Atria BooksOctober is a big month for Def Leppard, and the band's longtime guitarist Phil Collen. The veteran rockers will wind down a lengthy U.S. tour with a new series of dates featuring Foreigner beginning Monday, and will release a new, self-titled studio album on October 30. As for Collen, he has a brand-new memoir titled Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond that will be published on October 27.
The memoir, which Phil co-wrote with award-winning author Chris Epting, charts Def Leppard's rise to superstardom, while also focusing on the group's struggle to persevere the wake of the tragedies that befell some of the members after the band hit it big. Among the dramatic events Collen recounts in the book are the 1985 car crash that cost drummer Rick Allen his left arm and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol-related death in 1991. Adrenalized also includes a variety of never-before-seen photos of the band members.
To celebrate the release of Adrenalized, Collen will take part in a Q&A and book-signing session on October 19 at the Barnes & Noble store in Huntington Beach, California. During the event, which starts at 7 p.m. PT, Collen will chat with Epting.
ABC/Randy HolmesBrian Wilson will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' acclaimed and influential album Pet Sounds during a headlining performance at the 2016 Levitation Festival, which runs from April 29 to May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas. Wilson and his band, along with special guest Al Jardine, will play the album in its entirety at the fest, which focuses on psychedelic music.
The lineup for the ninth annual Levitation Festival also includes reggae veteran Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Animal Collective and many other acts. Weekend passes, deluxe ticket upgrades and camping passes for the event are available for purchase now at Levitation-Austin.com.
Pet Sounds was released on May 16, 1966, and features such memorable Beach Boys tunes as "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B" and God Only Knows." Paul McCartney has cited the album as a major inspiration for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Meanwhile, Wilson will be embarking on a U.S. fall tour next Friday, October 9, in Flushing, New York. Jardine will be joining Brian for all the shows on the trek, which is plotted out through a December 5 concert in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, former Beach Boys touring musician Billy Hinsche, who also was a member of the 1960s pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy, will be playing with Wilson's band on select dates in October.
Here are all of Wilson upcoming tour dates:
10/9 -- Flushing, NY, Kupferberg Center for the Arts 10/10 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino 10/20 -- Charleston, SC, Galliard Center 10/22 -- Richmond, VA, The National 10/23 -- Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts 10/24 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Showroom 11/11 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre 11/12 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities PAC 11/13 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino 11/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre 11/17 -- St Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey Theater 11/19 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre 11/20 -- Rockville, MD, The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center 11/21 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 11/28 -- Reno, NV, Atlantis Casino Resort 12/4 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort and Spa 12/5 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre 4/29-5/1/16 -- Austin, TX, Carson Creek Ranch - Levitation Festival
Polydor/UMeA new Velvet Underground box set featuring performances from a fall 1969 residency that the influential New York band played at the San Francisco club The Matrix will be released on November 20. The Complete Matrix Tapes is a four-CD set that boasts highlights from four shows that the Lou Reed-fronted group played over the course of two nights -- November 26 and 27, 1969.
The concerts took place a few weeks after The Velvet Underground released its self-titled, third studio album, and features new member Doug Yule on bass and keyboards. The sets included versions of songs from all three of the band's albums, as well as unreleased tunes like "Sweet Bonnie Brown" and "Lisa Says," and classic songs such as "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll" that would eventually appear on the group's fourth record, 1970's Loaded. Disc three is highlighted by an epic 37-minute version of the group's dark noise jam "Sister Ray."
Nine of the 42 performances in the collection have never been previously available, while all of the songs feature mixes taken from the original multitrack tapes recorded with The Matrix's equipment. Eighteen of the tracks were featured on the Super Deluxe Edition of The Velvet Underground released in 2014, while alternately mixed versions of many of the other tunes can be heard on the 1974 double album 1969: The Velvet Underground Live and the 2001 box set The Quine Tapes.
