Credit: Sean EvansMusic fans don't generally associate Roger Waters with rootsy, acoustic sounds, but the former Pink Floyd star has signed on to headline the first day of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. The three-day event takes place Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26, at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode, Island.
According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, Roger will play an intimate [set] specifically crafted for" the festival. A limited number of single-day tickets are still available for the fest's July 24 performances. To check out the full lineup and more details about the festival, visit NewportFolk.org.
Waters' Newport Folk Festival show happens to coincide with the release of the deluxe reissue of his 1992 solo album, Amused to Death. As previously reported, the remastered collection will be available as a standard CD, a Super Audio CD, a CD/Blu-ray audio set, a 200-gram two-LP vinyl set, a limited-edition two-LP vinyl picture disc and a high-res digital download.
Music City MediaOriginal Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm is ready to launch a series of 2015 tour dates that will see him performing at a variety of venues and events around North America well into September. The voice behind such classic hits as "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Cold as Ice" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" will kick things off with a performance tonight, May 21, in Snoqualmie, Washington.
Gramm's itinerary currently includes 19 shows, and is plotted out through a September concert in Clovis, New Mexico. More dates will be added soon.
Among Gramm's scheduled shows is a June 5 event in Atlanta that will feature Lou performing with accompaniment from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
5/21 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino 5/23 -- Bakersfield, CA, Bakersfield Rocking Country Festival 6/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre (with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) 6/6 -- Shawnee, KS, Old Shawnee Days Festival 6/20 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino 6/27 -- Augusta, NJ, Rockin Ribs Festival 7/4 -- Sun Peaks, BC, Canada, Sun Peaks Resort - Concert Series 7/10 -- Peace River, AB, Canada, Peacefest 7/11 -- Fort Morgan, CO, BobStock 7/16 -- Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, Parc Jacques-Cartier 7/19 -- Patchogue, NY, Great South Bay Music Fest 7/27 -- Olds, AB, Canada, Olds Agricultural Grandstand 7/31 -- North Tonawanda, NY, Rockin' on the River Series 8/14 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair 8/28 -- Hopewell, VA, Beacon Theatre 8/29 -- DeKalb, IL, DeKalb Corn Festival 9/2 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair 9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair 9/12 -- Clovis, NM, Clovis Music Festival
Rutgers University-Camden/Robert LaramieCall him Doctor Bon Jovi now. Jon Bon Jovi received an honorary doctorate Thursday, and delivered a keynote speech, during the commencement ceremony for Rutgers University's Camden, New Jersey, campus. The singer also performed an original tune that he penned for the occasion, which encouraged the graduating students to "write your song," "love your life" and "start your own revolution."
Bon Jovi was presented with an honorary doctor of letters degree from Rutgers-Camden for his musical accomplishments, as well as his work as a philanthropist. After receiving the honor, Jon told the college's Class of 2015 they shouldn't feel discouraged if they weren't quite sure about their career paths yet.
"Maybe you've already have your life mapped out -- whether it's the corner office, or philanthropy or music," he said. "But, if not, that's OK. Don't be embarrassed by indecision."
He added, "It's OK to map out your future, but do it in pencil."
Bon Jovi went on to explain how buying into the Philadelphia Soul arena football team led him to establish the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which funds and creates programs to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and feed the hungry.
"For me, the issue of hunger and homelessness feels right," he said. "For you, it may be something else, so find that something, be passionate about it and start that ripple. Be that change, that's what you do." Jon also talked about "the power of 'we,'" stressing the importance of working collaboratively with others in order to accomplish positive change.
At the end of his speech, Bon Jovi revealed he'd written them a song for the students as a gift, and played it for them while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Bon Jovi's rep tells ABC Radio the song's title is "Reunion."
Thousands of people attended the event, which was held at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. You can see the entire commencement ceremony online at the Rutgers-Camden campus' YouTube channel. Jon Bon Jovi appears about 61 minutes into the video.
Image Courtesy of Vertigo/RepublicBlack Sabbath was honored with the Lifetime Achievement prize at the U.K.'s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, held Thursday in London. The BBC reports that while accepting the award, guitarist Tony Iommi confirmed that Black Sabbath will embark on a "final tour" next year.
While frontman Ozzy Osbourne was absent from the ceremony, Iommi was joined by bassist Geezer Butler, and, surprisingly, drummer Bill Ward. Bill and Ozzy recently have been involved in a public spat that began when Ward asked for an apology from the singer over the way Osbourne and the rest of the band treated him with regard to Black Sabbath's recent reunion activities. Ozzy responded by declining to apologize, while reiterating that he believes Ward wasn't healthy enough to join Black Sabbath on their recent tours.
Queen guitarist Brian May presented the Lifetime Achievement honor top Black Sabbath.
Other artists who received Ivors at the ceremony included ex-Eurythmics frontwoman Annie Lennox, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure.
Lennox became the first woman to receive a Fellowship to BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, in recognition of her philanthropy and activism, as well as for her musical achievements. In presenting the honor to the singer, Elton John praised her for her work supporting "women, human rights and, above all, the fight against HIV."
Lennox said during her speech, "I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't become a singer-songwriter because creating music was all I ever wanted to do."
John also presented the Songwriter of the Year award to pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.
Geldof and Ure jointly won The Ivors Special Anniversary Award for their work on the Band Aid charity song "Do They Know It's Christmas," which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.
You can check out the complete list of winners at TheIvors.com.
Credit: Alan RandPioneering psychedelic rockers The Blues Magoos will play a new series of shows in the northeastern U.S. in the coming week in support of their 2014 reunion album, Psychedelic Resurrection. The band features three members from its classic 1960s lineup -- frontman/keyboardist Ralph Scala, singer/guitarist Peppy Castro and drummer Geoff Daking.
Scala tells ABC Radio that the current Magoos sound better live now than they did during their heyday, when they scored a #5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the garage-rock gem "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" and had the chance to tour the U.S. with The Who and Herman's Hermits.
"We've all become much better musicians," he explains. "We've all been playing for 30, 40 years since we did Blues Magoos, so we're playing the Blues Magoos songs better than they were played when we originally wrote them."
Of course, the band also performs some songs from Psychedelic Resurrection, the first studio album The Magoos have released in more than 40 years. Asked why the group decided to put together a new record after so many years, Castro says, "I think it just felt right. Like, while we're still alive and while we're all still here, it'd be nice to just go back and revisit something and have a reunion."
Peppy tells ABC Radio that he and his band mates "had a ball writing in the Magoo head…because you can't take a band like Blues Magoos too serious."
On that note, Castro reveals that his favorite song on the album is a tongue-in-cheek tune with quite a memorable title -- "D'Stinko Me Tummies on the Blinko." The song focuses on the unfortunate after effects of eating some Chinese food, while also serving as a humorous homage to The Blues Magoos' days performing in New York City clubs, when they would frequent local Chinese restaurants after gigs and sometimes order "magoo" gai pan.
Scala, meanwhile, says his favorite tune from Psychedelic Resurrection is a song Castro wrote called "Psyche-Delight," which also pays tribute to the band's early career.
"It's got a great, cool groove…and the story that Peppy conjured up about us playing and what it was like to be on stage," Ralph points out. "We sing about our electric suits, the lava lamps which we endorsed, episodes with other players like Keith Moon wrecking all the hotel bars, and lyrics like that. To me, it's fun to sing."
In addition to the new material, Psychedelic Resurrection features updated versions of some of The Blues Magoos' best-known songs, including "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet," "Gotta Get Away" and a cover of the John D. Loudermilk tune "Tobacco Road."
The Blues Magoos' brief tour kicks off tonight in Somerville, Massachusetts, and runs through a show this Sunday in Middletown, New York. Here's the band's complete itinerary:
5/21 -- Somerville, MA, Johnny D's 5/22 -- New Haven, CT, Café Nine 5/23 -- New York, NY, Bowery Electric 5/24 -- Middletown, NY, Brian's Backyard BBQ
MVD Entertainment GroupVeteran rock guitar whiz Dave Edmunds will be releasing his first-ever all-instrumental album next month. On Guitar...Dave Edmunds: Rags & Classics, which hits stores June 9, features the 71-year-old musician's interpretations of an eclectic list of songs -- everything from Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and Elton John's "Your Song" to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" to a classical piece by Mozart.
"I've chosen a selection of what I consider to be 'classic singles' from the past, but with a Fender Stratocaster guitar interpretation," explains Edmunds, "along with others reflecting my earlier influences."
Dave says he recorded Rags & Classics over the course of four months at his home studio in Wales, while admitting he'd been thinking about doing an instrumental record since he was 17 years old.
Edmunds first found fame in the U.K. during the late 1960s with the band Love Sculpture. After the group split, he had a #4 hit in 1971 with his cover of Dave Bartholomew's blues-rock gem "I Hear You Knocking." He later formed the acclaimed band Rockpile with singer/songwriter Nick Lowe, but also had continued success as a solo artist into the 1980s. His most recent album, …Again, was released in January 2014.
Here is the complete track list to Edmunds' Rags & Classics:
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" "I Believe I Can Fly" "God Only Knows" "Wuthering Heights" "Your Song" "Black Mountain Rag" "Classical Gas" "Green Onions" "Cannonball Rag" "Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Molto Allegro"
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TDF ProductionsEven if you could've scored tickets, chances are you would've had to steal a seat from a celebrity at last night's "surprise" Rolling Stones concert at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
The Stones used the gig both as a warm-up for their upcoming Zip Code Tour, and to celebrate the June 9 reissue of their 1971 Sticky Fingers album, which includes the classic songs "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," and "Bitch." The band played the album in its entirely, as well as a handful of other hits.
About those celebs at the show -- they included movies stars Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis and Joe Pesci, rock musicians Steven Van Zandt, Dave Stewart, Leonard Cohen and Ben Harper, pop stars Harry Styles and Kesha, Jagger's daughter Georgia May Jagger, and many others.
The Stones are famous for playing surprise gigs at small venues in advance of their tours. In 2013, they performed at the Echoplex, an L.A. club with a 600-person capacity, prior to launching a North American trek.
The band's Zip Code Tour officially kicks off this Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego.
Here's the set list from Wednesday night's show at the Fonda Theatre:
"Start Me Up" "When the Whip Comes Down" "All Down the Line" "Sway" "Dead Flowers" "Wild Horses" "Sister Morphine" "You Gotta Move" "Bitch" "Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’" "I Got the Blues" "Moonlight Mile" "Brown Sugar"
Encore: "Rock Me Baby" "Jumpin’ Jack Flash" "Can’t Turn You Loose"
Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSFoo Fighters had the honor of closing out David Letterman's final Late Show broadcast on Wednesday night.
Dave Grohl and company performed "Everlong," as highlights of Letterman's 33 years in late night were shown.
Letterman noted that "Everlong" holds great meaning for him. The Foo Fighters played it on Late Show when the host returned following heart surgery in 2000.
Letterman recalled that he specifically requested the Foo Fighters appear on his program after that surgery to perform "Everlong," and that they accommodated him by cancelling a South American tour. He added, "Happily, ever since, we've been joined at the hip."
In introducing the Foo Fighters to wrap up his finale, Letterman said, "The only thing I have left to do, for the last time on a television program, thank you and good night."
Afterward, Sting had a hand in saluting Letterman on The Late Late Show. He and Late Late Show host James Corden were seen in a recorded segment performing "Every Breath You Take" in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, where Letterman recorded his program.
Credit: Penny LancasterIn 2013, Rod Stewart returned to the charts in a big way with his first album of original song in years, Time. Still on a songwriting roll, the singer's following that up with another new studio effort, due this fall.
AllAccess.com reports that at a presentation by Stewart's label, Capitol Records, he spoke about the new set, which is called Another Country, and will be released in October. Rod said of the project, "I've wondered about being in the armed forces, away from your sweetheart and your family...that must be heartbreaking...that is what Another Country is all about." At the event, Stewart also performed his new song, "Stay with Me Tonight."
In November, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Vegas Player magazine that his new album would be released in the spring and would feature a lot of "Celtic melodies,"and that he'd also been experimenting with ska and reggae sounds. It's not clear if that's what this new colection of tunes will actually sound like.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCThis past weekend, Van Halen's current lineup gave its first ever performance at an awards show when it played a rocking rendition of "Panama" to kick off the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Speaking with ABC Radio after the band's appearance, frontman David Lee Roth revealed that Van Halen also has been tapped to open another awards ceremony, the CMT Music Awards, which the CMT network will air live from Nashville on June 10.
While a show that celebrates the top artists in country music may seem like an odd forum for the hard-rocking Van Halen, Roth said he believed that his band's passionate approach to rehearsing and creating music has made it a group that appeals to fans of various musical genres.
"Van Halen, as opposed to many of our colleagues, has a whole different approach to how we pursue our art," explained the flamboyant frontman. "First off, we don't pursue it…it's an obsession. It's not something we decided. It's not something we thought would make us famous. It has destroyed us variously in terms of health, finance, family. It's a trail that extends about four decades and a million years back, okay? But it's an obsession."
Van Halen fans may remember that Roth made a foray into the country world when he contributed vocals to a few tracks on the 2006 bluegrass-flavored tribute album Strummin' with the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen. CMT has yet to make an official announcement about the band's participation in the awards show.
Meanwhile, ABC Radio also asked Roth how he feels when younger artists or fans come up to him and tell him that he's a legend or that his music has inspired them.
"Whenever somebody approaches and they say, 'Oh, you're a legend,' I say, 'Well, that's as misused as the word 'genius,'" he noted, adding that his first reaction to such praise is that "it makes my night." Diamond Dave then joked that he also had a second, more suspicious reaction, saying, "I'm always concerned that they're gonna blame me for their bad habits and then tell me one of their children is mine."
Van Halen kicks off a North American tour on July 5 in Auburn, Washington, and the trek runs through an October 4 show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Loud & Proud RecordsA two-CD/DVD set featuring recordings and footage from the all-star Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert held this past November at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta will be released on July 24.
Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More for the Fans! includes performances of many of the famed Southern rock band's best-loved songs by such artists as Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes and Donnie Van Zant, as well as by the current Skynyrd lineup.
Among the show's many highlights was a special version of "Travelin' Man" that featured Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant duetting with an archival video of his late brother, founding Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant. Other memorable moments included Allman singing "Tuesday's Gone," Frampton playing "Call Me the Breeze," Cheap Trick performing "Give Me Back My Bullets" and Daniels and Donnie Van Zant teaming up for a rendition of "Down South Jukin'." To close out the concert, the entire cast joined Lynyrd Skynyrd for an inspired performance of "Sweet Home Alabama."
"Hearing all of these incredible musicians sing our songs was unforgettable," says founding Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington. "It was a really special night and I'm so happy our fans will now get to enjoy the show at home."
Prior to the release of the CD/DVD package, Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More for the Fans! will get its television debut when it premieres on the AXS TV network on July 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Meanwhile, Lynyrd Skynyrd will launch a lengthy North American tour on May 28 in Westbury, New York. The band has dates lined up all the way through an October 2 show in Nashville.
Here is the full track list for Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More for the Fans!:
"Whiskey Rock a Roller" -– Randy Houser "You Got That Right" -- Robert Randolph & Jimmy Hall "Saturday Night Special" -- Aaron Lewis "Workin' for MCA" -- Blackberry Smoke "Don't Ask Me No Questions" -- O.A.R. "Gimme Back My Bullets" -- Cheap Trick "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" -- moe. & John Hiatt "Simple Man" -- Gov't Mule "That Smell" -- Warren Haynes "Four Walls of Raiford" -- Jamey Johnson "I Know a Little" -- Jason Isbell "Call Me the Breeze" -- Peter Frampton "What's Your Name" -- Trace Adkins "Down South Jukin'" -- Charlie Daniels & Donnie Van Zant "Gimme Three Steps" -- Alabama "Tuesday's Gone" -- Gregg Allman "Travelin' Man" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd with Johnny and Ronnie Van Zant (Ronnie on big screen) "Free Bird" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd "Sweet Home Alabama" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd and the entire lineup
Here are all of Lynyrd Skynyrd' upcoming North American tour dates:
5/28 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 5/29 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino 5/30 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Patriotic Festival 6/11 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – The Joint 6/12 -- Grande Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 6/13 -- Austin, TX, 20th Anniversary ROT Rally - Travis County Expo Center 6/19 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheater at Encore Park 6/20 -- Bluefield, WV, Mitchell Stadium 6/26 -- Dover, DE, Big Barrel Festival 6/27 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook 6/28 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus 7/14 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Ottawa Bluesfest 7/16 -- Oshkosh, WI, Rock USA 7/17 -- Chillicothe, IL, Country Life Music Festival – 3 Sisters Park 7/31 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino 8/1 -- Council Bluffs, IA, GrassRoots II Festival - River's Edge Park 8/2 -- Littleton, CO, The Hudson Gardens & Event Center – Outdoor Amphitheatre 8/4 -- Sturgis, SD, Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground 8/6 -- Roseburg, OR, Douglas County Fair 8/7 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino 8/8 -- Billings, MT, Montanafair 8/14 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 8/15 -- Watertown, NY, Freshener/F.X. Caprara Summer Concert Series - Watertown Fairgrounds 8/18 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark 8/19 -- Harrisonburg, VA, Rockingham County Fair 8/21 -- Avondale, IL, Eastbound Hoedown Music Festival 8/28 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at The Heights 9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand 9/4 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater 9/5 -- New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Commons – Community 9/6 -- Wauseon, OH, Fulton County Fair 9/15 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 9/17 -- Jackson CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel 9/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino 10/2 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
ABC/Randy HolmesYou may already be aware that Elton John's life is going to become a movie titled Rocketman, with actor Tom Hardy starring as the pop-rock legend. But now, it appears that the life of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also will become a stage musical.
Theater producer Sally Greene tells British paper The Sun that a musical based on John's life is "in the works right now," adding, "It will be called Rocketman, but we will do the film first. It'll open in Broadway before London."
She added, "It will be Elton's back catalog...he will never end his career."
So-called "jukebox musicals," built around hits by rock and pop stars or based on their lives, have been successful over the years. Examples include Movin' Out, based on the music of Billy Joel; Mamma Mia!, based on the music of ABBA; Beautiful, based on the life of Carole King; and Jersey Boys, based on the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A new one called On Your Feet!, based on the life of Gloria Estefan, is opening this fall.
Elton knows a thing or two about hit musicals, of course: He's been nominated for Tony Awards for his work on The Lion King and Billy Elliott, and won one for Aida.
Credit: Claude GassianAn eclectic lineup of artists will be opening for The Rolling Stones on the legendary British band's upcoming North American trek, dubbed the Zip Code Tour. Most of the support acts have now been revealed -- via various official sources -- for the 15-show tour, which gets under way this Sunday and runs through a July 15 performance in Quebec City, Canada.
Among the artists who will be hitting the stage prior to The Rolling Stones are Kid Rock, blues great Buddy Guy, country star Brad Paisley, U.K. pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran and such young rock acts as Grace Potter, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Temperance Movement, AWOLNATION, The Avett Brothers and Walk the Moon. The opening act for The Stones at the tour kickoff show in San Diego will be contemporary blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who also was a special guest at a number of concerts during the band's previous trek, the 50 and Counting Tour.
Potter is the only musician so far who's scheduled to open more than one show on the trek. She'll appear with The Stones on June 3 in Minneapolis and on June 6 in the Dallas area.
As previously reported, The Rolling Stones will warm up for their North American trek with a surprise club show tonight in Los Angeles. Here are all of their tour dates, along with the confirmed guest artists:
5/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, TBA 5/24 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park (Gary Clark Jr.) 5/30 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio Stadium (Kid Rock) 6/3 -- Minneapolis, MN, TCF Bank Stadium (Grace Potter) 6/6 -- Arlington, TX, AT&T Stadium (Grace Potter) 6/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Bobby Dodd Stadium (St. Paul and The Broken Bones) 6/12 -- Orlando, FL, Orlando Citrus Bowl (The Temperance Movement) 6/17 -- Nashville, TN, LP Field (Brad Paisley) 6/20 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field (AWOLNATION) 6/23 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest (Buddy Guy) 6/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium (Ed Sheeran) 7/1 -- Raleigh, NC, Carter-Finley Stadium (The Avett Brothers) 7/4 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway 7/8 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park (Walk the Moon) 7/11 -- Buffalo, NY, Ralph Wilson Stadium 7/15 -- Quebec, QC, Canada, Le Festival d'été de Québec
Credit: Brian RasicFollowing rumors that circulated earlier this week, The Rolling Stones have confirmed they'll perform a surprise club show tonight in Los Angeles. An announcement on the British rock legend's official website reports that the band will play every song from their classic 1971 album, Sticky Fingers, at the gig, as well as other tunes.
Tickets will go on sale at noon PT via RollingStones.com, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of two tickets per customer. The purchaser must bring a photo ID, credit card and the guest who also will be attending the concert with them to an as-yet-unannounced site to pick up the tickets. No cameras or phones will be permitted in the venue.
While the site of tonight's concert hasn't been announced, some reports suggest that it'll take place at The Fonda Theatre. LA Weekly pointed out earlier this week that several online sources had been speculating that The Stones might be playing at the venue on Wednesday, while noting that concert by the band Shakey Graves that was to have taken place at The Fonda this evening was moved to another theater nearby "due to logistics."
The Stones are famous for playing surprise gigs at small venues in advance of their tours. In 2013, they performed at the Echoplex, an L.A. club with a 600-person capacity, prior to launching a North American trek.
The band's Zip Code Tour officially kicks off this Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego.
Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSTurns out maybe Bob Dylan wasn't David Letterman's final musical guest after all. Foo Fighters will be the musical guest on tonight's final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman. The band confirmed the news on their Facebook page.
"Final time on this stage...#ThanksDave," they wrote.
Letterman has had a close relationship with Dave Grohl and company over the years. The Foos were the musical guest on Letterman's first show back after undergoing heart surgery in 2000. Before they launched into their 1997 single "Everlong," Letterman introduced the Foos as "my favorite band playing my favorite song."
Last year, Foo Fighters staged a week-long residency at Late Show in support of their eight-part documentary series Sonic Highways, which was co-produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants.
The final episode of Late Show with David Letterman airs tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageBack in February, pop superstar Lady Gagaposted a photo of herself in the studio with Paul McCartney, and announced that they were "working on one of his many secret projects!" Well, now we know what that project is: a new song from an upcoming movie.
The new issue of the British magazine Q reveals that McCartney and Lady collaborated on a track in Los Angeles for the upcoming animated film High in the Clouds, which is based on a 2005 children's adventure novel co-written by Sir Paul about a squirrel whose woodland home is destroyed by an evil developer. The squirrel, whose name is Wirral, bands together with a few other woodland creatures to save enslaved animals everywhere.
McCartney tells Q magazine that when his assistant called up Lady Gaga to get her on board for the collaboration, she hung up on the guy because she thought it was a joke. So Paul himself called, asked for Gaga by her birth name, Stefanie, and, as he explains, "tried my best to sound like me."
The ex-Beatle says he wasn't angry at Lady Gaga because, as he notes, "I'm conscious of people thinking it's a mate at work, and saying 'Oh, f**k off, Fred! Stop doing your McCartney impression!"
Incidentally, this is the second time that Lady Gaga has teamed up with a British rock legend for an animated film: In 2011, she and Elton John worked together on a song called "Hello Hello" for the movie Gnomeo & Juliet.
Image Courtesy of Sanctuary/UMeNew details have been announced about You Really Got Me, the upcoming Kinks biopic that's being directed by Julien Temple. ScreenDaily.com reports that Johnny Flynn and George MacKay have been chosen, respectively, to portray sibling Kinks band mates Ray and Dave Davies in the film, which is scheduled to begin shooting later this year.
The South African-born Flynn's resume includes roles in 2014's Clouds of Sils Maria and Song One, and he also has recorded several albums with his band The Sussex Wit. MacKay has appeared in such films as Defiance and Sunshine on Leith, the latter an adaptation of The Proclaimers' stage musical of the same name.
The movie also will feature Temple's daughter, Juno Temple, as Rasa Davies, Ray's first wife, who sang backing vocals on many early Kinks tunes.
You Really Got Me will focus on the Davies brothers' infamously volatile relationship, as well as on The Kinks' long and multifaceted career.
"This is the story of the brothers growing up and the group's later disbanding," producer Jeremy Thomas tells ScreenDaily.com. "They are the Cain and Abel of rock but their story isn't known as well as it should be."
Thomas also reveals that the production has secured the rights to use The Kinks' music, and that "Ray and Dave will work on the soundtrack."
Adds Julien, "This is an exciting chance to tell The Kinks story in a visceral and real way…The lyrics of The Kinks have always been fascinating to me and there is an amazing human story here as well which has yet to be captured on film."
As previously reported, the script for You Really Got Me is being penned by the screenwriting team of David Clement and Ian La Frenais, whose previous credits include The Commitments and Across the Universe.
Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSBobDylan was the musical guest on the penultimate episode of CBS' Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night.
Dylan performed “The Night We Called It A Day,” off his Frank Sinatra covers album, Shadows in the Night.
It was Dylan's first appearance on a David Letterman program since 1993.
Letterman offered a kind introduction for Dylan. He said he's told his son, Harry, that the two most important things to know in life is, "Why do you have to be nice to other people," and, "The greatest songwriter of modern times is Bob Dylan."
Credit: William ClaxtonJust a reminder that Bob Dylan will make a rare television appearance tonight when he performs on the next-to-last episode of CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. The folk-rock legend will be the evening's musical guest, while Bill Murray also will appear on the show, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Dylan's only other Late Show performance happened almost 22 years ago, when he appeared on November 18, 1993, during the program's first season. Previously, he'd performed twice on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman: on March 22, 1984 and on the show's 10th anniversary episode on January 18, 1992.
Tonight's appearance also will be Dylan's first television performance since the February release of his most recent album, Shadows in the Night.
David Letterman's final Late Show will take place on Wednesday, May 20. No guests have been announced for the program.
Image Courtesy of Republic RecordsJohn Mellencamp has been added to the lineup of stars participating in NBC's Red Nose Day charity special this Thursday, May 21. The veteran rocker will team up with American Idol judge and country star Keith Urban to perform his classic hit, "Pink Houses."
The fundraiser aims to help the lives of children living in poverty in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities around the world. It's already a hugely popular event in the U.K. that has raised more than $1 billion for the campaign over the last 30 years.
The broadcast will include musical performances and comedy sketches -- and at some points, a combination of the two. Game of Thrones: The Musical, a filmed sketch written by Coldplay and featuring a number of the HBO show's cast members, will debut on the program.
Other newly announced guests include Richard Gere, Jimmy Fallon, Jack Black, Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, One Direction, Helen Mirren, Rose Byrne, Matt LeBlanc, Kyle MacLachlan, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Cannon, and Blake Shelton.
Previously announced stars scheduled to appear on the special include Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, and Adam Levine.