Credit: Brian RasicThe Rolling Stones performed at a private event hosted by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Tuesday night in front of a super-exclusive crowd.
Kraft arrived to the event dressed to impress in a formal suit and tie with his signature fashion trademark: sneakers.
Frontman Mick Jagger and the band reportedly earned millions for the one-night-only exclusive gig. A seven-figure fee is on par with what singers like Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey reportedly earn for performing private concerts for world leaders.
Kraft has planned other elaborate parties in the past, like last year's Super Bowl after-party in which he went on stage to dance with rapper Rick Ross.
In other news, The Rolling Stones announced that because of scheduling issues, they would not be making up the October 19 concert at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena that they canceled when Jagger came down with laryngitis. Fans who purchased tickets for the show will be able to get full refunds.
As previously reported, The Stones will release a new album of blues cover tunes called Blue & Lonesome on December 2.
Lorenzo Agius/Crown ArchetypePhil Collins has spent the last few years re-examining his life: reissuing his solo albums and writing Not Dead Yet, a revealing and honest memoir. As he puts it, "I have owned up."
While Colllins says that his ex-Genesis band mates and family haven't read the book yet, he hopes there's "a positive reaction." He tells ABC Radio, "I think I've dealt with things quite delicately. When I messed up, I have owned up that this was my problem."
In the book, Phil's brutally honest about everything from his three divorces to the alcoholism that nearly killed him. "I didn't think it's a bad thing that people see that I'm like everybody else," he says of that chapter of his life.
Collins says in writing the book, he realized how much he worked during the '80s, juggling Genesis, a solo career and collaborations with dozens of artists. In fact, he spends a lot of the book apologizing for being inescapable that decade.
"There was that line in Entertainment Weekly, which said, 'Even Phil Collins must know we're growing weary of Phil Collins,'" he recalls. "So there was a backlash...and…when I apologize, I'm really just saying, 'I understand why.'"
Collins also clarifies what he calls "Faxgate": the persistent rumor that he divorced his second wife, Jill, via fax.
"[It] really hurt my career, or my public persona," the 65-year-old musician admits. "And it was based on an untruth…So, I just thought it would be an opportunity just to lay it all out, and if I say it didn't happen, I'm trusting that people will believe me."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently announced he'll be touring for the first time in 10 years, and he just released The Singles Collection, a three-CD set of all his hits, to go along with Not Dead Yet.
Collins appeared on The Tonight Show Tuesday to promote his autobiography, and also performed his classic hit, "In the Air Tonight," backed by his band, as well as members of the Tonight Show house band, The Roots.
Ralph Notaro/Getty ImagesEx-Pearl Jam drummer David Abbruzzese has clarified the comments he made about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and his former band. In a Facebook post, Abbruzzese says that he "[is] not slamming the Hall of Fame or Pearl Jam."
"I understand that there may be some flaws inherent to the balloting process," he says. "I reacted emotionally, and my reaction was based on a lack of understanding. I have spoken to friends and peers and I am resolved to wait patiently to watch and see how it works out. I am not looking to ruffle any feathers. I am not angry with the [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame] or Pearl Jam."
Pearl Jam is nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Should they be chosen, Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard -- plus original drummer Dave Krusen -- will be inducted as members of Pearl Jam. Abbruzzese is not eligible for induction, even though he played drums on Pearl Jam's 1993 sophomore album Vs. and its follow-up, Vitalogy. He was fired from the band in 1994.
Initially commenting on being left off the list, Abbruzzese wrote, "The members of Pearl Jam have got to know what's the right thing to do. They can't justify ignoring my contributions. Like me or not." He's since amended the post to say he was "impulsive" with his comments.
Reprise/Warner Bros. Records/UMeThis year marks the 40th anniversary of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' debut album, and in celebration of the milestone, vinyl editions of all of Petty's studio albums, both as a solo artist and with his band, will be released in two limited-edition companion box sets due out on December 9.
The first collection is titled The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991), and features nine releases spanning from Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1976 self-titled debut through the group's 1991 studio effort Into the Great Wide Open.
The second box set, called The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014), contains seven releases and spans from Tom's 1994 solo album Wildflowers through Petty and the Heartbreakers' latest record, 2014's Hypnotic Eye. Five of the seven albums included in the Volume 2 box set are spread across two LPs -- Wildflower, 1999's Echo, 2002's The Last DJ, 2006's Highway Companion and 2010's Mojo.
