Image Courtesy UMusicDon't let the fact that U2 gave away their new album, Songs of Innocence, to roughly half a billion iTunes subscribers last week make you think they believe in free music. Just the opposite -- which is why the band has partnered with Apple to develop a new digital music format.
The idea, Bono tells Time magazine, is to create a new digital format that's so fresh, cool and irresistible, folks will want to pay for songs and albums, which in turn will make it possible for songwriters to once again make a living from their craft. Bono says it'll not only help established artists, like U2, but also the little guys. "Songwriters aren’t touring people," he says. "Cole Porter wouldn’t have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."
No details yet about the new technology, or when it might be available.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentTwo vintage Rolling Stones concerts will be released on DVD, CD, vinyl and via digital formats in November.
Eagle Rock Entertainment's new From the Vault series will kick off with Hampton Coliseum -- Live in 1981 on November 4, followed by L.A. Forum -- Live in 1975 on November 18.
Footage from both concerts has been carefully restored, with the sound newly mixed by producer Bob Clearmountain, whose previous credits include the Stones albums Tattoo You and Still Life.
The two-and-a-half-hour Hampton Coliseum show features footage from the December 18, 1981, tour stop in Virginia that was also guitarist KeithRichards' birthday.
The L.A. Forum show from 1975 was from the group's Tour of the Americas '75 -- its first trek with then-newcomer Ronnie Wood on guitar.
Check out the track listings below:
From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum — Live in 1981
"Under My Thumb" "When the Whip Comes Down" "Let's Spend the Night Together" "Shattered" "Neighbours" "Black Limousine" "Just My Imagination" "Twenty Flight Rock" "Going to a Go Go" "Let Me Go" "Time Is on My Side" "Beast of Burden" "Waiting on a Friend" "Let It Bleed" "You Can't Always Get What You Want" "Band Introductions" "Happy Birthday Keith" "Little T & A" "Tumbling Dice" "She's So Cold" "Hang Fire" "Miss You" "Honky Tonk Women" ‘Brown Sugar" "Start Me Up" "Jumpin' Jack Flash" "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction"
From the Vault: L.A. Forum — Live in 1975
"Introduction" "Honky Tonk Women" "All Down the Line" "If You Can’t Rock Me" / "Get Off of My Cloud" "Star Star" "Gimme Shelter" "Ain’t Too Proud to Beg" "You Gotta Move" "You Can't Always Get What You Want" "Happy" "Tumbling Dice" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" "Band Intros" "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" "Fingerprint File" "Angie" "Wild Horses" "That's Life" "Outta Space" "Brown Sugar" "Midnight Rambler" "Rip This Joint" "Street Fighting Man" "Jumpin' Jack Flash" "Sympathy for the Devil"
Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart's most recent album, Time, marked the first album in years that featured any new original material written by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Now, Stewart's in the middle of writing a new album. He says of his songwriting, "The flood gates have been reopened."
Speaking to an Australian entertainment news website, Stewart says, "I'm actually halfway through a new album. I was very encouraged by the success of Time; it was a very long period where I wasn't writing any songs." He adds, "It's encouraged me to take another step forward and come up with more songs, and I'm finding it quite easy. The flood gates have been reopened."
Even so, Stewart is reluctant to perform many new songs from Time in his live shows, because he knows that fans want to hear the hits. "It is a struggle," he says. "I've got a unique method. I'll say, 'Ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to have to put you through the misery of a new song...just pretend you're listening to "Tonight's the Night" and give it a big round of applause at the end!'"
"Usually they fall for that ploy and they do," he adds with a laugh. "It's hard work selling new songs with the vast catalog I've got that people want to hear. They pay the money, and they want to hear what they want to hear. It's pointless being self-indulgent."
PRNewsFoto/Live Nation/ Mark SeligerPaul Simon has done a little acting in the past -- remember his 1980 film, One Trick Pony? -- but an upcoming charity event will find the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer appearing onstage alongside one of the greatest film actors of our time: Tom Hanks.
Simon is among the stars who'll participate in the 24th annual Simply Shakespeare benefit event, which features a cast of celebrities reciting one of the bard's classic plays. This year's edition, scheduled for September 22, will feature a reading of As You Like It, and other luminaries confirmed to take part in the performance include William Shatner, Steve Carell, Martin Short, Christopher Lloyd, Sam Waterston and Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, among others.
The Simply Shakespeare performance, described as "a hilarious and entertaining evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song," will be staged at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA Campus. Proceeds will go toward the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, and will help support its various arts-themed employment initiatives and local arts-education programs.
Tickets for the event cost $750. To find out more information about the show, contact Lauran@LPAevents.com. You can also bid on two VIP tickets at CharityBuzz.com.
Brian Duffy/The David Bowie Archive and (Under License from Chris Duffy) Duffy Archive LimitedGround control to Mayor Rahm. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared September 23 "David Bowie Day" in Chicago, reports SPIN.com. The date coincides with the opening of the upcoming "David Bowie Is" exhibit at the city's Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit showcases the British musician's life and his career.
Emanuel declared in an official proclamation that Bowie is "an undisputed global icon." He added, "His remarkable half-century career has bridged cultures and faiths while both transcending and fortifying the music, art, fashion & design and theatrical canons."
The traveling Bowie exhibit previously visited London's Victoria and Albert Museum and Germany's Martin-Gropius-Bau.
The former Police frontman will be joined by legendary Motown Records mogul Berry Gordy, rhythm and blues singer India.Arie, and country star Emmylou Harris at the gala, which will celebrate the performing rights organization's 100th anniversary at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City Nov. 17.
Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett and wife Susan Bennedetto, Berry Gordy and Quincy Jones will be among the evening's distinguished group of honorary chairs.
As previously reported, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, folk icon Joan Baez, country star Garth Brooks, and musical theater legend StephenSondheim are among a select group of artists tapped to receive the "once in-a-century" Centennial Award, recognizing the honorees' impressive achievements in their respective musical genres.
The event is the inaugural fundraiser for the ASCAP Foundation, which supports various music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. The gala will be hosted by ASCAP president and chairman, singer/songwriter Paul Williams.
Andrew MacNaughtan/Anthem/Roadrunner RecordsJust in time for the Christmas "rush" comes news that Rush will celebrate their 40-year legacy with the release of a new box set of concert films that span their entire career.
Rolling Stone reports that the set, R40, features 10 DVDs or six Blu-ray discs, and is set for release on Nov. 11. It features five full-length concert videos, as well as a bonus disc with previously-unreleased material. A 52-page hardback book, including live photos and pictures of memorabilia throughout the band's career, is also included in the package.
Titles featured as part of the set include 2003's Rush in Rio, 2005's R30, 2008's Snakes & Arrows Live, 2011's Time Machine 2011: Time inCleveland and 2013's Clockwork Angels Tour.
The bonus disc of unreleased material will be of most interest to the band's hardcore fans: it features two hours of footage from the group's earlier years, including a full, eight-song set from a 1974 show at a school in Ontario with original drummer John Rutsey. During that show, the trio played three never-before-released songs –- the Rush originals "I've Been Runnin'" and "The Loser," as well as a cover of Larry Williams' "Bad Boy" -- and eventual classics like "Best I Can" and "Working Man."
Other goodies in the bonus DVD include five songs from a 1976 concert in Passaic, New Jersey, a performance of "Lock and Key" from the group's 1988 Hold Your Fire tour, and eight songs from a 1997 show in Toronto during which they ran through all seven parts of their 1976 suite "2112." Rounding out the package is footage of Rush's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, during which they performed "2112" with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.
Kevin Mazur/Wire ImageIt was an Eagles singer presenting to the star of 1986's Legal Eagles, as Don Henley awarded legendary director and actor Robert Redford with the 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award from the Walden Woods Project in Boston on Tuesday night.
Henley presented Redford with the award -- first bestowed upon President Bill Clinton in 2012 -- to honor the movie icon's enduring commitment to a wide range of environmental initiatives.
A fundraising dinner, which included a concert by Henley's Eagles, raised $1.6 million for the project. The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature and legacy of American author, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau by cultivating an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
In his remarks, Henley stated Redford is "an ardent conservationist and environmentalist; an individual who stands for social responsibility and political involvement; an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression," reports the Boston Globe.
Redford accepted the award, telling the crowd his journey into environmental activism began in 1968.
Ed Caraeff/Getty ImagesLegendary Canadian rock group The Band will be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame on October 18.
The group, which featured Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel, as well as American Levon Helm, will be honored. Of the original members of The Band, only Robertson and Hudson are still living.
Jeff Healey, the blind blues singer who died in 2008 at age 41, will also be feted at the ceremony. Healey -- who appeared in the 1989 Patrick Swayze film Road House -- will additionally receive the Cineplex Legends Award, a posthumous honor for a Canadian pioneer in film and television, music, sports, arts or innovation.
Other honorees include Ryan Reynolds and RachelMcAdams; women's ice hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser; and lawyer Louise Arbour, the former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Both acts will receive stars on the sidewalk in Toronto's entertainment district. A tribute show at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is scheuduled for Sept. 19. A televised special of the event will air in Canada on Global Television on December 19.
