour. The 68-year-old rocker has announced that he's canceled the 10-date trek, which had been scheduled to launch on November 30 in in Sioux City, Iowa, and he'll be taking off the rest of 2018.
According to the announcement, Perry "would like to apologize to the fans who were planning on coming to the shows and looks forward to seeing them again in 2019." Tickets refunds will be available at the point of purchase.
Joe was hospitalized after experiencing a health issue backstage following his guest performance with Billy Joel at the Piano Man's November 10 concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden. A statement from Perry's rep reported that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital."
A Perry rep told ABC Radio this past Friday that Joe was home from the hospital and "doing well."
The trek had been plotted out through a December 16 concert in Agoura Hills, California. The next event of Perry's schedule is Aerosmith's recently announced February 1, 2019, concert as part of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest in Atlanta.
Here are all of the canceled dates:
11/30 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 12/1 -- West Dundee, IL, RocHaus 12/2 -- Detroit, MI, Crowfoot Ballroom 12/4 -- New York, NY, PlayStation Theater 12/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory 12/7 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino 12/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall 12/13 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose 12/15 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre 12/16 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon
Credit: Olivia BeeHark! The Smashing Pumpkins Sing could be the name of a new album by Billy Corgan and company. Although the frontman doesn't mention that particular title, he does tell USA Today that he's considering an album of Christmas songs, which he may start noodling with after the band wraps its current tour.
As to whether we'll hear any of that this year, Corgan is cagey, saying, "I might try to use the Christmas spirit to put the record together in concept, even if we're not ready to record it."
So it's possible -- though far from definite -- that fans could get a taste of Pumpkins yule before 2019 rolls around.
What does seem definite, though, is there will be no screamin' guitar solos in the middle of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Billy says, "I...think it's a bit weird [to make] wild Christmas records....When I think Christmas music, I tend to think something you want to put on and sit around the tree with the kids and not rock out to. I don't see us doing a rocking-out Christmas album."
The Smashing Pumpkins wrap up their U.S. tour on December 8 at The Forum in Los Angeles area.
RhinoIn 2003, Rush released a CD and DVD titled Rush in Rio, which captured a November 23, 2002, performance in Rio de Janeiro. It was the final show of the Canadian prog-rock trio's tour in support of their then-latest album, Vapor Trails. Now, Rush in Rio is set to be issued on vinyl for the first time, in the form of a four-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl that hits stores on January 18.
The 31-track album features all 29 songs that the band played in Rio, as well as two bonus performances: "Between Sun & Moon" from a September 27, 2002, show in Phoenix, Arizona, and "Vital Signs" from an October 19, 2002, concert in Quebec City, Canada.
The Rio de Janeiro show took place at Maracana Stadium and was attended by 40,000 people. Among the many classic songs Rush performed at the event were "Tom Sawyer," "New World Man," "The Big Money," "Free Will," "Closer to the Heart," "2112," "Limelight," "The Spirit of Radio" and "Working Man."
The concert featured a drum solo by Neal Peart that was titled "O Baterista," Portuguese for "the drummer," which earned Rush a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
"In all the years of touring, few gigs matched the energy we witnessed from the Rio audience," says guitarist Alex Lifeson. "[The concert] remains one of the greatest highlights we've experienced in over 40 years of touring."
The vinyl edition of Rush in Rio will feature a gatefold sleeve, and will include an access code for a digital version of the album.
Here's the track list of the Rock in Rio four-LP vinyl set:
Side One "Tom Sawyer" "Distant Early Warning" "New World Man" "Roll the Bones"
Side Two "Earthshine" "YYZ" "The Pass" "Bravado"
Side Three "The Big Money" "The Trees" "Free Will" "Closer to the Heart"
Side Four "Natural Science" "One Little Victory" "Driven" "Ghost Rider"
Side Five "Secret Touch" "Dreamline" "Red Sector A" "Leave That Thing Alone"
Side Six "O Baterista" "Resist" "2112"
Side Seven "Limelight" "La Villa Strangiato" "The Spirit of Radio"
Side Eight "By-Tor & The Snow Dog" "Cygnus X-1" "Working Man" "Between Sun & Moon" "Vital Signs"
Paramount PicturesHow do you go about portraying a larger-than-life music icon like Elton John on screen? In actor Taron Egerton's case, you become friends with the pop-rock legend himself.
Egerton stars as Elton in the upcoming biopic Rocketman, which is described as being "based on a true fantasy." Taron tells ABC Radio that Elton -- with whom he appeared in the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle -- readily welcomed him into his life.
