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 Retrorenegade 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."
Image Courtesy of Robert JohnFormer Guns N' Roses axe man Slash will be feeling the love with an all-day "Slash Bash" marathon kicking off at 10 a.m. this Saturday on AXS TV that will be highlighted by the television premiere of the all-new documentary Ernie Ball Presents: Real to Reel with Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
The new documentary will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of World on Fire, the forthcoming album from the guitarist with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, which is due September 16. The film is set to air Saturday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. Throughout the day, AXS will also feature interviews with Slash, as well as music videos.
Other films set to air during the "Slash Bash" marathon include Celebration Day, documenting Led Zeppelin's 2007 London reunion concert; AC/DC Live at River Plate, which captures a performance from the band's tour in support of its last album, Black Ice; and KISS Monster World Tour: Live from Europe.
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"
Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupMegadeth fans, get ready for the holiday rush; Universal Music Enterprises is getting ready to issue the band's first five albums on limited edition vinyl picture disc on November 11.
Scheduled for release is the 1986 debut Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, 1988’s So Far, So Good…So What! and 1990’s Rust in Peace, as well as 1992’s Countdown to Extinction and 1994’s Youthanasia -- both making their debut on picture disc anywhere.
Each album will be pressed on heavyweight vinyl and feature the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings.
Image Courtesy Brian LoweKISS' Gene Simmons will pitch his reality television show, Coliseum, at MIPCOM, a television and entertainment networking forum held in Cannes, France next month.
The show, which is produced by Simmons and Chris Philip, CEO of Sierra/Engine Television, will challenge musicians to form rock bands. Simmons will serve in a motivational role as the bands evolve in front of an audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons explained that "Coliseum is a no-holds-barred competition show between musical gladiators in the arena fighting to survive, fighting to be the champion, fighting to curry the favor of Rock Caesar."
Naturally the "Rock Caesar" will be Simmons himself, who will vote thumb's up or down as the bands in the arena compete to win.
Simmons, of course, is no stranger to reality television, having starred in his own Gene Simmons' Family Jewels. Other TV shows of his include Gene Simmons’ Rock School for VH1. AMC is also airing Simmons' and KISS band mate Paul Stanley's reality show 4th and Loud, about the arena football team owned by the pair.
Ed Miles/Nonesuch RecordsWhen it comes to his musical past, Robert Plant doesn't mind messing with the legend a little bit.
Case in point: when performing with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, the 65-year-old rocker has no problem reinventing tried and true Led Zeppelin staples "Black Dog" and "Whole Lotta Love" by using unconventional instruments.
"I think it's a way to enjoy the music," he tells Billboard. "Our approach is driven mostly by trance and psychedelia and the musicians' relationships to African music. In each case, one of the guys in the band will take dominance, and that kind of determines where it goes."
When it comes to the subject of the recent spate of Zeppelin reissues, Plant is ambivalent, particularly when it comes to the previously unreleased material showing up on the new collections.
"Because it's so long ago. What you're hearing there is mostly work-in-progress stuff," he said. "Things on their way to completion, and maybe there's some little quirk or something that led to an either/or moment. But it's nothing relevant, really. Not to me, at least."
As for his new album, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, he wanted to keep the music simple.
"Onstage with the band it's a bit of a bum fight, but with the record I was convinced that we must make these songs into songs, not just extravaganzas of otherworldly music," he said.
He continued: "There's a notion of letting one sound -- a lute, a sample -- predict the whole movement of what we're doing in a tune, but we keep everybody on the same page. At the same bar. In the same network, if you like."
Jean-Marie Perier/UMeBeginning ext Monday, Conan O'Brien will celebrate the music of George Harrison on his late night talk show, Conan.
The former Beatle will be honored the week of September 22 with performances each night by the likes of Beck, Norah Jones, Harrison's only child, Dhani Harrison and friends and others. The weeklong musical tribute coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75. The deluxe eight-disc box set, which features the reissues of and bonus material from the artists' first six solo albums, will be available on CD and digital download September 22.
Jones and Dhani will also participate in George Fest, a star-studded concert paying tribute to the late Beatle on September 28 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS.
Little Kids Rock will honor Joan Jett at its annual benefit gala, which will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 23. The charity event is produced by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his wife -- and fellow Sopranos alum -- Maureen, who both also will attend the bash.
Jett will receive the organization's Rocker of the Year, for being "an originator, an innovator and a visionary." Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will present the award to Jett, while a variety of guest artists will pay tribute to her by singing her songs. Among the guest performers who will take the stage at the gala will be Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, E Street Band sax player Jake Clemons, Once star Glen Hansard, and New York rocker Jesse Malin.
In addition, there will be an auction that evening to raise additional funds for Little Kids Rock, which provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools. One of the prizes is the chance to have dinner with the Van Zandts.
Image Courtesy Legacy RecordingsYusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new music in five years, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, on October 27.
If that isn't enough excitement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will embark on his first North American tour in 35 years this winter. The Peace Train...Late Again tour will kick off December1 at Toronto's Massey Hall.
Tell 'Em I'm Gone is Stevens' first release with his new label, Legacy Recordings. It features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie "Prince" Billy and guitarist Matt Sweeney. The album was produced by Yusuf and Rick Rubin.
The record includes 10 songs: five originals and five covers, including Edgar Winter's "Dying to Live," the standard "You Are My Sunshine" and Procol Harum's "The Devil Came from Kansas."
“Although I was to venture through many lyrical terrains, melodious valleys and cadences during my fifty-year musical and spiritual exploration, and though many would agree that I have covered a lot of ground, there was always one path I meant to take. Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free,” Yusuf said in a statement.
He added: “What’s powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically. It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn’t that what most human beings dream of? Music and the Blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful.”
The worldwide premiere of the song, "Dying to Live," is currently streaming at Rollingstone.com.
Tickets for the tour go on sale September 27. Fans who pre-order the album at Amazon.com from now through September 21 can jump the line with early access to tickets.
Here is the track listing for Tell 'Em I'm Gone:
"I Was Raised in Babylon" "Big Boss Man" "Dying to Live" "You Are My Sunshine" "Editing Floor Blues" "Cat and the Dog Trap" "Gold Digger" "The Devil Came from Kansas" "Tell ‘Em I’m Gone" "Doors"
Here are Yusuf's North American tour dates:
12/1 -- Toronto, BC, Massey Hall 12/4 -- Boston, MA, Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre 12/7 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 12/9 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre 12/12 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic 12/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John has set an on-sale date for tickets to his New Year's Eve concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, which was first announced back in April.
Tickets become available to the general public on Friday, September 26 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and BarclaysCenter.com. There's an eight-ticket limit per customer. If any tickets are left by Saturday, they'll be available at the Barclays Center box office starting at noon on September 27.
If you're an American Express Card member, you can grab tickets starting September 22 at 10 a.m. through September 25 at 10 p.m.
The December 31 show will mark Elton's first-ever New Year's Eve performance in New York City. The Rocket Man will perform his hits and classic album tracks, and will also spotlight a selection of tunes from his landmark 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
Image Courtesy UMusicTurns out not everyone is a U2 fan. After the band announced during an Apple's press conference last week that it was giving a download of its new album Songs of Innocence to everyone with iTunes, and that the new album would automatically appear in all iTunes user's music libraries, there was much rejoicing among fans of the band. But there were some iTunes users who weren't thrilled; so many, in fact, that Apple has come up with an opt-out page for those non-U2-loving folks. With one click on the page, users can remove Songs of Innocence from their libraries.
Bono and company can soothe the wound to its collective ego with good old-fashioned capital gains; Rolling Stone reports that the band has enjoyed a dramatic spike in back catalog sales since the dramatic free release of Songs of Innocence -- with 24 songs in iTunes' top 200 and five albums in the top 50.
Image Courtesy Eagle Rock EntertainmentFans of The Doors have waited for it 45 years. Now, the wait is almost over. Feast of Friends, the never-released documentary produced by the band, will finally be released November 11.
Shelved due to lead singer Jim Morrison's legal issues, the uncompleted film was only ever seen at a few film festivals. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC will release a restored, remastered version, which also features compiled bonus footage as well as an historic British documentary called The Doors Are Open.
Filmed in 1968, Feast of Friends offers a look behind the scenes of the group's 1968 tour. The footage is from an often circulated bootleg that is believed to be from Morrison's lone, personal copy, which he hand-carried when he moved to Paris in 1971. The movie was "concealed in a a paper bag and forgotten at a friend's house," says a statement from the producers, and never reclaimed as he passed away days later.
Also included in Feast of Friends is The End, a feature shot in Toronto, Canada in August 1967, which many Doors fans consider one of the greatest live performances of the band ever filmed. There's also Feast of Friends: Encore, a newly-produced feature using footage shot for Feast ofFriends, described as a complimentary piece that provides a deeper look into the band's life during the same time period. It also showcases the Doors recording one of their biggest hits, "Wild Child." Newly unearthed backstage footage of Robbie Krieger breaking into song, Morrison reading a poem, and an altercation with photographer Richard Avedon are among the other highlights in the set.
Trae Patton/NBCThe new season of The Voice hasn't even started yet, but all the scenes featuring the mentors working with each coach's team have already been recorded. Stevie Nicks, whom you'll see working with Adam Levine's team this season, says she became so attached to the contestants, she feels like their mom.
"I feel very invested in these kids," Nicks says in the current issue of OUT magazine. "I feel like I have sent 12 children into the world...they are so nervous that you are nervous for them."
Asked about the advice she gave the contestants, Stevie reveals, "The best thing I actually said to all of them was, 'No matter what happens after this, just this day, never forget about it. It's a dream come true. Take everything that happens today and tomorrow with you for the rest of your life and just totally dig on it, and tell everybody the story...because these kinds of times never come again.'"
As for whether or not she and Lindsey Buckingham would have auditioned for The Voice had it been around in their pre-Fleetwood Mac days, when they were a struggling duo, Nicks laughs and says, "I would have dragged Lindsey kicking and screaming. However, yes, we would have. If that was the only way we could get our music across, then no doubt."
She adds, "He would have hated it, but he would have done it. I would have said, 'There is no backing out of this -- this is the way it is going to be.' Because one time somebody might see you and say, 'That girl should be in my movie' or 'That guy should be in the next Geico commercial,' right?"
Stevie's new solo album, 24 Karat Gold, arrives October 7. It's a collection of songs she wrote between 1969 and 1987, but never recorded. She tells OUT that her favorite is "Mabel Normand," about a real-life 1920s silent movie star who was a cocaine addict, as Nicks herself was. Normand died in part from her addiction, so Stevie wrote the song as a kind of cautionary tale.
"I wanted it to be something that somebody having a problem with drugs can sit down and listen to 5,000 times," she says. "Try to let it be an epiphany for you, 18-year-old person that is doing a lot of coke and smoking heroin and taking ecstasy and is on a dead-end road to hell...I want them to hear the word 'cocaine' and think 'brain hemorrhage, beauty gone, lines, aging, fat.'"
Tyrone Lebon/RCA RecordsAfter covering The Beatles with help from The Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus is taking on another classic British rock band.
On Friday, the pop singer posted to Soundcloud her own version of the Led Zeppelin song "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," from the band's 1969 self-titled debut album, though Cyrus titles it "Baby I'm Gonna Leave You."
"Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" isn't a Zeppelin original. It was written by folk singer Anne Bredon in the late 1950s, then recorded and released by Joan Baez in 1962.
Miley collaborated with The Flaming Lips on two Beatles covers -- "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "A Day in the Life" -- for the band's upcoming Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album. With a Little Help from My Fwends will be released October 28.
RCA RecordsFooFighters headlined the closing ceremony of the first-ever Invictus Games Sunday.
The band performed 11 songs for thousands of people at an outdoor stage in London’s Olympic Park, according to NME.com.
The Invictus Games are a sports competition for wounded military service personnel.
Prince Harry introduced the band after paying tribute to the men and women who had competed in the games. Prince Harry apologized for keeping Dave Grohl waiting and joked that the rocker was "really old" anyway.
Grohl saluted the service members who competed when he announced that the band’s song, “My Hero,” was going out "to all the heroes tonight.”
Before the band wrapped up their set with a performance of "Everlong," Grohl told the crowd, “Thank you very much for making this one of the most special occasions of our lives. I can’t wait to come back and play for you again. It won’t be long.” Grohl then blew a kiss to the crowd.
Here’s the set list from the Foo Fighter’s performance:
"All My Life" "Times Like These" "The Pretender" "Learn to Fly" "My Hero" "White Limo" "Arlandria" "Cold Day in the Sun" "Walk" "Best of You" "Everlong"
Image Courtesy of Rob ShanahanRingo Starr and some of his All Starr Band members will give some lucky fans a preview of the group's upcoming fall tour when they perform at a special free event on September 21 outside of the John Varvatos store in in Los Angeles. The outdoor performance will be part of a two-hour celebration scheduled to coincide with the International Day of Peace.
The All Starr Band's brief set will feature one hit by each main member of the group who will be on hand, including Toto's Steve Lukather and Mr. Mister's Richard Page. Ringo himself will sing three songs to close out the performance, while All Starr Band alum Edgar Winter also will perform.
The event, which begins at 4 p.m. PT, is being held in conjunction with the #PeaceRocks campaign that serves to raise awareness about and funds for the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund. It also will promote John Varvatos' fall fashion line. The Peace & Love Fund supports the David Lynch Foundation, which teaches meditation techniques to at-risk people battling chronic stress issues and other disorders.
The initiative encourages people to take photos of themselves flashing peace signs and upload the images to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #PeaceRocks hashtag. The Varvatos company will donate one dollar to Starr's charity for every pic uploaded through the end of the year.
In addition, Varvatos will be selling special "Peace Rocks" T-shirts, and 100 percent of the money raised by sales of the shirts will benefit the Peace & Love Fund.
David Bergman/Press Syndication GroupYou may not be able to see Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora together on the same stage anytime soon, but at least you can see them on your coffee table. Bon Jovi: Work, a book that documents the band's two world tours from 2010 to 2013, is now available for purchase online.
The 210-page hardcover book features both black-and-white and color images by from the New Jersey rockers' official tour photographer, David Bergman. You'll see the band onstage, backstage, at home and even in the operating room, as Jon receives treatment for a knee injury. A special section of the book features private photos personally taken by the singer.
"From the happy times to the harrowed, these images let you transcend the frame of the photograph to connect to specific moments whenever you open this book," Jon writes in the foreword, saying that it captures "what it's like to travel the world with our band, inviting you to be a part of the action."
He adds, "They say every picture tells a story. David's pictures tell our story."