Here is the full track list of The Complete Matrix Tapes:
Set One "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Version 1) *** "What Goes On" (Version 1) ** "Some Kinda Love" (Version 1) * "Heroin" (Version 1) *** "The Black Angel's Death Song" *** "Venus in Furs" (Version 1) "There She Goes Again" (Version 1) "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" (Version 1) ** "Over You" (Version 1) ** "Sweet Jane" (Version 1) * "Pale Blue Eyes" "After Hours" (Version 1)
Set Two "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Version 2) ** "Venus in Furs" (Version 2) *** "I Can't Stand It" (Version 1) ** "There She Goes Again" (Version 2) * "Some Kinda Love" (Version 2) (4:12) /** "Over You" (Version 2) "After Hours" (Version 2) * "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" (Version 2) * "Sweet Bonnie Brown"/"Too Much" ** "Heroin" (Version 2) ** "White Light/White Heat" (Version 1) *** "I'm Set Free"
Set Three "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" (Version 3) * "Some Kinda Love" (Version 3) * "There She Goes Again" (Version 3) * "Heroin" (Version 3) ** "Ocean" ** "Sister Ray" /***
Set Four "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Version 3) "What Goes On" (Version 2) (4:34) "Some Kinda Love" (Version 4) (4:46) * "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" (Version 4) "Beginning to See the Light" /** "Lisa Says" /** "New Age" ** "Rock and Roll" /**/*** "I Can't Stand It" (Version 2) "Heroin" (Version 4) "White Light/White Heat" (Version 2) /** "Sweet Jane" (Version 2) (4:20) /**
= appears on The Velvet Underground: Super Deluxe Edition * = previously unreleased ** = performance appears on 1969: The Velvet Underground Live *** = performance appears on The Quine Tapes.
Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi has made a video honoring New Jersey high school football player Evan Murray, who died after getting injured on the field last Friday.
"I heard word about Evan, and as a father of football players, my heart, my prayers and my thoughts go out to the Murray family," the singer says in the YouTube video posted on Thursday -- the day of Murray's funeral.
Jon continues, "You are in my prayers. To all the team, I wish you the best this season and keep it up guys, all right? Win one for Evan."
On Thursday night, the rocker displayed Evan's jersey number 18 on his guitar during his concert in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The band also dedicated "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" to the 17-year-old, according to Billboard.
Murray reportedly died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen. He was injured during the Warren Hills Regional High School game against Summit High School. The quarterback was able to walk off the field, but later died at the hospital.
Jon, a New Jersey native and father four, is a devoted football fan. His son, Jesse Bongiovi, played for Notre Dame's football team in 2013.
PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesMegadeth has announced details of its 15th studio album. The 13-track collection is called Dystopia, and will be released January 22. You can listen to Dystopia's first single, "Fatal Illusion," now at Megadeth.com.
The Dystopia track list certainly paints a dystopic picture, with song titles such as "Post American World," "The Emperor" and "Conquer or Die."
Dystopia is Megadeth's first album since 2013's Super Collider. Along with founding members Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson, the band now includes Lamb of God's Chris Adler on drums and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro.
Here's the track list for Dystopia:
"The Threat Is Real" "Dystopia" "Fatal Illusion" "Death from Within" "Bullet to the Brain" "Post American World" "Poisonous Shadows" "Look Who's Talking" "Conquer or Die" "Lying in State" "The Emperor" "Last Dying Wish" "Foreign Policy"
Sean Evans; David BergmanEx-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters has long been a vocal opponent of Israel's policies toward Palestine, and he frequently addresses other music artists who have scheduled concerts in Israel and attempts to dissuade them from performing in the country. Salon has now posted a letter Waters has written to Bon Jovi criticizing the band for going ahead with its plans to play a show in Tel Aviv this Saturday.
Waters' message, which was posted on Salon.com, begins by addressing "the pop group Bon Jovi" and the band's three core members -- Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres -- declaring, "Often in the past I have written detailed, and sometimes even persuasive, letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to give succor to the Israeli government's apartheid policies by performing in Israel."
Roger then points out that he read an interview Jon Bon Jovi recently gave with the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, and says that because of Jon's comments in the article, "I won't waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians."
In the interview, Bon Jovi is asked if he's aware of Waters' campaign to persuade musicians to boycott Israel, and responds, "Yes, I heard about that but it doesn't interest me. I told my managers to give one simple answer: That I'm coming to Israel and I'm excited to come."