"The thing he did was allow my access to him and he allowed us to become friends and I mean, I can't speak for him, but [I] say that with sincerity, I genuinely think of him as a friend now,” Egerton tells ABC Radio. "He's a wonderfully kind, supportive, gentle, soulful human being and he's been incredibly encouraging of me."
Egerton says Elton invited him to his house to spend time with his family and adds that they "hung out a lot" over the course of the production. They became so close, in fact, that Elton gifted him something quite personal.
"He gave me this incredible gift of his first-ever diamond earring before we started shooting and I actually wear it in the film at some key moments," Egerton reveals. "So I feel quite close to him, actually, having lived something of his life over the past few months and spent some time with him."
ABC/Randy HolmesIf your holiday dream is to play guitar like James Hetfield, sadly, that most likely won't come true. But if you just need to look like you can play like the Metallica frontman, that's a much more realistic goal, thanks to ESP guitar company.
Hetfield has teamed up with ESP to launch the LTD Snakebyte SE Baritone. The guitar, which comes in a "see thru purple sunburst" finish, is a replica of the model Hetfield has been playing during Metallica's worldwide Hardwired...to Self-Destruct tour.
Only 500 pieces will be made, and getting your hands on one will set you back $1,399. Should you decide to purchase the guitar, you'll also get a hardshell ESP case and a certificate of authenticity. Visit ESPGuitars.com for more info.
Metallica's tour continues on Monday, November 26, in Las Vegas.
ABCJimmy Kimmel Live! aired its fourth annual (RED) benefit show on Monday, November 19, in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st.
Guests for the evening's show included U2's Bono, Brad Paisley, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis, Pharrell and more. As always, the show featured a Home Shopping Network-like Shopathon segment, in which celebrities inform people what products they can buy that benefit the charity founded by Bono.
The U2 frontman sang a torch song-style cover of The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" with Pharrell, and also announced that he'd be collaborating with Lady Gaga for a contest that would have the two stars creating a song named after the winner -- with all the proceeds benefiting the HIV/AIDS charity.
More information can be found at the charity's website.
Cleopatra BooksOver the last 50 years, Todd Rundgren has enjoyed an impressively diverse and prolific career as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and technological innovator. Now, the 70-year-old artist can add "book author" to his resume: His autobiography, The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams & Dissertations, will be published on December 21.
In the 240-page volume, Todd examines his wide-ranging career and his dramatic personal life. He also shares recollections about his experiences and interactions with fellow music legends like Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The New York Dolls, Meat Loaf and many others.
The Individualist is broken up into easily digestible three-paragraph chapters, and boasts a variety of previously unseen photos. You can pre-order the memoir now at CleoRecs.com.
The book will arrive shortly after Rundgren discovers whether or not he'll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. After recently being nominated for the honor for the first time this year, Todd currently sits at #3 -- after Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks -- in the fan poll hosted by the Rock Hall's official website.
The five nominated artists receiving the most votes in the poll will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be included with the other ballots. Voting closes at December 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2019 inductees will be announced later that month.
Meanwhile, Rundgren will wrap up the latest U.S. leg of his Unpredictable tour this weekend with a November 24-25 stand in Honolulu.
Here's are all the remaining dates on his 2018 trek:
11/20 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 11/21 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 11/24 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii 11/25 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
ABC/Craig SjodinFleetwood Mac's tour made a stop in Tacoma, Washington, over the weekend, where new members Mike Campbell and Neil Finn ran into one Eddie Vedder.
The Pearl Jam frontman jammed with Campbell and Finn inside a backstage bathroom before the show. You can watch footage of the impromptu collaboration now via Campbell's Instagram.
Campbell and Finn, best know for their work in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Crowded House, respectively, joined the Mac earlier this year following the firing of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Vedder has previously jammed with Campbell when he's performed with Petty, and the grunge icon also worked with Finn on his 7 Worlds Collide project.
If you're looking for more backstage shenanigans on Fleetwood Mac's tour, check out Campbell's Instagram: He's been posting videos filmed in bathrooms at each venue on the trek.
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters will be heading overseas next year on a European tour. The international outing begins June 19 in Pula, Croatia, and will hit Denmark, Norway, the U.K. and Ireland.
Credit: Dave HoganThere hasn't been any word lately about the status of The Rolling Stones' next studio album, but Mick Jagger has introduced what appears to be a new original Stones tune on his official Facebook page: It's a song that celebrates the band's just-announced 2019 U.S. tour.
In the clip, Jagger is shown lip-syncing to the tune as he strums an electric guitar. The lyrics are as follows: "I just found out today that we're going to the U.S.A/ Where the hell we gonna live?/Where the hell we gonna play?"
Jagger then runs down the various cities where the band will be performing: "There's Miami, Florida/ Jacksonville and Houston/ New Orleans and Glendale/ Pasadena, Santa Clara/ …to Seattle/ Denver, Colorado/ Right across America/ Philadelphia, PA/ Boston, Massachusetts/ Don't forget New Jersey/ Stoppin' in Chicago/ Hope you're gonna see a show/ Hope you're gonna go, go, go."
It's worth noting that New Orleans wasn't on the initial list of cities included in the announcement of The Rolling Stones' 2019 No Filter Tour of the U.S., which kicks off April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida. However, rumors have circulated that The Stones will be among the headlining acts at this year's edition of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is scheduled to take place April 25-28 and May 2-5.
The band has confirmed 13 dates on so far for the latest leg of its No Filter trek, which kicks off April 13 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and is mapped out through a June 21 concert at Chicago's Soldier Field.
Other locations that the band will visit in 2019 include Jacksonville, Florida; Houston; Glendale, Arizona; Santa Clara, California; Seattle; Denver; Washington, D.C.; and the suburbs of Los Angeles, Boston and New York City.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 30, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, November 28, at 10 a.m. local time via RollingStones.com. Visit the site on November 27 at 9 a.m. ET to get a promo code to access to tickets.
The Stones teased the upcoming shows in recent weeks by having their lips-and tongue logo appear on billboards, scoreboards, banners and stickers at or near many of the venues where they will be playing next year.
"It's a thrill when we play stadiums in the States," frontman Mick Jagger says in a statement. "The energy is always amazing!"
Adds guitarist Keith Richards, "I've always loved playing the States. It's a great crowd."
The Rolling Stones' most recent trek was this year's No Filter Tour of Europe, which ran from May until July. The last time they toured the U.S. and Canada was in 2015, but they played a few stateside shows in October 2016.
Here are all of The Stones' confirmed 2019 tour dates:
4/20 -- Miami Gardens, FL, Hard Rock Stadium 4/24 -- Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field 4/28 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium 5/7 -- Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium 5/11 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl 5/18 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium 5/22 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field 5/26 -- Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High 5/31 -- Washington, D.C., FedExField 6/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field 6/8 -- Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium 6/13 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 6/21 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/ UMeThe Beatles are back in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart thanks to the 50th anniversary reissue of their 1968 self-titled album, a.k.a. The White Album. During the first week of the reissue's release, the record sold 63,000 equivalent album units to put it at #6 on the tally.
After it was originally released, The White Album ruled the Billboard 200, spending nine non-consecutive weeks at #1 in late 1968 and early 1969. During its initial chart run, the last time the album was higher than #6 was in March of '69.
Last year, The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band reached #3 on the Billboard 200 after the release of a 50th anniversary reissue. Sgt. Pepper previously had spent a whopping 27 weeks at #1 on the tally.
Another veteran rock act also made an impact the latest Billboard 200's top 10: The soundtrack to the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody dropped from #3 to #7 after moving 54,000 album units this past week. The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack features classic Queen studio tracks, updated renditions of some tunes, and a number of rare or previously unreleased concert performances, including songs from the band's historic set at the 1985 Live Aid festival in London.
The #1 album this week was country artist Kane Brown's Experiment, which notched 124,000 equivalent album units during its first week of release.
Credit: Craig McCordKeyboardist David Sancious, an original member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, also has played and recorded with such other music legends as Peter Gabriel, Sting and Eric Clapton. While he's been busy supporting other artists in recent years, Sancious now is turning his attention to his solo career, and is preparing to release a new album titled Eyes Wide Open.
To promote and fund the record, David has launched a PledgeMusic campaign that will offer his fans and supporters a variety of perks.
"I'm about to put out my ninth album," Sancious says in a new YouTube video focusing on Eyes Wide Open and the crowd-funding initiative. "[I]t's a project that started life one way, as a completely instrumental album, and as things developed it sort of took on a second life as partially a vocal album...with me for the first time singing vocals on my project."
Among the musicians featured on the album are respected drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, with whom David played in Sting's backing group, and bassist Sonny Thompson and drummer Michael Bland, who were members of the late Prince's New Power Generation.
Sancious says Eyes Wide Open will be a diverse collection of songs, noting in the video that he comes "from the '50s and '60s, [which] was a super-creative time…when people were sort of crossing boundaries musically and people were using their musical influence to come up with something new."
The album will be available on CD, as a 180-gram vinyl LP and digitally. All people who contribute pledges will receive a high-quality download of the record. Among the many perks available are exclusive t-shirts, photos and posters of Sancious with various famous collaborators, handwritten notes and lyric sheets, VIP concert and studio experiences, and more.
ABC/Randy HolmesA star-studded tribute concert to the late Chris Cornell will take place January 16 at The Forum in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California. It will feature performances from Metallica, Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams, as well as members of Cornell's bands Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. Speaking to Forbes, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil describes how he feels about the show, and how it came together.
"I suppose it will be somewhat anxious," Thayil says.
"Soundgarden didn't initially corral this lineup for a project," he adds. "It was driven by booking agents and Chris' wife, Vicky, who really wanted to organize this, and our management. I'm sure it will be just fine and we'll be able to deal with it just fine."
While they didn't organize the lineup, the three surviving members of Soundgarden -- Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd -- personally approved of each artist on the bill.
"The lineup was put together by Vicky, management and the booking agents all with our approval," Thayil says. "The only people on the bill are people that Soundgarden members approved of."
The artists on the lineup, Thayil says, are "people the band had a history with, Chris had a history with and people who were supportive of us over our careers and fans of ours who could do some of this material justice."
Thayil also helped put together the new Chris Cornell retrospective box set, which features the previously unreleased solo single "When Bad Does Good." The collection is out now.
GAB Archive/RedfernsWith the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival scheduled for August of 2019, one of the historic concert event's organizers, Michael Lang, says a new fest commemorating the milestone is in the planning stages.
Asked if he could give any concrete details about the event, the 73-year-old promoter and entrepreneur says. "These are plans. This is not a done deal yet. But it's very close."
He adds that an official announcement will be issued soon.
The original Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held August 15-18, 1969, at a dairy farm owned by Max Yasgur in Bethel, New York, which actually is 43 miles from the town of Woodstock. The site is now a concert venue and museum called the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
The festival was one of the defining events of the 1960s, bringing together an estimated 400,000 people for a weekend of peace, love, drugs and, of course, rock 'n' roll.
Among the many artists who performed at Woodstock were Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez, John Sebastian, Arlo Guthrie, Canned Heat and Country Joe and the Fish.
Lang also helped organize 25th and 30th anniversary Woodstock festivals, respectively, in Saugerties, New York, and Rome, New York.
He says the new festival will reflect the values of the original Woodstock generation and promote themes like sustainability, activism and social justice, which "hopefully encourage people to get involved with our lives on the planet."
ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier this month, Metallica played a rare acoustic concert to raise money for the band's All Within My Hands charity organization. If you missed it, the metal legends have shared a live video from the show of them performing the St. Anger song that gave the foundation its name. You can watch it now on YouTube.
During the concert, which featured an opening set from Cage the Elephant, Metallica also played acoustic versions of songs like "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters," plus covers of tunes by Deep Purple, Bob Seger and more.
The show raised over $1.3 million for issues including hunger and workforce education.
Meanwhile, All Within My Hands also donated $50,000 to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and the North Valley Community Foundation to help those affected by the devastating California wildfires.
Metallica will plug back in when their U.S. tour resumes November 26 in Las Vegas.
Credit: Ross HalfinJoe Perry is making progress after landing in the hospital due to a health issue he experienced last Saturday backstage at New York City's Madison Square Garden following a guest performance at Billy Joel's concert. A rep for the Aerosmith guitarist tells ABC Radio that Perry "was released from the hospital and is home and doing well."
Perry also took to his social media sites on Tuesday to let fans know he was "[d]oing well," and thanking them "for all the love and support!"
According to a statement issued Sunday by Joe's publicist, the 68-year-old musician "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital." The statement added that Perry was "alert and responsive" after the incident.
Perry had just finished performing the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way" with Joel before the incident.
This health scare follows a July 10, 2016, incident during which the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer collapsed onstage while performing in Brooklyn, New York, with his side band, The Hollywood Vampires. It was believed then that Joe suffered cardiac arrest, although he returned to action later that year.
Perry is scheduled to launch a 10-date U.S. solo tour in support of his 2018 solo album Sweetzerland Manifesto on November 30 in Sioux City, Iowa. He recently released a new single called "Quake" that will appear on an upcoming vinyl version of the album.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced their first tour dates of 2019. The Los Angeles rockers will launch a tour of Australia and New Zealand starting in February.
The trek, which features nine shows, kicks off February 17 in Hobart, Australia, and is mapped out through a March 8 concert in Auckland, New Zealand. For the full list of dates and ticket info, visit RedHotChiliPeppers.com.
The Peppers have been pretty quiet in 2018 -- they've played only a few one-off shows this year, including a surprise appearance at a California school for Halloween.
In addition to returning to the road, the Chilis also are returning to the studio to work on new music. Their most recent album is 2016's The Getaway.