Gary O'Brien/Nationwide ArenaPaul McCartney kicks off a brief series of North American tour dates tonight at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. In honor of the former Beatles star's show, a section of Nationwide Boulevard -- a street that runs past the venue -- has temporarily been renamed McCartney Boulevard.
A Nationwide Arena rep tells ABC Radio that Sir Paul did not attend the renaming ceremony on Tuesday, although the street sign will be sent to him for his personal archives. The sign, which will remain on display for a couple of days, features a photo of a Hofner bass guitar like the one famously played by McCartney. You can watch a video of the ceremony online now at YouTube.
Tonight's sold-out concert marks McCartney first performance in Columbus since he played the Schottenstein Center in October 2005 and his first ever at Nationwide Arena. The rock legend's North American trek features a total of five dates, and winds down on October 22 in Buffalo, New York.
Here are all of McCartney's upcoming concerts:
10/13 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 10/15 -- State College, PA, Bryce Jordan Center 10/17 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre 10/21 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena 10/22 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
Columbia RecordsLongtime Columbia Records art director John Berg, who oversaw the creation of the memorable cover art for Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits and thousands of other albums, died of pneumonia Sunday in Southampton, New York, The New York Times reports. He was 83.
Berg began working for Columbia in 1961 and spent almost 25 years with the label, retiring as a vice president in 1985. During that period, he won four Grammys for his cover art designs, including The Barbra Streisand Album in 1965, Dylan's aforementioned Greatest Hits in 1967, and Chicago's Chicago X in 1976.
Dylan's best-of album was notable for the classic backlit onstage photo of the singer/songwriter, as well as the fact it was among the first records to be packaged with a poster. Chicago X featured the band's script logo, which Berg had designed, embossed in a foil-wrapped bar of chocolate.
In a 2012 interview with The East Hampton Star, Berg revealed he didn't like the photo Springsteen originally had wanted to appear on the Born to Run cover, thinking that it made the singer look "like an author, one of those back-cover-of-his-book pictures." Instead, Berg chose an intimate image of Bruce resting his arm on the shoulder of sax player Clarence Clemons.
Other well-known album covers Berg helped design include Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge over Troubled Water, and Santana's Greatest Hits.
Berg is survived by his second wife, Durell Godfrey, and a daughter, Kristina, from his first marriage.
Credit: Olaf HeineLast September, shortly after U2 released their latest album, Songs of Innocence, guitarist The Edge told Rolling Stone the band already had amassed a bunch of other songs that likely would appear on a follow-up record titled Songs of Experience. Now, with U2's current iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE Tour set to wrap in late November, frontman Bono has given an update on the status of the group's next album.
The singer tells Entertainment Weekly U2 is "well into" the project and has recorded about 18 songs for it, which will probably be narrowed down to 12 for the final track list. "It's very epic. It's very up," Bono says of the new material. "And, you know, that's probably what the experience has taught us: to be fully in the moment and that fun is respected, and joy is not to be let go of."
Bono also reports that The Edge had recently written a great new song -- "a cracker," as he calls it -- that's "provisionally titled 'Tightrope.'"
As for U2's tour, which winds down November 28 in their hometown of Dublin, Ireland, the 55-year-old rock star declares, "We're playing out of our skins at the moment." He adds, "It's pathetic it took us 35 years to be the band we've always wanted to be. It's a wild thing to be in it."
Meanwhile, as previously reported, an HBO concert special titled U2: iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE Live in Paris, featuring live footage of the band's November 14 show in the French capital, will premiere that night at 9 p.m. ET.
Republic RecordsOne of the captivating aspects of Mad Men, the award-winning AMC drama series about a 1960s advertising agency, was the music that accompanied each episode. Now, in conjunction with the release of the series' final mini season on home video today, an album featuring select songs heard in the show has hit stores.
Retrospective: The Music of Mad Men features 24 tracks, including Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," The Beach Boys' "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" and the Janis Joplin classic "Piece of My Heart," which she recorded with Big Brother and the Holding Company.
The soundtrack also features songs by The Zombies, The Spencer Davis Group, Roy Orbison and Judy Collins, as well as two new tunes performed by Mad Men cast members during the show's run -- Robert Morse's rendition of "The Best Things in Life Are Free" and Christina Hendricks' version of "C'est Magnifique."
Closing out the album is The New Seekers' "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)," the song based on the jingle heard in the landmark 1970 Coca-Cola commercial that was shown in the last scene of the Mad Men finale.
The album is available now as a digital download, as well as a limited-edition two-LP vinyl set. In addition, a special bundle packaging the vinyl version of the record with a Mad Men-branded Crosley turntable can be purchased at MadMen.Shop.MusicToday.com.
The Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 2 is out today on DVD, Blu-ray and digital video, as is a full-series compilation called Mad Men: The Complete Collection Gift Set.
Here is the full track list of Retrospective: The Music of Mad Men:
"A Beautiful Mine (Instrumental)" -- RJD2 "Band of Gold" -- Don Cherry with Ray Conniff & His Orchestra "On The Street Where You Live" -- Vic Damone "My Special Angel" -- Bobby Helms "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" -- Bob Dylan "The Infanta" -- The Decemberists "Early In The Morning" -- Peter, Paul & Mary "C'est Magnifique" -- Christina Hendricks "The End of The World" -- Skeeter Davis "Shahdaroba" -- Roy Orbison "Score Suite 1" -- David Carbonara "Zou Bisou Bisou" -- Jessica Pare "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" -- The Beach Boys "I Should Not Be Seeing You" -- Connie Conway "You Only Live Twice" -- Nancy Sinatra "Piece of My Heart" -- Big Brother and the Holding Company "Both Sides Now" -- Judy Collins "I'm a Man" -- The Spencer Davis Group "This Will Be Our Year" -- The Zombies "My Way" -- Frank Sinatra "The Best Things in Life Are Free" -- Robert Morse "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" -- Roberta Flack "Score Suite 2" -- David Carbonara "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" -- The New Seekers
Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural FestivalThere still seems to be a disconnect between Steven Tyler and Donald Trump.
Over the weekend, it was reported that reps for Tyler sent a cease-and-desist letter after the Republican presidential candidate used the Aerosmith classic "Dream On" at campaign stops. Tyler said it had nothing to do with Trump or his politics -- he just didn't want Trump using the song without his permission.
Well, The Donald used the song again Monday, claiming to reporters both sides had working things out. But Tyler's attorney begs to differ.
Attorney Dina LaPolt said in a statement, “It has not been resolved if the Donald Trump campaign continues to play 'Dream On.' The issue here is the consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI....The Trump organization obtained public performance licenses from both ASCAP and BMI which cannot decline a public performance license even when a songwriter may not approve of the use."
PRNewsFoto/Hollywood Records1975 was a breakout year for Queen, and the band brought it to a close in a big way -- with a special Christmas Eve concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon that was broadcast live on British television and radio. Now, in advance of the event's 40th anniversary, an official live album and home video documenting the frequently bootlegged show will be released in a variety of configurations November 20.
A Night at the Odeon -- Hammersmith 1975 will be available as a CD, a two-LP vinyl package, a DVD, an SD (Standard Definition) Blu-ray disc, a Super Deluxe box set, and a digital download. The release features a new audio mix in stereo and 5.1 surround sound, and a high-quality video restoration.
"This concert was very special because it was the first time we ever played a whole show completely live on TV…the Christmas Show," says guitarist Brian May. "The quality, after great rescue work and transfer into the digital domain, is amazing. And the energy we had comes across very forcefully."
Queen's set included a selection of songs from its first four studio albums, including such classic tunes as "Killer Queen," "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," which at the time was #1 on the U.K. singles chart. The band also played a medley featuring Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" and hits by Gene Vincent, Connie Francis and Shirley Bassey. Two encore performances, "Seven Seas of Rhye" and "See What a Fool I've Been," are only included on the audio discs, since the television broadcast ended before they were performed.
The Super Deluxe version of A Night at the Odeon includes the CD, DVD, SD Blu-ray disc, a 12-inch single, a 60-page hardcover book featuring rare photos from the show, and a collection of replica concert memorabilia. The single contains "Bohemian Rhapsody" on the A side and an unreleased soundcheck recording of "Now You're Here" on the B side. In addition to the concert footage, the DVD and SD Blu-ray offer a couple of bonus features: a 22-minute documentary featuring May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor reminiscing about the Odeon concert, and video of three songs the band played at a May 1975 show at the Budokan in Tokyo.
Here's the full track list of the A Night at the Odeon -- Hammersmith 1975 CD:
"Now I'm Here" "Ogre Battle" "White Queen (As It Began)" "Bohemian Rhapsody" "Killer Queen" "The March of the Black Queen" "Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)" "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" "Brighton Rock" Guitar Solo "Son and Daughter" "Keep Yourself Alive" "Liar" "In the Lap of the Gods...Revisited" "Big Spender" "Jailhouse Rock Medley" "Seven Seas of Rhye"* "See What a Fool I've Been"* "God Save the Queen"*
Credit: Dieter HoffmannA guitar that once belonged to Jimi Hendrix is at the center of a new lawsuit that the late rock legend's estate has launched against the owner of a Tucson, Arizona, guitar store, according to the Arizona Daily Star. The newspaper reports the Hendrix family-run Experience Hendrix company filed a $750,000 suit October 2, claiming Rainbow Guitars owner Harvey Moltz isn't the rightful owner of Jimi's Black Widow guitar. The suit seeks the instrument's return, as well as monetary damages.
Moltz says he purchased the guitar for $80,000 in June 2014 from a man named Brian Patterson, who in turn claimed he bought the instrument from Sheldon Reynolds -- a former member of Earth, Wind & Fire and the ex-husband of Experience Hendrix president and CEO Janie Hendrix.
According to the Experience Hendrix filing, the Black Widow belonged to Jimi at the time of his death in 1970 and was then was bequeathed to his father, along with the rest of his estate. It supposedly came into the possession of the Experience Hendrix company when Hendrix's dad died in 2002. The complaint states that the estate learned the instrument was missing in June 2014 when Julien's Auctions contacted them to authenticate a claim of ownership by Patterson, who was trying to sell the guitar.
Experience Hendrix says Reynolds has claimed he either received the guitar as part of his 2007 divorce settlement with Janie Hendrix or was given it by her 14-year-old son, but the estate maintains the story is untrue and that instrument wasn't even Janie's property.
"The guitar is priceless to our family," Janie Hendrix says in an emailed statement to the newspaper. "It is one of the few guitars that came home after Jimi passed away. We just want our guitar returned safely and back where it belongs."
Meanwhile, a lawyer for Moltz told the newspaper, "My client purchased the guitar in good faith from a private seller, without knowledge of competing claims of ownership." In addition, the attorney wrote in a letter sent to Experience Hendrix in June that Patterson had shown Moltz a letter stating that Janie had given Reynolds the Black Widow guitar while they were married.
Experience Hendrix's lawyer, Ed McPherson, says that claim isn't true, adding Patterson "got it from someone who stole it and we intend to get it back." McPherson also says the guitar is valued at between $750,000 and $1 million.
Moltz's lawyer also told Experience Hendrix in the aforementioned letter that his client would refrain from selling the guitar until a court comes to a decision in the case.
Credit: Mark SeligerKeith Richards has gotten a lot of press lately thanks to the recent release of his third solo album, Crosseyed Heart, but the Rolling Stones guitarist also has been grabbing headlines because of some negative comments he's made about other famous rock acts, such as The Beatles, The Grateful Dead and Metallica. Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Richards turns a critical eye -- or ear -- toward Led Zeppelin and The Who.
Keith tells the magazine that he never was a big fan of Led Zeppelin, while suggesting they were a band that manager Peter Grant manufactured.