Waters' letter then proceeds to suggest that Bon Jovi stands "shoulder to shoulder" with various Israelis who killed, injured or oppressed Palestinians or protesters. He lists such examples as "the settler who burned the baby," "the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie," "the sailor who shelled the boys on the beach" and "the Minister of Justice who called for genocide," while linking to various news stories giving details about each of his examples.
Roger also implies that by declining to perform in Israel, the band could have stood "on the side of justice," and he offers a similarly formatted list of instances where people participated in acts of protest against the Israeli government's policies. These include "the pilot who refused to bomb refugee camps," "the teenager who chose eight prison terms over army service" and "the prisoner who fasted for 266 days until freedom."
Waters' message concludes, "The dead can't remind you of the crimes you've ignored. But, lest we forget, 'To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all.'"
Credit: Miriam SantosJohn Fogerty has become the latest veteran music star to line up a Las Vegas residency. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will bring a show titled John Fogerty: Peace, Love and Creedence to The Venetian hotel and casino for a series of eight performances, running from January 8 to 23.
As with his recent tour, Fogerty's Las Vegas concerts will celebrate the three classic albums CCR released in 1969 -- Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys -- and also will feature some of the band's other memorable songs, as well as a few selections from John's solo career. In addition, Fogerty will share some personal stories during the shows about his former band's landmark year, which will be enhanced with exclusive film footage and photos.
"Peace, love and Vegas! I'm excited to be coming to The Venetian and bringing my '1969' show for you all," says Fogerty in a statement. "We are going to be rockin' my Creedence Clearwater Revival songs along with many more. We'll have some new things added to the show, too. Hope you all can come and help us rock it up in Vegas come January!"
Fogerty's Peace, Love and Creedence performances are scheduled for January 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22 and 23. Tickets go on sale on October 9 at 10 a.m. PT, with prices starting from $59.90. You can purchase tickets online at Venetian.com/JohnFogerty, at any Venetian or Palazzo box office, or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.
News of Fogerty's Vegas residency comes just a few days before the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer releases his new memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, which will be published Tuesday, October 6. As previously reported, John will promote the book during the next couple of weeks by taking part in a number of signing and Q&A events in New York City and the Los Angeles area. You can check out Fogerty's itinerary at JohnFogerty.com.
Credit: Danny ClinchLongtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes currently is out on the road promoting his latest solo album, Ashes & Dust. Fans who can't make it out to the prolific rocker's show tonight in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, will still be able to watch it live, as the event is being streamed live at 9:45 p.m. ET on Yahoo.com/Live.
On his fall U.S. tour, Haynes is performing with The Ashes & Dust Band, which features founding Aquarium Rescue Unit drummer Jeff Sipe and the members of the Nashville-based Americana trio ChessBoxer. Haynes has made available at NoiseTrade.com a free nine-song digital sampler of live performances recorded during his September 22 and 23 shows, including renditions of The Allmans' "Jessica" and "Soulshine," as well as "Spots of Time," a tune he co-wrote with The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh that's featured on Ashes & Dust.
Meanwhile, Haynes also will be making appearances on a couple of late-night talk shows in the coming weeks. This Monday, he'll sit in with the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots, and he'll also perform on the October 26 episode of Conan.
Haynes recorded Ashes & Dust with the neo-bluegrass act Railroad Earth. The album is an Americana-inspired collection of tunes that features a mix of new and older songs written by Warren, as well as a few covers, including a version of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman."
Here are all of Haynes' upcoming U.S. tour dates:
10/2 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre 10/3 -- Portland, ME, State Theatre 10/6 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre 10/7 -- Westbury, NY, The Space 10/8 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 10/9 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre 10/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle 10/13 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 10/17 -- Avondale, AL, Cask Drum Festival 10/18 -- Raleigh, NC, American Roots Festival 10/19 -- Wilmington, NC, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater 10/20 -- Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall 10/22 -- Miami, FL, Fillmore 10/23 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live 10/24 -- Orlando, FL, Plaza Live 10/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda Theatre 11/28 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre 11/29 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up 12/1 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater 12/2 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre 12/4 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic 12/5 -- San Diego, CA, The Observatory North Park
Credit: Al PereiraDave Davies launches a new fall U.S. tour with a three-day series of free performances starting today at The Big E, an annual fair held in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The founding Kinks lead guitarist, who released a new live album titled Rippin' Up New York City last month, will be performing on the fair's Court of Honor Stage at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET today and Saturday, and just at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Davies tour is scheduled to run through a November 3 show at the famed Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, and will stop in such cities as Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., along the way.