Walk of Fame inductees are chosen for their achievements in various fields, and must have been born or spent their creative years in Canada. A minimum of 10 successful years of work that has a significant cultural impact is required for consideration.
Concord Music GroupPaulMcCartney will release an expanded version of his 2013 CD, NEW, on Oct. 28.
The new version includes two CDs and a DVD, and is packaged as a hard-bound book. Inside is loaded with goodies: behind the scenes footage, music videos for each of the album's singles, live recordings, unreleased cuts and more.
A highlight the DVD is the making-of documentary Something New, featuring in-depth interviews with McCartney and producers Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Jones, and Giles Martin, son of legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin. McCartney's appearances from his promotional tour supporting NEW are also fully documented on the disc.
The bonus CD features four live cuts from McCartney's 2013 show at the Tokyo Dome, including "Save Us," "New," "Queenie Eye," and "Everybody Out There." The unreleased tracks "Hell to Pay," "Demons Dance," and "Struggle," a song only available as a bonus track in Japan, round out the disc.
Danny ClinchBruceSpringsteen is returning as the headline performer for this year’s 8th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert, taking place Wednesday, November 5 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Joining The Boss for the event are comics Louis C.K., John Oliver and John Mulaney, with “surprise guests” also promised.
Stand Up for Heroes, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, provides funds and services for military personnel returning from active duty, veterans and their families. The event’s raised more than $21 million so far.
Brian LoweIt isn't often KISS goes without makeup for a live show these days, but the band made an exception, playing an acoustic gig to raise money for a military museum in Oregon.
The group previously has supported the Historical Outreach Foundation in its goal of raising $15 million to renovate the Oregon Military Museum, but the foundation's event this past Sunday in Lake Oswego, Oregon, marked the first time the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performed at one of the foundation's events. In all, KISS helped raise $1 million toward the endeavor. Tickets to the evening cost $2,500. The evening also auctioned off one of Paul Stanley's guitars, which he has played since 1989, for $20,000, reports The Oregonian.
KISS guitarist and native Oregonian Tommy Thayer is the link to the project. The museum will be named after Thayer's father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer, a 93-year-old World War II veteran who freed Holocaust survivors from the Nazi concentration camps in 1945.
KISS bassist Gene Simmons told The Oregonian that museums are important to support for several reasons.
"A museum is a living history book, because young people today and the future generations can't just read books or watch it on video because it's unemotional," Simmons said.
He continued that honoring the military with a museum shining a light on men and women in uniform is relevant to understanding current events.
"There is evil in the world," he said. "People are being beheaded today, not in some medieval time."
Check out the set list from the show below:
"Comin’ Home" "Hard Luck Woman" "Calling Dr. Love" "Do You Love Me?" "Plaster Caster" "Shout It Out Loud" "Got to Choose" "Christine Sixteen" "Lick It Up" "Goin’ Blind" "Love Her All I Can" "Hide Your Heart" "Beth" "Rock and Roll All Nite"
Jay Blakesberg/UMeSammy Hagar is a busy man -- so busy, he says he doesn't have time right now to focus on one of his most popular music projects, the supergroup Chickenfoot.
"We're not making an album [now]," the Red Rocker tells ABC News Radio when asked about a follow-up to 2011's Chickenfoot III. "[Guitarist] Joe [Satriani] and I are writing songs a little bit…We had a couple ideas, and Joe's got some fantastic musical ideas, and I'm just trying to find room in my life to do another Chickenfoot album."
Hagar explains that if he commits doing a new Chickenfoot record, the band also would have to tour behind it, "and to do all of that, that's a year or more of my time. And I just…love doing new things and I'm doing so much."
Among those "new things" is the group Sammy put together for his recent "A Journey Through the History of Rock" trek, which includes Chickenfoot/ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham, and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson. The band will be playing next at Hagar's four-show Birthday Bash in October at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also reveals that he has a new album on the way, an acoustic record he says he was inspired to do while putting together the star-studded Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert earlier this year with Metallica's James Hetfield.
"Working up that set for myself, I learned how to play and sing acoustically, and I loved it so much I just took a bunch of my old songs and made a record called Light Roast," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's an acoustically-brewed CD."
About reworking the well-known songs from his back catalog as unplugged tunes, Sammy says, "Some of them I think are better than they've ever been like this." The veteran rocker adds, however, that he has no intentions of doing an acoustic tour to support the album.
"You know, everyone says, 'Well, why don't you go out, just play like coffeehouses?'" says Hagar. "Well, I'd love to but, you know, I'm busy."
Hagar's next shows will be the aforementioned Birthday Bash performances, scheduled for October 7, 9, 11 and 13.
Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsFamily and friends of Joey Ramone have nothing but kind words for U2, who honored the late singer with the song "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)," the lead single from the band's just-released album, Songs of Innocence.
"I’m not sure grateful is the right word, but awestruck is a better description,” Ramone's brother, Mickey Leigh, told MTV News.
"It’s so beautiful. I loved it. It’s Bono’s interpretation and his spirit, but it also captures Joey’s spirit," he said. "He described my brother’s spirit well. I think he got just what Joey would have wanted out of it.”
Longtime Ramones drummer Marky Ramone felt the late singer would have been "honored" by the song, which never mentions his name, but tells the story of how Bono and the boys sneaked in to see the band in their teens in what was a life-changing event in their musical lives.
Former D-Generation singer Jesse Malin, who became a close friend of The Ramones when the band took D-Gen out on tour, recalled the time the punk rocker called him out of a recording session and invited him to go see U2 at their appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2000.
"The thing I respect about U2 beyond this song is how they’re giving a shout-out to Joey as their inspiration,” he said. “They’re not on a bandwagon of ‘now we’ll be into the Ramones because they’re dead.’ He [Joey] got to feel the love and respect from them and this song is coming from truly the right place and I totally back it after seeing how they were with him.”
Ramone passed away on April 15, 2001 of lymphoma at the age of 49; the last song he heard in the hospital was U2's "In a Little While."
U2 paid their respects to the singer three days later during a show in San Diego, performing The Ramones' "I Remember You" and their own "Walk On" in his memory.
Jean-Marie Perier/UMeWith one week to go before the official release of the George Harrison box set collecting all his solo albums for the Beatles' Apple label, fans can get a preview by listening to an early acoustic version of his signature song, "Dark Horse," now streaming online at RollingStone.com.
The studio version of the song, originally released in 1974 as the title track of the album of the same name, featured a total of 11 vocalists and musicians, including Billy Preston on keys, and reached the top 20 of the U.S. singles chart. The acoustic version is noticeably leaner, with just Harrison, an acoustic guitar, and a few harmonizing singers on the track.
As previously reported, the George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 box set will be released next week. It includes remastered versions of Harrison's first six solo albums, some unreleased bonus tracks, a DVD containing music videos, a short film directed by Harrison's wife Olivia and a book filled with essays and unpublished photos.
The late Beatle will be honored all next week on the late-night talk show Conan, beginning next Monday with performances by Beck, Norah Jones, and Harrison's son, Dhani. The show airs 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday on TBS.
Image Courtesy UDR MusicJust in time for Halloween, Alice Cooper's 2013 appearance at the the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany, is ready to be unleashed. Raise the Dead -- Live from Wacken is set for an Oct. 21 release on CD and DVD by UDR-Home of Legends.
The full concert features 22 songs, including covers of "Break on Through" by The Doors, "My Generation" by The Who, and "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd.
The CD/DVD also includes an interview with Cooper, who describes his show as being akin to a Broadway show divided into three acts: Alice Glam, Alice Dark, and Raise the Dead. "If you are going to say 'Welcome to My Nightmare,' give them the nightmare," he says to the camera. "Don't just say it. Give it to them."
A portion of the proceeds from sales of Raise the Dead -- Live from Wacken will benefit the Wacken Foundation, which supports the growth of new rock and heavy metal bands. The Wacken Foundation plans to release more performances from the festival.
Here's the Raise the Dead -- Live from Wacken track listing:
"Hello Hooray" "House of Fire" "No More Mr. Nice Guy" "Under My Wheels" "I’ll Bite Your Face Off" "Billion Dollar Babies" "Caffeine" "Department of Youth" "Hey Stoopid" "Dirty Diamonds" "Welcome to My Nightmare" "Go to Hell" "He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" "Feed My Frankenstein" "Ballad of Dwight Fry" "Killer" "I Love the Dead" "Break on Through" "My Generation" "I’m Eighteen" "Poison" "School’s Out"/"Another Brick in the Wall"
Image Courtesy Hired Gun MediaThe rock and roll lifestyle is loaded with cliches -- so many that former Extreme and Van Halen vocalist Gary Cherone thought it was great subject matter for a song.
On October 7, Cherone and his band, Hurtsmile, will release their second full-length album, Retrogrenade, on Cherone's own label, Slipkid Records, and the newly issued first single, "Rock N' Roll Cliche," was inspired by the bands that shaped his own musical worldview, says Cherone.
"'Rock N’ Roll Cliche' can be summed up in the line 'got to give the people what they want,'" Cherone tells ABC News Radio. "It's a nod to the classic rock I grew up on. The opening riff just reminds me of that era and the lyrics hint at some of those influences."
The lyrics, "shake it up, shake for me baby," and "come on and join together with the band," with nods to Led Zeppelin and The Who, make their point against a driving guitar attack.
Hurtsmile is the collaboration of Cherone with his brother/guitarist Mark Cherone of Flesh and SuperZero, as well as bassist Joe Pessia and drummer Dana Spellman.
The band will play a special performance at an official record release party October 11 at the MIXX 350 nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts.
The track listing for Retrogrenade is below:
"Rock N’ Roll Cliche" "Hello, I Must Be Going" "Big Government" "I Still Do" "Sing a Song (My Mia)" "Anymore (Don’t Want My Love)" "Where Do We Go From Here" "A Melody for You" "Wonder What" "Walk Away" "Goodbye" "Pump It Up"
Photo: Martyn AtkinsAfter he and the band played their first show in 28 years in London, England Sunday night, Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne is causing some excitement by hinting he may be open to more shows.
The reclusive musician, joined by original ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy, took the stage at BBC Radio 2's Festival in a Day in Hyde Park, delighting the crowd with a 17-song set list that included "Turn to Stone," "Livin' Thing," "Evil Woman," "Don't Bring Me Down," and the lost gem "All Over the World," from the 1980 movie Xanadu, which starred Olivia Newton John.
According to NME, Lynne was in great spirits, remarking: "Wow, fantastic. It’s unbelievable this really. I haven’t done anything like this for so long, I can’t believe it.” Later in the show, he clearly had his eye on the future, promising the crowd "I'll do this again."
The set wasn't drawn entirely from the ELO catalog. Lynne also nodded to his other musical group, The Traveling Wilburys, with a performance of "Handle With Care," dedicating the song to the late Wilburys George Harrison and Roy Orbison.
Check out the set list from the weekend ELO show:
"All Over the World" "Evil Woman" "Ma Ma Ma Belle" "Showdown" "Livin' Thing" "Strange Magic" "10538 Overture" "Can't Get It Out of My Head" "Sweet Talkin' Woman" "Turn to Stone" "Steppin' Out" "Handle with Care" "Don't Bring Me Down" "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" "Telephone Line" "Mr Blue Sky" "Roll over Beethoven"
Image Courtesy Travis ShinnWorld on Fire, the new album from Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, is available for sale today in all of the usual places, but you can also stream it for free, courtesy of USA Today. Just type SLASH into the search box.
In other Slash news, he'll appear Friday at Universal Studios Hollywood for the unveiling of the new maze, dubbed "Clowns 3D Music by SLASH" -- an attraction for which he provided the score -- at the park's Halloween Horror Nights event.After the unveiling, Slash will receive an Eyegore Award, given to entertainment figures "for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries."
Universal Music EnterprisesBryan Adams' lavish 30th anniversary reissue of his breakthrough album Reckless will arrive in stores November 24.
As previously reported, the reissue will feature a handful of tracks that didn't make it onto the original album due to the limitations of '80s technology -- but there's much, much more included in the package. The super-deluxe edition will include four discs: the remastered original album with seven bonus tracks, a live concert from 1985, a Blu-ray version of the original album, and a DVD of Reckless -- The Movie, a promotional film that originally came out with the album.
That package also includes never-before-seen photos of Bryan working in the studio, and the transcript of an interview in which he and his writing partner Jim Vallance remember creating each song. There are also lyrics, notes, paperwork and other memorabilia connected with the making of the disc.
Of course, Reckless will also be available in a variety of different formats if you don't want to shell out for the super-deluxe.
Speaking about making Reckless, which was released November 5, 1984 -- his 25th birthday -- Bryan says in a statement, "By the time I'd finished the album. I was completely exhausted. I'd pushed everybody, including myself, very hard. It was almost like I didn't care about any other relationship any more with anybody. I was just going to make the best record I possibly could."
He adds, "Reckless was just the right record at the right time. It was just unstoppable."
Here's the track listing for the expanded reissue of Reckless:
"One Night Love Affair" "She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'" "Run to You" "Heaven" "Somebody" "Summer of '69" "Kids Wanna Rock" "It's Only Love" "Long Gone" "Ain't Gonna Cry"
BONUS TRACKS "Let Me Down Easy" "Teacher, Teacher" "The Boys' Night Out" "Draw the Line "Play to Win" "Too Hot to Handle" "Reckless"