The box sets, which can be pre-ordered at TomPetty.com, feature LPs pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in sleeves replicating the original albums' artwork. Most of the albums have been newly remastered for the collections, and several have not been available on vinyl for years.
Here are the full lists of albums featured in each set; newly remastered unless otherwise noted:
The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991): Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976)* You're Gonna Get It! (1978)* Damn the Torpedoes (1979)* Hard Promises (1981) Long After Dark (1982) Southern Accents (1985) Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) (1987) Full Moon Fever (1989) Into the Great Wide Open (1991)
The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014): Wildflowers (two-LP) (1994) She's the One (1996) Echo (two-LP) (1999) The Last DJ (two-LP) (2002) Highway Companion (two-LP) (2006) Mojo (two-LP) (2010)** Hypnotic Eye (2014)**
* = Remastered since 2010 ** = Original master = Petty solo album.
Courtesy of Record Store DayIt's the time of year again that brings joy to vinyl lovers everywhere. The Record Store Day campaign has unfurled its list of exclusive releases for its 2016 Black Friday event, to be held in independent record stores on November 25. The eclectic list of limited-edition releases includes discs from The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Foreigner, The Cars and Alice Cooper.
The Stones will release their cover of blues great Eddie Taylor's 1955 song "Ride 'Em on Down" as a 10-inch vinyl single. The track also will appear on the band's forthcoming album Blue & Lonesome, due out December 2.
The Kinks will contribute four separate releases to the initiative, including a black-and-white-swirled-vinyl version of their 1978 LP Sleepwalker; and three seven-inch EPs, each featured four tracks dating from between 19654 and 1971.
Foreigner will release a 10-inch single celebrating its 40th anniversary that features a previously unreleased recording called "The Flame Still Burns" and the band's debut single, "Feels Like the First Time."
The Cars will issue a seven-inch picture disc that features two tracks from the band's 1978 self-titled debut album -- the hit "Just What I Needed" and "I'm in Touch with Your World."
Cooper's Black Friday offering is a seven-inch single titled Live from the Astroturf recorded during an October 2015 show at Dallas' Good Records store that featured a reunion of the four surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band. The disc will be available in various colors of vinyl.
In addition, the 2017 installment of Record Store Day Black Friday will features releases from Billy Idol, Alice in Chains, The Beach Boys, Jerry Garcia, Iggy & The Stooges, Iron Maiden, Jethro Tull, Motley Crue, The Ramones, Frank Zappa and The Yardbirds.
Reprise; MercuryNeil Young and Rush are among the 2016 winners of the Polaris Heritage Prize, which honors albums by Canadian artists released prior to 2006 based on artistic merit. Among the albums recognized this year are Young's 1970 record After the Gold Rush and Rush's 1981 release Moving Pictures.
The awards are an offshoot of the annual Polaris Music Prize, which has recognized an outstanding Canadian album each year since 2006. Polaris Heritage Prizes are presented annually to two albums nominated in each of four time periods: 1960-1975, 1976-1985, 1986-1995 and 1996-2005. One album in each period is chosen by fan vote and the other is picked by a jury music critics.
After the Gold Rush won the popular vote for the 1960-1975 time period, while Moving Pictures took home the fan-voted prize for the 1976-1985 era.
Among the other 2016 Polaris Heritage Prize winners is acclaimed singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen's 1967 debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen, which was honored with the jury-voted award for 1960-1975.
Patrick Balls; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsLooks like Paul McCartney wasn't too thrilled with what Phil Collins had to say about him in a recent interview.
As previously reported, in the interview with London's The Sunday Times, Collins revealed that he's held a grudge against McCartney since a 2002 incident in which he felt the ex-Beatles star acted condescendingly toward him. Now, the former Genesis singer/drummer reports that McCartney has contacted him via email about his comments regarding the alleged slight.
Collins tells Billboard that McCartney "was upset" about what he said, adding, "I certainly didn't get any flowers from him; I got more of a 'Let's just get on with our lives.'"
In the Sunday Times interview, Phil claimed that when he asked Paul to sign a copy of a Beatles book at a major event, the rock legend turned to his then-wife Heather Mills and said, "Oh Heather, our little Phil's a bit of a Beatles fan." Collins told the newspaper that when McCartney said that, he thought, 'You f***, you f***,'" adding, "Never forgot it."
Phil also told the paper that Paul "has this thing when he's talking to you, where he makes you feel…'I know this must be hard for you, because I'm a Beatle. I'm Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.'"
Now, regarding McCartney's reaction, Collins tells Billboard, "I'm sorry he's upset that I kinda said something nasty about him -- well, it wasn't really nasty. If people don't tell people that sometimes their attitude could be a bit better, then you're not gonna get any better, y'know?"
He adds, "I think maybe I should just brush it under the carpet and forget about it and move on, but it did happen."
Stevie Nicks kicks off her 24 Karat Gold Tour tonight in her hometown of Phoenix, and she promises a show packed with music, not a lot of chatter.
"I'm not gonna do long talking things, where they might be going, 'Well, she could've actually done a whole song during this little talk here,'" Nicks tells ABC Radio. "It's gonna be fast and furious."
The set list will feature songs from Stevie's entire solo career as well as Fleetwood Mac hits, so everyone will go home happy.
"It's gonna be eclectic," she says. "I don't think anybody's gonna walk away going, like, 'Oh my God, she didn't do that Fleetwood Mac song that we wanted her to do.'"
She adds, "I'm not even gonna give people a minute to even start to ponder what's missing!"
And while she's giving fans a show, Nicks wants them to give her a show, too -- she's urging them to come dressed to the nines.
"I'm dressed-up up there, so I think it's a great thing to...say, 'I give you all permission to totally pretend that you're going to a glorious cocktail party, and wear your most beautiful clothes,'" Stevie says.
"If you're a six-foot-five guy and you want to come in your white 'Edge of Seventeen' outfit, please do!'" she adds. "'Cause I just think it's hysterical!"
Nicks' opening act is The Pretenders, who are fronted by another legendary rock 'n' roll chick, Chrissie Hynde -- which thrills Stevie to no end.
"When my manager said, 'What about The Pretenders?' I'm like, 'Would they even go with me?' And he said, 'I think they would!'" Nicks recalls. "I'm really excited about this, and I think, yes, we are bada** chicks, and it's really gonna be fun!"
Here are all of Nicks' upcoming tour dates:
10/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 10/27 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 10/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 10/30 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 11/2 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 11/4 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center 11/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 11/7 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 11/10 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena 11/12 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 11/14 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center 11/15 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 11/19 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 11/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 11/25 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 11/27 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 11/29 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre 12/1 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 12/3 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 12/5 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 12/6 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 12/9 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Center 12/11 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena 12/13 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 12/14 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 12/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theatre at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino 12/18 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
Daniel Knighton/Getty ImagesZZ Top will continue touring into 2017.
The veteran Texas blues boogie trio just revealed additional dates for their current outing, which is currently scheduled to take a break after their November 12 stop in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Dubbed the Tonnage Tour, only 10 additional stops have been announced so far, beginning February 19 of next year in Greenville, South Carolina, and wrapping up March 14 in Macon, Georgia.
Tickets for the new dates go on sale before the end of the month. Check the band's website for details.
ZZ Top's latest album -- Live! Greatest Hits from Around the World --was released August 12.
Here are the new dates:
2/19 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center Concert Hall 2/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 2/24 -- Louisville, KY, The Louisville Palace Theater 2/25 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live 2/26 -- Schenectady, NY, Proctor’s Theatre 3/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Atlantic City - Circus Maximus 3/4 -- Shippensburg, PA, H. Ric Luhrs PAC - Shippensburg University 3/5 -- Washington, D.C., MGM National Harbor 3/11 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget 3/14 -- Macon, GA, City Auditorium
Courtesy of AXS TVBeach Boys frontman Mike Love will appear on the latest episode of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview, which premieres today at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. On the program, Love opens up about a variety of topics, including his band's unlikely connection to Charles Manson, something he also discusses in his recently published memoir, Good Vibrations.
In an exclusive extended preview of the show, Love explains that his cousin Dennis Wilson, The Beach Boys' drummer, had befriended the cult leader and his disciples, some of whom wound up moving into his home for a short time. Mike recalls a creepy encounter he had with Manson at a dinner party at Wilson's house at which he and band mate Bruce Johnston were the only people who weren't naked.