"I love Jimmy Page, but as a band, no, with [late drummer] John Bonham thundering down the highway in an uncontrolled 18-wheeler," says Richards. "He had cornered the market there. Jimmy is a brilliant player. But I always felt there was something a little hollow about it, you know?"
Keith also pipes in on Robert Plant's singing voice, saying he enjoys the Led Zeppelin frontman's recent solo projects better that his work with his old band. He says he heard Raising Sand, Plant's award-winning 2007 duets album with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, and thought, "Finally, he's getting his chops!"
As for The Who, Richards says he loves guitarist Pete Townshend, but thinks singer Roger Daltrey "was all flash." He also criticizes Keith Moon, saying the late drummer was unable to play with musicians outside of his own band.
"He could play to Pete like nobody else in the world," Keith maintains. "But if somebody threw him into a session with somebody else, it was a disaster."
Richards goes on to reveal that he never was a big fan of too many English rock 'n' roll bands in general, while noting that "the Yeses and the Journeys and all them that just left me a bit cold." It's worth pointing out that, of course, Journey is an American group.
Meanwhile, Richards also talks about The Rolling Stones' tentative plans to record a new album. He says he doesn't know where or when the project will be recorded, while pointing out that the band likely won't get started until after they finish an as-yet-unannounced South American tour early next year. Keith adds, "We might try and get in the studio before Christmas, [but] I think that's sort of doubtful."
Patrick Ball/Martin GriffinPhil Collins appears to be in the mood to revisit his life and career. After recently announcing a deal to reissue all of his solo albums, he's now signed a deal to write his life story.
Collins' autobiography, which is currently untitled, will be out in October of 2016 via Penguin Random House. In a statement, the Genesis frontman and drummer said, "Several times over the last few years I have been asked to write a biography but never felt that the time was right -- until now. Having found the right publisher...I am ready to go on record about my life in music, with all the highs and all the lows, and to tell the story from my point of view, warts and all!"
A top exec at the publishing house said in a statement, "Unflinchingly honest, his memoir will surprise readers with its candor and vulnerability, showing the world a Phil Collins that not many people know. We are thrilled to be publishing this music legend’s story." Another exec said, "Phil Collins' autobiography is one of the last great untold stories and is something we've all been desperate to read."
Collins' life is certainly a notable one, taking in his early days as a child actor, his time spent in pre-Genesis bands, his successful years with Genesis -- both as its drummer and, eventually, its frontman -- and his even more successful career as a solo artist. His recent health problems, his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis, and his three marriages are also topics likely to be discussed in the book.
The first two expanded and remastered installments of the reissue campaign of Phil's solo albums -- Face Value and Both Sides -- will arrive November 6.
Travis Shinn; Robert JohnThe official trailer for the film Gutterdämmerung, featuring appearances from Slash, Motorhead's Lemmy, Iggy Pop and other rock stars, has premiered online. Referred to as the "Loudest Silent Movie on Earth," the film will be screened in theaters next year with a live band and live narrator.
Directed by Belgian-Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose, Gutterdämmerung is described as a "dark and loud fairytale." The film also features Henry Rollins, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, ex-Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, Slayer's Tom Araya, Nina Hagen, Grace Jones and Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes.
Before it hits theaters next year, a Gutterdämmerung fan event will be held November 12 in London. Rollins, Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age collaborator Alain Johannes are scheduled to appear.
Tyler Golden/NBCJohn Fogerty's stint as a mentor on The Voice begins tonight, as the popular show's Battle Rounds are set to get under way. This is the part of the competition where each team is joined by a guest music artist who works with the contestants alongside their coach.
The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will be advising Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine's team. Fogerty, whose own voice has powered some of the most enduring rock songs of all time, says he's been "mostly blown away" by the talent of the contestants he's seen so far.
"They all have…just wonderful singing ability, and in so many different ways," says the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. "It's really interesting."
As for what his main advice for the contestants is, Fogerty says, "I do try to tell them to be [themselves] or to just sing out…Don't hold it back…If you're nervous about the words or the timing, just go for it anyway. We have time to rehearse and get all the little tweaks going, but don't get in the habit of holding back or pretty soon you'll sort of be reserved."
Fogerty's involvement in The Voice this season came about after he appeared on last season's finale, during which he performed with contestant Sawyer Fredericks, who ended up being crowned the winner.
"I had such a great time that final episode, and I met Adam then. He just came up [to me]. He was really gracious [and] said, 'Wow, you sound good'…and he seemed really like a nice guy, which he is," John recalls. "And it was not too long after that, maybe a couple of days, I got an email that they were asking me to be a mentor with Adam." Fogerty says he was only too glad to accept the invitation, noting, "It was a lot of fun being here, so I just came back to have some more fun."
Meanwhile, Levine, who's no slouch in the singing department himself, admits that he's in awe of Fogerty's one-of-a-kind voice.
"There's just nothing like it. You can't even sing his songs, 'cause if you can't sing them like he can, don't bother," says Adam. "It's an impossible task. And that's a testament to, obviously, how great he is, but also...it's a unique thing. You know when you're listening to John Fogerty's voice."
Levine adds that Fogerty is "very much a part of who I am as a person that appreciates and loves music for my whole life." While Adam is technically a little young to have been into John's music when he was scoring hits with CCR, he says he was turned on to it by older people in his life. "Thank God my parents and the people around me had such great taste when I was growing up, 'cause that stuck," he notes.
In addition to Fogerty, country star Brad Paisley will advise Blake Shelton's team, pop singer Selena Gomez will mentor Gwen Stefani's team and hip-hop artist Missy Elliott will mentor Pharrell Williams' team.
Jim Spellman/WireImageSteveMackay, saxophonist for Iggy and the Stooges, has died at the age of 66 following a month-long fight with sepsis, according to Rolling Stone.
"Steve was a classic '60s American guy, full of generosity and love for anyone he met," Iggy Pop wrote on the Stooges' official Facebook page on Sunday. "Every time he put his sax to his lips and honked, he lightened my road and brightened the whole world. He was a credit to his group and his generation. To know him was to love him."
In September, it was reported that Mackay was in critical condition at a Daly City, California, hospital battling sepsis, an infection-triggered complication that damages organ systems, sometimes resulting in organ failure, according to the magazine.
Mackay played on three of the Stooges' studio albums and also collaborated with several other bands, including the Violent Femmes, Snakefinger and Commander Cody.
He first appeared on the Stooges' 1970 album Fun House. His initial run with the Stooges was brief, but he rejoined the group for its 2003 reunion and aftermath.
Mackay is the third member of the Stooges to pass away in the past decade, following guitarist Ron Asheton and drummer ScottAsheton.
Donald Trump, Steven Tyler & Melania Trump backstage at Prudential Center September 3, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey; Kevin Mazur/WireImageStevenTyler thinks Donald Trump can "Dream On" if he wants to continue using the classic Aerosmith tune at his campaign stops.
Tyler's reps have sent Donald Trump for President Inc. a demand to stop using the song at campaign events, according to a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
The cease-and-desist letter insists, "Trump for President does not have our client’s permission to use 'Dream On' or any of our client’s other music in connection with the Campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.
"We are unaware of any public performance license granting Trump for President the right to perform 'Dream On' in connection with the Campaign," states the letter, sent on Saturday. "If Trump for President has any such license, please forward it to our attention immediately," continues the letter.
The legal warning sent by Tyler's reps at LaPolt Law also suggests use of "Dream On" could constitute tortious interference as well as a privacy violation. Trump is being given 24 hours to acknowledge receipt of the letter.
"If Trump for President does not comply with our demands, our client will be forced to pursue any and all legal or equitable remedies which our client may have against you," the letter concludes.
Trump was first told to not use "Dream On" after an August 21 event in Mobile, Alabama, claims the letter, but he continues to use it at events anyway, including a recent rally in Georgia.
In spite of the warning, the real estate mogul and the rocker actually share a mutual admiration and friendship. Tyler was once a judge at Trump's Miss USA pageant and they reportedly once traveled to Russia together. Last year, Trump went to an Aerosmith concert and tweeted it "doesn't get any better than that."
Tyler's attorney, Dina LaPolt, writes in a statement, "This is not a political nor personal issue with Mr. Trump. Steven works tirelessly with both Republicans and Democrats regarding copyright reform and his position has always been consistent regarding copyright and intellectual property. Simply, one must get permission from the music creators. Steven wrote 100% of 'Dream On,' and this is about the un-authorized use of his property. Steven is a registered Republican."
Credit: Norman SeeffHeart's Ann Wilson has been pulling double duty lately, as she recently launched a new solo group called The Ann Wilson Thing that's currently playing a series of shows in between her main band's 2015 tour dates. Wilson's side project also recently released an EP, titled The Ann Wilson Thing! -- #1, that features four of the songs she's showcasing at her concerts.
Heart continues to be a busy touring and recording act, so what motivated Wilson to start another music project alongside her famous group?
"I just have always had the desire to strike out and do other kinds of songs," the powerhouse singer tells ABC Radio. Those "other kinds of songs" include an interesting variety of covers picked by Wilson, many of which feature politically or socially relevant messages or at least carry some heavy emotional weight.
Among the tunes is a unique rendition of Buffalo Springfield's 1966 protest anthem "For What It's Worth" that incorporates elements of another famous rock song into it.
"I thought, What if you took the groove for [The Rolling Stones'] 'Sympathy for the Devil,' which is so cool and so evil, and put these really relevant…words to 'For What It's Worth' on top of it?" Ann explains about her version, which also appears on The Ann Wilson Thing's EP. "So, you would be telling people to open up their eyes with this evil groove under it, so you'd be telling them to open up their eyes and see the evil that's happening."
The #1 EP also features "Ain't No Way" and "The Danger Zone," songs originally recorded, respectively, by Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. Wilson says with regard to the former tune, "Every female singer's dream is to get their teeth into an Aretha song," while maintaining that the latter is "as relevant today as when it was written, probably in the early '60s."
Other songs Wilson has been singing with her solo group include tunes by Peter Gabriel, The Animals, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Tina Turner and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
"We're definitely sort of going all over the place, which is really fun for me because as a singer I'm a storyteller," Wilson tells ABC Radio. "So I get to be up there and get across in all these different ways."
The Ann Wilson Thing lineup includes three other Heart members -- drummer Ben Smith, guitarist Craig Bartock and keyboardist Chris Joyner. Despite the shared musicians, Wilson insists that her solo group is "a different entity altogether than Heart."
"The intellect of the Ann Wilson Thing audience is a different intellect than the Heart intellect," she maintains. "It's a little bit less about romantic love, a lot less."
As for what her sister, Heart rhythm guitarist Nancy Wilson, thinks about her solo project, Ann says, "She's OK with it as long as it doesn't interfere with Heart and start to take any shine off of the Heart brand. I'm not intending to do that…Heart will continue in its ways."
The Ann Wilson Thing wraps up its current run of East Coast shows this Thursday in Nashville. The group also has a few concerts scheduled in late November in Oakland, California. Heart will resume its own 2015 tour this Friday in Robinsonville, Mississippi.
10/12 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap 10/13 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap 10/15 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 11/23 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's Oakland 11/24 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's Oakland (two shows)
10/16 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Bluesville Casino 10/17 -- Catoosa, OK, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa 10/20 -- Cozumel, Mexico, Carnival Cruise Line - Carnival Live 10/21 -- Cozumel, Mexico, Carnival Cruise Line - Carnival Live 10/22 -- Cozumel, Mexico, Carnival Cruise Line - Carnival Live 11/14 -- Tucson, AZ, Desert Diamond Casino 11/15 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Rincon - The Event Center 11/17 -- Visalia, CA, Visalia Fox Theatre 11/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Las Vegas 11/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Las Vegas 11/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Las Vegas 12/1 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre 12/3 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Event Center 12/4 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 12/6 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino 12/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 12/9 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena 12/10 -- Loveland, CO, Budweiser Events Center
Credit: Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne will be presented with a special honor at the second annual Jane Ortner Education Award ceremony, which will be held November 3 at 8 p.m. PT in the Grammy Museum's Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles. The lauded singer/songwriter will receive the Jane Ortner Artist Award, which recognizes an artist who's shown a dedication to supporting education through the arts.
"Jackson Browne knows first-hand the power that music has to influence young people," says Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli in a statement. "As a good friend of the museum, and active supporter of our education initiatives, we are honored to have Jackson join us."
The event's main honor, the Jane Ortner Education Award, will be bestowed on Kylie Ko, a teacher at Glendale, California elementary school who's incorporated music, acting and dancing into her classes with her Korean-English dual-language students. The award recognizes educators who devise innovative ways of integrating music into their curricula.
In other news, Browne is part of the lineup for a December 14 charity show in New York City called John Henry's Friends, which will benefit The McCarton School, an educational program for autistic children and teens. The event will be held at The Town Hall and will be hosted by veteran Americana singer/songwriter Steve Earle, whose son John Henry is a student at The McCarton School.
"They say never meet your heroes, but I've known Jackson Browne for a couple of decades now and he's never once let me down," says Earle.
Ross Halfin/UMeAlice Cooper is the latest veteran rocker to join the lineup for the 40th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala, which will take place on Thursday, October 15, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The charity event also will include performances by Foreigner, REO Speedwagon and Train frontman Pat Monahan.
The star-studded gala's theme this year is "Top 40" in honor of the event's 40th anniversary. As previously reported, original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter will host the bash.
Meanwhile, famed music executive Clive Davis also will make appearance at the gala, which will feature the presentation of the inaugural Clive Davis Research Fellow Award, an annual grant given to young researchers involved in the finding innovative treatments for cancer and AIDS.
The T.J. Martell Foundation is a music industry-supported charity that raises money for cancer, leukemia and AIDS research. To date, the organization has donated more than $270 million in research aid for U.S. hospitals. For more information about the Honors Gala, visit TJMartell.org.
In other news, Cooper currently is serving as Motley Crue's opening act on the fall North American leg of the glam-metal band's farewell trek, The Final Tour. He also will join the group for a series of European dates in November. Visit AliceCooper.com to check out the shock rocker's complete upcoming itinerary.
Monkeywrench RecordsTen Commandos, the new hard-rock group featuring Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, have released their debut single. The song is called "Staring Down the Dust," and features lead vocals from ex-Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan. You can download the track now on iTunes.
"Staring Down the Dust" will be featured on Ten Commandos' self-titled debut album, which will be released in late November on Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records. The 10-track collection also features appearances Peter Frampton and soul singer Nikka Costa. Frampton plays guitar on a song called "Sketch 9." You can order Ten Commandos now at PearlJam.com.
Interestingly, Frampton previously worked with Cameron on his Grammy-winning 2006 instrumental album Fingerprints. The drummer, along with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, lent their talents to Peter's cover of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and song titled "Blowin' Smoke."
Ten Commandos' lineup also includes Queens of the Stone Age collaborator Alain Johannes and singer Dimitri Coats of the punk act Off! The band was formed in 2008 by Cameron and Johannes. Alongside Shepherd, they wrote the bulk of their debut album that year. However, their schedules prevented them from entering the studio until 2014, when they recorded the album with Coats.
Here's the track list for Ten Commandos:
"Staring Down the Dust" (featuring Mark Lanegan) "War on the Peace" "Outermost Sky" "Come" (featuring Nikka Costa) "You Might Forget" "Sketch 9" (featuring Peter Frampton) "Sporthalle" "Four on the Floor" "Aware" "Invisibility"
Credit: Hayley MaddenLong before Dave Grohl was the frontman for Foo Fighters, and before he was the drummer in Nirvana, he was just a kid in Virginia with a band. While in high school, Grohl entered a youth battle of the bands contest, but lost out to a kid in his class named Chet Lott. Lott just happened to attend Foo Fighters' show in Memphis this week, and Grohl, widely considered the "nicest guy in rock," decided to bury the hatchet with his high school nemesis.
During the Foos' cover of Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure," Grohl invited Lott to sing along with the band. When Lott got on stage, he told Grohl, "We may have won the battle, but you won the war." You can watch fan-shot footage of the Lott Fighters now on YouTube.
Since beating Grohl in high school, Lott, who is the son of former Senate Majority leader Trent Lott, has become a musician in his own right. He has used his music to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Foo Fighters are currently in the home stretch of their North American Sonic Highways tour, which concludes on October 18 in Castaic, California.
Mary McCartney/MPLPaul McCartney has posted online a brief documentary about his relationship with his late Beatles band mate John Lennon, apparently to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Lennon's birth. The four-minute video focuses specifically on "Here Today," the homage McCartney wrote for Lennon after his death. It appears on Sir Paul's recently reissued 1982 solo album, Tug of War.
The clip features footage of McCartney performing the song in concert recently, some archival photos of him and Lennon together, and segments of a 1980s interview in which Paul recalls how he, George Harrison and Yoko Ono reacted to John's murder.
"We were in recording when John died. Like a lot of the people who had been closely associated with him, we all kept recording," says McCartney in the interview. "George did. George Harrison, the same day, went into the studio. Yoko pretty soon after went right into the studio."
He adds, "It was just so hard for everyone to bear, that either you were gonna sit at home and just think, think, think, or you were going to try to do something to take your mind off it, and all of us kind of had the same reaction."
Then, with regard to "Here Today," McCartney explains he initially decided not to write a song about Lennon because he felt it was "too hurtful" a subject. Eventually, though, he came up with an idea about a conversation that he might have with his late friend.
"I thought about me and John, which was that sometimes I would say, 'Oh yeah, I know John very well,' and John would turn around and say, 'No you don't. You don't know me,' you know, like friends can often be…plenty of arguments," Paul says in the interview. "And I think we'd been so close and we'd had arguments, and then when The Beatles split up we had bad arguments…that the idea about the song for me is, 'If I said I really knew you well, you'd probably just laugh and say that we were worlds apart anyway, if you were here today.'"
Reprise RecordsNeil Young will release a new live album called Bluenote Café on November 13 as the latest installment of his archival Performance Series. The 22-song collection features performances from various concerts Young played in 1987 and 1988 in support of his Chicago blues-influenced 1988 album, This Note's for You.
Bluenote Café will be available as a two-CD set and a four-LP vinyl package. The album includes renditions of seven tunes from This Note's for You, as well as seven unreleased songs -- "Soul of a Woman," "Bad News Comes to Town," Ain't It the Truth," "I'm Goin'," "Crime of the Heart," "Doghouse," and "Fool for Your Love." Closing out the record is an epic, 19-plus-minute version of "Tonight's the Night."
Young's backing group for the trek, which he christened The Bluenotes, featured the members of Crazy Horse, a horn section, and several other musicians who toured frequently with Neil -- multi-instrumentalist Ben Keith, bassist Rick Rosas and drummer Chad Cromwell. The album includes performances from venues in New York City, Cleveland, Toronto, San Francisco and Hollywood, California, as well as a few other locations.
You can pre-order Bluenote Café now at Young's online store. If you do, you'll immediately receive a free download of the song "Crime in the City," while additional instant downloads will be made available as the release date approaches. The album will be sold through PonoMusic.com, iTunes and other digital retailers.
Here's the complete Bluenote Café track list:
Disc 1 "Welcome to the Big Room "Don't Take Your Love Away from Me" "This Note's for You" "Ten Men Workin'" "Life in the City" "Hello Lonely Woman" "Soul of a Woman" "Married Man" "Bad News Comes to Town" "Ain't It the Truth" "One Thing" "Twilight"
Disc 2 "I'm Goin'" "Ordinary People" "Crime in the City "Crime of the Heart" "Welcome Rap" "Doghouse" "Fool for Your Love" "Encore Rap" "On the Way Home" "Sunny Inside" "Tonight's the Night"