The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that he's "looking forward" to hitting the road, and that he's especially excited that Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken will be part of his backing band for the whole trek.
"I really like playing with him. He's a great guy and he's got a lot of empathy for the songs and the music," Davies says of Diken, who also was behind the drums when Dave's new live album was recorded last November during two shows at the City Winery in New York. "You know, he's one of those cool guys that just know what to do. And more importantly, he knows what not to do, which can be hard for some musicians."
Rounding out Davies' backing band are bassist/keyboardist Tom Currier and guitarist Jonathan Lea, who both also play in the group The Jigsaw Seen.
Fans coming out to the concerts likely will hear many of the tunes featured on Rippin' Up New York City, which includes versions of Kinks classics like "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night," some lesser-known gems by the band and a few songs from Dave's 2014 studio album, Rippin' Up Time.
Davies tells ABC Radio that he also hopes to add a few new tunes into his sets for the tour, while clarifying, "not necessarily new new [songs] but new ideas, maybe a couple of older songs."
Meanwhile, Dave says one of the things he particularly enjoys about playing live is that it gives him the opportunity to present his songs in new and interesting ways.
"It's funny, 'cause when you record songs, well, I tend to try and record pretty quickly, which in a way doesn't allow the songs to kind of explore themselves, if you know what I mean," he explains. "When you play live you can turn things around, with different accents and rhythms, so it's kind of a very different process to recording."
Here's a list of all of Davies' upcoming U.S. tour dates:
10/2 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET)* 10/3 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET)* 10/4 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. ET only)* 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 10/13 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café - ArtsQuest Center 10/20 -- Washington, DC, The Howard Theatre 10/22 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 10/23 -- New York, NY, City Winery 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 11/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades 11/3 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Roxy Theatre
Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsThe new concert film Roger Waters The Wall is now set to be released as a home video on December 1. The movie, which features performances from the ex-Pink Floyd mastermind's recent The Wall Live Tour, will be available as a DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set and a high-def digital download.
In addition to dynamic live footage from some of Roger Waters' multimedia-enhanced performances of his old band's 1979 concept album The Wall, the film features segments capturing the musician's pilgrimage to his grandfather's gravesite in France and to a memorial honoring his father in Italy. The movie also includes scenes in which Waters discusses his antiwar sentiments with members of his family.
"I'm glad that we have an opportunity to share the film with people on a wider scale," says Waters in a statement. "It has had a deep effect on my life; and I'm not the only one. This release provides an opportunity to remember all of our fallen loved ones."
The Blu-ray edition of Roger Waters The Wall contains more than 95 minutes of bonus footage, including performances from a May 2011 concert at London's O2 Arena that featured guest appearances by Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason. Among the other extras are outtakes of Waters trip to Europe, time-lapse concert footage and a scene of Roger visiting the grave of Frank Thompson, a soldier and poet killed in World War II. The DVD also features the time-lapse footage and the visit to Thompson's grave.
Meanwhile, a Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack album is slated to be released sometime this fall.
As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall was screened in hundreds of theaters across the country for one night only in the U.S. this past Tuesday. Encore screenings have been scheduled in a variety of U.S. venues starting on Sunday, October 18.
Credit: Jamie WeilandScott Weiland will hit the road this fall and winter on a U.S. tour with his current band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. The trek will kick off October 28 in Hermosa Beach, California, and will travel across the country before concluding December 19 in Napa, California. Visit ScottWeiland.com for ticket info.
The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman promises that he'll play the hits from his previous bands on the U.S. tour, plus songs from his debut album with The Wildabouts, Blaster.
"This tour is about making a connection," writes Weiland on his Facebook page. "We'll perform the hits for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans. I made Blaster for them, but it is fresh; we've made an album that can resonate, and attract a whole new group of fans. It's a rebirth."