Mike points out that at some point Manson began handing out LSD to the attendees, although the singer says he didn't partake.
"[I]t was too much for me, so I left and went to the shower, and somebody followed me into a shower," Love tells Rather. "And then Charlie opens the shower door and [says] 'You can't do that…You can't leave the group,' [and] he looked at with those Charlie Manson eyes."
Love notes that this happened before Manson's followers had committed the brutal murders of actress Sharon Tate, celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring and others, but also admits that Wilson confided in him that he'd once witnessed Manson kill an African-American man with a rifle and stuff his body in a well.
In another chilling incident, Love reveals that his estranged wife Suzanne and Wilson, with whom she was having an affair, left two of Mike's children in the care of Susan Atkins, one of the Manson family members involved in Tate's murder.
Experience Hendrix LLC/Legacy RecordingsA collection of rare 1969 Jimi Hendrix studio recordings titled Morning Symphony Ideas will be issued as a limited-edition vinyl EP in conjunction with the 2016 edition of Record Store Day's "Back to Black Friday" event, which is scheduled for November 25. The "official bootleg" release, which is pressed on a 10-inch, translucent-yellow vinyl disc, includes three tracks that Hendrix recorded at New York City's Record Plant studio between September and December of '69 with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles.
Morning Symphony Ideas features a trio of in-progress recordings -- "Jungle," "Room Full of Mirrors" and "Strato Strut" -- that find Hendrix exploring such funk and R&B influences as James Brown and Curtis Mayfield during a period when he was beginning to put together his Band of Gypsys backing group.
"Jungle" features Hendrix accompanied by Miles and includes segments of the songs "Ezy Rider" and "Villanova Junction," the latter of which Jimi premiered live at the Woodstock festival.
"Room Full of Mirrors" also features Hendrix and Miles, and is an updated rendition of a tune Jimi began working on during the sessions for 1968's Electric Ladyland album. This version also includes a bit of the song "Message to Love," which appeared on the 1970 live album Band of Gypsys.
"Strato Strut" features Hendrix backed by both Miles and Cox, and finds Jimi paying stylistic tribute to Brown's lead guitar player, Jimmy Nolen.
The Morning Symphony Ideas EP will be sold exclusively at participating independent record stores. A full six-track version of Morning Symphony Ideas was released on CD and digitally in 2000, and is still available for purchase at Hendrix's official online store.
In a message posted on his official website, May writes, "I have been increasingly battling with a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will. I am now at the point where I don't feel confident to perform the scheduled shows to the standard we all expect. I've been strongly advised to rest and heal, rather than go out and risk 'falling down on the job' out there, which would be a real tragedy."
The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also noted that although he managed to finish a series of Asian concerts with Queen and Adam Lambert recently, his health issues made it inevitable that he cancel the dates with Ellis.
The tour was to have featured 11 dates in various U.K. cities, and had been scheduled to run from a December 7 concert in Dorking Hills through a December 23 gig in Guilford.
May and Ellis, who was an original cast member of the Queen-themed musical We Will Rock You, still have plans to release a new album titled Anthems II in March.
Kerry says in a statement about the postponed trek, "Brian is a dear friend of mine and obviously his health must come first…But we will be back next year for sure, with new music for you all to hear."
In late 2013 and early 2014, May revealed that he'd been experiencing severe back pains and had been tested for cancer, and that those tests, fortunately, came back negative. It isn't known if Brian's current issues are related to that health crisis.
Credit: Herring & HerringMetallica will be treating the world to a new song this Halloween. The metal legends will unveil a track called "Atlas, Rise!" on October 31 at 3 p.m. ET.
"Atlas, Rise!" is a song from Metallica's forthcoming album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct. It'll be the third track to be released from the album, following "Hardwired" and "Moth into Flame."
To celebrate the release of Metallica's new single, independent record stores across the country will be offering a free limited-edition Hardwired...to Self-Destruct Halloween mask. Each mask will include a code that will allow you to listen to "Atlas, Rise!" a whole 30 minutes before it's officially released. The masks will go on sale starting this Friday, October 28. For a full list of participating record stores, visit Metallica.com.
Hardwired...to Self-Destruct will be officially released November 18.
UMe/A&M RecordsSoundgarden's 1991 album Badmotorfinger turns 25 this year, and the band is celebrating with a "super deluxe" reissue. The seven-disc collection includes, among many other things, a DVD of Soundgarden's performance at Seattle's Paramount Theatre back in 1992. As a preview of the DVD, the band has released a live video for their performance of "Searching with My Good Eye Closed," which you can watch now on YouTube.
If the seven-disc Badmotorfinger sounds too ambitious for you, Soundgarden is also reissuing the album as a two-CD collection, which includes audio recordings of the Paramount show, and as a two-LP vinyl set.
The 25th anniversary Badmotorfinger reissue will be released in all of its various formats on November 18.
Credit: Eric Ryan AndersonSting has been chosen to receive a prestigious honor at this year's American Music Awards, which will air November 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The former Police frontman will be presented with The American Music Award of Merit, which recognizes his exceptional contributions to the music industry.
Sting also will take the stage at the ceremony to perform a medley of songs, including his latest single, "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," and a selection of some of his best-known tunes. It'll mark the first time he's ever performed at the awards show.
The merit award was last given to Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox in 2008. Other previous recipients include Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Prince, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson.
"I Can't Stop Thinking About You" will appear on Sting's forthcoming solo album, 57th & 9th, which will be released on November 11.
Courtesy of Rocket 88In celebration of Foreigner's upcoming 40th anniversary, a new official biography about the band will be published next year, told in the words of founding guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones. The book, titled A Foreigner's Tale, will available in various formats exclusively at ForeignerBook.com.
A Foreigner's Tale will feature Jones' recollections of his famous band's rise to fame in the late 1970s, its chart-topping success in the 1980s and more. The book also will delve into Mick's life prior to the formation of Foreigner, including his childhood years in England during the 1950s, his adventures with his early group Nero and the Gladiators, his 1960s work with the French singers Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday, and his musical experiences with such artists as Spooky Tooth, George Harrison and Leslie West.
Enhancing A Foreigner's Tale will be plenty of photos of Foreigner, including rare candid pics, and images of the band in the studio and onstage. The book also will feature photos of Foreigner-related artwork and memorabilia, as well as of Jones' guitar collection.
Fans who register at ForeignerBook.com will have the chance to pre-order the biography for a discounted price, and also will have the chance to get their name in the book.
Foreigner is planning to launch a 40th anniversary tour around the time of the book's release. More details about the trek will be revealed soon. Meanwhile, the band kicked off a new North American leg of its Foreigner -- The Hits Unplugged acoustic tour last Friday. The trek is mapped out through a November 19 show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Here are all of Foreigner's upcoming The Hits Unplugged tour dates:
10/24 -- Boston, MA, Citi Shubert Theatre 10/25 -- New York, NY, Carnegie Hall 10/26 -- New York, NY, iHeartRadio Theater 10/29 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts 10/30 -- Cerritos, CA, Cerritos Performing Arts Center 11/1 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 11/2 -- Palm Desert, CA, McCallum Theatre 11/11 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, The Avalon Ballroom Theatre at Niagara Fallsview Resort 11/12 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, The Avalon Ballroom Theatre at Niagara Fallsview Resort 11/17 -- Salina, KS, Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts 11/18 -- Overland Park, KS, Carlsen Center 11/19 -- Cedar Falls, IA, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Credit: John WarnerFormer Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has unveiled details of the 28th annual edition of his star-studded Christmas Jam benefit concert, which is scheduled to take place December 10 at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This year's show will include sets by The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Michael McDonald and Haynes' group Gov't Mule.
The event also will feature a collaborative set by bluegrass star Alison Krauss and country singer Jamey Johnson, as well as a special performance by The Last Waltz Band -- made up of Haynes, McDonald, Johnson, producer/bassist Don Was and other musicians -- which will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Band's historic all-star farewell show. In addition, the 2016 Christmas Jam will feature guest appearances by Branford Marsalis, The Meters' George Porter Jr., RatDog's Steve Kimock and ex-Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed, among others.
The concert, which is expected to run for more than seven hours, will raise money for the event's longtime beneficiary, the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity charity. Tickets go on sale to the general public on November 1, while pre-sale tickets and VIP packages are available starting today.
In conjunction with the main Christmas Jam show, a number of related events will be held in Asheville. "Xmas Jam by Day" concerts will take place on December 12 at the Asheville Music Hall and that venue's affiliated club, The One Stop, while an art and photography show will be hosted by the Satellite Gallery.
Foghat RecordsAfter getting its initial release on CD and as a digital download in June, Foghat's latest album, Under the Influence, has just been issued as a double-disc, 180-gram vinyl set. Fans purchasing the collection at select independent record stores will receive a limited-edition Foghat poster.
Under the Influence, which includes new original tunes written by the band's members and some of their musical friends; covers of two songs by Savoy Brown, the blues-rock group drummer Roger Earl played in before Foghat; a rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Heard It Through the Grapevine"; and a remake of Foghat's signature tune "Slow Ride."
Earl and longtime Foghat guitarist Bryan Bassett tell ABC Radio that one of the highlights of making the album was having Savoy Brown frontman Kim Simmonds play guitar on their version of Savoy Brown's "Made Up My Mind." As Bassett recalls, "Kim walked right in [to the studio] and nailed that song."
Meanwhile, the new version of "Slow Ride" includes a guest appearance by Nick Jameson, who produced and played bass on Foghat's classic 1975 album, Fool for the City, which included the original version of the song. Earl notes that the updated "Slow Ride" features both James and longtime Foghat bassist Craig MacGregor, who actually replaced Nick in the group back in 1976.
Earl tells ABC Radio that the band "had a lot of fun making this record," and says fans seem to be enjoying it as well, particularly the several new tunes Foghat has playing during its recent concerts. The veteran rockers currently have eight confirmed upcoming shows their 2016 itinerary, with their next gig being a November 4 concert in Biloxi, Mississippi, with ex-Foreigner singer Lou Gramm.
Here are all of the band's upcoming dates, according to Foghat.net:
11/4 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino (with Lou Gramm) 11/9 -- Melbourne, FL, Kings Center for the Performing Arts 11/10 -- Tampa, FL, The Cuban Club 11/11 -- Jacksonville, FL, Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair 11/12 -- Miami, FL, Magic City Casino (with The Guess Who and War) 11/26 -- Sparks, NV, Nugget Casino Resort 12/3 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak (with Blackfoot) 12/17 -- Santa Rosa, CA, The House of Rock
And here is the track list for the vinyl version of Under the Influence:
Side 1 "Under the Influence" "Knock It Off" "Ghost"
Side 2 "She's Got a Ring in His Nose" "Upside of Lonely" "Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Side 3 "Made Up My Mind" "Hot Mama" "Heart Gone Cold"
Side 4 "Honey Do List" "All Because of You" "Slow Ride"
Simon James/GC ImagesLongtime Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman celebrates his 80th birthday today. Born William Perks in 1936, Wyman joined The Stones shortly after the band formed in 1962, and was a member of the group until 1993.
Wyman contributed to all of The Rolling Stones' albums through 1989's Steel Wheels, although he only wrote one song that appeared on any of the band's studio releases -- "In Another Land," which is featured on 1968's Their Satanic Majesties Request.
In 1974, Wyman released his first solo album, Monkey Grip, and he's gone on to put out several others over the years, including, most recently, 2015's Back to Basics. In 1981, he scored a #14 hit on the U.K. singles chart with "(Si, Si) Je Suis un Rock Star."
During the 1980s, Wyman also composed soundtrack music for a number of films.
Since leaving The Rolling Stones, Wyman's main musical focus has been his group The Rhythm Kings, which mostly plays old R&B and rock 'n' roll tunes and generally only tours in the U.K. and Europe.
In November of 2012, Wyman rejoined The Rolling Stones to play a couple of songs at two London concerts as part of the band's 50th anniversary tour. He has since said he has no interest in playing with The Stones again.
As previously reported, Wyman and The Rhythm Kings will headline a special all-star concert in celebration of his 80th birthday this Friday, on October 28, as part of the 2016 edition of the annual BluesFest London event. Among the guest stars who will take part in the show are Robert Plant, Mark Knopfler, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, Bob Geldof, Imelda May and a number of as-yet-unannounced artists. The concert will be held at the Indigo venue at London's O2 complex.
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."