Credit: Ross HalfinOver the weekend, Metallica played a one-off show at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. According to drummer Lars Ulrich, that's just the start of the band's touring plans in support of its forthcoming album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct.
"We did 180 shows on the Death Magnetic tour in two-week periods over three years," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone, referring to Metallica's last album. "That's what works for us. We're going to start pretty much full-on touring in January and are looking to figure out what we're doing in North America, but there will definitely be some pretty extensive touring in America."
While they've kept busy with stadium shows and festival performances here and there, Metallica hasn't embarked on a full U.S. arena tour since 2009. Ulrich says the band plans to rectify that next year.
"It's time to come back," he says. "And do some proper penetration of America."
During last weekend's Minneapolis show, Metallica performed the live debut of "Hardwired," the first single from Hardwired...to Self-Destruct. Ulrich says you can expect a number of live songs to be included in upcoming set lists.
"We're itching to play them," he explains. "Right now, every day when we get into the Tuning Room [rehearsal space] we're just playing the new songs. Then we're like, 'Wait, we gotta get out there and play 'Master of Puppets.'"
Hardwired...to Self-Destruct will be released November 18.
Courtesy of AXS TVNeil Young will be featured in a rare in-depth television interview on the first of nine new episodes of AXS TV's program The Big Interview that will air in the coming months. The show, hosted by veteran newsman Dan Rather, will premiere on Tuesday, September 13, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The folk-rock legend will discuss a wide variety of topics with Rather, including his new environmental-themed live album Earth; his disdain for large corporations, and the damage he feels they're doing to the democratic process; his new high-resolution digital music player, Pono; being stricken with polio as a child; and much more. Neil also shares his thoughts about Prince's death, his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and his current collaboration with Promise of the Real, a band that features Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah.
A variety of other music stars also will be featured on upcoming episodes of The Big Interview, including Meat Loaf on September 20, country singer Martina McBride on September 27; Olivia Newton-John on October 4 and Canadian crooner Michael Bublé on October 11.
Prior to the premiere of Young's installment of The Big Interview, AXS TV will host a marathon featuring memorable previous episodes of the show on Saturday, September 10. The programming block will include shows focusing on Frankie Valli at 8 a.m. ET, Crosby, Stills & Nash at 10 a.m., KISS' Gene Simmons at 11 a.m., Sammy Hagar at 2 p.m., Gregg Allman at 3 p.m., John Fogerty at 4 p.m., and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson at 6 p.m. Preview segments of Young's episode also will be shown during the marathon.
Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesPearl Jam wrapped up its summer headlining tour Monday night with a second show at Chicago's Wrigley Field. In honor of the Windy City sports setting, Eddie Vedder and company played their song "Black, Red, Yellow," which is said to be about the legendary Chicago Bulls teams of the '90s. During the performance, the band was joined on stage by none other than former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman.
At one point during the RodJam collaboration, Vedder jumped into the arms of the six-foot-seven basketball player, and Rodman cradled the musician in his arms like the 13.1 rebounds-per-game he averaged during his career. You can watch fan-recorded footage of the "Black, Red, Yellow" performance now on YouTube.
While Pearl Jam's tour is done, Vedder will perform solo at this weekend's Ohana festival in California, as well as the Global Citizen Festival in September. Meanwhile, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron will reunite with Chris Cornell for Temple of the Dog's inaugural tour, which kicks off in November.
Courtesy of KPM BerlinDavid Bowie was honored with a commemorative plaque Monday in his one-time home of Berlin, where the late rock legend resided during the late 1970s. According to The Guardian, the bone-china marker was unveiled in Schöneberg district of the German capital, at the site of the apartment Bowie shared with his friend and musical collaborator Iggy Pop from 1976 to 1978.
The porcelain plaque features Bowie's name, his birth and death dates, and explains in German that while he lived at the residence he worked on the albums Low, Heroes and Lodger, known as his "Berlin Trilogy." The marker also features a famous lyrical line from his song "Heroes": "We can be Heroes, just for one day."
Bowie moved to Berlin with the intention of dealing with a drug habit he'd developed while also living more anonymously. The music he created while in the city is considered some of his most experimental and inventive.
The Guardian reports Berlin Mayor Michael Müller was on hand to unveil the plaque, along with hundreds of people who attended the ceremony. Müller commented that Bowie played an important role in promoting Berlin's "sense of being a city of culture, creativity and openness," adding, "David Bowie belongs to Berlin, David Bowie belongs to us."
The German senate immediately signed off on the commemorative plaque, even though a five-year waiting period after a notable figure dies usually is required for such an honor to be approved. Bowie died January 10 of this year.
Ash Newell; Myriam SantosStyx will kick off its 2017 itinerary by joining forces with former Eagles guitarist Don Felder for a five-date residency this January at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The engagement, dubbed "Styx & Don Felder: Renegades in the Fast Lane," will take place on January 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14.
Tickets for the residency will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 26, at 10 a.m. PT at Venetian.com/StyxFelder. Presale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, August 24, at 10 a.m. PT. Styx and Felder previously performed together during the 2014 Soundtrack of Summer Tour, which also featured Foreigner.
"I have been an admirer of Don Felder's unique gifts as a guitar player for decades," says founding Styx member James "JY" Young. "Finally meeting him and having him on the same bill as us in 2014 was great fun. He's like a long lost brother to me."
Felder adds, "I'm so excited to be sharing the stage at The Venetian with my good friends Styx. This is going to be one 'rocking' 'rocking' city in the U.S."
Meanwhile, as previously reported, Styx will release a video companion to its 2015 concert album Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download on September 2. The performance, which took place in July 2014 during the Soundtrack of Summer tour, features a guest appearance by Felder.
Credit: Adriano ScognamilloCarlos Santana recently announced that around the same time he made Santana IV, the new studio album reuniting most of his band's original members, he began work on another recording project with famed Isley Brothers singer Ronald Isley. Carlos now has shared an update about the latter album's status.
"We just about finished it," he told ABC Radio. "[We recorded] 16 songs in four days, [and] I wish I could see your eyes and your face when you listen to the whole album. It's unbelievable."
Santana also revealed that among the other musicians who contributed to the album were lauded session keyboardist Greg Phillinganes; two current members of his group, including his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman; and guitarist Ernie Isley, Ronald's brother and fellow Isley Brothers band mate.
The project came about after Ronald Isley lent guest vocals to two songs on Santana IV, which was released this past April. Santana IV featured Carlos teaming up with former Santana singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Shrieve, percussionist Michael Carabello and guitarist Neal Schon for the first time since the early 1970s.
While the musicians have only played a handful of special shows to promote the record so far, Carlos told ABC Radio that he "absolutely" expects to release more new music with his old band mates.
"There's a lot of music that we recorded that needs to be completed," he revealed. "And yes, we had a ball and we plan on definitely doing Santana Five, Six and Seven, hopefully."
First up for Carlos, however, will be a recently reported one-off performance this Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with his new jazz-fusion supergroup Mega Nova. The band also features jazz greats Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, as well as Carlos' wife, Cindy.
Lester Cohen/WireImageOn Saturday, Joni Mitchell made her first public appearance since suffering a debilitating brain aneurysm in March of 2015. According to the 72-year-old singer/songwriter's official website, Mitchell attended a concert Saturday night by jazz great Chick Corea at Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles.
A photo taken that evening of Mitchell with Corea, his wife and legendary jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock was posted on Chick's official Facebook page. The pic shows a smiling Joni holding Hancock's hand, as Corea puts his arms around the two other musicians.
Mitchell was hospitalized in March 2015 after suffering an aneurysm and being discovered unconscious at her L.A. home. In June of last year, Joni's friend and conservator Leslie Morris reported that she was speaking and undergoing daily therapy and was expected to make a full recovery.
Credit: Igor VidyashevFormer Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has shared the video for his single "Sleeping Dogs," which features guest vocals from Slipknot's Corey Taylor. The clip follows a down-on-his-luck man walking down a road as increasingly strange things happen around him. You can watch the "Sleeping Dogs" video now on YouTube.
A version of "Sleeping Dogs" without Taylor appears on Wylde's sophomore solo album, Book of Shadows II, which was released earlier this year. The album arrived 20 years after the release of Wylde's solo debut, 1996's Book of Shadows.
Wylde is currently touring North America in support of Book of Shadows II.
Courtesy of The Bridge SchoolThe lineup has been revealed for the 2016 edition of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, which will include headlining performances by ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters and Metallica, along with Young and his current backing group, Promise of the Real.
The two-day event, which will be held October 22-23 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, also will feature longtime E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren, Dave Matthews, country legend Willie Nelson, Norah Jones and modern rockers My Morning Jacket and Cage the Elephant, among other artists.
Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public at LiveNation.com starting Monday, August 29, at 10 a.m. PT.
The Bridge School Benefit Concert, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is an all-acoustic event organized by Young and his estranged wife, Pegi. The event raises funds for the Bridge School, a facility co-founded by Pegi that helps children with physical impairments and severe communication difficulties.
Guy Prives/RedfernsIf you're not a fan of either of the major party's candidate for president, perhaps you'd consider casting your vote for a genuine shock rocker. Alice Cooper recently -- and perhaps jokingly -- threw his top hat in the ring and launched his own campaign for U.S. president, complete with a special website and merchandise promoting his candidacy.
Billing himself as "A Troubled Man for Troubled Times," Cooper says he's running as The Wild Party's candidate, and has laid out a platform of important goals he hopes to achieve as Leader of the Free World. These include: Getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC; a snake in every pot; no more pencils, no more books; adding late Motorhead frontman Lemmy to Mount Rushmore; putting Groucho Marx on the $50 bill; banning talking during movies in theater; and banning taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day.
You can check out his full platform at AliceforPresident.com, where you also can buy merch packages that include an "Alice for President" poster, bumper sticker, button and phony billion dollar bill.
In conjunction with his campaign, Cooper has rereleased his 1972 hit "Elected" as a special digital single. The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also is showcasing the song on his current headlining tour. During his performances of the tune, Alice dons a modified Uncle Sam outfit while people dressed as macabre versions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump come out on stage and proceed to have a no-holds-barred battle before ultimately making out with each other. Watch a recent example of one such performance at Cooper's official YouTube channel.
Cooper's current North American tour continues on Tuesday, August 23, in Houston and is mapped out through an October 30 show in Los Angeles.
Credit: Mark OwensMoody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge is preparing to launch a month-long solo tour of his home country, the U.K., to support his 2015 album, 10,000 Light Years Ago. In advance of the trek, Lodge has released a special single on CD and vinyl that features acoustic versions of the 1972 Moodies hit "Isn't Life Strange" and his song "Simply Magic" from his solo effort.
Lodge tells ABC Radio that he initially made the acoustic recordings as a way to test out how he might present the songs in a live context.
"I went in the studio and recorded 'Isn't Life Strange' and 'Simply Magic'… with just acoustic guitar, flute and cello," he explains. "I wanted to see the results…and I'm really excited."
A limited number of signed copies of the single are available for purchase at Lodge's PledgeMusic page, and he presumably also will be selling the discs at his upcoming U.K. trek, which gets underway September 3 in Stockton-on-Tees and runs through a September 30 concert in Birmingham.
After the solo outing, John will rejoin The Moody Blues for a series of fall U.S. dates, but he tells ABC Radio that eventually he'd also like to mount a solo tour of the States to promote 10,000 Light Years Ago.
"If everything goes well, I hope to bring it to the United States next year," he says. "Because I want to perform these songs off…It's important to me to be able to do that."
Meanwhile, in a new video posted on his official Facebook page, Lodge reveals that besides 10,000 Light Years Ago material, his U.K. shows will feature performances of Moody Blues songs and some tunes from Blue Jays, his 1975 collaborative album with his Moodies band mate Justin Hayward.
ABC/Randy HolmesA new book about Iggy Pop and his proto-punk band The Stooges will arrive just in time for Thanksgiving. Titled Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told by IggyPop, the book will be released on November 15.
Total Chaos is a compilation of conversations writers Jeff Gold and Johan Kugelberg had with Pop at his Miami home. In these interviews, Pop tells the history of The Stooges in his own words, from the Detroit band's formation in the late '60s to their struggles with substance abuse and music business realities to their reformation almost three decades later.
Total Chaos will be published by ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White's Third Man Books. The book includes commentary by White, Josh Homme and Joan Jett, among others, plus never-before-seen photos.
Earlier this year, Pop released a new album called Post Pop Depression.
Gustavo Caballero/Getty ImagesAfter several years of retirement, Phil Collins is slowly making his way back into the spotlight -- he'll perform later this month at the kickoff of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, for example. But the former Genesis frontman will be shining a light on his personal life this October, when he releases his autobiography.
Phil tells The New York Times that the book, titled Not Dead Yet, will detail his three failed marriages, as well as the drinking problem he developed after he split with his third wife and retired. "I was left with this huge void. I didn't want to work because I wanted to be with the kids, but the kids weren’t there anymore," Phil tells the Times.
"You start drinking, and then you start drinking too much. Then it physically hurts you," he adds. "I came very close to dying at that point. I’m being honest about that."
Phil's also honest about the physical ailments that have kept him from making music the past few years. His right foot is numb as a result of back surgery, and his left hand is affected by nerve problems that keep him from playing the drums. However, he's determined to make new music.
"I've got a little studio...and at some point, I will turn it on and start fooling around," he tells The Times. "That day is getting closer. I think about it a lot -- I've got a lot of lyrical ideas, but I keep putting it off."
In his absence, Phil's solo work has been reissued, and is now being critically re-evaluated. Formerly a "whipping boy for the '80s," as he puts it, the singer says it's "fantastic" that after the reissues came out, "people were able to say, 'I re-looked at this, and it's better than I thought.'”
Courtesy of OWN: Oprah Winfrey NetworkSammy Hagar discusses the status of his notoriously contentious relationship with former Van Halen band mate Eddie Van Halen on the next episode of the OWN series Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET./9 p.m. CT.
The Red Rocker, who parted ways with Van Halen after a volatile 2004 reunion trek, says he's no longer is holding on to bad feelings about his time the famous hard-rock group and now "just want(s) to be friends."
"The whole Van Halen issue, I've really put that behind me and I'm proud of what we did," Hagar says in a preview clip of the show. "I've decided, forgive and forget. I ain't looking for nothing from nobody."
He also maintains that he isn't interested in getting back in the band. "That's work. No, no, no, I don't want to do that," he declares. "I just want to be friends. I want to say I'm sorry of anything I said bad about you."
Hagar kicks off a run of late-summer dates with his current group The Circle on Wednesday, August 24, in Tulalip, Washington. The band features Sammy's good friend and founding Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, one-time Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson of Hagar's longtime backing group The Wabos. Hagar also will be playing with The Circle at the 2016 edition of his annual birthday bash, scheduled for October 7, 9, 11 and 13 at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Ed Miles/Nonesuch Records; Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesLed Zeppelin's Robert Planthas joined the star-studded lineup of musicians who will help former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman celebrate his 80th birthday at a special concert this fall in London. "Bill Wyman's 80th Birthday Gala" will take place October 28 at the Indigo at the O2 venue as part of the 2016 edition of the U.K.'s annual BluesFest London.
Wyman and his longtime group The Rhythm Kings will headline the show, which also will feature Mark Knopfler, Simply Red frotnman Mick Hucknall, Bob Geldof, and Imelda May, as well as many yet-to-be-announced guests. The concert will include performances of songs that have influenced Wyman throughout his life.
Bill, who was a member of The Rolling Stones from 1962 to 1993, will celebrate his actual 80th birthday on October 24.
Blackened RecordingsThis week, Metallica offered the first taste of its forthcoming album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct in the form of a thrashy, three-minute song called "Hardwired." By Metallica's standards, the track is relatively simple -- a characteristic that drummer Lars Ulrich says extends to the rest of the album.
"Most of the songs are simpler," Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "We introduce a mood and we stick to it, rather than songs we've done where one riff happens and we go over here and then over there and becomes a journey through all these different soundscapes. The songs are more linear."
That direction was in part inspired by Metallica's 1983 album Kill 'Em All, which the band revisited when they performed it in full during the 2013 Orion festival, and again when they reissued the album this year.
"[Kill 'Em All] had its own thing with the speed, but it's simpler -- the songs are longer but not quite as progressive," says Ulrich. "It's a world all its own. And I think there are some elements of that that rubbed off into [Hardwired...to Self-Destruct]. I'd say there's a trace of residue from rediscovering Kill 'Em All that crept into the songwriting."
Hardwired...to Self-Destruct will be released November 18.
James Minchin III; David BergmanWhatever bad feelings that may have existed between Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi seem to be waning, as the guitarist has posted a video message on his Twitter feed congratulating the singer and the rest of Bon Jovi on their new single, "This House Is Not for Sale."
In the clip, which features Sambora and his girlfriend and current collaborator Orianthi, Richie gives a shout-out to the entire current Bon Jovi linuep, including his replacement, Phil X.
"Hey guys, it's Richie and Ori. What's up Jon, T., Dave, Hughie, Phil," says Sambora. "Hey, congratulations on the new single, man. God bless. Good luck. Hope you guys do great. Travel safe. Big love, man. Peace."
Orianthi adds, "Yeah, congratulations on the new single. All the best."
Jon responded to Richie message with his own Twitter post that reads, "[T]hanks Richie and Orianthi. Look forward to hearing your record too...all the best, JBJ."
Sambora, who left Bon Jovi in 2013, has been working with Orianthi for the past couple of years. Their album is expected out in the coming months. Bon Jovi's latest album, This House Is Not for Sale, will be released on October 21.
Credit: Lawrence WatsonVan Morrison is sounding as soulful as ever in the official video for his new song "Too Late," which debuted recently at his VEVO YouTube channel. The clip features Van the Man performing the tune with his backing band at Nell's Jazz and Blues club in London.
The video was directed by Dick Carruthers, whose impressive resume includes Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day and its self-titled DVD, The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon Tour '97-'98 and The Who's Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Morrison plays saxophone as well as singing in the clip.
"Too Late" appears on Van's upcoming 36th studio album, Keep Me Singing, which will be released on September 30.
Keep Me Singing features 12 original compositions, plus a cover of "Share Your Love with Me," a song penned by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey that previously was recorded by Bobby "Blue" Bland, Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers. Closing out the album is an instrumental titled "Caledonian Swing," which features Morrison playing piano and sax.
Courtesy of SixthmanKISS is set to rock the high seas this fall on the sixth annual KISS Kruise, which sets sails from Miami on November 4 and stops at Cozumel, Mexico, and George Town, Grand Cayman, before returning to port on November 9. Joining the makeup-clad Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on this year's seafaring festival will be Whitford/St. Holmes -- Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford's side band with ex-Ted Nugent singer Derek St.Holmes -- Skid Row, King's X, The Dead Daisies and Enuff Z'Nuff.
Kicking off the nautical extravaganza will be a special on-deck concert by KISS dubbed the "Unmasked Electric Sail Away" show. Among KISS Kruise VI's other highlights, the band will deliver, over the course of two nights, a reimagining of its 1982 Creatures Tour.
The cruise also will be a family affair, as the performance lineup includes KISS bassist Gene Simmons' daughter, Sophie, as well as The Dives, a band featuring frontman Paul Stanley's son, Evan.
In addition to the performances, the five-day event will offer such activities and attractions as face painting, a tattoo parlor, meet-and-greets and photo ops with various artists, along with various bars and eateries, a casino, an outdoor pool, a spa, hot tubs, a bowling alley and more.
The KISS Kruise VI currently is completely sold out, but if you still are interesting in attending, you can sign up for the cancellation wait list at TheKISSKruise.com.
The series will kick off with the premiere screening of a 10th anniversary edition of Martin Scorsese's 2005 documentary No Direction Home at the University of Tulsa's Lorton Performance Center.
In conjunction with the No Direction Home screening, the first public exhibition of some memorabilia from the Bob Dylan Archive will go on display. The exhibit, titled "The Ghost of Electricity," will include handwritten lyrics to such famous Dylan songs as "Maggie's Farm," "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Visions of Johanna"; the leather jacket he wore at his infamous 1965 Newport Folk Festival Performance in July 1965, when he "went electric"; and much more. After debuting at the Lorton Performance Center, the exhibition will be displayed at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education from September 23 through October 10.
The Dylan on Film series will continue on September 22 with an outdoor screening of the 1967 Murray Lerner documentary Festival!, which features footage of Dylan and other artists performing at the Newport Folk Festival from 1963 to 1966. On September 23, D.A. Pennebaker's famous documentary Don't Look Back, about Bob's 1965 U.K. tour, will be shown at the Circle Cinema.
The series will come to a close on the evening of September 24 with the screening of three movies art the Circle Cinema -- 2007's 65 Revisited, which showcases unreleased footage from Dylan's '65 U.K. trek; Eat the Document, a rarely seen hallucinatory 1972 flick directed by Bob using footage Pennebaker shot during Dylan's European tour in 1966 with members of what would become The Band; and Bob Dylan: From the Archive, a selection of performances by Dylan spanning from 1963 to 2003.