Before the tour kicks off, Weiland will participate in "An Evening with Scott Weiland," at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles this Monday, October 5. The event will feature a Q&A session, as well as an intimate performance by Weiland and the Wildabouts.
Here are Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts' U.S. tour dates:
10/28 -- Hermosa Beach, CA, Saint Rocke 10/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, LVCS 10/31 -- Orangevale, CA, The Boardwalk 11/1 -- San Francisco, CA, Social Hall SF 11/3 -- San Diego, CA, The Music Box 11/4 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues 11/6 -- Chandler, AZ, Ovations Live! at Wild Horse Pass 11/7 -- El Paso, TX, Speaking Rock 11/9 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Music Hall 11/13 -- Clear Lake, IA, The Surf Ballroom 11/14 -- Detroit, MI, Hard Rock Cafe Detroit 11/15 -- Covington, KY, Madison Theatre 11/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora Ballroom 11/18 -- Louisville, KY, Diamond Pub Concert Hall 11/20 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcadia Theatre 11/21 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 11/25 -- New York, NY, The Gramercy Theatre 11/27 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak 11/28 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 11/29 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre 12/3 -- Medina, MN, Medina Entertainment Center 12/12 -- Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Live! 12/19 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
Rhino RecordsPantera is getting the box set treatment. The seminal metal band's last five albums, from 1990's Cowboys from Hell to 2000's Reinventing the Steel, will be released by Rhino Records on December 11 as a five-CD and a five-LP collection called The Complete Studio Albums 1990-2000.
The LP version of The Complete Studio Albums, which includes each record on a different color vinyl, will be accompanied by a seven-inch single featuring the non-album tracks "Piss," originally released on the 20th anniversary edition of Pantera's 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power, and "Avoid the Light," from the soundtrack to the film Dracula 2000.
In addition, Rhino also will be releasing a Pantera compilation called History of Hostility on October 30. The nine-track album, which will be available on CD and vinyl, includes some of the biggest songs from the band's last five albums, including "Walk," "I'm Broken" and "Revolution Is My Name."
Pantera was formed by brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, the latter of whom now plays drums in HELLYEAH. The band released nine albums before they broke up in 2003. A year later, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage in a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub while playing alongside his brother in the group Damageplan.
Here's the track list for History of Hostility:
"Cowboys from Hell" "Cemetery Gates" (Demon Knight Edit) "Mouth for War" "Walk" "F****** Hostile" "I'm Broken" "5 Minutes Alone" "Drag the Waters" "Revolution Is My Name"
Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has been one of the biggest celebrity supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, aka PETA, so who better to serve as the entertainment at the animal-rights organization's 35th anniversary party? A performance by the former Beatles star closed out the star-studded event, dubbed "All Together Now," which took place Wednesday night at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
According to recaps posted at PETA.org, McCartney's set included renditions of the Beatles classics "Birthday" "Let It Be," "Hey Jude" and "Lady Madonna," and his 1993 solo tune "Looking for Changes," which he dedicated to the organization's cause. Sir Paul also was joined by modern-rocker Beck for performances of "Drive My Car" and "I've Just Seen a Face." A few fan-filmed clips of McCartney's set, with and without Beck, have been posted on YouTube.
While onstage, McCartney commented, "When I first heard the name, that's what appealed to me, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I thought that was really a very dignified, very cool title. They've got 35 years of saving so many animals. And we love them."
Following the gala, McCartney posted a message on his Facebook page thanking "Beck and everyone else who helped us celebrate #PETA35 in Hollywood last night!" He also quipped in the note, "Sorry we didn't get around to playing 'Beck in the USSR,' 'Get Beck' or 'Paperbeck Writer.'"
The bash was hosted by Angelica Huston and Pamela Anderson, and also featured the presentation of awards to various celebs and activists who have for their contributions to specific animal-rights issues. Among the evenings honorees were Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, rapper RZA, comic Bill Maher and actors Alicia Silverstone, Jason Biggs, James Cromwell and Fred Willard.
Other stars who attended the party included Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Rob Zombie, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Kesha, Moby, songwriter Diane Warren, William H. Macy, George Lopez, Joaquin Phoenix, Kevin Nealon, Molly Shannon, Emily Deschanel, Paula Poundstone, Russell Simmons, Sela Ward, Seth Green, and Tony Hawk.
Jamie McCarthy/WireImageWhen it came time for Billy Joel to choose a godfather for his baby daughter, Ella Rose, the Piano Man picked a real political big shot -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The New York Post's Page Six reports Cuomo joined Billy, his wife Alexis and his older daughter, Alexa Ray, Tuesday at a party celebrating Della's christening, held at the Greek restaurant Kyma in Roslyn, New York.
A source in attendance told Page Six the governor, who's a close friend of the singer/songwriter, stood up and gave a brief speech during the party. About 20 guests in total were on hand for the event.
Della Rose Joel was born August 12. Billy and Alexis were married over the July 4 weekend at a surprise ceremony presided over by Cuomo on Long Island, New York.
Deadline MusicA variety of respected rock guitarists have lent their talents to a new album paying tribute to influential blues-rock guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck. Jeffology: A Guitar Chronicle, which will be released on October 2, features Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, Mötley Crüe's Mick Mars, Toto's Steve Lukather and others playing renditions of select tunes that Beck recorded with The Yardbirds and as a solo artist.
Collen is featured on a rendition of the Stevie Wonder-penned "Cause We've Ended as Lovers," which originally appeared on Jeff's 1975 release Blow by Blow. Campbell plays on a version of "Led Boots," from the 1976 Beck album Wired. Mars performs a version of the 1966 Yardbirds tune "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago." And Lukather contributes a cover of "Behind the Veil" from the 1989 album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop.
Other guitarists featured on Jeffology include ex-Ozzy Osbourne band member Jake E. Lee, Ratt's Warren DeMartini, Mr. Big's Paul Gilbert and George Lynch from Lynch Mob. The album will be available on CD and as a digital download.
John McMurtrieIronMaiden announced about two weeks ago they’d be hitting the road early next year in support of their latest album, The Book of Souls, including then-unspecified U.S. dates. Grab your credit cards: the band just announced those dates and cities.
Maiden will kick off their outing February 24 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and play nine coast-to-coast stateside shows, wrapping up with an April 15 show in Los Angeles. Raven Age will support the band on the tour.
Frontman Bruce Dickinson says in a statement their goal this time out is to play some cities they weren’t able to visit on their previous Ed Force One tours, “like Tulsa, where we haven’t played since 1987 on the Somewhere In Time Tour, and Tacoma, where we haven’t played in 15 years.”
You can certainly expect to hear songs from The Book of Souls, which enjoyed a top-five debut on the Billboard 200 early last month. As for the classics Iron Maiden will deliver, Dickinson says, “As it’s been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites, too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart!!! You certainly deserve it for your patience.“
Tickets for The Well of Souls Tour go on sale October 8, with fan club members getting first crack. For ticket info and to see all the tour dates, check out IronMaiden.com.
Here are the just-announced U.S. dates:
2/24 -- Ft Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center 2/26 -- Tulsa, OK, Bok Center 2/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center 3/30 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 4/5 -- Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills 4/6 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 4/11 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 4/13 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 4/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
KDIM EntertainmentThe voices behind of some of the biggest classic-rock acts of the 1970s and '80s will join forces for a special concert event called "The Rock Pack" that's scheduled for November 19 at the Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. The show will feature performances by founding Kansas singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, ex-Toto frontman Bobby Kimball, Starship's Mickey Thomas and The Tubes' Fee Waybill.
The event was organized by former Asia singer John Payne, who also put together the popular Las Vegas classic-rock musical Raiding the Rock Vault. Payne will serve as the host of the "Rock Pack" concert, chatting with the various singers about their eventful careers, while also performing some tunes himself. In addition, the show will feature a multimedia element, with visuals projected on large screens above the stage.
Fans attending the "Rock Pack" concert can expect to witness performances of plenty of memorable songs by the artists who sung them, including "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind," "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," Hold the Line," "Africa," "We Built This City" and "She's a Beauty."
Tickets for the show are on sale now via Ticketmaster.
Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsOn Tuesday, September 29, the new concert film Roger Waters The Wall was screened in more than 400 theaters across the U.S. Now, thanks to the high demand for the movie, additional screenings have been scheduled in more than 250 stateside venues on Sunday, October 18.
The film will be shown at 12:55 p.m. local time at theaters in 40 states. Visit FathomEvents.com to purchase tickets and find out more details about the event.
As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall features footage from a few of the many shows that the ex-Pink Floyd star played during his 2010-2013 The Wall Live Tour. The concert was a dynamic multimedia experience that featured a full performance of Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album The Wall, complete with a massive video screen, pyrotechnics, giant puppets and theatrical interludes.
The movie, which was directed by Waters and the trek's co-creative director, Sean Evans, also includes segments showing Roger discussing his antiwar views while traveling to his grandfather's grave in France and to the Italian memorial commemorating the World War II battle during which his father was killed.
In addition, the screenings will offer a specially filmed segment called The Simple Facts, featuring Waters and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason reuniting to answer questions that fans from around the world submitted.
In other news, Waters will join veteran session guitarist G.E. Smith for an intimate -- and sold out -- acoustic performance on October 30 at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York. The gig is part of the "Portraits" concert series that Smith is hosting at the venue.
Courtesy Rubén Martin/RCA RecordsRumors of Carlos Santana's demise have been greatly exaggerated. A media report claiming that the 68-year-old guitar legend had died began circulating on Tuesday, but a message posted on Santana's official website today insists that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is just fine.
"Carlos is alive and well and enjoying his morning!" reads the post. "Thank you all for your concern, but the reports of his passing are false."
According to Mashable, the fake news of Santana's death stems from a Twitter message posted by Canadian journalist Chris Walker, who reported that Carlos' body had been found in a car. The body in question apparently turned out to be another man with the same name. Walker later apologized, admitting that he was "wrong to rely on single source, and against CBC policy besides."
This past weekend, Santana and his band wrapped up their latest series of Las Vegas concerts as part of their ongoing residency in Sin City. Their next show is scheduled for October 30 in Tempe, Arizona, as part of the first day of the three-day Monster Mash Festival. Santana will headline the bill, which also features John Fogerty and Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Credit: Andrew EcclesThe Zombies launch a new U.S. trek tonight in Dallas that'll mark the first time the famed British Invasion band is touring with their original rhythm section -- bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy -- since the group's initial breakup in late 1967. As previously reported, White and Grundy will join The Zombies' current lineup -- led by founding singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent -- for a full performance at each show of the band's influential and acclaimed 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle.
The 20-date tour is mapped out through an October 27 concert in San Francisco, and also will include stops in such other major cities as Boston, Washington, D.C., New York, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Oregon and Sacramento, California. During the trek, The Zombies will release a new studio album titled Still Got That Hunger, which will hit stores on October 9. You can expect to hear the band play a number of tunes from the record in concert, in addition to many of their older classics.
You can check out a couple of songs from Still Got That Hunger -- "I Want You Back Again" and "Moving On" -- at The End Records' official YouTube channel.
In advance of the tour kickoff, The Zombies posted a message on their Facebook page that reads, "It's been incredible being back performing with Chris and Hugh and to have all of us here together about to start this historic tour means everything to us. We can't wait to see you all."
Here are all the U.S. dates on The Zombies' "Odessey and Oracle" tour:
9/30 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theatre 10/1 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre 10/3 -- Provincetown, MA, Provincetown Town Hall 10/6 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre 10/8 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre 10/9 -- New York, NY, New York Society for Ethical Culture -- Concert Hall 10/10 -- Cranston, RI, Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts -- Park Theatre 10/11 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre 10/13 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse 10/14 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 10/15 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage 10/16 -- Merrillville, IL, Star Plaza Theatre 10/17 -- South Milwaukee, WI, South Milwaukee PAC 10/19 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 10/21 -- Seattle, WA, Benaroya Hall -- S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium 10/22 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall 10/24 -- Beverly Hills, CA, The Saban Theatre 10/25 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre 10/26 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre 10/27 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore