Atlantic/Swan SongRock fans now can get a look inside the upcoming Super Deluxe reissue of Led Zeppelin's 1979 album, In Through the Out Door, by checking out new "unboxing" video that's been posted on the band's official website and YouTube channel. The clip shows the unveiling of the box set's two CDs, two LPs, 80-page book, limited-edition print and high-def digital download card.
The video also features snippets of a few songs from the album, including "In the Evening" and "All My Love." The upcoming Super Deluxe Edition of In Through the Out Door includes a bonus CD and LP of companion audio tracks featuring rough mixes of each of the original album's seven songs. It also boasts packaging replicating the original release, including the brown paper sleeve in which that the record was housed.
The In Through the Out Door reissues will be released on July 31 as part of the final installment Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign. Remastered and expanded versions of the band's 1976 album, Presence, and its 1982 rarities collection, Coda, also will hit stores that day.
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John will wind down his current European tour with a performance later this month at the first-ever Universal Music Festival in Madrid, Spain.
Elton will open the week-long festival with a "Solo Piano Show" on July 20. His performance will take place in Madrid's Teatro Real, a 1,700-seat venue that typically hosts opera, ballet and classical music concerts.
The festival, which boasts an extensive lineup of some of the biggest names in Latin music, will run from July 20 to July 27. According to Billboard, the event is being hosted by Universal Music Spain and Spanish management/entertainment companies LaRock Entertainment and Concert Tour.
After the fest, John will head to the U.S. for an August 8 concert in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and an August 9 appearance at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.
Universal Music EnterprisesChris Cornell's solo debut, Euphoria Morning, is getting the reissue and remaster treatment under its original name. The album will be released as Euphoria Mourning -- that's "mourning" with a "u" -- on vinyl, CD and digitally on August 14.
"The title of the record has been restored to its original spelling, which was changed before release after I listened to some bad advice," says Cornell in a statement. "It's difficult to describe the satisfaction of seeing this as I had originally conceived it," he adds on Twitter. "1 letter is everything."
Cornell released his solo debut in 1999, two years after Soundgarden first broke up. He's since released two more solo studio efforts, plus a live acoustic album, Songbook. Cornell's next solo effort, Higher Truth, comes out September 18.
Here is the track list for Euphoria Mourning:
"Can't Change Me" "Flutter Girl" "Preaching the End of the World" "Follow My Way" "When I'm Down" "Mission" "Wave Goodbye" "Moonchild" "Sweet Euphoria" "Disappearing One" "Pillow of Your Bones" "Steel Rain"
Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSBefore he played Washington, D.C.'s massive RFK Stadium with Foo Fighters on Saturday, July 4, Dave Grohl made a quick pit stop. He joined original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen to perform covers of The Rolling Stones and Neil Young at a local motorcycle rally that same day, according to Alternative Nation. The performance marks a rare instance where the drummer on Nevermind shared the stage with the drummer on Ten.
Joining Grohl and Krusen for the performance were Blind Melon guitarist Christopher Thorn and Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee. You can watch fan-recorded footage of the group playing Young's "Cinnamon Girl" now on YouTube.
During the short morning performance, Grohl played while sitting in a folding chair, with his healing leg propped on another folding chair -- a much different sight than the guitar-adorned throne that he sat atop during the Foos' 20th anniversary show at RFK Stadium. In a fan-recorded video from the stadium concert, Grohl explains the origin of the throne, saying that he was "High as a f**king kite" when he came up with it.
Foo Fighters' massive tour in support of their latest album, Sonic Highways, continues on Wednesday, July 8, in Toronto.
Lambert and Stamp, the recent documentary about The Who's early managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a high-def digital download on August 18. The movie tells the story of how Lambert and Stamp, a pair of aspiring filmmakers, helped mentor and guide The Who from popular London club band to international superstardom after they chose the group to be the focus of a planned movie about England's flourishing music scene.
Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of Lambert and Stamp will offer bonus features, including commentary by director James D. Cooper and an interview with Cooper conducted by Henry Rollins. The Lambert and Stamp Blu-ray also will feature exclusive previously unseen archival footage of The Who, including clips of the band in Finland, a 1967 promotional film, and a segment of the group performing on the 1960s U.S. musical variety program Where the Action Is.
Among the many highlights of Lambert and Stamp are rare early performance and behind-the-scenes footage of The Who, and new interviews with surviving band mates Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.
Among the rock stars confirmed to attend the celebration are Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, acclaimed session drummer Jim Keltner, and current All Starr Band members Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette. Walsh and comedian Richard Lewis will deliver introductions at the event, which also will feature actor Ed Begley Jr. and Twin Peaks director David Lynch.
Entertainment will be provided by indie-folk artists Spirit Family Reunion and Adam Arcuragi, who will be performing some of Ringo's songs.
Starr also is encouraging fans to flash the peace symbol and say or think about "peace and love" at noon wherever they are in the world. You also can share "peace and love" messages online at various popular social media websites by using the hashtag #PeaceandLove.
2015 has been quite an eventful year for Starr, who released a new studio album titled Postcards from Paradise in March, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in April. This fall, meanwhile, Ringo and his All Starr Band will embark on a new North American tour that scheduled to run from an October 1 concert in San Francisco through an October 31 show in Brooklyn, New York.
Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead's final three concerts, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Chicago's Soldier Field, were the highest attended events ever at the venue since it was renovated in 2003. Billboard reports that the group's Fare Thee Well shows on July 3, 4 and 5 in the Windy City drew 70,764, 70,844 and 71,000, respectively.
The previous record was held by U2, who brought in 67,936 fans for a 2009 concert during the Irish bands 360° Tour.
As previously reported, the band's Fare Thee Well shows featured The Grateful Dead's four core surviving members -- rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- along with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti, the keyboardist of Weir's side group RatDog.
According to Jambands.com, here is the full set list of Sunday's show, which was announced as The Grateful Dead's last-ever concert:
Set I: "China Cat Sunflower" "I Know You Rider" "Estimated Prophet" "Built to Last" "Samson and Delilah" "Mountains of the Moon" "Throwing Stones"
PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationIn a new interview, Yoko Ono speaks out about the murderous ISIS terrorist who has been given the nickname "Jihadi John" in reference to her late husband, John Lennon. Ono tells U.K. newspaper The Observer she "thought that was very distasteful" to use Lennon's name in connection with the Islamic militant, who has appeared in a number of videos in which he's shown beheading kidnapping victims from various countries.
Ono says she feels a duty to continue to work toward spreading the positive message that her husband and his old band embraced, particularly in the wake of the violent actions by groups such as ISIS. "I have to keep on doing something because the other side will take over -- people who are really not understanding what beautiful things we have in this world and want to destroy it," she maintains. "And I'm not going to let them destroy John or The Beatles."
"Jihadi John" is believed to be Mohammed Emwazi, who's part of a four-person British-born terrorist cell whose prisoners nicknamed them after The Beatles because of their accents.
In other news, although Ono is known to have had conflicts with the surviving Beatles members over the years, she tells The Observer her current relationship with them is warm. "From my side there's an incredible love towards them," she maintains, "because they have done something important for the world and especially for the young."
Yoko suggests that one of the reasons why tensions mounted between her and Lennon's band mates, particularly when the group was still together, was a general lack of communication she says may have something to do with their British upbringing.
"For instance, that classic style of 'Let's keep our chins up' was typical of John," she explains. "John and I went through so much difficulty and when that was happening we said, 'OK, let's just ignore it.' I don't think the other Beatles had to go through that much, really -- John was the one who was taking it all. But I know that they're doing their best. I really love them like my brothers."
As for disputes that she's had with Paul McCartney over such issues as McCartney wanting his name to be listed before Lennon's on Beatles songs on which Sir Paul was the main or sole writer, Ono says she feels that they get blown out of proportion. "I feel that in some ways we are almost forced to be in a boxing ring, and that's how people are looking at us," she maintains, "but we're not doing that."
Rebecca Sapp/WireImageBernie Taupin is famous for writing the words to all of Elton's John's mega hits, but the lyricist also is a painter, and his artwork will be in the spotlight this month at two shows in New York's exclusive beachfront Hamptons communty.
Mark Borghi Fine Art is mounting a retrospective Taupin show, titled "BLUEPRINT," at its Bridgehampton, New York, location. The exhibit will include 16 contemporary and abstract works that reflect Taupin's influences from the art of the 1950s and '60s. That show will run from July 12 through July 26, and Taupin himself will be in attendance at an opening reception on July 11, at 6 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, in nearby Water Mill, New York, Taupin's newest works will be on display in an exhibit titled "Plain Brown Wrapper," at the Art Southampton art fair, which takes place July 10-13. Bernie also will be on hand for an opening reception at Water Mill's Parrish Art Museum this Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. ET. For more information visit Art-Southampton.com.
Since Taupin took up painting in the early '90s, his work has been displayed at exhibitions in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. You can get a taste of Bernie's abstract expressionist and pop art influenced work at BernieTaupinArt.com.
EMI MusicPink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon may be more than 40 years old, but, according to Nielsen Music, it's one of the 10 top-selling albums for the first half of 2015…on vinyl, that is. The classic 1973 album landed at #7 on the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report's Top LP Vinyl Albums list after selling 22,600 copies.
The report reveals that sales of vinyl records have increased by 38-percent from last year, and now comprise almost nine percent of all physical album sales. At #1 on the vinyl albums tally is pop superstar Taylor Swift's 1989, which has sold 33,500 copies.
Pink Floyd is one of the only classic-rock acts to appear in the top 10 of any of the lists featured in the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report. The only other veteran rocker is Paul McCartney, whose collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West "FourFiveSeconds" landed at #9 on the Top Digital Songs tally, with more than 1.8 million copies downloaded.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicThe core surviving members of The Grateful Dead completed their Fare Thee Well Tour Sunday with the third of three shows at Chicago's Soldier Field.
As was the case for their shows in Santa Clara, California, a week earlier, Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were joined during the weekend by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
Among the fans at Friday's show was Donald Strong, who along with his girlfriend had traveled from Charleston, South Carolina -- a 15-hour drive. He explained, "It's all about passion and love of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead."
Saturday's performance was attended by celebrities including Katy Perry, her on-again, off-again boyfriend John Mayer, and Woody Harrelson, Billboard reports.
In addition, President Obama wrote a message in acknowledgement of the Fare Thee Well Tour, stating, "Here's to fifty years of the Grateful Dead, an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion, and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great. Enjoy this weekend's celebration of your fans and legacy.
"And as Jerry would say, 'Let there be songs to fill the air,'" he added, referring to the late Jerry Garcia.
“The feeling we have here -- remember it, take it home and do some good with it," Mickey Hart said in closing, according to The New York Times. "I’ll leave you with this: Please, be kind.”
Kevin Mazur/WireImageDaveGrohl was treated like royalty at the Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on the Fourth of July.
Grohl, who suffered a broken leg last month when he fell during a performance in Sweden, played from a throne that featured guitars on both sides and the Foo Fighters logo right behind the rocker. His leg was in a cast.
In the hours before the Foos took the stage, several of Grohl's pals entertained the crowd, including Joan Jett, Heart, Buddy Guy and Gary Clark Jr.
Credit: Al PereiraHere's some cool news for Kinks fans. Founding lead guitarist Dave Davies has revealed the title and release date of the recently announced live solo album he's been putting together. Rippin' Up NYC is scheduled to hit stores on August 21, according to a post on his Twitter feed.
Judging by the title, the album likely was recorded during the two-night stand Davies played this past November at the City Winery in New York City. Those concerts were part of a brief tour Dave mounted in support of his latest studio effort, Rippin' Up Time, which was released in October.
Meanwhile, as previously reported, the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been has lining up dates for a new U.S. solo tour that's scheduled to get under way on October 8 in Boston. The trek, which is mapped out through a November 3 show in West Hollywood, California, currently includes 11 dates.
10/8 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre 10/9 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 10/10 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 10/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 10/20 -- Washington, DC, The Howard Theatre 10/22 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 10/24 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center 10/26 -- Albany, NY, The Egg 10/27 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 10/30 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre 11/3 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Roxy Theatre
Myrna Suarez/WireImageBillyJoel just capped off a banner week by tying the knot.
The 66-year-old singer-songwriter married girlfriend Alexis Roderick, 33, Saturday at his Long Island, NY estate, according to US Weekly. By all accounts the ceremony was a surprise to the family and guests gathered for a Fourth of July celebration.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo officiated the nuptials, while guests included comic actor Kevin James and Alexa Ray Joel, Billy's daughter with second wife Christie Brinkley, who posted her congratulations on Instagram, writing: "Congratulation to the glowing bride and groom.. And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness!"
James was also there last Wednesday night, when Joel performed his record 65th show at New York's Madison Square Garden, the most shows played there by any artist. James helped raise a banner commemorating the achievement.
Joel and Roderick, who's pregnant, began dating in 2009, right about the time Billy divorced his third wife, Katie Lee.
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney muses on a variety of interesting topics in a new interview with the U.K. version of Esquire, including sharing his opinion on his old band The Beatles, whom he maintains were a phenomenon that the world likely won't see again.
The 73-year-old rock icon says part of the reason why The Beatles became such a sensation was the turbulent era during which they emerged, but he also insists that sheer talent played a bigger role.
"Let's not forgot, those four boys were f**king good," he declares. "You name me another group of four chaps, or chapesses, who had what The Beatles had. [John] Lennon's skill, intelligence, acerbic wit, McCartney's melody, whatever he's got, [George] Harrison's spirituality, Ringo [Starr]'s spirit of fun, great drumming. We all played, which is pretty hard…[and we] wrote some pretty good stuff, our own material."
Sir Paul adds, "Could that happen again? I don't know. I wish people well but I have a feeling it couldn't."
In the interview, McCartney also admits that he used to feel resentful when people suggested that Lennon's contributions to the band far outshined those of the other members, noting that this was most prevalent in the years following Lennon's 1980 murder.
"When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John's a martyr. A JFK," says Paul. "So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, 'Well, he was The Beatles.' And me, George and Ringo would go, 'Er, hang on. It's only a year ago we were all equal-ish.'"
McCartney also admits that he bristled when he read some comments Yoko Ono reportedly said in the press about him at the time.
"It said, 'Paul did nothing! All he did was book the studio," he recalls. "Like, 'F**k you, darling! Hang on!'…Well, OK, now people know that's not true. But that was just part of it. There was a lot of revisionism: John did this, John did that. I mean, if you just pull out all his great stuff and then stack it up against my not-so-great stuff, it's an easy case to make."
Meanwhile, McCartney admits that a reason he's been so comfortable with his immense fame is that he craves the positive attention his stardom has brought him.
"I have a joke with my daughter Mary," he explains to Esquire. "Sometimes I won't be in a great mood and we'll go somewhere and the people will be all over me and she'll turn to [my wife] Nancy and say, 'He likes a bit of adulation. It cheers him up,' and the thing is, yep, that is true. All my life I've been trying to win a school prize or trying to do OK in an exam or trying to get a good job. I've always been trying to do something where people go: you're good."
Greg Grudt/The Hollywood Bowl; Dave J. Hogan/Getty ImagesPeople will be gathering together across the U.S. to celebrate Independence Day today, and as usual, some big-name classic-rock artists will help mark the occasion by playing concerts in various cities. Among those acts is Journey, who will be performing at the Stadium of Fire event in Provo, Utah.
The show, held annually at Brigham Young University's LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, features the biggest stadium fireworks display in the U.S. The patriotic-themed concert is part of the America's Freedom Festival, and is available for U.S. military members around the world to watch on the American Forces Network.
Journey guitarist Neal Schon tells ABC Radio he's thrilled to be playing the event, and promises that his band's set is "gonna be wicked."
Other famous music acts set to perform around the U.S. include The Rolling Stones, who will be rocking Indianapolis, and The Grateful Dead, who will be playing the second of their three final Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago.
Here's an alphabetical rundown of many of the rock acts that will be playing Independence Day concerts across North America:
America -- Dundalk, MD, Dundalk Park The Beach Boys -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo -- Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort Burton Cummings -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama The Doobie Brothers -- Blue Ash, OH, Red, White & Blue Ash John Fogerty -- Dublin, OH, Dublin Coffman High School Football Stadium Foghat -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest Lou Gramm -- Sun Peaks, BC, Canada, Sun Peaks Resort The Grateful Dead, with Phish's Trey Anastasio and others -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field Sammy Hagar & the Circle -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest Heart, Foo Fighters, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts & More -- Washington, DC, RFK Stadium Journey -- Provo, UT, LaVell Edwards Stadium The Rolling Stones -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brian Wilson -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center 38 Special -- Flower Mound, TX, Bakersfield Park
Credit: Seth HellmanThe official video for Steven Tyler's new single, "Love Is Your Name," premiered online Friday at the Aerosmith frontman's website and VEVO YouTube channel. The clip for the countrified tune features Tyler hanging on the porch of a rural shack before joining a bunch of hippified partygoers and fellow musicians around a down-home bonfire.
The video, which was shot mostly in the outskirts of Nashville by director Trey Fanjoy, also features an appearance by some of Steven's trademark scarves. The clip begins with a shot of a microphone stand with the colorful scarves hanging off of it on the stage of an empty venue. The multicolored accessories are seen again numerous times throughout the video, being dragged along the ground by a beautiful young woman who catches the rock legend's eye.
"Love Is Your Name" was released in May, and will appear on Tyler's upcoming debut solo album, which he's been working on with various collaborators in Nashville in recent months. Steven currently is on tour with Aerosmith, which will be on the road through an August 7 concert in Canton, Ohio. The singer recently told USA Today that he won't finish the project until after the trek winds down.
Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe core surviving members of The Grateful Dead will bring the group's long, strange trip to a close this weekend with a three-show stand at Chicago's Soldier Field that begins tonight. The band's brief Fare Thee Well Tour, which also included a pair of concerts last weekend in Santa Clara, California, features Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann performing alongside Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti of Weir's side group RatDog.
Fans who couldn't score tickets to the sold-out Chicago gigs still have plenty of options if they want to watch the shows live. All three shows will be simulcast live in various movie theaters and music venues across the U.S., and also will be available as a high-definition pay-per-view broadcast via satellite and cable providers, and on mobile devices. In addition, the concerts will be webcast at YouTube.com/Dead50. The YouTube stream, which is priced at $29.95 per show, can be viewed on almost any web-connected device, including Android and iOS mobile devices, Samsung and Panasonic smart TVs and Xbox360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and WiiU game systems.
In related news, a massive audio and video box set documenting the Chicago concerts called Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead is scheduled for release on November 20, and will be available exclusively through Dead.net. The package will feature 12 CDs and seven DVDs or Blu-ray discs, and also will include a bonus disc of behind-the-scenes footage shot by filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann, son of Bill Kreutzmann. Other smaller-sized versions of the Fare Thee Well collection also will be sold by a variety of retailers.
You can check out a complete guide to the Fare Thee Well festivities, including a rundown of the ways you can watch the July 3, 4 and 5 concerts, at Dead.net/50.
42 WestChris Cornell will make an appearance at the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebration, which will be held July 4 at Rancho Los Lomas in Silverado, California, according to Rolling Stone. The Soundgarden frontman will be joined at the event by actor Forest Whitaker, singer and rapper Aloe Blacc and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry.
Tickets to the July 4 event are available now at PeakMind.org. It will also be streamed live starting at 1:30 p.m. PT on the Dalai Lama's website.
Perhaps Cornell will perform a song from his forthcoming solo album, which has a name that the Dalai Lama would probably approve of: Higher Truth. Cornell will be embarking on an acoustic tour in support of Higher Truth starting September 17 in Phoenix.
While the celebration will be held on July 4, the Dalai Lama's actual birthday is on Monday, July 6. That day will be celebrated with the release of Songs of Tibet II, a compilation album featuring contributions from Lorde and Of Monsters and Men.
Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart has become the latest musician to be sued for copyright infringement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer is accused of copying an old blues song, "Corrine, Corrina," without permission.
The song was written by Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon in 1928, and now the heirs of the Chatmon estate are suing Stewart over his similarly titled "Corrina, Corrina," which was included as a bonus track on his 2013 album Time. Universal Music and Capitol Records are also named in the suit.
The complaint claims that the two songs are "nearly identical" and "contain substantially similar defining compositional elements, including, but not limited to lyrics, melody, rhythm, tempo, meter, key, and title."
Many artists, including Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, have covered the blues song over the years, but it's unclear whether they made licensing payments.