Credit: Jay BlakesbergThe 30th anniversary edition of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert takes place this Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. As previously reported, the two-day event will feature performances by Young and his current backing group, Promise of the Real, as well as by ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters, Metallica and E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren.
This year's lineup also includes Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Dave Matthews and modern-rock acts My Morning Jacket and Cage the Elephant. case/lang/veirs, a collaborative group featuring singer/songwriters Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Viers, also had been scheduled to take part in the shows but had to cancel because of logistical issues.
The Bridge School Benefit Concert is an all-acoustic event organized by Young and his ex-wife, Pegi. The event raises money for the Bridge School, a facility co-founded by Pegi that helps children with physical impairments and severe communication difficulties.
In a new interview with the Speakers in Code website, Pegi Young talks about the event's usually unbending rule that all performers must play unplugged sets.
"Metallica, they come -- I think this will be their third time playing -- and play acoustic, and they get it, you know?" she notes. "And they still put on a powerhouse show, as have so many others like Green Day, The Who, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters -- a lot of bands you just don't see playing acoustic. It's a beautiful thing."
BMGThe Pretenders' new studio album, Alone, hit stores today. Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde collaborated on the project with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who produced and played a variety of instruments on the record.
Alone was recorded at Auerbach's Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, and features contributions from members of his side group The Arcs, as well as a variety of respected local studio musicians, including former Johnny Cash bassist Dave Roe. In addition, influential rockabilly guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy is featured on a song called "Never Be Together."
When Hynde started work on Alone, she initially intended to release it as the follow-up to her 2014 debut solo album, Stockholm, but eventually concluded that the songs seemed more in tune with the music of The Pretenders and decided to put it out under the band's moniker.
The Pretenders recently released a video for Alone's lead track, "Holy Commotion," which you can check out at the band's official VEVO YouTube channel.
Hynde and her latest version of The Pretenders will be supporting Alone on a new joint North American tour with Stevie Nicks, which gets underway this Tuesday in Phoenix and runs through a December 18 concert in Inglewood, California. The band will be playing a number of headlining dates during select off days on the trek. Check out the group's full itinerary at ThePretenders.com.
Courtesy of Songwriters Hall of FameThe nominees for next year's inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been revealed and, not surprisingly the list includes many famous performing artists, among them founding Chicago members Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm and James Pankow; Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne; Bryan Adams; and Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
Others up for the prestigious honor in the "Performing Songwriters" category include Sly Stone; Kool & the Gang's Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell and George Brown; Bread's David Gates; Madonna; George Michael; Jay Z; and Gloria Estefan.
In the non-performing category, nominees include P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, who co-wrote Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" and Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man"; Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, who penned The Box Tops' "Cry Like a Baby" and many other gems; Randy Goodrum, who co-wrote Steve Perry's solo smash "Oh Sherrie"; and William "Mickey" Stevenson, who's responsible for such classic tunes as "Dancing in the Street" and "Devil with the Blue Dress."
The Songwriters Hall of Fame's Annual Induction & Awards Gala will be held June 15, 2017, in New York City. Members of the institution have until December 16 to submit their votes; the inductees then will be revealed at a later date.
To check out a full list of 2017 nominees and find out more about the event, visit SongHall.org.
Credit: TJ RiversCome 2018, the Red Rocker will be setting sail on the deep blue sea. Sammy Hagar has been announced as the headliner and first confirmed performer for the sixth edition of the Rock Legends Cruise, which embarks from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 15 and travels to Cozumel, Mexico, before returning to port on February 19.
This marks the first cruise that the former Van Halen frontman has ever headlined. The event also will feature performances by more than 20 as-yet-unannounced artists, and will include meet-and-greets, Q&A sessions, special unplugged sets, a rock memorabilia auction and much more. In conjunction with the Rock and Roll Hall Famer's participation in the cruise, the ship will feature a "Sammy's Beach Bar Rum" bar, which will offer vacationers a variety of tropical drinks made with Hagar's award-winning liquor.
In related news, the fifth installment of the Rock Legends Cruise, which is scheduled to run from January 19 to January 23, 2017, is now officially sold out. The seagoing festival features a truly impressive lineup that includes Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, REO Speedwagon, Thin Lizzy, Todd Rundgren, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Rick Derringer, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Leon Russell, The Marshall Tucker Band, John Mayall, Nazareth, Little Feat's Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, Derek St. Holmes, April Wine and former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle.
Norman Jean RoyThe Barrymore Theater in New York City is a venue best-known for its showcasing of classic Broadway productions like A Raisin In the Sun and The Glass Menagerie over the years. But last night, the 88-year-old venue played host to theater of another kind…and it starred a bunch of guys from New Jersey who didn’t disappoint.
The Great White Way made room for Bon Jovi -- the band out on tour in support of their 14th studio album, This House Is Not for Sale. They’ve been doing these “listening events” at smaller venues in the U.K., Canada and here in the U.S. -- this was their final act before their world tour kicks off in 2017.
Dressed in black and comfortably grey these days, Jon Bon Jovi led things off with three simple words: “Turn it up.” The band then ripped into the title track of the album, and it was a no-holds-barred rundown from there.
The intimate location solidified the band’s connection to the audience as they pulled through 15 tracks of new music, with Jon taking on the role of storyteller between songs. “Albums meant something to me as a kid growing up,” the singer said.
It showed throughout the performance, as he took the fans on a liner-note-guided tour through songs like "Living With The Ghost" and "New Year’s Day" -- “a song about the rebirth of the band.”
Other standouts included the smoldering "Labor Of Love" and the radio-friendly rocker "Born Again Tomorrow."
It wouldn't be a Bon Jovi show without a nod to the past: "Who Says You Can't Go Home" and "Bad Medicine" wrapped up the evening.
Bon Jovi’s full tour kicks off in Greenville, South Carolina, this February. This House Is Not for Sale will be available November 4.
Credit: Tim TronckoeTwisted Sister will play what currently is its final scheduled U.S. concert ever this Saturday at Badlands Pawn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The glam-metal legends also have one other gig on their itinerary, a November 12 performance at the Corona Northside Metal Meeting Fest in Monterey, Mexico, although frontman Dee Snider says "another show or two might pop up" before the end of the 2016.
Snider insists, however, that his group absolutely will be calling it quits after December 31.
"It's not Ozzy [Osbourne's] No More Tours, people. This isn't KISS, the 15-year farewell tour, or Scorpions, three-year farewell and we changed our mind," Snider tells ABC Radio. "No, this is actually the end of Twisted Sister as you know it…[I] love the guys, love the band, proud of my legacy, but I am moving forward. I am moving on."
To that end, Snider will be releasing a new solo album titled We Are the Ones on Friday, October 28. The singer will start promoting the project, which sees him exploring more alternative-rock sounds, in between his final commitments to Twisted Sister.
Snider also explains that he thinks this is a good time for Twisted Sister to retire, because the band is still pretty much at the top of its game.
"I've worked really hard, people, to hold it together. And I'm capable of thrashing and headbanging and doing all the crazy stuff I've always done," the 61-year-old rocker maintains, "but I'm smart enough to know that nobody beats gravity. And I don't want an audience to be watching when I have that Mike Tyson-crawling-around-on-all-fours-looking-for-his-mouthpiece moment…I want to leave an audience smiling and with a great memory, not a sad one."
Visit TwistedSister.com to keep track of the latest news about the band's farewell shows.
Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received a mix of criticism and praise for his controversial decision to kneel during the national anthem at his team's games this season in protest of the recent spate of police shootings of black people. Now, another Bay Area celebrity, rock legend Carlos Santana, has revealed that he gives Kaepernick his full support.
"I love it," the guitar great tells Billboard. "I think he stepped up. I salute my brother because it takes a lot of balls to go against people who will say, 'Oh, you're not patriotic' and all that.'"
Santana continues, "You can't salute a flag that is blind to so many black and brown people being killed without a trial. The beautiful thing about living in America is you have to question authority if it's not enlightened by God."
The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds, "[T]here's no equality, fairness and justice until every police [officer] that shoots another person today or tomorrow is accountable…Something needs to change…So for [Kaepernick] to put one knee down and other people are copying him, I think it's wonderful."
Santana also draws a connection between Kaepernick's protest and the peaceful message that he and many of his favorite music artists have included in their work.
"I think musicians and artists should be the spokesmen, with wisdom and gentleness and clarity, about how we can all achieve the highest good for everyone," he tells Billboard. "What I want is the same thing that John Lennon and Bob Marley wanted -- beauty, grace, equality, fairness and justice…So if we can help accelerate and bring it, then it's our duty to speak out against injustice and against inequality and unfairness."
Bettmann/Getty ImagesThe Beatles' Apple Corps Limited is seeking to have a court dismiss a lawsuit over ownership of the footage of the band's famous 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York city, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
In September, a partnership than controls the intellectual property that had been owned by legendary late concert promoter Sid Bernstein sued claiming that Apple Corps and other companies were infringing on its copyright by using the footage which the Sid Bernstein Presents LLC claims it owns the rights to.
In its motion to have the lawsuit dismissed, filed Wednesday in federal court in New York, lawyers for Apple Corps and Subafilms Limited -- the company that was granted a copyright on the footage in 1988 -- say Bernstein had no control over or input into the filming of the show or the production of the film The Beatles at Shea Stadium, which was first televised in 1967.
The lawyers also note that from the time of the concert through his death in 2013, Bernstein himself never claimed ownership of the film. And a legal memo filed with the court says the contract between Bernstein and Apple Corps' predecessor company, Nems Enterprises, granted Nems the sole right to film the show and to any receipts from the film.
In addition, the lawyers note that when the company Sid Bernstein Presents submitted a copyright application for the material in July, it was denied because it conflicts with the 1988 copyright and because the company doesn't have the master tapes.
Segments of the Shea Stadium concert were included in the recent Ron Howard-directed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years, while footage of the full performance was shown during theatrical screenings of the new movie.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicEvery new batch of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees seems to bring controversy about which members of a band should, or shouldn't, be inducted, and this year's drama comes courtesy of Pearl Jam.
While current members Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard -- plus original drummer Dave Krusen -- are all nominated for induction as members of Pearl Jam, former drummer David Abbruzzese is not. In a Facebook post, Abbruzzese comments on the snub.
"The members of Pearl jam have got to know what's the right thing to do," Abbruzzese says. "They can't justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not."
Abbruzzese played drums on Pearl Jam's 1993 sophomore album Vs. and its follow-up, Vitalogy. He was fired from the band in 1994.
Brian Rasic/WireImageFormer Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has struck a deal to avoid jail time after he was charged with misdemeanor battery following an April incident in which he allegedly assaulted a woman at a Las Vegas casino, TMZ reports. According to the website, after the 55-year-old rocker's attorneys entered a guilty plea for him in court Wednesday, Neil will have to cough up $1,000 and was sentenced to six months of informal probation.
The singer also is required to undergo impulse control counseling.
Meanwhile, Neil is still facing a lawsuit brought by the woman he allegedly assaulted, who is seeking at least $150,000 in damages. The incident occurred at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, when Vince was hanging out with actor Nicolas Cage. TMZ reports that surveillance footage shows that Neil grabbed the woman by the hair and pulled her to the ground when she approached him and Cage, apparently seeking an autograph.
Interscope RecordsRolling Stones fans listening to the U.K.'s BBC Radio 2 station Thursday morning were treated to the world premiere of the band's cover of blues great Little Walter's "Hate to See You Go." The song will appear on the British rockers' upcoming studio album, Blue & Lonesome, which will be released December 2.
The raw-sounding track is driven by an insistent guitar riff, as well as Mick Jagger's reverb-drenched vocals and distorted harmonica. You can listen to song at the 38-minute mark of a radio program that's has been posted at BBC.co.uk.
As previously reported, Blue & Lonesome features covers of 12 songs by blues greats like Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor and Howlin' Wolf. The Rolling Stones recorded the album live in a London studio in just a few days, and didn't add any overdubs to the tracks. Eric Clapton plays guitar on two of the tracks: "I Can't Quit You Baby" and "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing."
The Rolling Stones canceled a planned show Tuesday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas because Jagger's been battling laryngitis, but the band still is scheduled to play another concert at the same venue this Saturday, October 22.
ABC RadioIn less than three weeks, the American people will cast their vote for the next leader of the free world. As Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic sees it, however, the election process could be a lot freer.
Novoselic is the Board Chair of FairVote, an electoral reform organization. Among the several innovations that FairVote advocates is ranked-choice voting, which would allow voters to rank several candidates instead of picking just one.
"You put your favorite -- your first choice -- number one," Novoselic explains to ABC Radio. "Then you have, like, 'Well, you know, I could live with this person,' and you put them as your number-two choice. And then third or fourth choice, maybe there's somebody you vote for, or maybe not. Maybe you don't want to vote at all."
Overall, the goal of ranked-choice voting is to give voters more freedom and agency, which Novoselic says will lead to the election of more moderate candidates, as opposed to voting for one of two deeply polarized parities. He also rejects the idea that ranked-choice voting is too complicated -- after all, it's essentially the same system the Oscars use to choose the Best Picture.
"We rank things all the time: what's our most favorite thing, who's our most favorite candidate, who's our second-most favorite candidate?" Novoselic says. "So...it's really simple for voters."
Of the many things FairVote hopes to fix about our electoral process, the idea of voter fraud or a rigged election is not something that they're worried about, despite what one candidate in particular is saying.
"We need to be vigilant against fraud, we can't just be lax and say it'll never happen," Novoselic tells ABC Radio. "But I don't see it happening."
Norman Jean RoyOne member of Bon Jovi is a Tony-winning Broadway composer, but tonight, the entire band hits New York's Great White Way, playing their upcoming album This House Is Not for Sale for fans in the theater and online.
For the past month, Bon Jovi's been performing live "listening events" in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., playing the new album in its entirety. Tonight's show at the Barrymore Theater on Broadway, is the final one.
"Normally, people play a record in a bar or at a little party," says Bon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan. "The idea is, this is a live listening party...and we said, 'Let's do this on Broadway, in a small, intimate theater.' I can't wait to do it."
David's pretty familiar with Broadway already, having co-written the Tony-winning show Memphis: The Musical, but he says tonight will be quite a change. "This time I'm on stage playing my music," he tells ABC Radio. "So it's definitely a different viewpoint."
David says tonight's show, which will be live-streamed on Tidal for free, will be "really engaging," because of all the stories Jon will be telling in between songs. He tells ABC Radio that at the previous shows, "Nobody's [eyes were], like, glassed over because you're playing 15 new songs that they never heard before...people loved it."
And David says so far, Bon Jovi fans who've seen these shows love the new songs.
"The fans on social media are...lighting up every day," he tells ABC Radio. "I'm proud of this record and I'm proud of these songs and I'm proud of this band and it really shows in our fans. Our old fans, our new fans, really love it."
This House Is Not for Sale comes out November 4. The band kicks off a world tour in February.
Credit: Martin HauslerWe've been doing the "Time Warp" for 40 years, but heck...let's do it again.
Tonight, Fox presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- Let's Do the Time Warp Again, a live reboot of the 1976 cult musical comedy film that put Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick on the map, and featured daring depictions of bisexuality, cross-dressing, cannibalism and more.
Curry was the original movie's star, portraying Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite alien mad scientist who creates Rocky, a hunky blond, as his sex slave. When innocent couple Brad and Janet -- originally played by Sarandon and Bostwick, respectively -- arrive at Frank's mansion, they enter a hedonistic world where sexual hijinks, partner-swapping and murder are on the menu. Orange Is the New Black star and transgender actress Laverne Cox plays Frank in the Fox production, while Curry will be featured as the narrator.
Meat Loaf, who played the lobotomized biker character Eddie in the original flick, tells ABC Radio that he isn't sure why the movie still captivates, while noting that it features some inspirational advice.
"I can't explain it," the singer says. "The only thing that I can explain about Rocky Horror is there's a line in it and it says, 'Don't dream it; be it.' … If you want something, go and work for it! And that's what I've done."
Meat Loaf also says that he's excited that Curry, who suffered a major stroke in 2013, is taking part in the new production.
The cast also for tonight's special includes Victoria Justice as Janet, Ryan McCartan as Brad, Adam Lambert as Eddie and Ben Vereen as Dr. Scott.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- Let's Do the Time Warp Again airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
Credit: Joey UngererBilly Idol will be wrapping up his 2016 Las Vegas residency this week with performances tonight, Friday and Saturday, but the punk-pop pioneer has announced plans to return to Sin City in next year for new dates of his Billy Idol: Forever show. The singer has scheduled a total of 15 new performances at the House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, taking place in March and May.
Billy Idol: Forever features the British rocker, accompanied by longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and the rest of his banking band, performing plenty of classic songs from his solo catalog and from his old band, Generation X. Among the tunes fans can expect to hear are "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding" and "Dancing with Myself."
Tickets for the newly announced shows go on to the general public starting this Friday, October 21, at 10 a.m. local time at HouseofBlues.com/BillyIdol, MandalayBay.com, Ticketmaster.com and via phone by calling 800-745-3000. If you're a Citi Card member, you can purchase pre-sale tickets now.
In a promo video for the new performances, Idol says, "Myself, Steve Stevens have been rocking this place to the core all year long, and you the fans, the people that make it all happen, have spoken loud and clear. Billy Idol is forever, and one year in Las Vegas just isn't enough, and so we will continue here at the House of Blues."
Here are all of the upcoming Billy Idol: Foreverperformances:
ISO/Columbia Records"When I Met You" and "No Plan," two of the three final songs David Bowie ever recorded, were given their world premiere Tuesday on BBC Radio, and now the third track, "Killing a Little Time," has premiered exclusively on the late rock legend's official website.
The song features heavy jazz-fusion influences, with Bowie crooning intense, poetic lyrics accompanied by hard-driving drums, wailing saxophone, overdriven guitar and flourishes of piano.
As previously reported, all three tunes are included on the cast album for Lazarus, the recent stage production Bowie co-wrote with Once playwright Enda Walsh, which will be released this Friday, October 21. You will be able to listen to the "Killing a Little Time" preview on DavidBowie.com until Friday.
The Lazarus Cast Album is available for pre-order as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl collection, a limited-edition colored-vinyl release and a digital download.
David Livingston/Getty ImagesPhil Chess, co-founder of famed Chicago-based blues label Chess Records, died Tuesday at the age of 95. His daughter Pam told the Chicago Sun-Times that her father passed away at his ranch in Tucson, Arizona.
Chess and his brother Leonard, who were Jewish immigrants born in Poland, started the label in 1950. One of Chess Records early releases, 1951's "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, which featured Ike Turner, is considered a major influence on rock 'n' roll. Among the many famous musicians who recorded for Chess were Chuck Berry and such legendary blues artists as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf and Etta James, among many others.
The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were among the British music fans who as teenagers sought out Chess Records releases and were inspired to form their own blues-influenced bands. In 1964, The Stones recorded several songs at the label's studio, including the instrumental "2120 South Michigan Avenue," which was named after the address of Chess headquarters.
Blues great Buddy Guy told the Chicago Sun-Times that Phil and Leonard Chess helped make Chicago "the blues capital of the world." He noted that the Chess brothers were cuttin' the type of music nobody else was paying attention to -- Muddy, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy [Williamson], Jimmy Rogers…and now you can take a walk down State Street today and see a portrait of Muddy that's 10 stories tall."
Phil's relatives told the newspaper that a private service for him will be held in Tucson. Leonard Chess died in 1969 at the age of 52.
ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteJon Bon Jovi is among the music stars who are about to show they're #WithHer in a big way. The New Jersey rocker has signed up for "Love Trumps Hate," a performance series sponsored by the Hillary Clinton campaign to encourage people to get out the vote in battleground states. Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez also will be taking part in the performances.
Bon Jovi's "Love Trumps Hate" performances will take place October 27 in Pittsburgh, and November 5 in Tampa, Florida; Lopez will sing on October 29 in Miami; and Perry will perform on November 5 in Philadelphia. Earlier this year, Jon joined Clinton and Senator Cory Booker at a rally at New Jersey's Rutgers University.
In a statement, the Clinton campaign said, "These performances will also serve as organizing opportunities to recruit new volunteers for the final stretch of the campaign...what voters will hear from these performers...is that Hillary Clinton has the experience and steadiness to bring people together and get real results."
Additional details about the concerts, including ticket info, will be released soon.
Credit: Kevin MazurBad news for Rolling Stones fans who were planning to see the rock legends' concert tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas: The show has been canceled. A message on the band's official website reports that singer Mick Jagger has laryngitis and doctors have advised him to rest his voice.
The Rolling Stones haven't yet announced if or when they'll reschedule the concert, and ticket holders are encouraged to wait for official information about plans for the show before getting refunds. Fans also are asked to stay tuned concerning the band's other scheduled show at the T-Mobile Arena, which currently is slated to take place this Saturday, October 22.
Last Saturday, The Rolling Stones gave its second of two performances at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, California. You can check out a short clip of the band playing "Get Off My Cloud" there on the Stones' official YouTube channel.
The Rolling Stones will release their blues covers album Blue & Lonesome December 2.
Richard E. Aaron/RedfernsIt's a rock and roll staple, but you've likely never heard it like this before. On the upcoming collection of BBC recordings Queen on Air due November 4th, the legendary rock group Queen has released a fast version of "We Will Rock You," recorded in 1977 for legendary DJ John Peel.
Rolling Stone reports that the two-disc compilation features 24 songs from the band's sessions with BBC radio. The energetic recording of the arena anthem was tracked the same day the album News of the World, which features the song, was released, and marks the only time the band played this version in the studio.
The band is also releasing a six-disc deluxe edition of Queen on Air featuring 220 minutes of interviews and radio appearances, as well as live concert broadcasts from London in 1973, Brazil in 1981 and Germany in 1986.