ParlophoneContinuing the 50th anniversary celebrations of David Bowie's classic song "Space Oddity," a collection of rare early recordings called The 'Mercury' Demos will be released as a vinyl LP on June 28.
The album features 10 tracks that Bowie recorded on reel-to-reel tape in his London flat in the spring of 1969, with guitar and vocal accompaniment from his musical collaborator at the time, John "Hutch" Hutchinson.
The record features a version of "Space Oddity" that previously appeared in edited form on David's Sound & Vision box set, as well as nine previously unreleased tracks.
Among the other songs are several originals that, like "Space Oddity," would appear on Bowie's self-titled 1969 album: "Letter to Hermione," "Janine" and "An Occasional Dream."
Also featured are covers of "Life Is a Circus," -- an obscure tune by U.K. singer/songwriter Roger Bunn -- and the Leslie Duncan-penned "Love Song," which Elton John later recorded for his Tumbleweed Connection album.
A version of "Life Is a Circus" also appears on Bowie's Clareville Grove Demos vinyl singles box set, which is coming out May 17 as part of the "Space Oddity" 50th anniversary celebrations.
The tracks on The 'Mercury' Demos were recorded at the request of a Mercury Records rep, who sent them to the label's head, Bob Reno, and helped Bowie secure a deal with the label.
The album will come packaged in a replica of the original tape box, and the collection also will include a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes.
Courtesy of NetflixIn January, Variety reported that a new Bob Dylan documentary and concert film directed by Martin Scorsese would premiere this year on Netflix. Now a release date and more official details about the movie -- which documents Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975 and '76 -- have been announced.
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story will debut on Netflix on June 12, and will also open in select theaters on the same day.
According to a statement, the film "captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year."
It adds, "Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, Rolling Thunder is a one of a kind experience."
Meanwhile, Variety reports that the "road show" screenings of the movie will be held on June 11 at theaters in 20 cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles; Washington, D.C., Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Tulsa, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, London, Paris, Sydney and more.
The official June 12 premiere screenings will take place in New York and L.A.
Netflix also announced that a massive companion box set titled Bob Dylan -- Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings, featuring every one of Dylan's performances that appear in the film, will be released on June 7.
The 14-CD, 148-track collection will include five full professionally recorded sets from the '75 tour, as well as recently rediscovered recordings from tour rehearsals that were held at New York's S.I.R. studios.
The Rolling Thunder Revue tour featured Dylan delivering loose performances with various musicians, including Joan Baez, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn, ex-David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson and Bob Neuwirth.
Courtesy of Record Store DayThis year's Record Store Day, which took place on Saturday, April 13, helped drive vinyl sales to historic numbers, thanks to the many exclusive limited-edition discs released. Billboard reports that 827,000 vinyl albums were sold during the week ending April 20, the highest figure ever for a Record Store Day week and the third highest weekly number since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
The campaign's previous highest vinyl sales figure was 733,000, set last year.
The best-selling album released in conjunction with the 2019 campaign was the two-disc Grateful Dead live collection Warfield: San Francisco, California, October 9th, 1980/October 10th, 1980, which was available on vinyl and CD.
At #2 was Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks: Test Pressing, which features early versions of songs from the folk-rock legend's classic 1974 album. The third-best-selling Record Store Day exclusive was Green Day's Green Day Live! Woodstock 1994.
Other artists with vinyl albums among the top 10 RSD best sellers included Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Pearl Jam and The Doors.
The best-selling single released for this year's initiative was a Rolling Stones disc featuring a live rendition of "She's a Rainbow" from an October 2017 concert in Paris. "My Sanity." At #10 was a disc featuring the Queen classic "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Thanks to Record Store Day, vinyl album sales spiked a whopping 193 percent between the week preceding the initiative and the week ending April 18 -- from 282,000 to 827,000.
The only weeks that saw higher vinyl-album sales since 1991 were those just before and just after Christmas 2018 -- 905,000 and 883,000.
Here are the 20 best-selling 2019 RSD vinyl albums:
1. The Grateful Dead -- Warfield: San Francisco, California, October 9th, 1980/October 10th, 1980 2. Bob Dylan -- Blood on the Tracks: Test Pressing 3. Green Day -- Green Day Live! Woodstock 1994 4. Greta Van Fleet -- From the Fires 5. Pink Floyd -- A Saucerful of Secrets 6. Fleetwood Mac -- The Alternate Fleetwood Mac 7. Prince -- His Majesty's Pop Life/The Purple Mix Club 8 (tie). Pearl Jam -- Live at Easy Street 8 (tie). Weezer -- Weezer (Teal Album) 10. The Doors -- London Fog: May 1966 11. John Lennon -- Imagine: The Raw Studio Mixes 12. Gorillaz -- The Fall 13. The Rolling Stones -- Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (U.K.) 14. U2 -- The Europa EP 15. David Bowie -- PinUps 16. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -- 4 Way Street 17. Sublime -- Nugs: The Best of the Box 18. The Rolling Stones -- Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) (U.K.) 19. Sunn O))) -- Life Metal 20 (tie). Elton John with Ray Cooper -- Live from Moscow 1979 20 (tie). Prince -- The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold 20 (tie). Weezer -- Dusty Gems & Raw Nuggets
And here are the 20 best-selling 2019 RSD vinyl singles:
1. The Rolling Stones -- "She's a Rainbow" 2. Death Grips -- "Steroids" (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) 3. Madonna -- "La Isla Bonita" (Super Mix) 4. Cheech & Chong -- "Up in Smoke" 5. Madonna -- "True Blue" (Super Club Mix) 6. Julien Baker -- "Red Door"/"Conversation Piece" 7. High On Fire -- "Bat Salad" 8. Anderson .Paak -- "Bubblin'" 9. Bad Religion -- "My Sanity" 10. Queen -- "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"I'm In Love with My Car" 11. Joe Strummer -- "The Rockfield Studio Tracks" 12. David Bowie/Marlene Dietrich -- "Revolutionary Song"/"Just a Gigolo" 13. Lord Huron featuring Phoebe Bridgers -- "The Night We Met" 14. Menzingers -- "No Penance" 15. Courtney Barnett -- "Everybody Here Hates You" 16. Czarface -- "Double Dose of Danger" 17. Fela Kuti and Roy Ayers -- "Music of Many Colours" 18. Iggy Pop -- "The Villagers" 19. Benjamin Gibbard -- "Me and Magdalena" 20. Dr. Dre -- "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
Columbia RecordsThose teaser images on Bruce Springsteen's socials have paid off: The Boss is indeed releasing a new album.
Western Stars, Springsteen's first new studio album in five years, will be out June 14. As the artist teased a while back in an interview, the project was inspired by the Southern California pop records of the '60s and '70s. It was recorded mostly at his home studio in New Jersey, as well as in New York and California. The album is available for pre-order on Friday.
In a statement, Bruce says, "This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements. It's a jewel box of a record."
The first track to be released is called "Hello Sunshine," and it'll arrive just after midnight ET tonight.
The 13-track album covers themes such as isolation, community, "the permanence of home and hope," and "highways and desert spaces."
It was produced by Ron Aniello and Springsteen, and also features Patti Scialfa and 20 other musicians, including Jon Brion, early E Street Band keyboard player David Sancious, singer and violinist Soozie Tyrell and Charlie Giordano, who's been playing keyboard and accordion in the E Street Band since the 2008 death of Danny Frederici.
Here's the track listing:
"Hitch Hikin’" "The Wayfarer" "Tucson Train" "Western Stars" "Sleepy Joe’s Café" "Drive Fast (The Stuntman)" "Chasin’ Wild Horses" "Sundown" "Somewhere North of Nashville" "Stones" "There Goes My Miracle" "Hello Sunshine" "Moonlight Motel"
FilmRise/MVD Entertainment GroupBachman, a 2018 documentary about founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 10.
The film delves into the 75-year-old Canadian rocker's life and multifaceted career through rare archival footage and new interviews with Randy and some of his famous musical friends, collaborators and admirers.
Among the other stars appearing in the documentary are Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Rush's Alex Lifeson, Fred Turner, Paul Shaffer and Canadian folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie.
"He was like my biggest influence when I was a kid," Young says of Bachman in the film. "Watching him play guitar, he had an amazing sense about the way he played. And the feeling that you got when you listened to him...it was more than just chops."
Among the classic songs Bachman has written or co-written are the Guess Who hits "These Eyes," "Undun," "No Time" and "American Woman," and the Bachman-Turner Overdrive classics "Takin' Care of Business," "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and "Roll On Down the Highway."
The Bachman: Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray contain a number of bonus features, including a trailer, a clip of Young talking about Randy's hometown of Winnipeg, and footage of Bachman working on a rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" from his 2018 George Harrison covers album By George, By Bachman.
You can pre-order the Bachman: Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray now at MVDShop.com.
Courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the ArtsJohn Fogerty was already confirmed to perform at the Woodstock 50 concert on August 16, and now the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has signed on to celebrate the 1969 festival's 50th anniversary at a second event.
Fogerty will play a headlining show on August 18 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the Bethel, NY venue located at the actual site of the '69 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The concert, which will feature as-yet-unannounced special guests, will be part of Bethel Woods' A Season of Song and Celebration festivities commemorating Woodstock's 50th anniversary.
Fogerty's show will serve as the finale of the venue's Anniversary Weekend, coinciding with the exact 50th anniversary of the festival. It'll also feature concerts on August 16 and 17 headlined, respectively, by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band and Santana. The original festival ran from August 15–18, 1969.
As with Fogerty's other 2019 shows, the Bethel event will feature a set list that includes many of the same songs that Creedence Clearwater Revival played at Woodstock, when they followed The Grateful Dead onstage in the early morning hours of August 17, 1969.
Recalling the performance, Fogerty says, "By the time we hit the stage we were ready to rock…but as I looked down into the crowd I quickly discovered, the Dead had put the entire audience to sleep! That's OK, it was late, so I focused my whole set on this one guy, way out in the crowd, who yelled to me, 'That's OK John, we're with ya!'"
Tickets for Fogerty's Bethel concert will go on sale soon. As previously reported, Woodstock 50 will take place August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. To check out John's 2019 tour schedule, visit JohnFogerty.com.
Credit: Heather PorcaroToto is among the many acts that will play the 2019 Life Is Beautiful festival, will be held September 20-22 in downtown Las Vegas.
The event is the first confirmed North American concert appearance of the year for the veteran pop-rock act, which will launch a European tour on June 13 in London.
Toto also recently announced that it will be releasing a CD-only version of its expansive All In box set on May 24. They'll also launch a full North American trek in September and October.
The 2019 Life Is Beautiful lineup features an eclectic variety of younger artists, including Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys and Post Malone, as well as Janelle Monae, Lil Wayne, Vampire Weekend, Portugal. The Man and Carly Rae Jepsen, among many others.
Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public this Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m. PT. Visit LifeIsBeautiful.com for the full lineup and more info.
Capitol Records/UMePaul McCartney will treat fans to an expanded version of his chart-topping 2018 studio album, Egypt Station. Dubbed the "Explorer's Edition," it'll arrive in stores on May 17.
The deluxe release will feature the original Egypt Station album and a bonus disc offering extra studio recordings, including an extended version of "Who Cares" and the surprise single "Get Enough," as well as live performances from the special shows McCartney played last year in London, New York City and his hometown of Liverpool, U.K.
Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.
All of the bonus tracks also are available in McCartney's previously announced limited-edition Egypt Station: Traveller's Edition luxury box set, which is completely sold out.
Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition, which can be pre-ordered now, will arrive in advance of the 2019 North American leg of Sir Paul's Freshen Up world tour, which kicks off May 23 in New Orleans.
Here's the full track list of CD version of the deluxe Egypt Station release:
CD 1: Egypt Station "Opening Station" "I Don't Know" "Come On To Me" "Happy with You" "Who Cares" "Fuh You" "Confidante" "People Want Peace" "Hand in Hand" "Dominoes" "Back in Brazil" "Do It Now" "Caesar Rock" "Despite Repeated Warnings" "Station II" "Hunt You Down/Naked/Clink"
CD 2: Egypt Station II "Get Started" "Nothing for Free" "Frank Sinatra's Party" "Sixty Second Street" "Who Cares" (Full Length) "Get Enough" "Come On to Me" (Live at Abbey Road Studios) "Fuh You" (Live at The Cavern) "Confidante" (Live at LIPA) "Who Cares" (Live at Grand Central Station)
And here are all of McCartney's 2019 North American tour dates:
5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena 5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center 6/8 -- Green Bay WI, Lambeau Field 6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center 6/14 -- Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park 6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park 6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 6/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 7/6 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, BC Place 7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
William Snyder/TrinifoldLive Nation is once again offering cheap tickets to many popular tours this summer and fall, as part of the concert promoter's annual National Concert Week promotion.
From May 1 through May 7, you'll be able to grab tickets for just $20 -- including fees -- to shows by a wide variety artists, including veteran rockers like The Who, Heart, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS and Peter Frampton.
Other eligible tours include Alice Cooper with Halestorm, Alice in Chains with Korn, The Smashing Pumpkins with Noel Gallagher, Bryan Adams, Elvis Costello & the Imposters with Blondie, and Bush with Live.
Prior to the official start of the week, a 24-hour exclusive T-Mobile pre-sale will start on Tuesday, April 30 at 5 a.m. ET.
The general on-sale starts May 1 at 9 a.m. PT and lasts through May 7 at 11:59 p.m. PT. For the full list of participating artists, visit NCW.LiveNation.com.
ABC/Randy HolmesOzzy Osbourne is "doing good" as he recovers from a fall that forced him to postpone all of his 2019 tour dates.
That's according to his son Jack Osbourne, who tells People Nowhis dad is, "back to being his cynical old self, [which is] always a good sign."
"When he's complaining about mundane things, you know he's good," Jack says. "Yeah, he's back to normal. When everything on TV sucks and when everything in the house is broken, he's in a good spot."
Earlier this month, Ozzy revealed that he fell in his home, aggravating injuries he suffered in a 2003 ATV accident. He announced that all of his dates scheduled for this year would be postponed to 2020.
Ozzy, 70, previously postponed dates due to a variety of health issues, ranging from pneumonia to staph infections.
Craft Recordings R.E.M.'s 2003 best-of collection In Time will be reissued on vinyl on June 14.
The 18-track compilation spans R.E.M.'s career from 1988's Green to 2001's Reveal, and includes hits like "Losing My Religion," "Orange Crush," "Stand," "Everybody Hurts," "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and "Man on the Moon." It also features two tracks that were unreleased before 2003: "Animal" and "Bad Day."
You can pre-order the In Time double LP now via REMHQ.com. A limited-edition translucent blue vinyl edition of the album will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble.
Following the original release of In Time, R.E.M. released three more studio albums: 2004's Around the Sun, 2008's Accelerate and 2011's Collapse into Now. The band broke up later in 2011.
Here's the In Time track list:
"Man on the Moon" "The Great Beyond" "Bad Day" "What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?" "All the Way to Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)" "Losing My Religion" "E-Bow the Letter" "Orange Crush" "Imitation of Life" "Daysleeper" "Animal" "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" "Stand" "Electrolite" "All the Right Friends" "Everybody Hurts" "At My Most Beautiful" "Nightswimming"
Live Nation EntertainmentAnother day, another music legend announcing a Las Vegas residency.
Sting will kick off a stint at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting May 22, 2020. The residency, called My Songs after his upcoming album, will feature, "a compendium of Sting's songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations."
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m. PT. Fan club members have access to a pre-sale starting tomorrow, Thursday, at 10 a.m. PT. Citi cardmembers can buy pre-sale tickets starting April 29 at 10 a.m. PT.
Here are the 16 performances going on sale:
May 2020: 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
June 2020: 3, 5, 6
Aug. 2020: 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
Sept. 2020: 2
In other Sting news, his new album comes out May 24. Following four shows in the U.K. in May with reggae/pop star Shaggy, he'll kick off a solo summer tour in support of My Songs on May 28 in Paris.
He also has a number of U.S. dates lined up, including a May 10 show in Hidalgo, Texas; an August 26-28 stand in Vienna, Virginia; an August 31 concert in Salt Lake City; and appearances at KAABOO Texas festival, the Chicago-area Ravinia festival and Colorado's Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival.
Credit: Deborah AndersonAfter spending the last few years touring with his former Yes band mates Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, the prog-rock group's founding frontman Jon Anderson, is currently on a U.S solo trek promoting his star-studded new studio album, 1000 Hands.
Anderson initially had planned to record new music with Rabin and Wakeman, but he now tells ABC Radio that their band, Yes Featuring ARW, is on indefinite hiatus and he's "not sure" if they'll ever work together again.
"It's something that didn't evolve the way I would like, and same with Trevor and Rick," he admits. "We wanted to make some new music, but for some reason, the powers that be just didn't give us the chance to get in a studio and make some new music, even though we wrote some music."
He adds, "Whether that will evolve and become [something concrete] is out of my hands, really. But I loved what I did with Trevor and Rick very much."
While the project's recording plans didn't come to fruition, Anderson says he loved playing live with the band.
"The tour was fantastic," he tells ABC Radio. "I mean, on stage we were cooking. We didn't take any prisoners…And the audiences were great wherever we went. But everything else around it was very sort of un-together, should I say."
As for his current 1000 Hands Tour, that's currently mapped out through a September 1 concert in Montclair, California. The album, which he began nearly 30 years ago but only completed recently, features an impressive cast of guest musicians, including Yes' Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White; Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson; Journey's Jonathan Cain; Rick Derringer; and Carmine Appice.
4/24 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay 4/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Saban Theatre 4/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Cannery Hotel and Casino 4/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren 5/6 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 5/8 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 5/10 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theater 5/11 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Casino 5/12 -- Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas 7/29 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier 8/8 -- Detroit, MI, Rockin' on the Riverfront 8/29 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose 8/30 -- Ojai, CA, Libbey Bowl 9/1 -- Montclair, CA, The Canyon - Montclair
Brandise Daneswich; Jay BlakesbergJackson Browne, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Weir's current group Dead & Company are among the environmentally conscious artists to sign on for BYOBottle, a sustainability campaign launched by Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson. The initiative promotes reusable water bottles and water refill stations at concerts, festivals and other music events.
Other artists who've joined the campaign include E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Maroon 5, Pink, The Lumineers and Ben Harper.
In addition, a variety of popular festivals have signed on to participate, including Lollapalooza, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Sea Hear Now, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, The Ohana Fest and Bluesfest Byron Bay.
Courtesy of Beautiful Day MediaLast month, when Paul Simon was confirmed to headline the final day of the 2019 Outside Lands festival, the folk-rock legend announced that he'd be donating all net proceeds from forthcoming performance to local environmental organizations. Now, Simon has revealed the specific organizations that will be receiving the funds.
San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of the Urban Forest will be the beneficiaries of Simon's festival performance. The SFPA was founded in 1969 and works with with community groups, local businesses and city government to maintain and beautify San Francisco's existing parks and public spaces and create new ones.
Friends of the Urban Forest, established in 1981, supports and promotes the planting of street trees and community gardens throughout San Francisco. Since its inception, the organization has helped facilitate the planting of more than 60,000 trees -- nearly half of all the street trees in the city.
Simon retired from touring last September, but has vowed to continue to play select concerts and events in an effort to raise money for various charities he supports.
The Outside Lands festival will be held at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, and will run from August 9 through August 11. Simon will appear on the 11th.
This year's lineup also features a few other veteran acts, including Simon's wife, Edie Brickell, and her group New Bohemians, as well as Counting Crows and soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples. The festival's other headliners include singer and rapper Childish Gambino and alternative rockers Twenty One Pilots.
Credit: Erik KabikThis past Saturday, John Fogerty wrapped up the first run of dates of his new Las Vegas show, My 50 Year Trip, and now the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has lined up a second engagement that will take place this fall.
The new residency, at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's Encore Theater, is scheduled for November 6, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. PT. Visit JohnFogerty.com and WynnLasVegas.com for more details.
Fogerty's My 50 Year Trip show, in part, celebrates the 50th anniversary of CCR's classic hit "Proud Mary" and the band's appearance at the historic Woodstock festival. The performances include many of the songs the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's old band played at Woodstock, plus other Creedence classics, tunes from his solo career and some covers.
John's 2019 itinerary also features a number of festival appearances, including sets at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and the Woodstock 50 event, as well as headlining shows around North America.
Forgerty recently added a few concerts to his schedule, including shows on August 10 in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts; August 17 in Bensalem, Pennsylvania; and September 21 in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Here are all of Fogerty's confirmed North American dates:
5/5 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 5/11 -- New Town, ND, 4 Bears Casino Events Center 5/12 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Centre 5/13 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre 6/20 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/9 -- East Providence, RI, Bold Point Park 8/10 -- Vineyard Haven, MA, Veterans Memorial Park 8/11 -- Westbrook, ME, Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row 8/13 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion 8/15 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall 8/16 -- Watkins Glen, NY, Woodstock 50 - Woodstock Music and Arts Fair 2019 8/17 -- Bensalem, PA, Parx Casino - Xcite Center 9/20 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond - Kentucky Expo Center 9/21 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino 11/6, 8-9, 13, 15-16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater
Courtesy of Exit 111 FestivalLynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses will headline the inaugural Exit 111 festival, which is scheduled for October 11-13 at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee -- the same place where Bonnaroo takes place.
Skynyrd, Def Leppard and GN'R will be the respective headlining acts on October 11, 12 and 13. In addition, ZZ Top and Cheap Trick are part of the October 12 bill, and the event also serves as a stop on ZZ Top's 50th anniversary trek.
A variety of big name hard-rock acts also are part of the Exit 111 festival lineup, including Slayer, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Deftones, Seether, Lamb of God, Alter Bridge, Coheed and Cambria, Ghost and Mastodon.
Single-day tickets and weekend passes for the festival go on sale to the general public this Thursday, April 25, at 12 p.m. ET. Special pre-sale tickets can be purchased now at Exit111Festival.com.
Besides the many music performances, the Exit 111 Festival also will feature a theatrical circus called the Paranormal Cirque, a motocross exhibition, a giants sports bar and a car show.
Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games FoundationOver the last day or so, Bruce Springsteen has posted two mysterious, uncaptioned photos on his social media sites, fueling speculation that The Boss is about to announce plans for a new project.
The first photo, which was posted on Monday, is a hazy image of a Joshua tree with the sun shining down above it. The second pic, which was uploaded today, appears to be a composite shot combining an image of multiple Joshua trees in a desert landscape with a close-up of one of the tree's leaves.
As previously reported, Springsteen announced in December that he wouldn't be touring with the E Street Band in 2019 and would instead be focusing on "various recording projects." One project he's known to be working on is a solo album, which he revealed in an October 2017 interview with Variety has been "influenced by Southern California pop music of the '70s."
In other news, Springsteen and his wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, have cameo roles in a new film called Broken Poet that stars and was co-written by veteran New York singer/songwriter Elliott Murphy. The movie focuses on a woman's search for a fictional singer/songwriter named Jake Lion, who may or may not be dead.
In a new trailer for the film, the lead female character is seen asking Bruce, portraying himself, whether he ever played any music with Jake.
"Not too much," says Springsteen. "Jake let me open for him. I opened for him a few times."
Springsteen and Murphy actually have collaborated in the past, with Bruce lending vocals to Elliott's 1995 album, Selling the Gold.
Broken Poet was directed by Emilio J. Ruiz. No word yet on a release date.
KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley is featured on the latest episode of AXS TV's The Big Interview, which premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Stanley opens up to host Dan Rather about his long partnership with band mate Gene Simmons, and what motivated them to seek rock stardom in the first place.
In a preview clip posted on AXS.tv, Stanley discusses why his professional relationship with Simmons has endured, despite differences in their personalities.
"A great partnership is based on understanding its limitations," Paul notes. "So, does [Gene] do things that I question? Does he say things that I don't want to align myself with? Does he behave in certain ways? Yeah, but that's not here or there. The core of what we have is a work ethic, and a bond that's built on time."
Stanley adds, "When you meet someone, there may be potential, but nothing comes of it without experience, and seeing how each one of you respond to crises, to victories, to defeats. And that's what Gene and I have been through together."
Stanley also admits that he wasn't initially impressed by Simmons when he was first introduced to him by a mutual musician friend, who wanted to start a band with them.
"I said [to my friend], 'Well, you can play with [Simmons] or you can play with me, but you're not gonna play with us,'" recalls Paul. "Well, here we are 50-some-odd years later and I'm very fortunate to have been on that path with [Gene]."
Stanley also chats with Rather about his passion for painting, KISS' preparations for their current End of the Road farewell tour, and how he was motivated to succeed as a rock musician partly out of insecurity over being born with a deformed ear.
ABC/Randy HolmesThis week marks the 20th anniversary of Metallica recording their legendary S&M concerts. The shows were a collaboration between the metal icons and the San Francisco Symphony, which was later released as a live album and concert film. To mark the occasion, drummer Lars Ulrich shared his memories of the shows in an Instagram post.
"We threw ourselves deep into unknown creative territories and walked away with most incredible of experiences and the coolest album and concert film," Ulrich wrote, alongside a photo of himself and the symphony's famed conductor, Michael Kamen.
Kamen, who worked on the scores for movies including Lethal Weapon and Die Hard and collaborated with Pink Floyd on The Wall, was the one who originally reached out to Metallica about the project.
"He thought that we would be an obvious choice for a pairing like this and we said yes in [two] nano seconds flat and followed Michael's lead for the next few years, as we went on an incredible adventure together," Ulrich wrote.
In 2003, four years after S&M was recorded, Kamen died at age 55.
"His love of life and his appetite for shaking up conventions will always be something I'll take with me and cherish," Ulrich wrote of Kamen.
To further celebrate the 20th anniversary of S&M, Metallica will reunite with the San Francisco Symphony for two more shows, scheduled for September 6 and 8 at the Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors.